March 24th, 2009
07:30 PM ET

Live Blog: President Obama's Speech 3/24

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/liveblogfinal.copy.jpg] Here's your chance to weigh in President Obama's speech. What would you ask our panel?? We want to know. Please tell us in the comment section below. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment posted if you follow the rules: 1) Please keep it short 2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (no need to yell) 3) Use your real name 4) No links 5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated, PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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  1. Claudia

    Paul Begala's answer was the best! LOL

    March 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Lee

    Every person is entilted to their own views. This goes to the Media Panel. I think he's doing a "great job" considering what he has to do.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. dee

    we should be glad to have a president that wants to know wht he's talking about,,, unlike bush the dummy!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Dee

    HA HA to what Alex said.

    You Republicans would love it. One term.

    It's 8 years for Pres. Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. J. Young

    I think that it ludicrous to suggest that this is one-timer president at this stage of the game; It is always easier to be part of the peanut gallery, why don't the republicans put forth their wonderful plan for the mess they created.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Lauren--NY

    Hi, guys...wow, what a long discussion. As to Ed Henry's question...I agree that it was fair. If the president felt like he wasn't informed enough to put out a statement earlier, do we think that perhaps he should have put out a statement to the tune of "I don't have all the details yet, but I'm not happy about this either, more later,"? Would that have been a wiser way to spin this whole AIG thing in the media?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Cessy, Chicago

    WHOA! good evening everyone!...Hi anderson! I wasnt expecting this early blog entries. In any case, glad to see everyone and hats off to all of you at CNN working really hard!

    I agree with Mr. Gergen...I thought that the president was testy and short when he responded to Ed Henry–right on, Mr Gergen! yes he was! I'm glad that Ed Henry was straight to the point!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Megan

    Oh my goodness...a one termer! I think it is very easy for pundits and members of the Republican party to crticize. Bring forward ideas and show a willingness to collaborate...then I will start to listen to you. I am so tired of hearing about the AIG bonuses. Yes, it was poor judgement. We are where we are now...rather than calling names and throwing mud, start to pick up the pieces so that this administration (remember the AIG contracts were written under the previous administraiton's watch) can be successful. The new style of politics needs to look at the old style of politics where people worked together for the greater good, not for their political good.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Sonia

    One term president??? Talk about wishful thinking....

    March 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  10. JW

    Ok, if you want to lead, why not take a pay cut and challenge all leaders with in the Federal, State, and Local Governments to take a pay cut?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Rich

    The President was too easy on the GOP tonight!! Senator McCain promised in his concession speech to work with the President in a bi-partisan effort......that ended with the first bill!!

    Let's see a budget alternative from Senator McConnel and the minority leadership!!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Debbieqd

    The President did a good job tonight. The Party of "NO" is out in full force. He's moving us forward but what he needs to do is show a parallel budget for doing NOTHING with healthcare, energy and education. Oh, and might as well take the Iraq and Afghanistan wars out so we can compare apples to apples.

    I'm guessing that parallel budget will be huge as well - and America will have accomplished nothing for it.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Cassandra

    Don't Speak So Fast Alex!!!! I promise you President Obama has my vote again and again and again and again........Hey Alex.....do you get my point. Unlest you have a young hip republican in mind.....I think Obama is safe..

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Vanessa, TX

    I think POTUS did a good job w/ press conference..overall, quest were kinda tough..especially w/ Ed Henry

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I do think its a bit early to label President Obama as a 'one term President' Like Paul said...he's 64 days into the job! If President Bush can get re-elected...I'm thinking it wont be too tough for President Obama to get re-elected!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. mike - moreland, ga

    Alex, you're dreaming, get over it. After 8 years of the Bush regime, there is no where to go but up.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Jacqueline, NY

    Same here. I'm with Paul.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Paul

    People should stop worrying about every little thing that Obama does. It was the Bush administration that got us in this mess in the first place

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Alex is jumping way too far talking about "1 termer". Dude he's only been in there for like 2 months. He wasn't arrogant tonight, he was straight forward and honest. He is trying to move forward and look at the big picture, and I appreciate that from him.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers. I feel completely out of it. The live blog started before 8pm EST?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Kristie from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I watch CNN just to hear Paul! I love you Paul you rock! I mean I love you as a great commentator. President Obama did great.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Bridget, TX

    I'm curious is Alex serious? I wish those who want more from a president of 60 days, would give just one example of any other president living or dead who has done as much, and hit with as many problems their first 100 days as President Obama. It's amazing to me that there are some asking for miracles when for 8 years we saw government at its worst and nothing was said.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Taylor, OH

    I wish Rahm Emanuel would be a guest on AC360, and not just Larry King Live! He gave a wonderful interview.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Cristy Kirssin

    We need to cut Obama some slack, he is doing the best he can with the given circustances, and his skill set. I do think he should staff the treasury department better, How can they work effectively as a team when there is no one to work with?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Ed Henry did good. It's about time the press started to ask tough questions.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Steve

    How can Obama get a break? He's only been in office for 60 days and is expected to have solved everything. The mess he has inherited took us 30 years to create and we're giving this guy less than three months to get it all right. When are all of his critics going to come up with a workable suggestion, if what he's doing is wrong. Our society is great at criticizing, but no one seems to have a solution; particularly one that can solve everything in 60 days. I for one am very impressed with what he's done so far. I'm willing to give him a fighting chance, something few others seem to be willoing to do.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Jane

    Obama's problem is that most people don't understand what "systemic failure" means and why an AIG bankruptcy would cause one

    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Miranda


    I love you Paul Begala


    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Lori from IL

    Go Paul Bagalia!!! Loved your reply!!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Cassandra

    Don't Speak So Fast Alex!!!! I promise you President Obama has my vote again and again and again and again........Hey Alex.....do you get my point.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Sharon & Jack

    The President was clear and concise in presenting his plans this evening. He answered well the questions put to him and he inspired the vast majority who thoughtfully listened. However your follow-up did all it could to put doubt back into the minds of your listeners. If the media continues to focus on all the reasons the sky can fall ..... It will fall. You can either help move this country forward or continue to help hold it in fear – you can do much better – it is not all negative!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Doc L.

    The guy's just too intelligent for the average press member, politician, and the average American. President Obama did great! He's looking forward people! Everyone is so short-minded, they can't see further than one week. Even if you are disgusted with the AIG bonuses, they are meaningless in the content of LONG-TERM growth in this country! Banks are needed to get credit and small businesses going. Does anyone get it? He is looking forward people! Give him a break!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. La Mujer

    Love the comments from Paul Begala. lol

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! The news conference went by quickly. I was distracted much of the hour, though. I'm glad to see you are replaying extended parts of it during your discussion. Your coverage has been excellent tonight.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Esma

    It would be such a shame if Obama ends up being a one-term president. I don't think so...and thank you Paul! That's just what I was thinking!!!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Lori from IL

    Yeah, David Gergen's on tonight. Thought I heard his voice on Larry King, but I was multi-tasking (in the laundry room) at the time!

    I liked President Obama's answer to Ed Henry - it's time to move on from the AIG bonus issue - there are bigger problems facing our nation.

    Alex - only a one term president? It's been 64 days - sounds to me like sour grapes from the opposing party. Get 'em Paul and David!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. serano

    It is sooooooo refreshing to have a President who is
    articulate, informed, and on point.

    The pundits? Ed Henry? I thought Obama was being sensitive, when Ed came back I thought the answer was great! Say Hello to LKL!

    Ombama answered every question, and I feel is taking on every thing in our troubled times.

    Sonoma County, Ca.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Michelle

    Anderson. I think you all should keep in mind
    that there are those of us who too much time is
    being spent on AIG. Nobody believes the politicians
    theatrics or the media trying to cause a stir.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    John King, Like I said sometimes the question is more important or as important as the response. Even if you know you won't get an answer it should not deter you from asking the question.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Robert George Jr

    I agree with most. I believe President Obama did a great job tonight. There is so much to digest in the world today; the economy, threats to the US (terrorists and Mexico), AIG, Wall Street, etc. To be honest, I just want to know how are his policies going to affect my family, my retirement, and my son's future. Most of his policies, I believe, touch my concerns. Yea, some of his plans are costly and my son could eventually pay for them, but he is trying and the sacrifice could be worth it. I don't see or hear anyone creating an alternative plan. Let's back our president. We must all work together on our problems as a nation. United we stand, but divided we fall.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I really think the President did a good job tonight! Even though he seemed a bit down...I'm still just excited that he can put together a coherent sentence!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. nancy

    I think if you want to gauge the success of the President's press conference all you needed to do was to recognise the gleeful satisfaction on the faces of some cabinet members (for some reason the camera panned to the back of the room where they were standing listening).

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Edward

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being softball & 10 being hardball) where does the press currently lie on the stories they chose to report & how it is reported present day on Obama? During the campain, without a doubt it was leaning toward softball.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Mary Ann Egler

    I thought the answers to questions were "same ol, same ol" but did you notice the Obama staffers standing behind the reporters?? Some were so impressed, so underwhelmed by the proceedings that they were busy on their electronic devices. How disrespectful to their boss and the process.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio


    I would like to know that myself.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Dulcie - Denver

    Wow, I didn't realize the blog started early. I was doing PT while I watched the Press Conference.

    I thought both Ed Henry and President Obama did well. It's his job to ask tough questions and he clearly stood out there. I still think the Pres did well and I liked his comments.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Sharon S

    We have John, Tom and Jack but where is Mr Cooper?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  48. La Mujer

    Ebony magazine got to ask the president a question, A Change has come!!

    They did? That's cool. So what did they ask? I pretty much missed everything.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  49. carolyn cee yah

    HI ANDERSON, I understand what the president is doing using
    the media to get his meessage out, for to long we had a prez bush
    that was on vacation, now we have a communicator to the ppl.

    keep going president obama.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  50. Carmen from Phoenix

    I think it’s too easy for this country to get distracted by the AIG bonus flap, its not the real problem and although its easy to sensationalize, we should move on. Ed Henry’s question came off as too strident

    March 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
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