February 26th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Lynda

    The education system should be ashamed of itself! It is time for the teachers to give back a little in all areas of compensation and benefits...for that matter isn't it time for the Congress and Senate to give back a little to...why is it only "average Americans" have to buckle down and make sacrifices!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Anderson – what a night.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    Susan, right, families do run deficits so to speak.

    Sorry I misspelled Bollywood.

    I was wondering when will people from the govt come out to meet banks and work with them individually on the stress tests?

    I agree with Michael Ware and David Gergen about President Obama taking the middle option to an extent. It's a bit of a compromise. He doesn't want to pull troops out too fast, its utterly necessary to maintain safety and security gains in Iraq.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Saera El Paso,TX

    "the Mexican drug war could be comign to your town..."
    um... yeah... it infiltrated my city a long time ago...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Love that Vick gets to stay in prison at home! WOW..what a punishment!!


    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Pati Mc

    That watermelon patch on the White house lawn is dispicable.

    If someone in any other job did something like that about the "boss" they would be fired, or at least severely reprimanded. How is it that legislators get away with it? Good question, huh?

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

    President Obama and B. Bernanke have been of the Congress. The authorities are in intense activity, but problems remain.
    What going on? Missing the first step. It must return the trust banks, and they have to lend again.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  8. Jane

    Heard on NPR that the federal reserve chairman attended J. V. Martin Junior High, the school that the girl who attended President Obama's speech attends... It is time for Alumns to give back to their early schools, it is not only colleges that need them.

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

    Hi, Anderson!
    The show is great today!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  10. Glen Up North (originally from Cape Breton)

    Touche, CaseyJ: we're not spending as much. I know I'm not. But before I slowed down, most of my spending was from credit, which needed to be repaid. I've wisened up about credit. I'm probably not the only one. Question is: how does the market translate from a "credit-happy" society to a "wisely-spending" one?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Clarence

    I don't believe that is simply a presidential problem when ti comes to spending time with the kids.... I know of individuals that would prefer to spend time trying to make or to spend a buck than to spend time with their family.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  12. Vaughn Samuel - Chicago

    when is the depression going to set in? If this is the worst recession since the great depression, maybe we ought to be getting ready for the depression

    February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Patrice Palmer

    Before this "recession," the Great Depression had the greatest income gap between rich and poor in the US. At that time, the government was worried about revolution in America. Eight years of the Bush/Cheney administration reduced possible tax deductions and increased taxation of the middle and lower classes, while the upper class received a preferential decrease in taxes, and a sustained, sometimes increased, level of available tax deductions. It doesn't surprise me that the upper/ruling class wants to maintain its preferential status. Of course they'll fight to maintain their wealth and power!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Fay - California

    It is beyond shameful that so many schools have been allowed to fall down – education should be one of the countries highest priorities, instead it has been sadly neglected.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  15. Bridget, TX

    The education situation is a travesty and anyone who voted against or voted to cut down on the education bill should be forced to send their children/grandchildren to these schools.

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

    @Cindy. My elementary schools had temps because we had too many children in our school.We used our cafeteria for the gym, and it had no AC(talk about HOT). I'm glad that POTUS is serious on Education, because school have been lagging behind for years no and it's time for us to get it together when it comes to our kids education.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Barbara in Boston

    Stacy, I agree with you. Pres Obama's stimulus package will leave us with a better infrastructure. That piece on the schools was eye-opening. Pres. Bush' administration has bankrupted our country.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Sabrina, when the war supplementals passed it was all over the news. NOTHING was hidden. All you needed was a pencil and paper to add the supplemental to the basic budget and get the true deficit. We're talking 2nd grade math. The votes were always bipartisan, and never close. Obama even voted for them until he became a candidate and had to suck up to the liberals. Obama's 'gimmick' is denying reality, that everyone knew what was going on. We didn't just wake up and say 'wow, look at that'.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Zoee - Canada

    Yeah, here in Canada we call them "portables" and it's not a bad place to learn at all. The crumbling infrastructure of schools worries me though!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. andersoncnn

    hey everyone... sorry im late...

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Esma

    Vick needs to go away. My dogs will gladly show him out.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    How come Michael Vicks get out of prison due dog fighting???

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Rafael

    That's just sad to see many of these students going to school wanting to learn and get an education but have to go through all of these issues and having to be overcrowded. I just hope that the stimulus bill gives a boost fast to these schools around the country.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Michael Vick needs gets no sympathy from me he is an exploiter of the innocent.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Vickie, I understand that, but Obama should have understood that before he made that promise. It is just another example of Obama promising something just to get elected. I know everyone does it, but it doesn't make it right.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Vanessa, TX

    there was a movie that was just released w/ showings in El Paso just recently about the violence in Juarez…it talked about legalizing drugs, that it might be better to legalize drugs to end this madness.. I don’t think its the solution..there was a debate w/ El Paso City govmt to bring this up to congress. I hope that it doesn’t come to that

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Stacy

    Too many of our nation's schools are in deplorable condition.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Michelle

    is it true that American troops are heading to
    the border with Mexico to deal with the violence
    that is spilling over into America.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Emma

    I remember taking classes in trailers......it's nothing new.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Nattada, Houston TX

    The school report is really good. Randi did a good job. I did not know many schools have so many problems. And education for the children is so important. The country's future up to that the big part.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  31. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Some people have no respect or common sense

    February 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Charlotte

    I like watermelon too.... and I'm not black! How ridiculous... I also like fried chicken and barbecue...... Don't you? Where's this mayor's class?

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Lori from IL

    Glad you are showing the education/school story - Not sure about all states, but in IL a lot of the school's budget is from property taxes. This is problematic on two fronts - sinces taxes are typically wrapped in the a mortgage, it raises a homeowners monthly payment (or makes it harder for people on a fixed income to stay in their "paid for" home) and with property values falling school's are receiving less money.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Phyllis


    Thank you so much for the special report on schools. It makes me feel ashamed to think our country has let this happen to our children. I hope you follow up on this so our citizens rethink this neglect. No wonder President Obama keeps emphasizing our schools!

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Glen Up North (originally from Cape Breton)

    For anyone who wonders why Bush banned the publication of fallen soldiers in any fashion: watch the film "Flags of Our Fathers". It spins a tale as to how one single picture turned a country into supporters of a World War. (It may be fictitious, but it's food for thought.)

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  36. jaelle

    I agree Erica, so many interesting and compelling stories! Awesome! I have spent some time in inner city USA. I believe a large part of the problem is that schools in the US are funded by local taxes. Well, in poor neighborhoods who is there to pay taxes? Even if you go downtown, there are a few banks and a few businesses, and the rest are churches, and government buildings who are exempt from paying taxes. If education is the great leveler and the way to the American dream, it needs to be equally funded, from school to school. That is a basic human right.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  37. LorenaR

    David Gergen says the President is boldly striding forward on economic issues, and cautiously on the war issues. And rightly so! contrast the former administration and their brash smug superior and arrogant (and unilateral) ways while rushing into Iraq. I am hoping for caution and wisdom in dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. gill - north of 49

    Drug wars are not exclusive to Mexico – just look north – northern neighbors in Vancouver BC who are currently in the midst of an all out violent drug turf war between rival gangs – playing out on their city streets .

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Brian

    Yeah, $90 million was slated to go to schools in Milwauke (sp?) from the stimulus, yet the same school system has 15 empty buildings, enrollment was down and the schools chancellor said he had no plans in place to spend the money and didn't even know he was getting it.

    The federal funding for schools SHOULD be going thru regular educaion committees where it can be debated, visible for the public, and then voted on. Not handled out as favors thru rushed stimulus bills.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Nai, Deep In The Heart of Texas

    I cannot wait for Black In America tonight! Good work Soledad and Anderson.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  41. peter


    Other people's money. that's what obama is so good at spending. Scary – 36 billion a day and it seems like he's just getting warmed up


    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  42. carolyn cee yah

    were so screwed in california, the gov raised state taxes, the cities
    raised taxes.

    thanks to our govenors the first thing they cut was education. what happened to all the lotto money that was to go schools.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  43. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    those schools were sad

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  44. kim

    Obviously that mayor is racist. He should apologize. Next election every one in that city needs to make sure that he is not in office. We do have a long way to go but this is still very bad.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Please no more octo -mom stories i can't believe she get offer from a porn flim what is this it's disgusting and make her go awy i click my heels then she dissapear.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Saera El Paso,TX

    funny how schools can be this decrepit and districts can still find the money to buy standardized tests that limit the student opportunity for exellence in education and fire good teachers if the students don't get "acceptable" ratings.....

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Maureen, Georgia

    Yay for stimulus funds to help repair schools. Thanks Pres. Obama.

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

    Education is key to our future.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  49. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I think the way we've forgotten our children is horrendous. Of everyone to leave behind, they should be the last on the list. I pray Obama follows through on his education promises. Our education system, while needing the funding, also needs serious restructuring. The public school system desperately needs to be brought into the modern era.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Esma

    Our educational system has been rapidly declining for years, and I mean that not just contextually, but physically as well. We are on the edge of an intellectual Dark Age if we don't give everyone a shot.

    February 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
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