March 19th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/19/09

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  1. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Randi! I'm really excited to see Ali's interview with Tim Geitner!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Janice Oney

    Give President Obama a break, people, and let him fill out a bracket just like every other sports-minded red-blooded American! He can concentrate on the economy 8 hours a day, then he can do whatever the heck he wants. This is America!

    And as far as the "special olympics" comment, America needs to get a sense of humor!!!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Maria

    Happy evening Anderson and All Ac360 crew and blogger,
    Another intense day of economic mess

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Cherry B - Ms

    Driving talent away? Have they lost their minds! Thought most of these people getting bonuses were the very ones that caused the problems in the first place.

    As far as the President being on the Leno show, so what. Kinda nice to have a president that can connect with the public. Could it be the Republicans are bad losers?

    One more thing, I am disabled and I certainly wouldn't take offense at the President's comment about the Special Olympics. Is it really necessary to pick apart every single word he says? hat's the only thing I take offense at.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Sally Morse

    President Obama's comment on The Tonight Show was an honest mistake. People who already disliked him will only use it as more amunition. It seems unfair.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. randicnn

    this is tom....i just grabbed randi's computer...she is always trying to make me out to be the bad guy

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Karen C

    This president has done more in 8 weeks than the last one did in eight years, working his tail off.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike...Glad you're back. Someone has to bolster "the other side." Aren'ty you equally annoyed with everyone on Capitol Hill now? Like I've been saying all along, "They're all to blame" (except the few Independents, of course).

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Kathy, Chicago

    AC, they should have caught the bonuses before they went out. Trying to get them back is after the fact. The Obama Administration screwed up.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  10. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Randi, Megan, Chris S., Isabel, everyone, Hi Kelly, doing ok thanks. Seems like the question of bonuses was a compromise to get the stimulus, or second half of the bailout? through congress. They probably never imagined that AIG would give 165M in bonuses to the dept that insured Mortgage backed securities.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Jacqueline, NY

    Mike from Syracuse, where have you been? Missed you. 🙂

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Missy

    Nice to see you tonight, Randi.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Lauren--NY

    Oh yes, God forbid the president takes a day in LA to do The Tonight Show. Didn't Bush beat Clinton's entire vacation day count in his *two* terms in office before he was done with his first? I don't think this president taking a day off is going to kill anybody. On the contrary, it's better he gets some rest.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. randicnn

    hi everyone.. Randi Kaye here.. how are things going for all of you tonight? wait til you see Ali Velshi's interview with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner... would love to know what you think.. lots of folks so angry at him and calling for him to resign. Ali asked him about that. Would love to know your thoughts.. and don't miss Tom Foreman's "Hits and Misses" tonight.. I'm only writing that because he's standing over me watching what i'm typing.. funny huh??

    March 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Well being on the Tonight Show is rather stressful really adding to his 'plate'...Personally I thought its great that he was on Leno...it really humanizes him, in my opinion, like he doesn't think he is too good to connect with the American people!

    Goodness....how cold is it in New York this evening?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Karen C

    I would STILL like someone to tell me how just sitting in his office and calling meetings on the economy (I assume that is what is meant for "focus solely on the economy" ) is going to speed *anything* up.

    RE: risks of being on late night...well, if a president doesn't want someone to jump on anything he says, he'd have to never talk again once taking office.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Lori from IL

    Quit picking on President Obama's every word -

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers!

    Guess we'll all be watching (or recording) Jay Leno tonight, huh?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Louise

    This tax the lawmakers have just imposed for bonuses – I have a question about that. I remember CNN reporting that many of the recipients of those AIG "bonuses" don't even live in the U.S. How does taxing the bonuses at 90% affect those people that don't reside in the U.S.?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Let's all remember that Republucans voted overwhelmingly against TARP which helped bail out AIG. The Dems poassed TARP without any oversight, and passed legislation letting AIG and other keep bonuses. Yep, that's change.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Maren in Oregon

    Republicans have no sense of humor, no sense of timing and they have no memory, apparenly. Remember, it was GWB who had a hard time chewing gum and walking at the same time. President Obama can do both, AND sink a three pointer!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Mark

    I wonder if other heads of state would go on Jay Leno during this economic crisis?
    Is it true Queen Elizabeth is booked for Jay Leno next week?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Anna

    Hi Anderson and all. AIG explination why they paid bonuses is just plain wrong. It is like giving keys to the bank rober because he knows where the money is and he promised to return them.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Michelle

    I have tired of the fake outrage over AIG.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    At the same time? Obama can't handle them one at a time!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Sharon S

    I think The so called president Obama should get his A back to the White House and take care of doing what he was elected to do: HIS JOB!

    get OFF the road and stop with all the speeches! Get to Work! Or does he know HOW to do his job?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Carol Meyer

    Let's quit trying to place the blame and work together to get it fixed, regardless of party lines.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    AIG still gives me indigestion!!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Lori from IL

    Good evening AC360 and Fellow Bloggers -

    I have a feeling there is more to the AIG bonus situation than we will ever know. The complexity of our current economic situation is so great - few if any understand it's completely.

    I loved the Presidnet filling out his NCAA bracket - basketball is his stress reliever and everyone needs to relieve stress these days - keeps him human.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Minou, New York City

    Sen Lamar Alexander was so incredibly rude! How dare he say such things about the President. He could have said it differently, you know?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Isabel

    Approved a law that imposes tax of 90% in bonuses paid to AIG executives whose salaries exceed $ 250 thousand per year, a reaction to the scandal – with a speed out of habit, the Board approved this law. Year is coming elections, right? So not worth it to be wrong with the voters!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Karen C

    It still sticks out to me that I hear a lot of criticism from the right, but little real useful suggestions. But perhaps that is only clear to me.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Steve - southern Illinois

    Hello everyone.

    I don't like AIG giving $165 million in bonuses. But I also don't like it when the angry mob pulls the strings in washington. That seems like what's happening if they pass some kind of 90 percent tax thing-a-ma-gig!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Sharon S

    Good evening everyone!
    I for one am not angry at AIG I am disgusted with the Liars who run our Government!!

    If they think for one minute they covered their tracks? they are very sadly mistaken!!

    WE ARE NOT STUPID!!! HELLO Idiots who run congress!!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Kelly

    Great to see you tonight, Randi.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Scott

    Hi Everyone, Anderson has a lot to cover tonight. Curious to see how the congress backs out of the AIG bonuses

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Fay - California

    Weren't there are large group of Republicans who voted against taking back the AIG bonuses today?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening Everyone... Nice Thursday evening...

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Congress proves once again that they are incapable of governing.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Drewk

    The people receiving the bonuses reduced derivative exposure by $1.1 trillion. They received a bonus for $165 million.

    $1.1 trillion for 165 million

    Why is noone reporting this

    March 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Randi, and all my fellow evening conversationalists! Hope all are well!

    AIG bonuses....they still infuriate me!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Linda


    You ask was it right for the Congress to take back the bonuses, Well I ask was it right for those excutives to take the bonuses.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Lauren--NY

    Hi, Kelly. Thanks for blogging with us. Glad to have Anderson back home.

    This 90% tax is going to be in the courts for a very long time...the recipients of the bonuses are going to fight it tooth and nail.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Cherry B - Ms

    Hi everyone! I imagine Anderson has plenty to talk about tonight. Lots happening..

    March 19, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Isabel

    Hi, Anderson and Kelly,
    Hi, bloggers and friends!

    How many news today!
    Evening for everyone…

    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone!

    Looking forward to watching/participating in the continuing discussion of AIG and the bailouts.

    I'm doing pretty well, Kelly. Feeling infinitely better than yesterday. Still not sure what I was sick with. How are you doing?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Jacqueline, NY

    Greeting All! Happy Thursday!
    Oh, do we do Happy Thursdays here?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Maren in Oregon

    Hi Kelly: Looking forward to another lively show on the Road.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Maren in Oregon

    Hello Anderson in New York. Hello everyone else

    March 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm |

    Hi everyone! AC is getting set up at Hofstra University. Looks like a good crowd out there tonight. Very glad the weather cleared for them. How is everyone?

    March 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
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