February 26th, 2009
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  1. Lauren--NY

    Sabrina, just to be fair, it was not GWB who implemented the ban on the coffin images; it was his father. That policy has been in place for almost 20 years.

    A lot of the issues with school funding is local yokel nonsense, local politics–my high school had ten year old *biology* textbooks when I was there (I graduated in 2004) and my brother is still a student there and as far as I know they have not been replaced. My dad is a biologist and is outraged at the outdated lessons, as are the science teachers–yet when extra money was found in the budget, it went in the superintendent's pocket.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. John Santamaria

    Hi Anderson,

    To answer your question, what is a trillion in simplified.
    With a population of just over 300 million, One Billion is $3.33 per person and One Trillion would be $3,333.33 per person. That is for each man, woman and child in the US.

    If we pay it back over say the next ten years, that is about $28 per month not including interest. Hope this puts it more in perspective.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Octamom in video porn? I think I just threw up in my mouth!!!! Someone needs their head(s) examined!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Terrance

    Hello Anderson,

    What about asking our loaded atheletes to take a pay cut each year to help pay for kids and school??? This is a sad, sad, sad country as of lately.

    Thank you.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Allen - Katy, Texas

    Did I understand that right... the gov't gives banks bailout, people are getting benefits from gov't through debit card, the banks charge the people fees for using this card, oh by the way my FICO is above 750 never late on payments and they just raised my APR to 30%.... can anybody see that banks are the problem...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Sabrina

    Cooper you should have on Arnie Duncen the President's education sec. to talk about how he plans to improve our systems, and not just by throwing money at the problem but by getting to root of this problem. Education is the future and it is sad that some of our schools look like they belong in third world countries.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I like that president Obama is saying "we are not quitters" for education our kids! Thanks Randi Kaye!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  8. sharon, sydney, cape breton

    It doesn't qualify because it is not a financial district business? That is truly pathetic.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Schools in Ga. have always used trailers..That's no big deal!


    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Carol

    Refreshing to see a younger face on the panel. Ryan Mack presents a very interesting perspective. Liked his point about investing in the people – we don't hear enough of that.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    This sort of thing should not be happening in American schools.. come on, toilet paper and light bulbs! What happens if students don't bring toilet paper?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Perkins Louis

    A watermelon patch outside of the White House? I don't care what ridiculous excuse you can come up with, that can only been seen as short-sided, naive and insensitive! And the fact that a representative of our government had the nerve to email that to other people is embarrassing. Shameful.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    Education is essential the people know to choose their leaders

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is a shame that education is always place on the back burner. I could never understand why anyone would think it is acceptable for teachers to buy supplies out of their own money just to teach their classes.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  15. Maureen T, Canada

    Totally unacceptable! Students should just be at school to learn not to provide lightbulbs and toilet paper!! Having a class in a closet! That is not acceptable!! This is America, right??

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Pati Mc

    @ Stacy – I agree with your comment about allowing the coffins to be shown. To me it was always so disrespectful of the sacrifce made by these brave soldiers to ignore that grim reality. We owe them.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. Cardo

    Wow...talking up the huge, huge sum of dollars to be spent on saving America, its terrible!
    Why not new's up on millions of ordinary American's losing jobs, homes, healthcare, self-respect?
    Heck..how much is a life worth in term's of dollar's, anyway?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  18. Simone (in Canada)

    Hello Anderson
    Michael Ware's reporting never ceases to amaze me, what an excellent journalist!
    Always be safe Michael (you too Anderson)

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Why do politicans claim one thing and do another it's allways been that way but at least Obama is trying to fix the defict rather than create more mess.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Maureen, Georgia

    @ Richard I take it you earn over $250.000 a year. There are some people who has 2 or 3 jobs without hardly any time off and they don't make anything near $250.000 a year

    February 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Cindy

    UMM...in primary school you always have to take those things for your kids. No matter if it's a public school or private.


    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  22. DBrown

    As a means to understand the 3.6 trillion proposed budget. Please tell us the actual budget spend of each of the past 4 years, including all of the same categories that are included in this budget.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh, gee whiz~ we can't let our education system fail. We have already fallen behind many countries in the world. Education is the key~

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Kelly

    I think Americans realize a trillion dollars is an extreme amount of money. However According to the US census there are 305 million people in the US thats only $3,200 investment per person.. that's an investment we are worth.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  25. L. Carilo, H.R. CO


    We need evidence of the loss of our protectors of freedom. A fallen soldier’s American Flag covered casket truly breaks my heart; however, they serve as reminders that members of my family came home from Afghanistan and Iraq in one piece…because those who were lost gave everything to protect their brothers. GWB turned a blind eye. In my opinion, that was unacceptable.

    To those families: Respectfully yours. ~ L.C

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Clarence

    Meanwhile back in our borders.... dropping out of hish school....is not an option...I can't believe that the students are being asked to carry the burden of bringing the bare essentials.... wow.. especially when compared to the bailout beneficiaries.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Nancy polk

    We have spent so much money in iraq,why cant we expect to be repaid for buying thier freedom and rebuilding thier infrastructure ?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  28. Ken

    I find it funny how people and Anderson talk about the cost of government spending, and then there are stories on 360 about how schools are crumbling.

    People want more from government. They like police and firefighters and flood protection and good schools for their kids, but no one wants to pay for anything. If someone once single marries and has a family, then one's expenses will increase. The American population has increased and America's costs have increased... it's common sense.

    Is there waste, sure, but numbers don't really mean anything when American citizens, many who work or did or want to, don't have anything to eat.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The schoiols here need renovations badly and i couldn't imagine sending kids there now it's too bad.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Steve Hansen

    My Question for your tonight is- What is being done about
    the drug cartel situation in Mexico. I didn't hear about any
    money in the Presiden'ts budget to fight this problem. I
    did hear about 8000 ear mark requests for wasteful spending.
    I wish all of that wastefull spending was going to fight
    the drug cartels. What do you think Anderson? I feel Congress
    is ignoring our most important issues so they can get
    their Pork Barrel spending projects rammed through Congress.
    I am very outraged! Do others share my View?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Alisa

    I am interested in you sharing the story on the terror in Juarez, Mexico. I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico U.S.A. which is only 35 miles to the boarder. It is frightening and what the media is portraying is not as deep as it really is. Just the other day a was speaking with a guy who knew a guy that sells AK-47's to the Mexican cartels for a $1,000 a hit. Overpowered...yes, this needs military action, and now!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  32. debbie

    hi anderson,i have a question that i would like someone to ask concerning the stimulus package that is given to the states,why didn't the president stipulate a percentage amount of the money given to the states,to be used just for the mental ill services?These are the people of our country that cannot help themselves.Why have they been forgotten?I know the states have got to make cuts.but not on the most needy of this country.It;s a shame on all of us.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Esma

    Being suggestively racist isn't cute. We still have a long way to go before people grow up.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Michael, Agawam, MA

    Obama forgets one thing with his claims he inherited this recession, the congress controls the budget, not the president and he was a member of the senate when these deficits were run up, therefore culpable. He also chose to vote for TARP 1 with out reviewing the legislation to make sure the money would be spent properly. Lastly his energy policy will raise cost to consumers drying up the meager tax cut some will receive.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Sean, Boston, MA

    Trust me the "war on the border" is nothing new. It's only taken this long for it to come to light. This has been going since before the 90's.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Alonzo

    whats up with the watermelon patch on the front lawn of the white house? Are people still racist? That just shows you who's the ignorant person here. I thought white people liked watermelon too!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Isabel, Brazil

    Education is a best weapon to the people know to choose their leaders

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    I am reilieved to hear Obama wanting to puul out of Iraq it's a longer wait but it's good to bring troops home.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I find it a little disrespectful to show the flag draped coffins photos and such. These families should be allowed to grieve in peace without having photos of their son or daughter's coffin splashed all over TV. We wouldn't want it done to our families we shouldn't do it to theirs. I do understand the arguments for it...I just find it disrespectful.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  40. Jim

    It seems like Obama's only agenda is to make his campaign promises come to be, AT ANY COST. Sounds like an ego problem.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  41. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Anderson I couldn't believe it when I saw that email with the watermelons on the WH lawn. Distasteful, and down right wrong! I am highly offended by it. Yeah we can joke around and everything, but that so called joke went to far.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  42. Lori from IL

    I'm happy the coffin ban was lifted (and based on the family's discretion) - I watched HBO's movie "Taking Chance" this weekend. (I highly recommend it.)
    Nothing like a visual to capture our attention.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  43. Gary

    We told you all that Obama would not pull all the troops out. But his rhetoric swooned you into voting for him. We also told you he would not bring them home but would send them to Afghanistan. He is following President Bush's policies.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  44. LorenaR

    I so agree with Rikki and others that that mother's 15 minutes are over, way over. I hope she doesn't pop out another 10 and become known as the Deca-Mom...ugh.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  45. Minou, New York City

    I never understood how Bush could get away with banning pix of the fallen. (coffins) Where's the free speech ???

    February 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  46. Ed Young

    If you can't get your head around 3 trillion dollars, think about it this way. That is more than $10,000.00 for every man woman and child in the U.S
    Whidbey Island

    February 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  47. sharon, sydney, cape breton

    The story on the schools was mind boggling to me. I can't believe the governments of these states let their schools erode so badly. From the sounds of it, it started way before the melt down. How could have the kids going to these schools possibly take their education seriously when the powers-at-be didn't. I am glad the stimulus pkg is going to help.

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

    @Jo Ann – I'd rather it take 19 months and get out in an orderly fashion than to get out in 16 months and rush the process.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The hours in the day are too fast i agree the 360 hour news is not enough 2 hours more to cover Obama 's agenda and tyr to under 3 trillion dolllars.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Stacy

    I'm glad the ban on showing the coffins has finally been lifted.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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