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. mike bivins

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

    March 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  2. joan ashley

    i want to say how refreshing it is to listen and understand someone who is so knowledgeable in so many aspects of the nation and world problems and actually has some common sense on how to resolve these problems kudos to president obama

    March 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  3. Sam M.

    good observations John King

    March 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  4. Jose Flores Houston, TX

    Ah what did you just say of substance? What happened to 'Change".

    March 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  5. gennie

    why didn't anyone ask about what was in the stimulus bill that was pushed through....regarding what has been said about things in the bill that allowed for the bonuses to happen?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  6. scraw

    What a classy guy...the only person in the roomthat is serious about the problems in the world...I think its' time for the media to also look within themself-they too have a responsiblility....

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  7. sandy from NJ

    Overall I think it was good, if he does this on a regular basis I think it will help the avereage American to understand what is going on with the government.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  8. Virginia Bentley

    I was shocked – 1 in 50 children are homeless!!! We are the richest country in the world – this MUST be addressed – and I feel Obama is the answer.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  9. Rich

    I feel like he never anwsers the questions .....dont you??? He works around them . If he doesnt want to anwser them stop with the every other week prime time news confreneces. Anger on a bailout.....he has no comment. WOW

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  10. Melissa Forman St. Louis, MO.


    We need to take care of our economic crisis and not put too many things on the stove at one time. I cannot concentrate on the problems of others when my problems are so great.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  11. Lori, CA

    @ John King, CNN: Agreed. Is real Journalism dead?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    did anyone else notice that obama would sometimes get into these arrogrant flourishes?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  13. Roman, Stamford CT

    President Obama seemed to articulate his responses in a way that pleases everyone. I was satisfied with his answers, but not impressed or moved. All in all, it seemed average at best.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  14. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The best days are yet to come! Chat with you all on the 360 blog!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  15. Lori from IL

    Wow - what a change of "tone" from the Leno appearance. Think I actually learned more from that appearance. Guess he has to play to all types!

    Jack - let's lobby for him to make an appearance on Letterman!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  16. Eric

    You have to love the post press conference by CNN

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  17. Liz

    oh, CNN just focused its camera on President Obama's cabinet..that was nice.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  18. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    that was a nice change for Obama. it was focused on his own priorities and not the past blunders of everyone else. I like this....

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  19. James F.

    I think its funny when those who make tons of money should pay their part to help get things back on track. So should the guy who works 2 jobs at minimum wage pay more taxes than madoff? give me a break..

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  20. Alvin Binion

    Ok I voted for Obama...But he still thinkshe is on the Campaign and as far as I am concerned if he wanted change in Washington why are there so many Clinton people in his cabinet. Fresh Ideas and faces are needed to shake things up in D.C. and not only in the white house but in congress as well. It not working to just be a democrat anymore you got to revolutionary. That the only way to get us out of the economic mess.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  21. mike bivins

    Its so refreshing to see a president that can speak & relate his message as good as President Obama!! Rahm the bull seems to approve of his boss.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  22. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Good press conference.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Well I didn't hear or learn anything that I hadn't heard before.


    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  24. Ray Patel, San Diego CA

    it would be better if we change the system rather we invest more in this economical crisis

    Ray Patel

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  25. Jack Gray

    well, that's that. kind of dry for primetime. but certainly detailed.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  26. Kenny

    OK...once again, another fantastic campaign speech. Lots of talking without saying much of anything. And again, no real solutions. Oh well, I wonder what next week's speech or it's location will be? Maybe a cameo on Ellen?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I keep hearing questions from Obama, but where are the answers? I learned absolutely nothing!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  28. Migdalia

    Can we just try to solve our problems first , then if we can, we try to help the rest of the world...........

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  29. Presley

    Rahm Emanuel cameo!
    Thank you CNN camera crew!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  30. Jishnu

    Good Job Mr President...

    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  31. Miranda


    Great shot of Mr. Emmanuel taking in the press conference.Way to go.


    March 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  32. Nicole; Plano, TX

    And...he deftly finds way to bring it back to the domestic issues to wind it down. I like how WITHOUT a teleprompter he is able to articulate his views in a hopeful, INTELLIGENT, manner that reinforces his selling points tonight. THIS is why he is president.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  33. johnkingcnn

    the President just mentioned Iran in this long, likely final answer ..... he brought it up himself ... in sayjng a little over 60 days ... essentially this last answer is - strap in, a long way to go on this ride!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |

    ...and a lot of talk about the budget, which has NOT been the financial topic du jour (or du semaine, or du mois). Very little on AIG or bonuses or Geithner or even unemployment and housing. He's trying to get the money discussion back on the administration's terms. Did it work?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  35. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    King – Yeah, no more talk of "us' and "them" if you noticed. No "evil-doers" "decider" and "axis of evil." Just fact. Although, I wonder what's on the President's podium...unless it is a binder of names and networks in the room.

    Does anybody else notice how tense Rahm Emmanuel appears?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  36. Vanessa, TX

    @John King..I was wondering the same thing..questions that were asked when Mr Bush had his press conference..its actually good for a change..But then, given our economic status, it makes sense to not ask same questions that were never answered anyway

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  37. D. Jacinto

    The President continues to suggest that there are only two solutions to every problem. His way and the wrong way.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  38. John403

    President O'Bama supports re-instatement of tax rates from the past, it follows that a Bank credit card interest cap of 15 percent should also be re-instated. Such a bill was proposed a couple of weeks ago by a Vermont Senator based on a similar cap imposed on Savings & Loans decades ago. Apparently, the S&Ls are still profitable. What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  39. mike

    @John King. There he goes with Iran. Is he reading the CNN blog?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  40. Lori from IL

    @ Tom - thanks for the reply. I knew Bernanke was a Great Depression scholar - but to hear his extended interview on "that other network" was very informative. He really broke it down for the layman - I did a graduate paper on the Fed's electronic clearing house -
    I found the fact that he gave the interview amazing. And yes, it's amazing the steps this administration has taken in it's first 61/62 days!

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  41. Isabel

    @ John King

    And the President seems to be measuring the words in response ...

    (I lost a little because I had to get back to work)

    March 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  42. John Meyer

    He's a believer in persistence... then I guess we will be hearing more Obama-mercials for the next 3+ years... trying to sell ideas that are sinking the economy.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  43. Mike/MASS

    I'd like to counter the opinions of the right who complain that this president is too visible. Right now, I think his "visibility" whether it's 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show, or Press Conferences... its what we as a country need... a leader who shows us he is very involved and working to clean up the mess. He's also a bit of a gentleman... not bringing up the $17/Billion a month cost of an unwarranted war for the past 6+ years. What that one expense has done to our economy hasn't really been measured.

    He's been in office 60+ days and Republicans are criticizing him left and right. For 8 years they had blinders on when Bush was bankrupting the country?

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    John King, I agree with your opinion of the questions. There are some good ones like Chip Reid's and Ed's but they don't seem to be able to go with the flow and come up with questions based on, as you said, what they are hearing and more importantly, what they are not hearing.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  45. Kerry

    I love how well Obama can explain things so that your average American can understand them. The way he explained tax breaks for charitable contributions shows how unfair our tax system is to middle and lower income families. We need what money we have even more, but we don't get to claim the same amount when we donate to charity. If wealthy people will give less if they don't get as much back on their taxes, then they aren't giving for the right reasons anyway. They still need their tax cuts so I think they will still donate. I believe, as usual, the wealthy are blowing smoke trying to scare everyone into giving them their way.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  46. Esma

    I really, really hope that Palestinian-Israeli peace is not forgotten. It seems to have been put on hold due to the economic crisis, but this is something critical that also deserves our attention.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  47. Bruce

    Alan, it's all in the plan of becoming more socialistic. It seems that the middle class is going away as we make less and those that do not work (welfare) or that are unemployed move up. I believe that welfare should be more like unemployment where you can only be on it for a certain amount of time.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  48. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @John – What a refreshing change it is! You've just made me cease my current cynicism and experience a bit a gratitude, all with one post. 😉

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  49. Robert L

    His economic policies make sense but I am a little worried that it is to much to soon.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  50. lucy

    Everytime I listen to President Obama I feel he is honest and working hard to resolve the current crisis. The guy is doing a good job considering how big the crisis is.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
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