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September 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/04/09

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We have breaking developments in the mass killing in Georgia. One man is accused of killing eight people. He's also the one who called 911 pleading for help.  Plus, presidential lesson or pure propaganda? More uproar over Pres. Obama's speech to school children next week.

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  1. Cindy

    I agree. I don't get it either. Other presidents spoke to school kids. Bush spoke to students trying to push his "No Child Left Behind" agenda. How is Obama trying to encourage kids to stay in school worse than that?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. ericacnn

    i'm interested in the president's speech - looking fwd to reading it monday when the WH puts the text online.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Dwight - Alabama

    I think it is racism boiling to the surface. I don't agree with the President's health care plan but I am proud that our country elected a minority.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica Hill,
    I agree with you also...... I am praying for AC, Sanjay and Michael Ware stay safe in Afghanistan.... Can't wait see them next Monday! 🙂

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Samuel M'boro, TN

    The original lesson plans stated that students should write in to suggest to the President what they should do to "help him". President Obama is trying to reform healthcare, make our schools better, and strengthen our economy. Why wouldn't parents not want their children to contribute to this? The problem lies once again in the lies and fallacies that have been floating around ever since the election, that President Obama isn't an American citizen, he is Socialist, etc. etc. Parents have once again taken this to heart and believe it, and they fear their children will be "doctrinated (sp?)" to his beliefs.

    Carville hit it on the head.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Presidents come to schools all of the time.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    You aren't doing your children any favors by hiding them from differing opinions and views.. even if you don't agree with the President's politics, use this opportunity to have a family conversation about it.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Larry S

    I simply cannot believe what is crawling out of the woodwork about President Obama's talking to school children. I think these people are the same ones who seek evil in everything the President and the Democrats do. What do they think they are teaching their children? Just remember the song from South Pacific - You've got to be taught to hate and fear, you've got to be taught from year to year, to hate all the people your relatives hate.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Dodie - California

    @ Mike Armstrong TX.

    I agree. I have never seen a president denied like this one. Pretty scary

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Renee

    Gady...still chatting with Carville about the Obama education speech on Tuesday. Erica is doing a great job.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Mary

    I have never been so embarrassed to be an American as I am today. The rest of the world must think we are absolutely ridiculous to have such an uproar over the President's planned speech to our schoolchildren. This is racism, plain and simple. These parents who are going to keep their kids home from school are frightened of the President! Mass hysteria.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. David, Indiana

    Good evening Erica, Isabel, everyone. "...what they can do to help the President...." with what? What is the context?

    It is a passionate outcry, heated, I think the President sensibly changed the suggested not required lesson plan materials.

    The question could be how can I participate to make things better in my country? How can I be of service to others? Does that make the connection?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Miriam from Philly

    How can one man, the President, speaking for 1 hour, influence a child more in 1 hour than parents can in a lifetime? Do parents know the "political leanings" of all of the teachers that influence their children all day and all year?
    Why can't this be a civics lesson to be discussed in the classroom or at home?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Cynthia, NC

    Hello everyone! So, glad it’s Friday!!

    I really wonder how many parents have gone to the US Dept of Education and read the Menu of Classroom Activities. I have read the one for PreK – 6 and what’s wrong with asking the children to challenge their minds? It's a better activity than wasting their time playing video games, etc....

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Not carrying the president's speech or keeping your child from seeing it is un-American. How ironic that these conservative "parents" are accusing our President of trying to "brainwash" their kids while they themselves have put shackles on their kid's brains. These "conservatives" are trying to hijack and entire country, systematically working toward removing our freedoms.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Steve

    The Question should have read "what can you do to help the President make your educational situation better?"

    September 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Chris Sosa,
    I agree with you also...... Thanks all for coming now live blog tonight.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Encouraging young people to continue their studies and pursue a higher education is something very positive and may not necessarily have a political content to indoctrinate young people.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Stacy

    @Erica: I'm looking forward to that coverage next week. That's a great line-up for a very important topic.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Linda-Portland, OR

    huh?....what happened to the debate? Carville was about to say something?.......(apologies for my typos....blogging from a netbook and i have fat fingers)....lol

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Renee

    Linda...parents concern is mandatory viewing and bringing politics into the class room. For example if the lessons plans said write a goal for yourself. How can you be a leader in your own community? How can you offer the gift of friendship at school? That would be fine. But some of the initial lesson plans were just plain nutty.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    We don't know what the speech was going to be before the blowup. School is no place for politics. If the message is to stay in school, fine. anything else is propaganda.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Kim

    Hi Erica and Everyone!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    He has two daughters. When we have our own children, the thoughts are so different. The way of seeing life becomes different!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  25. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am Stunned by some of my fellow citizens reactions to Pres. Obama's speech to our children.

    It has been done before! I can't beleive the level of Mis-information that continues on almost All issues Obama.

    Excellent interview so far Erica- you go girl!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Never before in my life have I ever seen a president denied like this is this just a taste of his chances for a second term.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Dodie - California

    The president addressing the children of the US will do several wonderful things.

    1. They finally will feel important, because the president is talking to them… thus helping to raise their self esteem.
    2. Allow them to be apart of discussions regardless or educational level.
    3. Addressing our children will not brain wash them.

    Anyone afraid of their children being brainwashed in one hour does Not have any trust or belief in their children. I feel sorry for those children! If their parents do not allow their children to attend school, those children will be left out! How sad!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Vickie_AR

    Do they think the lesson plan literally means help the President (as in achieve some political objective) or could it in a general sense mean help America's future? As in the kids, hopefully grow up to become productive citizens?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gady Mayen – Canada,
    You can click stream live right now on CNN.....

    September 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Joe Terrogano

    "McCarthyism is the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." There is a movement in this country to subvert the democratic process via lies and exaggeration. "The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries." These conservatives throw socialist and communist and even mix the two. Fear mogers with nothing else to offer.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Michelle

    At some point CNN will catch on that this is a vocal
    minority that don't like that Obama is president.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Anthonia-California

    Good Evening Everyone!

    Im confused...? Whats wrong with Obama giving a speech to a group of children to motivate to stay in school?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Cassandra

    I have never seen such racism in my life, and I grew up in Prichard (Mobile) Alabama.......I teach in Dallas, TX, and I'll tell you this is absolutely amazing. We, the teachers of Dallas, TX, welcome President Obama's speech in our classroom.

    Erica....the issue is he's black....Let's stop beating around the bush and keep it real for a moment.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Linda-Portland, OR

    President Obama can't be the only President to speak to our school children...they are the futuer of our country..I think it's great that he wants to speak to them...way to go President Obama!!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Renee

    Gady...Tom Foreman talking about the President Obama school issue. Now Carville talking to Erica about Tuesday's speech.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope our president Obama need change his voice (speech) for many schools people are so furious.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Eugenia - San Francisco

    As long as the sun continues to shine
    Theres a place in my heart for you
    Thats the bottomline

    September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I trust you and your team will be back safely soon.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Lori, IL

    @Chris Sosa - I totally agree. Some people need to get a life other than finding fault with everything our President does.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. ericacnn

    happy friday, bloggers. thanks for being with us. AC is on his way to afghanistan – he'll be with us on monday night, reporting live along with sanjay, michael ware and peter bergen.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    He has been interviewed by a boy of 11 years. He seems to want to be around for future generations. Why doubt the intentions?

    September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Stacy

    Hi everyone. I agree with Chris Sosa. This is absolutely ridiculous.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Erica, glad to see you back in the big chair! Hi Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers -TGIF, it's been another long week.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Linda-Portland, OR

    i think i am missing something...why is the school speech hitting such nerves?...that woman was crying b/c she didn't want her child to hear it?...i don't understand

    September 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Sad, it is because he is not like the presidents' who have come before.

    Note the complexion of those worried.

    Sad, really sad.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Linda-Portland, OR

    good evening Erica, Team360 and fellow bloggers

    September 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Samuel M'boro, TN

    Good evening Erica. I'm not surprised about the Georgia killings.. saw that conviction coming.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone!

    This issue with President Obama is, for lack of a better word, stupid.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Hello Erica, 360 team, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Friday everyone!

    Finally Friday ... Weekend followed by a holiday in the US and Brazil too! 🙂

    September 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo (Anderson), Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Yes! Finally Thank God It's Friday night! Can't wait forward this weekend! 🙂

    September 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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