March 17th, 2009
10:17 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/17/09

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Tonight on AC360°, we’re following all the latest on the AIG front as the outrage over billions in bonus payments boils over. Today we learned that AIG gave more than 73 employees in its Financial Products subsidiary (yep, that’s the rogue unit that nearly drove the company into the ground with its risky investments) bonuses of $1 million or more. 11 of those employees no longer work at AIG. New York’s Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the top 10 bonus recipients combined take was $42 million, with the top recipient getting more than $6.4 million. Now lawmakers are scrambling ot find ways to get the billions back. It’s your money after all – taxpayer bailout funds paid for the bonuses. We want to keep the live blog on this one topic. So, please share your thoughts on AIG below.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Have a wonderful Tuesday Evening and rest of the week

    Good Night! 🙂

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Franz Johannson's point about passion in the panel discussion is a good one. I can understand that part of what he must be saying is that releasing that energy in pursuing something moves you forward.

    On AIG, only other pt is that maybe the people in the dept who messed things up might be the ones who want most to get things right, had that thought.

    That is an amazing story about the green tortillas. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. Good night everyone.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |

    loving all the cheering crew in chalmette...au revoir....

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Don, WA

    I think I met that robo-lady at the loan application window last week.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Nancy from Ohio

    The bailouts were rushed through Congress without thinking things through. Congress and the Executive branch either knew or should have known about the possibility of AIG and others paying bonuses. When the legislation was drafted is the time when our politicians could have been most effective by forbidding the financial institutions who took money from paying out bonuses.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, everyone!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Nattada, Houston, TX

    That will really scare children off.
    I saw the version of only her head before, but the whole body of it is really creepy.

    Good night everyone.
    Have a great day tomorrow.

    Sweet dreams all!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Maren in Oregon

    Better late than never – another great show on the Road! thank you Anderson – it's great to see dispatches from the hinterlands. Detroit here they come!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and Tom!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Ah, but the real question should be can that Robot do the laundry, cook, do dishes, and clean windows? Now that would be some innovations.

    Looking forward to seeing Anderson in my home state tomorrow! Nite all!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    Thanks Tom and Anderson – great show! Also – congratulations to Dr. Gupta on the birth of his 3rd daughter! She's beautiful.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Seth Blaustein

    What was the name of the t"green" tortilla substitute? I wanna buy some!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Driller1

    So…..AIG is considered to big to fail? R U kidding me …AIG is not the only insurance company in the world. They are playing us for a bunch of Tards! My sugestion, if you are involved with AIG drop them like a bad habit and get a different Ins. group….DUH! Then sell everything they own and get our friggen’ money back!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Lauren--NY

    Thanks to Kira and Tom Foreman for blogging with us, and thank you for an excellent broadcast. I wish Anderson continued safe travel and I'll catch you guys tomorrow in Detroit.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Esma

    Rosie the Robot from the Jestons she's not!
    Goodnight everyone!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Jacqueline, NY

    Good Nite All!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  17. starr formerly known as vincent

    OM Goodness...time went so fast i gues because the blog was delayed.

    Good night Anderson et al, and fellow bloggers!

    Prayers for Natasha Richardson.

    Was a great show as always and a great crowd behind AC!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson!
    Good rest!

    Good night, David (Indiana), Megan, Casey, Gayle, Esma, Rikki, Brandi, Betty Ann, Vanessa, …

    See you tomorrow!!!
    Good rest!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Wow...that is a bit creepy! Definitely would scare children!

    Good night Anderson, Tom, David, Ali! Have a good sleep and a wonderful tomorrow! Can't wait for Detroit tomorrow!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Rafael Bronx,NY

    That robot is cool but it does look kinda scary for kids well Good Night AC 360 Crew and Anderson and my fellow bloogers.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Debbie Finney

    Dear Anderson:
    Just watched your story on the star's head injury.

    I suffered a spontaeous subdural hemmorhage and hematoma on the entire left hemisphere of my brain. I had a SEVERE headache and everything the doctor just described! Warn people it can happen even without a blow to the head and call 911 in the event of a very severe headache that will not quit for days!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    We should let HRP4Cs run the country, not to mention the banks and AIG.

    'Night bloggers!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  23. Moore, NC

    How creepy is the robot?

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. cindy Appleton

    @tom foreman

    private companies can't build their own "militias" – they build their own lobbyists and buy our legislators. they threaten U.S security in other ways, not even related to the military.
    ask me – i live in cordova, alaska and was here when exxon spilled millions of gallons of crude and i can tell you – our security was and is threatened. our justice was denied, but i will say we have all moved on.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Isabel, Brazil

    The perfect robot!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Michael Messina, CPA

    II do not understand why everyone is so concerned over the $165 million in bonus money. Why no concern over the +/- 35 Billion that we gave to foreign banks. That's what is important! I guess the politics of the bonuses makes a better story than taxpayer money given to bailout foreign banks!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Steve - southern Illinois

    It's bad that AIG gave 160 million in bonuses after they received bailout money. But isn't 160 million a drop in the bucket? Seems to me that all this attention to these bonuses is distracting everyone from finding real solutions.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Isabel, Brazil


    Great job today! Excelent show!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  29. Kevin, Las Vegas, NV

    Question: If, as AIG is saying, they were contractually bound to pay the "bonuses", then that liability would have been accrued and on the company's balance sheet. Did noone in our government even look at the balance sheet before handing over billions and billions? A simple review of the balance sheet would have allowed the government to say "we're not giving you money to pay bonuses!"

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  30. Damian, TX

    What ever happened to the American Dream? Since when is it my responsibility to give my hard earned money to a company that made bad choices? If they failed, they failed. AIG should go under just like every other company that went under last year because of bad business choices. What makes them different from every other company in the US?

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Jacqueline, NY

    Congratualtions, Dr. Gupta on the birth of your 3rd child!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Tom, I think organizations like AIG are too big and when they are too big to fail, they feel as though they can do anything they want, as AIG did and continues to do. I think they are a security threat.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  33. Lori from IL

    Wow - another "fast" 360 episode. Good mix of topics tonight and good chatting.

    Tom - enjoyed you blogging withus throughout the hour.

    Hope everyone has an enjoyable St. Patrick's Day - and until tomorrow night, "May the luck of the Irish be with you."

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. Richard T.

    I want to know when this President and this Congress are going to step up, be seen and be heard? AIG should be cleaned out and restocked. The problem in America is that people are too afraid to stand up and fight for what is right and demand change.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Tom, David G, David in IN, Brandi, Esma, Bea, BettyAnn, Rikki, Michelle D, Glen, EJ, Ashley, Isabel, Chris S, Vanessa TX, Vanessa DC, Pati, Casey Sean, Soldier in IRAQ and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!
    Hope see you there.....
    Have a good trip on the road!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Karen C

    I really hope they got Ms. Richardson help in time. Brain injuries are SO scary. People who take warfarin/coumadin should also beware. My mother suffered small brain bleeds that accumulated before damage was detectable with some of the symptoms just noted. She has had terrible short term memory trouble now because of it, and it was unnecessary.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  37. Isabel, Brazil

    God do the best for Natasha Richardson.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Bea

    Can the government just let AIG fail take back the remaining money and create a temporary insurance fund like the cleanup funds they do for toxic spills? An odd idea but we need crazy thinking at this point.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  39. Jacqueline, NY

    Thanks, Anderson for reporting on how people are coping around the States. Finally, good news reporting. Keep it up. We need and want more, more, more!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  40. Jerry Slater

    Instead of grandstanding about whether or not legally binding contracts should be enforced (of course), why doesn't Congress act immediately to tax back any income derived from any bonus in excess of $100,000 (or whatever minimal amount preferred) provided to anyone who is or was an employee of any employer that has received federal assistance? Let's stop the bull, any just get our money back! I'm free to attend the signing at the White House, could be done in a week or two.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  41. Maren in Oregon

    All our prayers are with Natasha, Anderson. She is a beautiful (in and out), talented, extraordinarily giving and loving individual. A real ray of sunshine in the lives of those who are lucky enough to know her. Prays must go to strenthen LIam now too.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  42. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    My thoughts and prayers are with both Natasha and her loved ones. It has to be an extremely difficult time for all involved.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  43. Lauren--NY

    Anderson, if you catch this message–sorry about your friend and I hope she gets well soon. I had no idea.

    @ Guillermo Martinez and Sean in Iraq: Thank you for your service, gentlemen.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  44. Joe

    To the folks in New Orleans: rebuild your city without relying on federal gov't assistance. The entire south of Florida rebuilt, without much federal assistance, after Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, etc.... one after another and major cities have rebuilt and returned to normalcy. If everyone would just stop looking to government as a solution for our problems, we'd be so much better off.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Sandra Robertson, Ga.


    Good to see you home in New Orleans. These volunteers are the salt of the earth, always caring for others. My thoughts and prayers are with Natasha Richardson and her family. God Bless them.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  46. Missy

    AIG should have to do a walk of shame in front of the whole US and then FIRED by Obama-Let AIG fall-NO MORE BAIL OUT

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  47. Ken in NC

    Why doesn't the government take AIG to court and break it up like they broke AT&T into all of the BABY BELLS years ago? That way if one fails then it is history.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  48. Cherry B - Ms

    So very sorry to hear about Natasha's accident. Our prayers are with her and her family.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  49. Robert, Ft Lauderdale

    Thank You Bridget, in Texas.

    I will survive and do my absolute best to take care of people in my situation in the future. I will learn how to best volunteer or delve into non-profit and provide housing and opportunities for those in need.

    This big mess can break a company, a country and the world economy, but it isn't going to break ME.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  50. RosaLee

    First of all the GOVERNMENT cause the economic problems. They should have never gotten involved in "bailouts" of companies. With that said what do you think these bailouts are for? They are for companies to use to pay off their debts and contracts so that they can continue to operate. But American, this bonus issue is a big smoke screen so the libs in congress can push through a bunch of other laws to socialize our country. WAKE UP!!!!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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