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. Sharon

    I love Tang. Good night.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    Good night everyone -

    Great chatting tonight - enjoyed Ali, Tom and John joining in and sharing their insights.

    Hope everyone has a good day tomorrow and looking forward to chatting again tomorrow night!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  3. starr formerly known as vincent

    WOW..what a night! It's going to take me hours to read the entire blog, however, some of what i have already read is fantastic.

    AC bloggers ask pertinent, intelligent question and the panel's responses are excellent.

    Thank you Anderson, John K., Ali V., David G. Alex. C., Gloria, B and of course Ed Henry. According to the blog, he should win some award for his question tonight!! I have to admit it was a good one!

    I'm so sorry that i didn't have achance to converse with everyone tonight because my computer problems. But , it seem it was an educational, humorous and vivid blog tonight!

    Good night everyone!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  4. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Have a goodnight all!. Talk to yall tomorrow.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Cessy, Chicago

    excellent show tonight, Anderson! Real, honest and lots of laughs...

    Thanks to AC360 crew again! goodnight, everybody! BE SAFE!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  6. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass

    Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Jen

    Anderson, Obama has been patient as a saint through the elections and his presidency to date. When Bush was making big decisions he never received the constant scrutiny and criticism from the press that Obama gets. If he had maybe Obama wouldn't have so much mess to clean up.

    His response to Ed Henry wasn't angry.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Jacqueline, NY

    Michael Jackson – I can't believe as a child I used to dream of marrying him.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Isabel

    @ David, Indiana

    Thank you!
    I love your answers for me! 🙂

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Niwat, Chicago

    @Melody NV, I couldn't agree more. Don't do drugs, end of story.On top of that, the weapons and cash being smuggle thru the border is Mr.Jackson ( a hundred dollar bill )...I don't get it why we impose the blame into Mexico

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Shane Knox

    Can we get a bill passed to keep Michael Jackson outside our borders?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  12. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Sorry I could not join you earlier but thanks for your many comments tonight. My sense was that President Obama is showing a growing mastery of economic issues and was at his best when he talked about the need for persistence as well as patience. Where I thought he was less than compelling was on his budget - I think there is legitimate fear among both Democrats and Republicans about the prospect of trillion dollar deficits, year in, year out, for the next decade. That's why I would bet that compromises are coming with Congress and the President down deep understands and is preparing for that. Thanks again for joining in here.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  13. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    That was really nice for POTUS to have those kids come to the WH to be there when he talked to the astronauts. I know they had to be happy to get to ask questions.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Jim from Adirondacks

    Does anyone really think that O'Bama has even the slightest clue as to what he is doing. He is great at repeating the obvious. Of course his spending will be somewhat helpful in the short run, but the price to our children will be astronomical. They will be starting out in life with an insurmountable burden.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Don, WA

    The president on the phone with the astronauts – it's good to know the president has friends up there.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Jeff

    The stimulous money should be printed in Red ink!....... It should be different than real money, that way we can track where the "money" goes and whos getting it. .......And when one reaches the inner city the person can yell woo whoo I got a stimulous bill!!!.................................. What have I won?!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Charles

    If we want to stop drug related violence in Mexico and other places within the US, we should stop sales of assault weapons at gun shows and other places without a waiting period for acceptance to purchase.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Jacqueline, NY

    Goodnight All! Goodnight, John-boy!

    Ac360 team stay safe.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Gash, Claremont, CA.

    I am too happy that majority of Americans have the real President and we the majority will support him all the way to another eight years.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Anthonia-California

    SUE! SUE! the auction house micheal jackson. I think those are some memoriable-once-in-a-lifetime-items...it shouldnt be auctioned.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Have good evening everyone. Night! Night!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Barbara - Atlanta

    I think Ed Henry thought he was going to get the President on a "gotcha question" but the President really got him.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio March 24th, 2009 10:46 pm ET
    Obama might want to consider controlling the borders for starters!

    Amen. How about using the stimulus to hire 50,000 border guards and create an airtight boarder that allows no illegal immigrants and no drugs through?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  24. G Nuzum

    The President is not overexposed. He is a great leader and speaker. Only he can sell this to the American Public. He gives me Hope! He is so bright and on top of very complex issues. He is the best asset America has. He gives me confidence in our future!

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Michael Jackson seems to always bring the drama...I'm just trying to figure out who would want to purchase his socks?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    Isabel, I think the two week upsurge in the markets, particularly the SP's best gain for two weeks since 1938, the uptick in the sales of existing homes was it 6%, the reduction of the mortgage rate to around 4.5% affording homeowners the opportunity to refinance at a less expensive rate of interest

    but also the market's apparent response to the public private partnership details of the bank bailout, Geithner's/the administration's second try at rolling out the plan worked out better. That's also important. Also Citibank and Bank of America reporting profits in the first two months of the year...some signs of progress...but still a ways to go yet.

    Whew the supersize panel covers everthing. Paul Begala's right, no alternative plan on the budget from Republicans yet, but that's in process.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Esma

    I really don't want to know who on Earth would want Michael Jackson's socks. That's icky to infinity.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  28. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I can't believe that Michael Jackson is auctioning off his stuff. I hope he changes his mind.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Isabel

    Michael Jackson is feeling the weight of the crisis … lol …

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  30. Sharon

    Looking forward to your report from the border.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Barbara in Boston

    I disagree with all the comments about the press challenging the president too much. That is their job. I wish they had done more of that in the aftermath of 9/11.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Dulcie - Denver

    Anderson & crew – I look forward to your reports the next two nights. I know you all take security measures and I hope you are all safe and fine.

    Wonderful discussions tonight and thanks to John King and Ali Velshi earlier for checking in! Anderson too! We're always glad to hear from you.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Lorraine

    Depends on how you define success! In my opinion, YES, the President was successful tonight!

    Once again I'm thoroughly impressed with our leader, and I appreciate his persistance – much more than I appreciated Ed Henry's. Even though I usually appreciate Ed's comments, tonight he wasn't just beating a dead horse, he was beating a (compared to the issues the president is facing) a very ant-sized pony. While I am absolutely enraged by the AIG bonus greediness, please let us permit the President to focus on the really big, really pressing issues facing the US and every one of us.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Lori from IL

    Wow - Great reporting Michael Ware - too bad it's such a sad story.

    Michael and Anderson, be careful while reporting this story.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Miriam C

    There are so many people without a home – we can give this land to someone who can build a home and live well instead of running after the money which finally kills – is that all our life cost??? Just some reeds and money and borders – why dont we get the fields that grown this nonsense...

    March 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. bill reynolds

    There has been some mention tonight of the upcoming G 20 meeting. Can you discuss the importance of that meeting and how President Obama's performance at that meeting can impact Wall Street?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Jacqueline, NY

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

    ...Is all I'm saying, Bea. Where were they then? Don't know. They must not have cared that the man was destroying our lives. But they seem very impatient with President Obama for not cleaning up someone else's mess fast enough.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This frightens me more than the war in Iraq.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Melody, NV.

    My only disappointment was Obama not smacking American users and purchasers of drugs provided by the cartels over the head with a wet fish.

    Our use of drugs in this country is what fuels the cartels. We ARE responsible for this. Nor is our country free of corruption. Not all corruption is white collar. The stories coming north of our boarder remind me of our own drug wars here, not that long ago. Remember when we did ban assault rifles sale in this country??? This was why. The drug lords had better guns than the local police... and tax payers would not arm the police with 'em.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Isabel

    the car full of bullet holes in ... absurd!

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

    Anderson & posses – please be SAFE out there tomorrow. It's real nasty out there… no tequila shots… lol

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Teresa Arthur

    Great Job Pres. Obama
    Keep up the good work. The republicans should have made sure that their guy won the election if they don't like the job that the Pres and his
    team are accomplishing. They are still just a bunch of sore loosers.
    Get over it, Pres Obama is still our great President.
    Teresa in Atlanta, Ga.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Lauren, the $1.75 trillion budget deficit includes continued funding for both wars. Don't forget the 8500 earmarks. Right things?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Ben, Canada

    Wow, Alex....that's quite the stretch there! 64 days and he's ready to usher him out..so much for patience...more of the same quick turn America....go go go go go go go..

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Carole

    I just hope we can decrease the hyperventilation and actually think in complex ways that these overlapping issue demand. Clear isn't the same as simple, and we are not in simple times.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Jose Simo

    I wonder why the congress hasn't been able to respond to the President with a better budget to fix this mess left by Bush. Is good to watch the game and not being part of the team.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Larry Kalka

    Please report on how much national debt we can adequately handle. Just how much is too much?

    March 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Isabel

    Use of automatic weapons and grenades by cartels and people are seeing imprisoned and temporarily prevented from leaving this war area. This is a disaster

    March 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Patricia Armstronrg/Jacksonville,FL.

    ....Guy's our president has to fix a lot of things,he has asked us to help out.AIG is just one of so many things to work on...Stop poining fingers,rolling up our sleavs doing our best to make it happen....

    March 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Joe E.

    Suggestion to the pundants:
    Get off the sideline coach loosing the football game attutudes. When will the Republicans stop assaulting and insulting this administration and try to if nothing else give a positive suggestion instead of a battery of pittiful observations. It is everyones America that is hurting right now.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
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