February 26th, 2009
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  1. Linda

    And the thing with people and their cartoons and pic( like the one in Calif) they know EXACTLY what they are doing. But of course can play dumb with OH I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS RACIST. You know most racist thinks the average minority can see through that. I will tell you a child could figure it out.
    So funny now its coming out in cartoons etc since Obama's been present but really its nothing new, maybe for you guys in the media. It happens all the time in the everyday world. Believe me you are bringing nothing new to minorities that doesn't happen everyday. Now you all just get to see it thats all

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. peter

    Lorenag & David Gergen

    The only thing obama is doing is boldly spending tax payer money. hope it works.

    Wish I could simply spend money i didn't have at work to turn around my company but management wouldn't see it as a viable strategy. Our government really scares me

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Candice BC Canada

    I had no idea that watermellons had anything to do with racist anything, I was just as shocked to find out.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  4. Juanda Mayfield

    It is not possible for that mayor to not know that a watermelon patch has racist connotations. Then what would be the purpose of putting the watermelon patch in front of the White House?! Next he'll say he was under the influence when he sent the email.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    anything else anderson? lol

    i need stations and times, c'mon! lol

    seriously, this border business is scary.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  6. rositta buracas

    Good evening, I just saw your photo of the Whitehouse with the watermelon patch. Your comment , "how could anybody not know" that this is racist puzzled me somewhat. I have never heard that before, that watermelons are associated with black people. Maybe up here in Canada we're dumb?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Tom Salter

    We have a problem on our southern border (and in our country increasingly as well) that fits all the definition of terrorism. The bad guys have superior fire-power. Personally, I would not feel safe ANYWHERE in Mexico!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  8. Monica

    I can't believe that mayor did not know that postcard would be offensive...what is up with people? They do not have a sensitvity chip anymore..

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Donya

    I guess if we send a post card to the CA mayor with the mayor clad in the KKK outfit in his White House post card with the caption of
    "Off to the White House for some watermelon picking"
    won't be considered racist either.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  10. tanika

    The photo of the white house and watermelons is a racial joke. How could he say he did not know? If he sent it out as a joke he knew the meaning behind it. Now he wants to play dumb.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. xtina, chicago IL

    Obama is counting on crushing taxation of the country's (former) wealth producers. Obama shouldn't be surprised then, if said producers of jobs and wealth exit the US.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Courtney

    I think that he knew that the watermelons in front of the white house were racist. It's just like the cartoon with the monkey that was dicussed a week ago. People are just claiming ignorance and I'm getting sick of it. If you don't like our President because he is black, just say it out loud, instead of hiding behind "suttle" watermelon and monkey symbols. The racist BS is getting out of hand, I thought that we were past it now that we have a black President, but I guess I'm naive.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Maureen T, Canada

    60 minutes, AC360, cohosting on Regis and Kelly, when do you get an opportunity to rest Anderson?? You're lucky that you are still a young man, you probably don't need must rest! 🙂

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Richard Hicks

    That mayor of Los Alamitos totally knew what he was doing. For him to feign ignorance is just insulting. Fess up and offer a REAL apology!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  15. Curtis

    It is apalling that while the coutry is going down the tubes, people are homeless, schools are closing, etc. A mayor has time to worry about hwether or not there will be a Easter Egg hunt at the white house, Did he just dream up the idea to use watermelon if he had no idea of a stereotype he he real more stupid than I imagined.

    These elected officials are so irresponsible and dumb that it is mind boggling how they got their jobs!!!!!!!!!

    The big trouble that we are in is not only the econmy is the lack of responsible, intelligent leaders.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  16. Allen - Katy, Texas

    ok back in the late 70's we had trailers then... oh that was Louisiana maybe that's understandable...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Shelly

    Did not know????? I am from another country, and I know what that means!!!!! If he didn't know what it meant, why did he send it out? Pray tell, what message was he trying to send?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Richard(Greenville,SC)

    Racism needs to end. Those who ARE still racists need to grow up. And if that racist is a politician, then they need to be kicked out. This man is our country's President. Don't they see this. If they don't like it, they need to move to another country where racism is accepted. I guess that means they'll have to move where life is uninhabitable. They stand alone, and will always stand alone. No support from me.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  19. sharon

    The mayor is not telling the truth he knew what he was doing when he sent the e-mail and what it meant. Unfortunately we will see lots more of these silly e-mails and cartoons poking fun at the President. I'm glad the president isn't giving it any attention. Keeping reporting it CNN so we can take action..

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Deb

    As somebody who grew up in Cleveland I thought it was important to point out that the Cleveland schools that you highlighted in your report tonight are in fact the North Olmsted schools; A relatively wealthy western suburb of Cleveland!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Steve - southern Illinois

    AC360, Regis & Kelly, 60 Minutes?? - You must be in the over $250,000 section by now! Need any yard work done??

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Linda

    Re "No Easter Egg Roll at the White House" ... Are the people who produced that drawing NUTS? It's outrageous.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    @Anderson: Seems like drugs have always been an issue in Mexico, what's making it so alarming now?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Minou, New York City

    I think we can "thank" our drug users for the cartel mess!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Karyn

    The racist remark that the mayor "claimed" he didn't know anything about, makes me wonder why do we have ignorant people serving the country?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  26. TinaTinaTina

    Watermelon jokes and ape jokes are a part of black peoples past. How can anyone know that those jokes, emails or anything that depict them are not connected to race. I am so tired of hearing people say, "I didn't know." It comes to a point in time where I do not know is not a viable answer.
    Remember your parents? Parents beat you when you said "but I didn't know"
    I did not know is not an excuse!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Robert Cantu

    it is well known that most construction in the US is done by illegal latin american workers particularly from mexico. they are the best and most motivated construction workers in the world. what if these construction projects in the stimulus package get done by these illegal latin american workers? if this happens, wont a big chunk of that money and earninings be sent to mexico and other latin americans countries and not spent here? just whose country will be stimulated then?.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  28. concern/denver Colorado

    If the guy with the watermelons has no idea then why did he not use apple trees or any other fruit ..

    February 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Pati Mc

    @ Anderson – Very excited about your piece for 60 Minutes. Glad to see that you were able to get your script completed and still watch some of The Oscars. 🙂

    Yes, R&K tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder. Can't wait to see what you and Kelly get into. You kids!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Evelyn from Bowie Md

    Why watermelons, why not peach trees or rose bushes? That mayor is a racist and full of crap. An apology is not enough. Its funny how your true colors eventually show through.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Pat D

    If he didnt know it was racist...then what would have made a watermelon patch in front of the white house funny? Why not a pumpkin patch? Tell you why cause he is a liar!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  32. RB in Calif

    Los Alamitos Mayor needs to get the public attention he asked for. Bringing this sort of mean spirited behavior to the light is the best way to get rid of this "infectious" mind set.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Victoria-Indiana

    That mayor in California should be ashamed of himself. First off to send a racially charged e-mail to his constituents, then to make up the lame excuse that he was unaware that watermelons can be used as racist images is total crap. If he was unaware, why would he doctor the image to use watermelons. I don't accept his apology because it is a load of crap.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Stacy

    @Lori in VA: Wow! That's really good.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  35. John S

    :: In reference to the Whitehouse Watermellon Patch ::

    You know, this is why we can't have nice things... If this governor is so naive that he does not know about these kind of racial connections, then he does not have the connection with the community to be in a public office... Complete lies by him/his PR...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  36. David

    So the California Mayor didn't know he was making a racist statement. All I can think of are the two words that were used in the U.S. Army ... Bovine Scatology!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Esma

    I'm glad that there is an interest in the violence in Juarez, hopefully all this exposure will bring a positive change to the area. It's horrible and no one should have to live in such frightening conditions.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    by the way i have a piece on the mexico drug war on 60 Minutes this sunday..
    I can't wait see your program on 60 minutes and You were so great host for Regis this morning!!!! 😀

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Gary

    Can you report on when this crackdown began?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Jennifer - Michigan

    Aw shoot! I'll have to miss Regis & Kelly tomorrow – I have a meeting in the morning. Bummer.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Anderson... I would be very interested. I work for the government in Southern Calif in drugs and alcohol issues

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Anderson i'll be sure to watch you tomorrow on Regis & Kelly, since i have no classes tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up for 60 minutes.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Lori in VA

    I will be teaching.....should I turn Regis on during school?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Marissa

    How can the mayor say he was not aware of the stereotype?
    Even I, an immigrant to this country, is aware of the stereotype regarding watermelons!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Tina

    In regards to the mayor with the watermelon cartoon. This presidency has really brought about the true colors of this nation. It's disgusting. I'm tired of all these racist jokes being shot at our President. I'm Asian and President Obama has brought inspiration and hope to the minority race. They keep taking their shots.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Clarence

    The news in Mexico is really a reflection of what is happening in the US.... drug dealers also deal with the supply and demand model.... DOA DEA

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Dulcie - Denver

    by the way i have a piece on the mexico drug war on 60 Minutes this sunday.

    Excellent! I'll make sure to watch!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Glen Up North (originally from Cape Breton)

    Yikes... thanks for the heads up on the 60 minutes piece (I will try to watch)... but Regis may be too early... wait a sec, I work @ 10 AM. Deal. 🙂

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Dee F

    No wonder towns and this country is in such a bad state because the leaders are dumb!!
    What an extraordinary unbelievably poor excuse by that mayor, he must think everyone is as dumb as he is!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  50. L. Carilo, H.R. CO

    I can’t even imagine how discouraging it is for parents and students in those circumstances. I have my own problems with the educational system, but nothing by comparison. I just have to suck-it-up.

    Reality is, I paid less per year when I home-schooled my kids than I have every year in public school. School supplies; between $100 and $300, per kid. (Very bad) School Lunch; $300 for three. Field Trips: Between $5 and $25 (way more for middle and high schoolers. ~ L.C

    February 26, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
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