September 16th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/16/09

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Police have found bones on the property of Phillip Garrido.  They've been searching his home looking for evidence in the disappearance of two more girls. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her for 18 years. She has been reunited with her family. We'll have these new developments. Plus, are police closing in on a suspect in the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le?

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  1. keith

    I believe Mr.Carter is right

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. gail

    @David Gergen
    You can not say do not let Rush Limbaugh drive the discussion when Republicans that challenge him in any way then turn around and kiss his ring in apology . The fringes are ginned up by Rush and the Glen Becks of the world into these frenzies and then no one calls them on it in the RNC or the press. President Carter is right and he did not broad brush all of America as you just implied or the heart of America, but face the facts the election of Barack Obama did not end racism in this country.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Joy

    I am watching the 'race' discussion. This is infuriating to me. Racism is racism. Rush Limbaugh is stoking hate because of color.
    I.am.white. I was raised in a racist home and this is wrong. Call it what is. Hate is hate and racism is racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @JoAnn..."I think we are in trouble if we take what people “believe” or “imagine” as fact.

    I couldn't say it better JoAnn. These imaginary beliefs, coupled with insecurity, and the inability of the fanatical fringes to think on their own creates ridiculous fabrications that, in turn, are used for leveraging radio and tv ratings to keep the snowball rolling.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Colleen M., Duluth, Mn.

    I do believe there is a subtext of race if not racism in the recent comment calling Pres. Obama a liar. The subject was funding health care for illegal aliens..that is a topic about race also. I don't care who the president is..that person should never ever be treated with such disrespect. The only good news is that "the egg has been broken"..perhaps there at last can be honest dialogue about race relations in America

    September 16, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  6. DeDe & Jay

    My husband and i are very concerned about the racial issues that have taken over the press lately. We would like to believe that racism does not exist but the fact of the matter is it does. We think that us everyone as americans should concentrate on the issues that really matter. We are concerned of what kind of examples some of the opposers are setting for our children, becase they are watching. Just think what do you think would happen if peolple keep name calling and disrespecting the president instead of letting him do the job that he promises to do, The question is will we be able to avoid this racial issue getting out of hand?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Lola Brooks

    The disrespect that so many of the far right are displaying is due to their unwillingness to deal with the facts. They are upheld by far right propaganda and unfortunately, there is no cure for ignorance. Those who support President Obama should become more vocal and push all ignorance, including racism, into the closet of America's history.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Some people needs to stop putting their head in the sand when it come to racism. Racism is real in this country if it goes over your head then so be it.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Laura

    I feel so sad.....I am afraid for Obama...Ignorance is worst form of cancer any nation can suffer.Freedom of expression has been denied in many nations....I can now see why,it can be very destructive...You know what...atleast Obama is loved and welcomed to Kenya anytime he has a home there...unfortunatley the same may not be true for the person who made that statement,keep in mind the only native american is the native indian.But we need not go there because America is way better than that.This is my prayer.God help America.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Mandi

    When Nic Lott makes the comment to defend Rush Limbaugh's statement and say Limbaugh is an entertainer? Is it entertaining to fan the fires of racism? How is that entertaining? Ignorant Americans feed into that kind of stuff and makes moving forward and change in America more difficult than it needs to be.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Maria

    Ahhh David Gergen. The voice of reason.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Carter would not have been "demonized" if he had backed up his accusations about the people who oppose Obama with specific facts.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I really appreciated David Gergen's comments. Nice to have a bit of reality injected into a conversation that could easily lend itself to sensationalism. And with the incredibly vocal fringe, it's easy for the average individual to become cynical.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Kadi

    thank you David for bringing the conversation where it belongs.
    Anderson what happen.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Steve Johnson

    It's not about racism. It's about the politics

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Cynthia, NC

    Good points made by John Legend!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. kim-chicago

    Rush Limbaugh will say anything it takes to keep his pockets filled. I don't know how anyone can take him seriously....

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    @ David Gergen, I totally agree with you. I was proud that the U.S. would elect a highly qualified African-American president. Thanks for your comments.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Jane - Vt

    David, I don't think The country is racist – just these "nuts". I don't think they are the majority of us, just the loudest.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Susan, Vancouver

    David Gergen may be right about other "white" Presidents failing to bring about health care reform but I don't think there has ever been this much noise.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Bryan Dueysen

    From all of the "Tea Party March on Washington" news feeds that I saw it sure didn't seem like there were many (if any?)black folk attending.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  22. LorenaR

    Mr Obama is the first in a line that will surely happen – presidents of many different ethnicities and backgrounds. Being the first, he has to bear the full brunt and force of the attacks. The next non-white president may have it a little bit easier. Fight the good fight, Mr President. May you, and the good people of this country, prevail.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Sarah in FL

    I think former President Carter is way off-base. the issue is about health care, not racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't like Rush, but he is telling the truth. When black kids get beat up by whites or whites shoot blacks the MSM always characterizes it as a race crime, but when the races are reversed nobody even considers that it may be a race crime.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  25. gail

    You can embrace the fringe and then try to dismiss them an entertainers or fringe when you do not rebuke these people ! The RNC needs to rebuke these people .

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  26. ashley

    i think that people, especially from the democratic party use the racism card as a crutch. they don't want to come forward and say what is really the issue, which is they disagree with his policies, or they just need a reason to validate their dislike.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Susan, Northern NJ

    No one is born a racist - they are taught racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Carla

    Regarding the healthcare debate, I am wondering why no news agency seems to have covered the recent New England Journal study which offered evidence that the majority of US physicians today support a public option. As a physician I can tell you that this is an accurate reflection of reality, and there are many reasons why. Are physician's voices in this debate really so unimportant that this information is not of interest to Americans, and thus not worthy of coverage? The latest issue includes many studies and editorials regarding the debate. It would be nice if CNN would share this info with the public. There really are a lot of us who enjoy what we do and want to keep contributing to society in a positive manner.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Isabel C Siaba

    President Obama represents intellectual and political elite of the country. He is a black man who managed to get elected for the top job in the country,

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Helen

    Bringing Rush LImbaugh only elevates him. Stop it alreandy!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Danny keen

    President Carter is the most honest President as I know. He will tell it like it is – racism or no – he is white too,and no one is saying that this is a problem to us all,it comes to the human in the mirror.michael was right.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  32. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. it's been a busy day around the 360 newsroom! glad to have all of you with us – lots more great discussion to come.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  33. gail

    John Legend is absolutely right! The media always goes for the low hanging fruit. Talk about racism is so much more ratings grabbing than reforming the health care system. The media learned nothing from 8 years ago when the big story was Chandra Levy. Be the adults in the room and actually keep your eye on the ball. Health reform now. Some of the attacks on the President are based in race, we can not have honest conversation if we continue to deny it. As David Gergen said there have been 7 previous Presidents that have tried to reform health care, were any of the called Hitler.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  34. LorenaR

    I agree with Mr David Gergen; it is far better for the White House to stay away from the racism issue. Every conversation i have ever seen or been in, on race and racism, has been an emotional one, not an intellectual one. Everyone will speak all over each other, and civil discourse will go down the tubes; people will get stressed out and the level of anxiety will rise to astronomical levels. just watch all the discussions going on right now on the airwaves and in the blogosphere

    September 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I believe that this issue is a derailment of the health care issue but I also believe that race is a reason why it is taking us so long to get healthcare for everyone. Just because you dont like someone for one reason or another doesnt mean you should interfere with other people's rights because of that dislike.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Emily, Canada

    Do many of you on this blog tonight see that things are changing with the younger generation there?
    John Legend is younger; he seems to have a more open point of view like many of you I read here....thoughts?

    President Obama is NOT claiming this to be "race-related" remarks.
    Are things changing with the times?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Shanna

    Former President Carter simply invited the elephant into the room. I hope we have the courage and conviction to allow him to stay a while so we can deal more constructively and productively with this issue.
    To deny his comments as untrue or invalid would be irresponsible.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Jacqueline, NY

    What Roland just said, is what I was just about to say.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think what Carter and others are doing is irresponsible and reckless, as Michael Steele said, “it diminishes real instances of racism that still exist in this country.”

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vncent

    Although i feel the Pres. Carter is at least correct in part, i am concerned that this discussion is yet again another distraction from the very important issues that All of us need to be paying attention to.

    Really enjoying the remarks by John Legend.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Great point Anderson. Bush was painted as a Nazi many times, and the Left called it freedom of speech.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. stella

    I totally agree with President Carter; Why cant we as Americans all
    work together for the better of our country. When Sept. 11th happened, we were all one team thelping everyone no matter
    what color needed help. We all must live together so why not Help each other.

    Stop Racisim, stop Ignorance, Stop Hateful Remarks and Respect our President!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Jane - Vt

    @ Ron from Pa. The leaders have encouraged this behavior. The few that spoke out against Mr. Wilson or the signs will reverse themselves the next day.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, Why don't you ask Gergen what would be an acceptable way to oppose Obama's policies without it being considered racist.

    Just because someone disagrees with Obama's policies doesn't make them a racist.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Doug

    What is the panel talking about race war for.......they can't win they are only 12%.....who is this guy......why are we raising this to a new level

    September 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Jacqueline, NY

    For the first time, I disagree with Mr. Gergen. I think what Pres. Carter has said is accurate. I also agree with John L and Bill Cosby.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I wish I was from a younger generation, so I could see and experience the attitudinal changes in race, sexual orientation, etc., etc., etc. that are coming probably after my time. I hate to sound trivial but, no pain, no gain.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Donna Wood Lil' Tennessee

    Hello Anderson. Oh my , it sounds like we might be gearing up for another civil war. Only instead of North and South it's Left and Right. Wonder who will play the lead roles?
    And as for the bones excavated from Monsieur Garrido's yard, no big surprise here.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    September 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Theresa

    I am African American woman from Oklahoma and I found that there is a thin line between politics and prejudice (race). It is all a play on words and actions used in a negative manner toward an individual or a particular people. Whether you decide to verify it as racism or politics, the hatred you cannot deny. President Carter is exactly right, but it has been wickedly denied by those who have an alternative motive other than the truth. It is a wicked play on words and actions.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, it was about racism; otherwise, the protester would have not been out in the street last weekend protesting about how our President respresents.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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