February 26th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/26/09

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  1. Glen Up North (originally from Cape Breton)

    Rositta, people like us don't necessarily have to be dumb to not know something. 😉 Stereotypes and prejudices can be regional, what can pass unnoticed in one country or area can be completely offensive in another. That's why there's diplomats. 😉

    February 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jennifer - Michigan

    Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you....

    February 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Emma

    @Karyn, I agree. He was either very stupid or he knew exactly what he was doing. Either way, he should not be in office.

    February 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Marvin

    Hey Anderson and Erica...and the rest of the show....I think Bush started something that will never end. We took the only man that had any control in Iraq out...now there is no one over there that can keep that country in check. As soon as we pull out the terrorist groups will take over...and kill everyone that favored the US...I'm all for bringing the troops home...because we shouldn't have drew first blood in the first place...but I fear that we will have to go back....

    February 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Goodnight all! See you tomorrow.

    February 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Maureen T, Canada

    A lot of television to be tivoed over the next couple of days! You are still the best, former winner of Celebrity Jeopardy!! Good night Anderson and thanks for making me smile, again! 🙂

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    great show tonite.

    goodnite all!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Oh, Andy. I'd say quit while you're ahead, but... well, nevermind. You just keep trying! 🙂

    Have a good night everyone!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Audrey

    How can you live in America (long enough to become Mayor) and not be aware of the sterotype associated with watermelons and African Americans? Give me a break !!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Clarence

    Rematch game... round 3.00000000000000000 no matter how many zeros. it is till 3

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Nattada, Houston TX

    I watched you this morning, and I will see you again. Love you in Regis&Kelly show.

    Can't wait for 60 minute this Sunday, too.

    Good night everyone. 🙂
    Sweet dream all!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. roseme, wr ga

    no wonder why the us is not into helping people get higher education so poor and uneducated people can still vote for republicans to their own detriment and the worse of all they do not know that..

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Topher Portlock

    America has its first black President. Were there any Americans that honestly expected not to hear and see slanderous images, remarks, jokes, and stories relating to any stereotype there may actually be regarding black people in general? Dead monkeys shot by police and watermelon lawns are just a couple of many. America must conquer racism by ignoring our differences and seeing people for their true greatness.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. Sarita From Colorado Springs

    The Mayor who sent the "Whitehouse/Watermelon" email should be fired, and not solely because of the blatantly racist content of his correspondence; but because he was too stupid to come up with a more believable excuse for his actions.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Lauren--NY

    Good night, everyone! 360 was even better than usual tonight; great show. Lots of variety.

    Break a leg tomorrow morning, Andy! Make sure to check your Blackberry so you show up on time.

    Love to everyone; see you all tomorrow night.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Pati Mc

    Oh Anderson, you are so dear...ou just cannot let that go, can you? Your competetiveness is showing again. LOL.

    Don't overthink! Every time that I do that it ends in disaster.

    PS: You are FAR from stupid!

    Have fun tomorrow! Lighten up. Ha! J/k

    Goodnight all.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  17. Michael in VA

    Now Anderson your facial expressions said it correctly. For a mayor of a city in the US not to know that to reference watermelons on the White House lawn would be considered racist is totally unacceptable. To say he didn't realize this is totally unbelievable

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  18. Chris

    It is a disgrace for anyone to disrepect our president with a cartoon such as this. Sadly, this supposed leader is being a bad example for present and future generations.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  19. Maureen, Georgia

    Goodnight everyone.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  20. Ken

    While we debate over budget dollars, we should put into perspective the comparatively trivial nature of it when compared to the violence in Mexico and in the American southwest.

    Unlike someone else who commented, I do care because I know some good people in Mexico and they want to live lives of peace and tranquility just like everyone else.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  21. Courtney

    Don't be sad about your beat down by Kelly Ripa...we all still love ya!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  22. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Well you almost redeemed yourself! 🙂 So close! If it helps, I was guessing that the Trump had never used a public bathroom too! I did like the cocky look on your face after the President question! 🙂

    10 pm already? Have a great night Anderson, Erica, Chris, Megan, Esma, Vanessa and all my fellow evening conversationalists! Have a great night and a fabulous Friday!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  23. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Ha! Another Kelly RIpa / Anderson Cooper quiz competition! I can't believe Anderson missed the last question....Rosie O'Donnell? Looks like Anderson is still the underdog.....

    Have a great evening. Nite all!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  24. Saera El Paso,TX

    good night everyone

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  25. Nadia

    What is the name of that Mayor, I want to send him a letter about that racist emails.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  26. Esma

    Goodnight, everyone!!! Same time, same place tomorrow? 😉

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  27. Jennifer - Michigan

    Very cute shot – you and Kelly are so cute together.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  28. Robert

    I am a proud 62 year old black patroit...served my country in Vietnam...my point is i paid my dues..

    Idiots such as the CA mayor who sent the watermelon email of the Whitehouse lawn should have had to walk in my boots, and he would understand some things...

    Hornlake, MS

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  29. Maureen

    That CA mayor is full of crap. If he didn't know the stereotype about watermelons then that picture wouldn't have made any sense! He must have had a great big chuckle about it that he did a mass mailing. To lie and say he had no idea is just insulting. It's bad enough that you're racist, don't go lying to our faces to cover your rear.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  30. Michelle Reno,NV

    The California mayor must think we are all Black History dumb lol.
    If he did not know that watermelon was a racial typical vice than why did he use watermelon, and not lemons or pumpkins and/or any food from the five food groups? He needs to be firmly verbally chastised and spend a semester or two in a Black history class or maybe just ask someone Black about his racial thoughts that now speak loudly

    February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  31. Fay - California

    Who asked for the tie-breaker? AC should've quit while he was ahead!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  32. miguel gonzales

    I believe that CNN would be doing us all a great service if they were to do an indepth report on the state of the country's infrastructure as well as the health service and the schools,since so much of the money from the recovery package is being chanelled in these areas.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  33. Cleve Melton

    watermellon patch ?
    I didnt know small minded amercia s were stiil around !
    And I thought all the cave men were dead.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  34. Laurie

    Re: this cartoonist who claims he was unaware watermelons might be indicative of some sort of racial slur, I'd like him escorted off the planet. Failing that, I hope he earns over $250,000. a year.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  35. Maren in Oregon

    You cannot win against Kelly. The fix is in. You are doomed, doomed.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, David in IN, Brandi, Esma, Rikki, Michelle D, Glen, EJ, Ashley, Isabel, Chris S, Vanessa TX, Patti, Casey and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!!!
    That is so funny shot with Anderson and Kelly!!!!! That is great shot, love it!!!!! 🙂

    oh, yeah, i will be filling in for regis tomorro morning too…
    I will watching you tomorrow morning, Have a great sleep at home after work.......... get rest!!!!! See you tomorrow morning and night!!!! 😀

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  37. Tony in Denver

    Whoa! Wait . . . . Really Anderson?! Watermelon patch on the Front Lawn? “. . . Had no idea . . .?” And this was from the mayor of Los Alamitos, California? No . . . this is just too sad. Sometimes I’m just flat out embarrassed to say I’m an American.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  38. Gloria Handley

    The Major from California felt it was okay to post the White House picture with the watermelons online because he knew it wouldn't get much coverage from the national media, based on the limited amount of coverage that was given to the cartoon with the police shooting the monkey. As Eric Holder said, "we are a nation of cowards," when it comes to discussing race relations.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  39. Emma

    @Karyn, I agree. He was either every stupid or he knew exactly what he was doing. Either way, he should not be in office.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  40. Briana - Virginia

    The mayor in California was well aware of the message that such an image would send. What's really embarrassing is that he expects the public, as well as the President for that matter, to believe that it was unintentional and harmless. I know who won't be getting re-elected 😉

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  41. Pearl

    I think that our president is during a great job. we all knew that we were in trouble before now give President Obama a chance to get us out of this mess. Pleaseeeeeeee.


    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  42. Gin

    This is horrible i got family in texas. What part of texas are they going in to? Does anybody know My family lives in Portland,Texas. Hi!! Anderson and Erica.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil

    you are very funny! lol ...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
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