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May 13th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/13/09

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Tonight, we'll take you live to Arizona State University where President Obama will address the graduating class. His visit drawing controversy when the school refused to grant him an honorary degree, saying he basically hadn't accomplished enough. We'll also look at Pres. Obama's controversial speech at Notre Dame this weekend. Some believe a Catholic university should not honor a president whose views on abortion and stem cell research run counter to church. Text us your questions on this topic. Just put the initals A-C, your name, location and question in the text and send it to 94553.

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  1. Adriana RM Marietta,Ga

    I think the Pres Obama wants the ACLU to press the point. So he can turn and say hey look they won the suit, we have to release the pixs.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Dulcie - Denver

    @beth Very well said. I certainly couldn't have said it any better.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  3. linda

    President Obama isn't Catholic....but has said, he is against abortion...unless, for the life of the mother. Wake up...things can and still do go medically wrong, during a pregancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  4. starr formerly known as vincent

    I am delighted tohear that Pres. Obama is going to "take the issue head on"!!

    This graduating class will never forget this night (and i believe many of them will cherish the memory of this night forever).

    Hello to the Panel...a terrific group of commentators!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Jonathan Wilson

    The University of Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. It is in no way wrong for those who object to President Obama speaking at the university. Those who object are trying to protect the integrity of the school and Catholicism.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  6. LisaL - Canada

    am looking forward to hearing President Obama speak - usually find him Quite inspiring.

    like the 2-hour live show for a change - a lot to cover.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  7. darbea

    That guy on 360 speaking against Obama at ND. He made an interesting comment, saying (paraphrased) that a jew would be welcome at ND because he is not a Catholic. Duh. Obama is not a Catholic, either. And, although I'm sure some people out there will find this offensive, here goes: NOT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE CATHOLICS. (OMG!)

    May 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  8. mickey

    Arizona State really put a stain on their reputation by not giving Obama an honorary degree
    while I am happy students are getting a scholarship–I feel somewhat sending a subliminal message that blacks and scholarships go hand and hand

    May 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  9. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    David Gergen..you are right again, but Anderson is also very popular at High Schools too....

    May 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Krasi, Houston, TX

    The pope was allowed to enter a mosque and speak, but the President of the United States must not be allowed to speak at a commencement ceremony at a US Catholic university. Oh, ok.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Adriana RM Marietta,Ga

    The Catholic Church has to make a statement or a stink about Pres Obama speech, it is a core belief that life starts at conception. If it didn't it lose respect.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Chip

    Well said Elena and in response to Michele D.:

    " Conscience is the final norm of moral action. It must be properly formed, but once a decision in conscience is made, erroneously or not, it cannot yield even to the directives of the Church. We are judged finally by God on the basis of what is in our hearts,not our fidelity to rules." - Catholcism, Study Edition, RIchard. P. McBrien, p. 1012

    May 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Andrea

    I have never been as proud of my alma mater, Notre Dame, as I am for standing strong in its stance that an exchange of opposing ideas and beliefs is the true core of education; trumping the pressures of those that would silence the conversation and debate. I'm honored that President Obama is giving the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree this weekend. Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Gladys

    I am glad the President decided not to release the pictures afterall. It shows that he has more sense than that ACLU Lawyer, Singh. Does she even care at all? I would not want my son exposed to danger so that Ms Singh can feel better.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Rebekah

    oh! oh! i can see Obama on the footage right now! this is soo super exciting! agh! i wish i could stay up and watch his address... stupid school tests...

    May 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Kristen - University Park, PA

    Maybe I'm just ignorant on this but If Obama is not getting an honorary degree why does he have the gown on?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Esma

    Will Palin's book be available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Miss J

    i give about as much respect to the Catholic religion as i do to the Republican party at this point in time.

    ouch! Tell us how you really feel, Brandi. lol

    May 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Cristina

    @Jennifer,

    I agree, I'm not sure it is a good fit for ND. Why would they ask him if they knew the viewpoints were diametrically opposed. It really dosent make sense. There are certain doctrinal statements they are supposed to adhere to and abortion is one of those tenants, even though it is also a school with a religious history.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Jennifer- Santa Ana, CA

    I don't see the argument when people can say Pres Obama shouldn't speak at ND.. it's not like he's the first person who is pro-choice...

    May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Jen R

    Prostitution and crimes against prostitutes won't stop just because they can't advertise through craigslist anymore, and craigslist leaves an electronic trail that makes the offender much easier to find and convict. It makes no practical sense at all to try to stop prostitution services from advertising through craigslist.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Thomas Bohm

    Arizona State is claiming he hasn't done enough?

    What he didn't down that beer bong fast enough.

    Arizona state... bastion of higher learning or learning High.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  23. laura

    ASU did make a rule in 2003 that they would not give honorary degrees to sitting politicians. FYI

    May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kay Jones,
    Yes, Kid can have second chance right now…… I am sorry for him get shot his leg. Thanks Gary Tuchman.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Dulcie - Denver

    I'm so sorry for Mr. Johnson. That is a true travesty of justice. The other guy should have served prison time for assault with a deadly weapon.

    Come on lawyers! I'm not in favor of gun control, but for Pete's sake, use the laws we already have in place to *severely* punish gun crime!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. jane h.

    Let God decide how he will handle those who choose abortion. Doesn't He have the last word on this. "Let Go-Let God" or is that too much to expect of the religios citizens of our country?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    @Heather, I actually think Erotic sounds nicer... 😀 lol

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  28. beth

    The issue of abortion should have never become a political issue. Morality cannot be legislated. God gave us all the free will to choose how we will conduct our lives. How each of us respond to God and ultimately make our choices is between the individual and God.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Michelle in L.A

    Awe the President of the USA, so refreshing. The best looking person there. Maybe one of the most intelligent too. Surely, no one cooler.

    I find it so wonderful of him to introduce a little color into what looks like a large room full of (forget being political correct) All Old White Men.

    Diversity is marvelous thing. These schools need to get with the program; heck, it is 2009. "Come on people, come on".

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Jake-Mobile, AL

    On the topic of the president’s speech at Notre Dame:
    To say that he should not be honored—or even permitted to speak—on the basis that his support for abortion contradicts Catholic belief means that any speaker who then supports any other doctrine like the death penalty etc. would be unable as well. As a politician in American democracy, President Obama must seperate his religion from politics for the greater good of the nation. As a Catholic, religion is very important in many decisions, but would many Christians vote for an inept(or dictatorial)candidate if he was pro-life?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Adriana RM Marietta,Ga

    Hey, AC360 Does anyone there know when the invitation was sent out to the President Obama?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Rick

    Great Job President Barack Obama! Finally, there is someone occupying the WH with a clear vision for this country and its people. ND, and all others who are confused really should look around and take a real assessment of the foolishness of all this. While the world is looking for leadership from our country we have idiots who choose to push baby strollers to make a stand not against the president but promote their own personal agendas. While the world awaits our leadership we occupy our time with senseless and childish deeds!th

    May 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  33. christine edwards

    Michele D, you are awesome

    Oh, and if Palin's book becomes a movie, they should have that lady from SNL play the part of Palin–it would be very true to life.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Joe from LA

    Who goes Quail hunting and then shoots his mate's face? Cheney has made America less safe in more ways than one, definitely less safe for his friends 🙂

    May 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Paul Allen Billings

    Do you think President Obama really cares about a Honorary Degree from ASU or Norte Dame. He has a real degree from Harvard!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Another Palin Book title: Glimmers of NOPE

    May 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Demetrius

    @Cristina, I think "pro-abortion" is a poor choice of words. I don't know anyone who supports the outright killing of fetuses/babies. Obama has spoken out many times against abortion, but he also thinks as I do that that choice should be left up to the individual.

    For example, smoking is clearly bad for your health but it's left up to the individual to choose to do so or not.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  38. carol

    Having President Obama give the commencement speech at Notre Dame is a rare opportunity for pro-life expression to be given the attention of millions of Americans. Make good use of the media attention in the practice of civil disobeience and freedom of speech about choosing Life

    May 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  39. Jennifer- Santa Ana, CA

    I'm glad its two hours tonight! I usually get home right when the blog closes!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i give about as much respect to the Catholic religion as i do to the Republican party at this point in time.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Changing a title from 'erotic' to 'adult' is not going to stop prostitution. All it does is clean the title to make it sound nicer.

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Rebekah

    pfft, really, Sarah Palin is just another governor. why isn't every other governor getting a multi-million dollar book deal? (i'm sure my governor Jennifer Granholm would love to have one if she could use the money to help us out here in Michigan)
    i wouldn't read Palin's book if it was free.

    book title idea for Palin "...And then they taught me what it really means to put my foot in my mouth"

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  43. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Interesting how the assualter had to stay in school as part of his parole. Just makes me remember how there are PSA's about the whole subject about staying in school to keep out of trouble. Yes it is unfair that the victim isn't getting a degree but I really like the idea of staying in school as a punishment

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Henya

    Remember it is McCain's Country all Republicans but our president will do just fine he will win they harts and minds
    90.000 people they will soon be Democrats, love it!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  45. Caesar

    Why does the church not actively attack those couples married in church that made their vows to God and have children and then turn around and divorce. Children then are raised in single parent homes. They made a promise to God and broke it. Why do they attack some sinners so vigorously and look the other way on others. Double standards? Is there a hidden political agenda?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Jake-Mobile, AL

    On the topic of the president's speech at Notre Dame:
    To say that he should not be honored-or even permitted to speak-on the basis that his support for abortion contradicts Catholic belief means that any speaker who then supports any other doctrine like the death penalty etc. would be unable as well. As a politician in American democracy, President Obama must seperate his religion from politics for the greater good of the nation. As a Catholic, religion is very important in many decisions, but would many Christians vote for an inept(or dictatorial)candidate was pro-life?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Bridget, TX

    Why aren't those who are find PO speaking at ND so reprehensible , yet priests, bishops and archbishops are allowed not only to remain in the church, but maintain their positions after they have committed acts the Church speaks against? Where was the outraged with other presidents who were pro-choice? Why is President Obama the lone soldier to be held to these standards?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Lori from IL

    @Patti - I can guarantee you I will not be buying Sarah Palin's book - not interested in anything written by a celebrity wanabee. Although, I do hope she considers Jack Gray's suggested title!

    May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  49. dorothy

    If the college and directors at Notre Dame have a problem with President Obama, why was he even invited?
    Are the people who shake hands or acknowleded by a visiting Pope all vetted to determine if they are Catholics, practicing their religion and do they agree with all of the tenents of the church? How many speakers at the College use the accepted Catholic way of the rhythm system, or do they use the "illegal" birth control system?

    May 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Chlidren should be suoported and God gave our bodies it's not up to us to decide what lives or dies

    May 13, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
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