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. Eli

    Predisent Obama did great job tonight during the press conference.
    He was sharp and very detailed on his agenda going forward.
    Not sure why the AC360 provide him low gardes.
    What's wrong with you guys?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  2. carolyn cee yah

    i wish the white house would put a fort at the borders. use the military
    to keep the borders safe.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Barbara in Boston

    I agree with a lot of comments that the Republicans don't have a vision to counter Pres. Obama's agenda. If his plans work, they will be in really rough shape in 2010, deficit or not. They will be the party of No.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Esma

    I said it last night, and I'll say it again: EVERYONE at CNN please please please be safe while you are on the Mexican border, we'd all be so crushed if anything happened to any of you!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Isabel

    The worst thing is that children and babies are killed in actions of organized crime

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Isabel

    Soo sad ... and too bad situation

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Miranda


    I love you Mr. Ware...you bring class to AC360...


    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  8. xtina, chicago IL

    OBAMA HAS spent more already than all the past Presidents put together. That should be a big red flag.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  9. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Bye John King, nice to have u on the blog tonight.

    I hope you have a safe trip there and back Anderson.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Lori from IL

    Glad we're moving on to the border war - glad to see President Obama addressing the situation -

    Anderson - looking forward to your reporting from the border the next couple of nights. I really enjoy your "in the field" reporting. You seem to enjoy it and that comes through in your broadcasts.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Andrea Rackmyer

    I noticed someone else stating that congress gave themselves a raise as well. Maybe our problems are even bigger than I thought. I don't know anyone who's getting a raise. Most employees are adjusting their hours down and even taking pay cuts just so noone else gets laid off. I want to see some sacrifice from congress...seriously! Talk about the rich and shameless.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago

    Anderson...we all look forward to your report on the Mexican drug cartels tomorrow. This is one interesting topic!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama might want to consider controlling the borders for starters!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Sharon fr Princeton

    Thank you, Mr. President, for pointing out what a lot of people seem to overlook – we are not demonizing the rich – but that that it is time to level the field. $50 dollars of charitable contribution to Oxfam from a starving student like me is like sacrificing a million dollars (in comparison to someone who makes thousands of dollars who can write off buying a Porsche as business expense? These people have no reason to complain about not getting a tax cut.)

    March 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Soura Dasgupta

    Ed Henry was great, great great, great.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  16. maria

    Enjoyed the panel tonight 🙂

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Isabel

    México is a delicate subject, but that has to be resolved ... many lives are lost

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  18. La Mujer

    It was great to see you laugh Anderson

    Seeing Anderson laugh just makes the world seem like a better place.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Sharon

    That money needs to stay within our borders, and once again enforce the laws at home.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  20. Fred

    Once again another articulate press conference. But would like to hear more about the actual implementation about his plans. This is a very grey area for most Americans.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  21. Liz

    The media is seeming more out of touch all the time. We're over AIG–we've all got bigger things to worry about. If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem! Oh, and Alex you're more out of touch than any of them.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Carolyn form Austin TX

    @ Al 10 pm ET... You are right on! This is the first time I have felt included in the government at all.. and I've been here 60+ years. Look out Congress.. power to the people 🙂

    March 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Amanda Walton Fort Erie, Ontario

    @John –always love lively discussion with many people–it's a shame many of us don't have enough time to do more or don't have lively people around for a great discussion–one reason it makes these live blogs so addicting

    Have a great evening

    March 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  24. Editha

    Hi Anderson:
    Alex doesn't realize that the President is in office for only 60 odd days, not 2 or 3 years. The whole economy is complicated and one cannot always get the answer one wants immediately.

    I love Ed Henry, but he should give AIG a rest now.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  25. La Mujer

    Wow, where were these fact-checkers when Bush was president! We coulda used ‘em.

    no kidding...

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  26. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Why does no one seem to recall that for 4 years Obama was a senator, the last 2 in the majority party? I never heard him sound warnings about deregulation, a looming mortgage crisis, or an economy about to fail. If he 'inherited' this, he inherited it from himself as well!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  27. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Have a safe flight, John!

    Anderson, PLEASE stay safe while on the border.

    I was told that President Obama will be sending Unites States troops to assist the Mexican soldiers along the border. If this is true, when and how many troops will assist?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Jacqueline, NY

    Aye! Aye! Mr. the Roland Martin! 🙂

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Steve Weimer

    The president is over-exposed, but the problems the USA faces must not be postponed for a better day. President Obama has made mistakes and now he and his administration must make adjustments. I am very concerned about the AIG bonuses being paid with both the outrage of the Obama administration and at the same time possibly with its blessing. These bonuses are a fraction of the financial challenges facing the USA, but are enormous with respect to administration's integrity. Very challenging times with some very questionable actions.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  30. mimie

    president obama is doing well, you should give him some credits and let him do his job instead of only just criticizing him. Last thing I know, Bush left us a mess, please let him do his job.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  31. D. Harlan

    Judging from Obama's positive public numbers, the American public seems to get it, but the media just doesn't!! If they would stop trying to read things into everything he says and just actually listen they would be caught up to the public.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Richard R

    Does anyone else find it fascinating to watch the press seemingly growing a spine. All of a sudden they are asking a sitting President tough questions, even insisting on an answer. Where were they during the Bush Presidency? Is Obama that much more approachable and less threatening? Now here' a story they won't report.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    John King, Thanks for getting on the blog tonight! Your comments were really interesting and intelligent! Thanks for treating the viewers with respect!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Demetrius

    Why are people making such a big deal about the President using teleprompters, it's just his version of using written notes? What's the big deal? Welcome to the 21st century?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  35. GPryor

    Paul and David are GREAT! It's great seeing the two of them continue to support President Obama. Even when they disagree with something he has done or said, they give a good balance and feedback. The Alex person – you need to resign. One term? Get over it. It's only been 64 days and he an very good president. Short memory? Did you forget already the Dow on yesterday? Several friends of mine are back to work. Things are happening for the good. I live in Ohio and I see great things happening.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  36. jose rivera

    I think the democrates and republicans should get on the same page when it comes to America, the land of the Free after all a house divided within itself cannot stand.So if we are really thinking about Americas' future for us and our children we should join together and become one. Remember united we shall stand,and divided we shall surely fall.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  37. Fay - California

    Excellent point by Paul Begala-the Republicans have offered nothing but negativity and no real solutions to the country's problems, so their criticism of the President rings hollow.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  38. Esma

    Goodnight, John King, and thanks for blogging with us, we appreciate your input!!! 🙂

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  39. Serena

    The President is correct that our healthcare, energy and education is falling behind other countries and need to be priorities.
    If the policitcian don't believe that, we can elect another Bud drinking good ole boy Republican in four years that can't communicate and is nothing more than a puppet for someone like Dick.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Anthonia-California

    Obama, somewhat reminds me of FDR, one reason is (we all know) he kinda fixed the depression, another reason is.. because obama and FDR signs numerous amounts of bills to help fix the economy..Hopefull Obama is looking up to him to fix this rut america is in.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Rob

    Is the budget so large because it accounts for 2 wars where as the previous administration left them "off the books" ?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  42. Isabel

    President Obama and astronauts! cool

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Andrius

    i think obama will be a four year president

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, magnificent panel, crew, producers etc & fellow bloggers! I had internet problems and just got on the blog.

    QUESTION: (if no one has explained it yet) What are "out years"?

    I thought the press conference was quite good and very much agree with Pres. that Time is the issue as well as patience!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  45. Rich

    Thanks John......

    The federal govt. is too big.....some federal agencies such as the FHWA, that was established to build the Interstate highway system, which is now complete, need to be dismantled or consolidated.

    It could be consolidated with the railways and aviation to create a new Federal Transportation Authority

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  46. michelle

    The president is doing all he can and no way do I beleive he is overexposed. Me for one I am comforted by him being out in the public so much because I know he is at least working for me daily and I wish he would at least get a chance to fix the problems before we judge I mean I dont hear any other suggestions...

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  47. Isabel

    @ John King

    is a pity ... you are a great "blogger"!
    I love when you are blogging with us

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Marcus Johnson

    All I'm saying is, if we are going to be in debt, shouldn't it be on health care and education? I'm just sayin'!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  49. Michael

    It is sad really, this President was handed a mess and it will define his Presidency. The sad fact is whether he succeeds or not there is already no doubt he will be a one term President. All of the fear concerning President Obama, most of which is born out of ignorance and paranoia, is growing in the blogosphere, it is only a matter of time before it becomes a political weight to heavy for his Presidency to carry and survive.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  50. John Smith

    We the people need to call for the end of the federal reserve . We let them print our money at interest that they dont not back with anything besides taxpayer money its obvious the fed is not needed and the interest they charge us would be a great relief on the economy The Federal reserve is NOT a government institution its a Private bank to fix the problem we need to end the federal reserve thats the heart of the of the financial crisis and we cant even audit them

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
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