February 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Eric Meyer

    The F-22 is essential to our nations air dominance. It WOULD create more jobs. If you look at our nations history, coming out of the Great Depression had a lot to do with jobs being created and this recession is no different. Build More.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Steven Cox

    The best weapons never have to be fired. You cannot accurately predict the threats that could exist 10 or 15 years from now which may have us begging the questions, "Why did we ONLY buy 183 F-22 Raptors? We need more since the F-15C (former air superiority fighter) was retired long ago?" If you ask me, it's a win/win. More jobs AND better national security.
    P.S. I may be biased as I'm an F-15C Pilot.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Clark Guelde

    Sinse we're broke maybe we can sell f-22, like Russia sold arms in the 90s? Seems arms are about the only thing we make anymore.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Joe

    Why is there so much uproar when there is talk about cut in F22 fighter planes and there no much talk when the upgrade of schools and educational system, which is the future of USA

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Josh

    In regards to your F-22 story – We need to rebuild our military since alot of equipment is either destroyed from Iraq and/or Afghanistan, or in the case of fighter jets and naval ships, we need to modernize those aspects of the military as they are 20+ years old and like everything else, they cost money to build. What you should be talking about is the procurement system and how screwed up it is and that's where the cost overruns come from.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Ron

    @EM-Fort Wayne, IN
    Some of those earmarks may create jobs. But how many are tax breaks for companies and programs that are not?

    Hey did say, A bill free of earmarks.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Miranda


    I loved the raccoons that was awesome...I hope they keep popping up that'd be real fun and it is always splendid to see Mr. Wonder what a true talent.


    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Maureen T, Canada

    So happy Stevie Wonder is getting the recognition he deserves!!! 🙂

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Steve - southern Illinois

    I am so tired of hearing people who twice elected Bush try to tear down Obama 30 days into it.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Bob Coyle

    We had racoons at our house. I feel important knowing that they also visited the white house. They are cute, but they can sure do some damage to the wiring in the attic. If they screwed up the red phone system we might have a crisis.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Clarence

    Anderson Cooper and cougars... hmmm, an interesting mix.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I love Gary's reports! I was looking forward to seeing this; his blog post was excellent today!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Laura

    Up here in Canada we call raccoons the Canadian Panther 🙂

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  14. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    IDK about the Raccoon graphic CNN. Stevie Wonder is amazing.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Rob San Diego

    So we are going to get rid of jobs [Raptor production] to save money? Aren't we trying to keep people working? What broken rubber band engine is running in our politicians. Keep the production line moving.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Jennifer

    Pathetic is good word. How about manipulative or disingenuous? I hope they at least brought some educational reading material while we employ them to sit and wait for a photo op to further schmooze us with.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Awesome graphics! Anderson is a little violent towards the raccoons this evening...can I safely say he is not a member of PETA?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Clarence

    $150,000 per speech... international speeches at that.... we couldn't get Bush to visit other countries dduring the term of office.... let the man go where the clouds are not cloudy all day.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hey, I like the little racoon popping up around the screen. Very cute

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My hearts go out to victim that plane crashed in Neths! 🙁

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Joey...thank you for the Snuggie comment. You are amazing.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Marie

    People that are not looking at what they do to our elderly better be ready when you grow old. Guess what if you think that it is bad now what until 20 more years from now. The patient that I am working on now will have a % given to nursing homes. So you bet ya I stand up for the elderly because no one seems to care. Go to a nursing home and see what is happening you will leave crying.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    We may not be fighting Russia or China now, but if we have too, the current F-16 won't hack it, and there won't be time to build more F-22's The jobs work out to $100,000 per job created using your figures. The stimulus costs $250,000 per job created. Sounds like fighters are much cheaper than stimulus.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  24. Lauren--NY

    Ashley! Snuggie! There you go!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  25. jane MI

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, CNN team

    Awaiting updates on healthcare reform too...so many people without
    insurance, pt's can't afford meds and go without, one day at work about 1/4 of our unit's census had no coverage...so sad...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Bridget, TX

    Why are some assuming the congressman didn't work while he was waiting to see the president? With pdas and laptops most people can do their job anywhere anytime. I have spent hours working while waiting for a plane, it's really easy.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Lauren--NY

    I really love that raccoon graphic you guys. More animations, please! 🙂

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Uli, NY

    If that raccoon is where Dick Cheney is, it's probably dead.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Renee

    Funny how these guys spent 12.5 hours waiting for the President. I read about all the Governors having a big bash with music and the President is going on Spring Break. I am thinking we are in 2 wars and selling ourselves to the Chinese and in the middle of an economic tsunami and they are going on Spring Break.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    ha, the raccoons!!! great!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Esma

    The raccoon was probably sent to Cheney's cave...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  32. David, NY

    I love that Raccoon!!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Joe T

    Tough I think we should have a few F22 Raptors but again we aren't fighting Russia or China and if we do Jets wont matter it would be the response time of our Nuclear Deterrent arsenal and the effectiveness of our ballistic defense shield....

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Minou, New York City

    I've encountered a racoon once in Yosemite Park. They're quite big..and so cute!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Leah

    Cute Racoon story!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  36. michael campbell

    I am a mountain boy from eastern kentucky and I was hoping you could ask some of your smart economist just how the economy could possibly improve, when you can not buy an American made product in retail stores. Also if you have a list of companies saling American products? Would gladly pay more for them. Love your show, keep them real.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    The U.S. Military spends a lot of money, and 9% of our GDP is spent on the military. If the US military wants the jets so badly, can't they cut back in other places?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Isabel, Brazil

    Hi, Erica!

    For me, today is Monday, because due to the carnival, but I had work today ...

    Strange feelings about time ...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. gill - north of 49

    hmmm – so, is the Defence Industries motto... 'Build it and they will come' (i.e. enemies), and if not, we'll go find some ??

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Clarence

    Do your own math... projects for the future or what's needed now... Chris Lawrence... thanks

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Sharon S

    Ok already Anderson is NOT jaded, can't some of us just tell it like it is?

    I mean what happened to being honest? Anderson is nothing if not Honest!
    that is why I watch him every night at least I know I will be getting the truth!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Sabrina

    Funny how the republicans are all for spending on defense but not so much for the American people.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Bryan

    How about raffling off those seats to get pictured with the president then donate the proceeds to a charity.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Dianne

    Anderson...right on with your comments about those congressmen sitting around for 9 plus hours waiting to shake the President's hand. What a joke! Imagine what they could have accomplished if they were in there offices working and being productive. Makes me furious!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Casey J – Palm Springs, CA, When I said "no one" I meant "no one." No exceptions. My time is valuable.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Dawn - NYC

    F-22 is mega cool.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Sheryl Watson

    Are you kidding me? "Pathetic" was the perfect word to describe that congressman who seems to think none of us should have a problem with the fact that we're paying his salary-not to sit around for hours doing nothing–but to actually get some work done. What a concept! He should be embarrased, & he should not be re-elected, because he obviously doesn't realize that he's there to do a job. My boss wouldn't put up with me stealing from the time clock that way, & I don't think his boss(es)–the American People–want to put up with it either.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Esma

    Holy Flying Raptors, Batman!!!
    Why do I want to take one for a spin? How fast do they go?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. SUe

    Hey Anderson,

    Advice for the Obama girls: wait & their puppy's name will come to them by his/her personality. You gotta get to know the pup first. Tried a bunch out on mine 'til one fit him just right. But whoever walks & feeds him will be his "person," so be that person, & give him lots of love & attention!


    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Edward

    Its nor surprising that congress increased their spending by 8%.
    Its surprising that you guys are surprised !!!
    You believed that this administration was going to be different.
    Same old Washington. No Change!!!!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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