February 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/25/09

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  1. Maureen T, Canada

    Stevie Wonder's music is the soundtrack to my life as well!! I'm so touched that the President has done this for Stevie Wonder! I've got to remember to tivo that concert!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    Good night Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Good show and chat on the blog tonight -

    Anderson, good mix of topics - looking forward to tomorrow night's show and the segment on the drug war in Mexico. It's a story that needs our attention.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Anderson, I have to agree...I would totally name my dog Moose! We let my little brother pick out the name for our dog so we ended up with a Snickers!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Scott

    F-22. No, cut the spending. Spent over 20yrs in the Air Force and
    the last future genertion Fighters (F15/F16) lasted a little over 20ys
    from the 80;s to 2000. They were worn out in training and never faced
    any major conflict/war. They were/are sold to Saudia Araba and Israel.
    These future generation fighters are only star war toys for the rich boys.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Patrice Palmer

    I wish I were a Senator. Then I could get paid to sit around and watch history, meet President Obama, and get on television. If I got sick, I'd have a great health care package, enough money to easily pay all my bills, get flown to and from my home city, and retire well with plenty of money and a paid health care package. Anyone want to elect me?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Tracy Barker

    Heh, I just thought of a name of the new presidential dog. How about "Bushy". After all he would have his own house in the white house better know as the dog house. Or is it outside the white hours.



    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Sounds like a good concert. Anderson that
    was not that bad with the Jonas Brothers.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Marium

    I love Stevie Wonder! I've been listening to him since I was little. He. and his songs, are timeless. They make you feel good during times like these.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Bridget, TX

    I love that Michelle is very involved in her girls life, spends time with her husband and obviously makes time for herself, she definitely works out. She's definitely very classy and has the body to wear the sleeveless, fitting dresses.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Doug

    RE: Robert In Seattle

    Bet you are all for more C-17's..........

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    I will always remember Stevie Wonder singing FINGERTIPS when he was a child.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Steve - Mich

    I wanna know, how do congressmembers many who know very little about combat, can be so sure we need more F-22s when we have about 190 so far, and no practical use for them for the foreseeable future. The closest was last year when russia invaded that eastern europe country...forgot its name. And that went nowhere for us.
    Why wouldnt they always be working on really high tech new hardware for our military? Why isnt there a new mach speed attack and support helicopter with silence mode and all weather sensors, thats good enough to win a battle field against ground, sea and air forces?
    Why dont we yet have better body protection combat suits for our troops for all temp, all weather, all conditions, thats bullet and shrapnel proof and lightweight?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Lauren--NY

    Michelle Obama always looks fantastic. Nothing wrong with commenting on that, Minou. For the record, I like the president's white tie. 🙂

    Jay, it's always nice to hear opinions on military spending from military members, so thank you for that.

    Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett are two of my favorites.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Maren in Oregon

    Stevie rules! He was our guy – I wish he was still as available on the radio.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Ken

    Regarding the comment about the congressman waiting for hours when there are more important things to do, interesting that the follow up was how we were going to have to stay tuned to find out more on the dog search for the Obama’s.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Clarence

    Life tine achievement awards.... Stevie clearly in the spotlight... transcending musical and cultural boundaries.... not to mention physical obstacles...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  17. andersoncnn

    good discussion tonite... its been very busy here behind the scenes, so im sorry i havent joined in, but ive been following along... Im going to be filling in on Regis and Kelly tomorrow morning, in case you are up and want to watch...

    i think the name moose would be cool for a dog

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Niall Higgins

    Obama should name the dog Rox, Rex, Roxy there are a cupple of names!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mike goldberg

    Regarding Mr Bush's $100K speeches, who gets the royalties from the recording rights? Bet they'll be a whole lot more.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  20. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Tempus fugit!! Gergen, I agree non-profits live on donations hopefully they wil be helped in the end....Great show everyone...no worries Anderson, we all know your reporting is on point. I love Stevie Wonder by the way...congrats on the Gershwin. Night everyone...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  21. David, NY

    That is so romantic, Michelle and Barack picked the song You and I.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Sharon S

    Crazy show tonight! I think we were all up too late last night!

    Good Night Mr. Cooper, Erica and all bloggers!

    Have a great evening, meet you back here tomorrow night!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Lesa, TN

    Wow. I love Michelle's hair. Now that's gorgeous.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Esma

    Stevie Wonder is amazing, what a cool moment for us to witness.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  25. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I love Stevie Wonder. His songs are amazing. I love FLOTUS hair tonight!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Vanessa, TX

    goodnite to all my smartee bloggers, anderson, erica, david gergen..good show tonite...I really hope that CNN does shed some light in the violence in Juarez, Mex..I live in El Paso,TX about 5min from the violence

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I knew the calls to cut defense spending would start as soon as Obama got elected. Dems have always been weak on defense. The reason we need more troops now is that Clinton cut the military by 40%.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Have a good night everyone. Sleep tight!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Isabel, Brazil

    Stevie Wonder is great!
    your voice is beautiful!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  30. Dawn - NYC

    Charitable contributions should remain a tax deduction regardless of income ... especially now when so many are hurting.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Mary

    Greetings Anderson,
    I enjoyed the piece on Fargo, North Dakota and wonder how many other places across America are doing just as well. It was nice to hear some good in all this recession mess.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Maren in Oregon

    Fuzzy? (Itchy and Scratchy are taken, darn!) Rhino? (my cat's name, but it works for dogs). Modem? Silly but modern and easy to call. Oscar works for nearly everyone. Sylvia can be shortened to "silly", also easy to call. If you can't shout the name of your dog at full volume without embarassment – it's the wrong name.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  33. Dulcie - Denver

    Hah! I had the crud scared out of me by a raccoon when I was camping up by Toronto!

    Also, what the heck is a Snuggie? I have no idea and people keep talking about them.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  34. Jaime

    When I first watched about the F-22 story, at first I understood the frustration over expense, and how critics said the F-15 and F-16's were good enough. It may be true now, and we are also facing Al Qaeda now. However, we are talking about something that is replacing 20 year old aircraft. Don't forget the reports from CNN and other news organizations about the F-15 that disintegrated in midflight. The reports later stated that it was due to fatigue, i.e. the planes had been worn out. How long will it take before the expense to maintain an old aircraft far outpays the expense to build a new one.

    Along with this issue, don't forget that Russia, China, GB, France and many other countries continue to build better and newer technologies which are meant to counter we have. Should we just wait for them to catch up before we design a better weapon? Remember that these countries will eventually supply a future enemy, should we not be prepared?

    These aircraft will be the last ones to be built for decades to come. That was the contract made when the F-22 and YF-23 competed and this is why Mcdonnell Douglas went to Boeing when they lost the contract. Robert Gates stated a limit already, but eventually things will change when we will need more. I believe that we fulfill the quota at least until a time in which our budget and defense require more, but don't cancel the program.

    Also, I think CNN's reporting of the F-22's combat status is notentirely honest to the situation. I visited those plants 2 years ago when I was going to Georgia Tech. They said the first squadron wouldn't be operational until right about now, and they would be flying CAP (combat air patrol) missions around our capital at first until more could be produced. They also stated that they were testing procedures for the most efficient way to mass produce the aircraft. They me just be starting the mass production phase now so, it would be no wonder that they have not been in combat.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Joshua

    Good evening Anderson, my concerns are on the F-22 Raptor, I believe that the Raptor should stay in production, due to the fact that first of all if we stop production thousands of people might and will loose their jobs, and even though this country is not in war, we have to be prepared. Now we all know that air dominance has been a very powerful asset, and with the F-22 this country will continue to have air dominance.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Monica M. Williams

    I all seriousness, I hope that congressman's comments did not bother you. Just because someone says something about you doesn't mean it's true spoke or in print. Let it go. People who like you don't care. Whatever.

    Moose is a great great name for a small dog. Matched by chipmunk for a large one.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Zack

    Anderson Cooper,

    Lets just take away are intire millitary. The Military is the backbone of amercian security and jobs. Take away the raptor,and the dominos will continue to fall. With radical Islam threats on the rise,our national security is threatened.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Sabrina

    Our first lady looks fab! Good dog choice, I'd go with Bailey for the dog's name.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Miranda


    Mousse is a cool name for a dog...I was given a white malti-poo named Scooby Doo and he is a small fantastic dog...I'm looking forward to the dalmation shot of the day...woof.


    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  40. yesenia perez

    You are right Mike!! all these big companies are getting so much bailout money and not even care for our security. So why not invest in our own defense.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  41. kim-chicago

    I like moose and frank...both very unaffected...just like those two adorable girls.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Loved FLOTUS dress last night. Purple is a good color on her. Let her bare all the arms she wants. My suggestions for a dog name would be Desi or Lucy( I love I Love Lucy) Chazz, Bella, Cocoa, Lyndon Delano( named after 2 of my favorite presidents) Nefertiti, or Lincoln Gregory(People might think President Obama is taking the whole Lincoln thing too far)

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  43. J Gonzalez

    If you want to keep other countries respecting the USA, then you will need to produce the required number of F-22 Raptors the Air Force requires.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  44. Mark

    We need the F22 simply because it will keep us well ahead of everyone else and other pilots fear it. It's hard enough to fight unconventional war, I fear the day when an enemy could stand up to us in conventional combat.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  45. Kristin from Chicago

    I agree. I love the name of Moose for a dog, since my bichon frise/shih tzu mix is named that.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love Gary Tuchman’s reporting from N.D.
    And I love Steive Wonder, he is best musician in the world!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  47. Sharon S

    Interesting Dog choice, but is that type of dog hypallergenic?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  48. Joanne - FL

    The F-22 is one of the only hopes left for jobs in FL. No Space program and now no F-22. I'm sure we can produce the F-22s fast when we all are healthy but don't have adequate defense.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  49. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    "Moose." Very nice. Sounds like something I would name a dog, if only all my pets weren't named after Harry Potter characters. Would kinda kill the theme.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  50. Steve - southern Illinois

    Please, please, please name the First Dog Frank!!

    I think that is a great name for a First Dog.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
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