February 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Monika

    You're absolutely right, Anderson. It is quite pathetic and disgusting that our elected officials and public servants have nothing better to do than to sit around for hours and hours just trying to get face time on TV. And that's what they pay themselves how much for???

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    "No one is worth that kind of time!"

    Except maybe Cher or Bette Midler. (Can anyone guess how old I am?)

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi there, That was great Anderson, good job telling them like it is! Hey, Stevie Wonder was on earlier today with Krya. He's such a great performer, one of the best!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Sarah A. -- North Dakota

    I suspect the tax cuts are going to come back and bite the hand of the consumer and I would not be surprised if taxes eventually rise.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  5. starr formerly known as vincent

    Dear Anderson, we think "pathetic" was a mild way to describe what the congressman did.

    As for you being jaded??hardly, but i fell disillusioned.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  6. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I wish I was at the WH tonight to hear Stevie Wonder. He is my favorite artist. Knocks Me Off My Feet, All I Do, Rocket Love, That Girl, Hey Love, Do I Do, Lately, Part Time Lover, Don't You Worry Bout a Thing. Just some of my favs!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Carolyn in L.A.

    If an earmark = a job... keep it.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Lori from IL

    Interesting panel tonight. I believe that President Obama is good at multitasking - he can work on the economy and other reforms at the same time. I for one am glad that he's ambitious.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Amy

    hahaha, anderson is officially my hero. hilarious.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Marie

    Last night he stood right in front of the American people and said there was no ear marks in the last bill. Also there will be no ear marks in this next bill. This is the first time that I have watched a president stand and say such a blatant lie to the country. So sad ..I am so disappointed in the man that I voted for.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  11. John Carr

    News flash people - a large part of the deficit created by the Bush administration was caused by the Iraq war ... while that war is winding down, we are now ramping up the Afghan war - which has no end in sight ! I can only imagine how much money that war will cost and how much it will increase the already hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the Obama administration !

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    David N, The American people took themselves there. They have no one else to blame.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  13. sallie

    Why no let obama ideas take shape. We let bush! How mush worse could happen.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Clarence

    Besides the shmoozing.... who were the main crowds getting Obama's autograph....Jaded... choosing to spend time... for a day... for an historically significant moment.... I'm sure media personal just put up with hour after hour of waiting and positioning themselves... because it comes with the job. GMAB

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Lauren--NY

    Anderson, I completely understood what you were saying yesterday evening and I think you handled that gentleman's immature response very elegantly. You're right; we should know how they are choosing to spend their time and I don't think you're jaded at all for wondering why that gentleman had 12.5 hours free on a business day to sit around and wait for the president to show up so he could get on camera shaking his hand.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That is completely ridiculous...is this really what we are paying our congress-people for? I agree Anderson it is pathetic! There are so many better ways they can be spending their time! Warming a bench for 12 and 1/2 hours is ridiculous!!!!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Isabel, Brazil

    Stevie Wonder is great!
    And this music is all good!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Vanessa, TX

    Wow..I would have done the same thing, Anderson..come on, alot of ppl would have done that...aww anderson..that just means Mr Engle saw AC360 last nite..lol
    We Love you Anderson..sticks and stones, Anderson

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Maren in Oregon

    Good for YOU Anderson, you jaded, bitter, pathetic excuse for a really terrific newsguy! You tell 'um. Keepin um Honest has to mean something!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Edrita

    Anderson Cooper, we want to fix the country, so as Americans can’t we stop the nasty, backbiting and the GOP come up with some answers and not just comments. Good Americans are dying, losing their homes, jobs and worst of all their lifestyles and all the GOP’s who created this mess is more of the same.
    The amount of money thrown away to the filthy rich is over the top. Let the President have a chance at correcting this mess. The GOP is the fox watching the hen house. We want the pork cut from both parties.
    In the name of freedom of speech name the party and persons sneaking in the pork and go after them weather they are GOP or DNC.


    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Zoee - Canada

    Anderson, I agreed with your comment yesterday. It's making the president look more like a rock star than a world leader!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Erica, Topeka KS

    If President Obama does not veto the ear mark laden $410 billion budget bill and send it back to Congress, then all he has said about change, transparency and truth in government will be shown to be nothing but lies from yet another business as usual politician.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  23. EJ (USA)

    The President thinks just like me. I must be very smart.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    "It's up to your constituents to see if they agree with you."

    Congressman's been served! Feeling a little feisty tonight, Anderson?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  25. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    EJ(USA)....some parents considered senior citizens with a family of 4+ supporting their graduate school payments and will have also have a tax increase for medicine so do not loose the perspective here...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  26. BettyAnn, Nacogdoch

    @ Anderson~ Talk about kiss up! That is ridiculous! You are right, they are pathetic! ooooweee~ That maddens me!
    I hope the Obama's still are considering a rescue pup! Can u find out?

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

    You are definitely not Jaded at all.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Sharon S

    Anderson, I completely agree with you it is beyond Pathetic that our elected officials spent OUR money sitting and waiting to just shake hands with the President!

    You Were Right they are Pathetic!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Sarah A. -- North Dakota

    David from Indiana....

    If the cut prescriptions and the companies did not have commercials on the telly, I suspect a lot of money could be saved. It amazes me how much is spent on commercials.

    Some of that money could be used to help the underprivileged and lower income with their medications

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Renee

    Anderson, so good to get an opinion out of you! Go, just don't get like Lou, okay?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  31. kim-chicago

    Wow...I really like Obama but I would never wait 12 hours for anyone.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    LOL! I don't think you're jaded, Anderson. 🙂

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Hillary B.

    Anderson, don't start a war of words with Engel. It's not becoming.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  34. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Wow! Can I get a job holding a seat for a representative? I wonder hoe much I could charge for that service?

    Meoooowww Anderson! Your famous (who knew?)!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Stacy

    Anderson, I can't believe you didn't know the Congress members waited for aisle seats. They did it for Bush too (though not the same members, obviously).

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

    You go, Anderson!!!! Don't let people step on you. You are just doing your job.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Claire

    Wooooooo, love that slap down, AC!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  38. lynn

    I would imagine that all the people including Anderson have health care as do the Republican Congress people. I would accept their criticisms if they would out and out say they will give up their health care!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Ebony

    Excessive spending? This is coming from the same party whose nominee wore $520 shoes and doesn't know how many houses he owns. If the GOP would like to volunteer a donation of their $8 mil earmark, I’m totally for it. The reality is the GOP does want government spending. Unfortunately, it’s on increasing the wealth of the rich and fighting an unjust war.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Christi from New Jersey

    They should design the program geographically. $170K is not wealthy in a state like New Jersey if the other spouse stays at home while it may be considered wealthy in other parts of the country.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Maureen T, Canada

    I didn't know that you knew who the Jonas Brothers were! 🙂

    February 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Anderson getting tough!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse NY

    CaseyJ – Palm Springs, CA February 25th, 2009 10:14 pm ET
    @Mike in Syracuse…The Bush administration added more to the deficit than all of the previous administrations combined, in JUST EIGHT YEARS.

    Actually no. They didn't double the debt, but close. However, projections for Obama starting at $1.3 trillion this year alone , are on a pace to add as much debt in 4 years as Bush in 8.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    oh great, the people in charge of doling out our money are nothing more than tweens!

    oooh, anderson is the man tonite!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  45. EJ (USA)

    haha Anderson – You got called out! HA!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Minou, New York City

    "pathetic" indeed!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    No one is worth that kind of time!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Esma

    @ Anderson-I'm on your side. Pathetic was too soft of a word.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Arvin

    Good Evening Anderson:
    Why, with all these promises and a president who is trying extremely hard, do the democrats keep putting in pork into spending.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Isabel, Brazil

    9 hours? 12.5 hours?
    Will be much, huh!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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