February 26th, 2009
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  1. L. Carilo, H.R. CO

    My last comment of the night: Anderson, talk to Gelman about approaching Hill for fill-in when Ripa takes a day off. In my opinion, Hill might even surpass Ripa as funniest and my favorite woman on TV. Looking forward to see you tomorrow morning. Good Times. Goodnight. ~ L.C.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Joe

    Allowing photos of the flag drapped coffins is a bad idea. It will ONLY be used for political purposes, protests, to make a statement, etc.... Will you ever see these photos used to HONOR those lying in the coffin? Nope. Attend a funeral of a fallen soldier in your area if you need a reminder of the war we are fighting or if you want to honor the fallen. Picture sof coffins plastered on th enightly news only serves one prupose; to undermine the efforts of the troops and their mission.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  3. marlene norris

    If the mayor "didn't know" that a field of watermelons pictured on the front lawn of the White House carried a racist message, maybe he's not smart enough to be a mayor – really!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Fay - California

    I've been hearing about the situation in Mexico off and on over the past few months – it is frightening what's been taking place there and it seems to be getting much worse.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Anita

    If he was so ignorant that he was "unaware of the stereotype" Who trust him as their Mayor...What an idiot.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The Mexican government cannot be trusted! They are bought and sold by the cartels.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  7. John Adams

    I think that the Mayor that sent the email with the watermelon patch at the White House should step down. He is exectly what we don't need in public office in America. Get rid of him......

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Norman Moran - Lafayette Hill, PA

    Michael Ruppert can tell you how big this drug business is...and how it got so powerful.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  9. Heidi

    I thought the comment Anderson made about the congress waisting their time waiting for the president instead of in their office's working on our be half was right on. You go Anderson

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Onnie in Miami, FL

    Seriously? That mayor didn't know watermelons had a racist connotation towards black people. Yeah right! What is the explanation this time? Was the joke was about suppose to be about some obscure agriculture legislative measure in the latest stimulus bill. This is just like the NY Post monkey cartoon. They claim they don't know but most black people refuse to believe that. Just apologize instead. Saying you didn't know, especially during Black History Month, is very insulting. You don't know because black people are told that they are playing the race card everytime they point out legitimate racism. I guess Eric Holder was right. That mayor is a COWARD!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Nicole

    The "i did not know excuse" is getting old already. The email would not even make sense besides racial sugesstions. It sad!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Michael T. McPhearson

    Someone may have already made this observation. If Mayor of that city in California did not know that watermelons have a racial stereotype history, I wonder why he picked watermelons to associate with the White House and Easter. To critique his so called joke further, why would he think there would not be an Easter Egg Hunt at the White House this year? He obviously knew what it meant and now does not want to take responsibility. Plus he must not be too bright. This should be the end of his political career. If not, his town has the same mentality as he.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Kayla

    I say shame on the individuals that made Suleman the million dollar offer to be in an adult film. They are taking advantage of a woman who is in a desperate situation, granted self-inflicted, but nonetheless it's wrong. If she has any dignity whatsoever, she should decline.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Leo

    Sorry, but I too needed to have someone explain what the watermelons meant. I can say for sure I am not racist.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Ustagig

    C'mon. This clown was elected to public office and he is not smart enough to understand why he's sending email around with "watermelon patches on the White House lawn?" He might be STUPID but we aren't. Impeach the idiot.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  16. char

    Puleez!. Give me a break. This is a Mayor? Did not know about the watermelon connotation? What a total jerk! I guess he feels this us his "2 mintues of fame" after the cartoon. I believe in free speech but when it is spread across the internet thinking it is a joke, his internet provider should just cut him off. I will pay for his connection as long as he can't get on.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Richard Hicks

    oh and props to you Anderson for acknowledging what the Congressman said about you. But I must say, considering that you mentioned you didn't like the "snarky" aspect of Rachel Maddow's show, isn't that what you were doing?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. tgirlstt

    That kind of blatant disrespect for our new president using racist material will not be tolerated. Let's unite to remove the mayor from office soonest.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. TKG

    C'mon Anderson and Erica... That mayor knew exactly what he was doing. When will people realize that President Obama will be in office for the next four years. Get over it.

    I also agree with the other folks on the blog, please I am begging you, no more octo-mom stories.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Scary stuff on the Texas border. I know a lot of people who go to doctors and dentist because they are 1/10th of the cost of the U.S. Isn't that ridiculous? Something needs to be done about medical cost. Not very safe to cross the border.
    Michael Ware is very brave and an excellent reporter.
    @ Anderson~I'll be watching ur piece on border drug cartels AND with Kelly in the morning. I have nothing else to do anyway!lol (ankle broken)

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Steve - southern Illinois

    I crossed the border in one of those little towns close to South Padre Island, Texas in 2005. A couple of days later we started hearing about violence in the border towns. I swore off of ever going to Mexico again.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Celeste, GA

    Funny how the mayor did not think the email was not offensive. That email certainly isn't funny and neither is he.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Michelle

    So this is all about drugs coming into the United States.
    Does Mexico have troops they can deploy to clamp down
    on the violence before a possible overthrow of the government?
    That would lead to total chaos.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Eleanor

    Of course the Mayor from CA knew what he was doing when he sent that lousy postcard. This is why the there are more and more groups against blacks are growing. How ignorant....God Bless Obama, he would still try to help these low lifes.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  25. kenneth- Wisconsin

    Anyone who thinks their use of drugs is only hurting themselves needs to pay attention to this report!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Therese

    What the hick, heck are people thinking, racism is showing its ugly head once again. Why can't we all just get along?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Stephen Webb

    If the mayor was not aware of the "watermelon" stereotype, why did he choose watermelons???

    Why not choose books, or computers, some other intellectual property???

    He knew exactly what he was doing! Anyone, black, white, red, or yellow knows about these typical southern Jim Crow stereotypes!

    Why is he denying it, is he embarrassed? If so, why did he create that?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  28. don

    I think CNN is couragous in broadcasting Black in America. You are the only Major news organization taking on this issue. Even B4 Eric Holders comments. Salute

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Art

    Mexico used to be a great place to visit. I remember the great days in the Military, Everyone used to go to Tijuana to party, go to the great beaches, Cabo ST Lucas and us Americans can't even take chance to go down to Mexico to enjoy oursleves and have fun without watching behind our backs. Whats this word coming to........

    Thank You.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Maureen, Georgia

    Hi Anderson better late than never, good show tonight.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  31. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I have been visitng a clinic in Tijuana (Mexico) on a regular basis for 5+ years, and I always travel alone. A lot of people in southern California use medical services in Tijuana. The first visit (to a third world country) was frightening. After that, I realized my fear was just my own mental hype. NOW, however, I have serious reservations about going across the border. I wonder if I'd be a target?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Zoee - Canada

    You were absolutely hilarious today! Can't wait to watch tomorrow morning!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Marilyn

    It is such a shame that the mayor would post a picture like that about the white house. hatered is huch a waste of the mind/He knew that i
    he was aminf for the e-mail to be raceist. shame on him.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  34. tina

    I think it is very very sad that we are living in a time that people still can't respect each other. One day they say that one day has not come; these people need to get a real and ask God to forgive them for the bitterness in their heart.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Vera Conyers

    I am an 80yr old black/indian heritage woman. What has confused me over the years is if blacks were stolen and brought to America, they most certainly were not allowed to bring groceries. Who brought the pork, watermelon, and other things we are sterotyped with? Of course they had to eat what was given to them!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I actually have to get up at nine tomorrow, so I'll try to catch what I can of the show before I head to class. From the clips I've seen, the shows you host always prove to be quite entertaining. 🙂

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Shanna

    Ok, I could do without seeing the morgue images. I think that just scares people. Haven't we had enough of the "fear factor" that has been living in American journalism for the past 8 years? Isn't there another way to get the point across?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Charles

    I think this email that the Mayor sent out is something that is just beginning because President Obama is changing the way things were and because he is the First Black President. We are going to continue to hear others lashing out !

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Lori from IL

    @ Anderson - 60 Minutes is a season pass on my TIVO - so I'm looking forward to your segment. It's a story we all need to be aware of - talk about the threat of "terrorism" in our backyard.

    and on Regis and Kelly again tomorrow - do you ever sleep?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  40. mave

    My goodness Mick, you come home and still manage to find a war. The situation is Mexico is unbelievable. Will look forward to 60 minutes.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Esma

    Thank you Anderson, you've just set up my weekend schedule for me!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  42. Lynne, L.A.

    Give me a break! Mayor Grose knew exactly what he was saying. Actually, it's a good thing that the mayor "accidentally" emailed that to the wrong (really the right) person. Orange County (California) has long been viewed throughout Southern California as being anti-minority. Actions such as this by the mayor of Los Alamitos also serves to verify that perception. On top of that, melon lovers come in every shade, are of every ethnicity. So, from one Melon Lover in America to the next ... peace out! LOL!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Tonda

    It's funny how when people are called out because of their acts of racism that their excuse is always "I Didn't Know"

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  44. Clarence

    Anderson, thanks for reminding us what will be on TV tomorrow, Regis and Kelly and AC....but thank you more for what is showing in the streets close by.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    This story is absolutely devastating...but one that we need to hear...thank you Mr. Ware for bringing it to us...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  46. deborah

    OK Anderson,
    There's no way I can believe anyone who could have created the white house image with the watermelon front yard, would have no idea about the 'hidden' meaning of the melons...
    Shameful. We as a nation need to be focusing our energy on breaking the barriers not continuing to support such destructive attitudes and pretend innocence.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  47. Tye Murray

    I just can't understand how political officials. are allowed to do such things as the mayor is Los Alamedas, CA. If he had sent some sort of anti-semitic e-mail like that, the jewish community would have his head, and he would more than likely be forced out of office.

    Please tell me how this is any different???

    Confused in Brooklyn, NY

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  48. Sheron

    I can't believe that this Mayor does not know of the stereotype of water melon and blacks. Why did he not use oranges?
    Al Sharoton where are you in this....................go get him!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    No matter how much our government says they are seriously fighting the war on drugs they don't really want the importation of drugs to end because it brings too much money into our country.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  50. bingham (virginia)

    Greetings Anderson,

    Black History Month is almost over but I guess it is okay for some people to get one last watermelon joke in. I find his excuse absurd!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
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