September 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/23/09

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Big-name speeches at the U.N. We've got the raw rhetoric mixed with raw politics. Pres. Bush's former speechwriter speaks out and shares what his ex-boss thought of Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and candidate Obama. Plus, actor John Travolta shares heartbreaking details on the death of his son Jett in court. Find out why he's in the middle of a legal fight. It's all part of our "Prime Suspects" series.

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  1. cally

    OMG, Bush on Palin- I actually agree with him on something.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This book is a penny for your thoughts, Anderson! "It is profit time!"

    September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    So sorry to hear that Sanjay has become part of the swine flu story. I hope he recovers quickly!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. gail

    I thought we believed in the Democratic process not soldiers rousing someone out of bed in their pajamas and exiling them from the country. That's called a coup! Figures that Bennett would "embrace " that idea. If the Honduran President violated the constitution the remedy should not have been a military takeover and appointing of another guy.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    @ Robi ,The older folks here were introduced ,years ago to the spelling of Kaddafi.Also a variant ,Qadhdafi.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson Cooper CNN
    I agree!!! he was so disrespect people his speech as terrorism...... very crazy at U.N.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  7. samashby12

    Wow. That Census story is crazy, and scary.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Mazen- Jordan

    We swim in our dream that one day the U.S foreign policy would be a reflection of its own people's thoughts & beliefs. After President Obama's speech I think our dream is coming to a reality: D

    September 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Kofi B

    Anderson,Did you think change our foreign policy
    will help? Because what Gadafi did today doesnt sound right to me
    and Also what is the president doing interms of foreign policy's?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. john

    Reading these comments it seems as though no one actually listened to Ahmedinajad's speech, but just walked out on it like everyone at the UN. Everyone talks about peace by talks but do not want to listen to another persons view, just their own. Most of his speech was about peace and how the US will back Saddam Hussien until they were done, then take over his country and hang him, what a country!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. abbas

    @mahvish I totally agree

    September 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  12. Emily

    That is nerve; the story that Erica just told us about the robbers in Stockholm! ...with a helicopter and all.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Frank Nickman

    U.N. is an ineffective forum to address the world crisis. By giving Iran selected-president a global platform to spew his nonsense it directly helps to legitimize an illegitimate government.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Iran and nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is dubious!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Ghassan Attar

    I heard Qadafi's speech at the UN today and as an American of Arab origine, I was so embarrassed by the way this guy handled himself. I do hope that the ordinary american realizes that Qadafi is strange even in the arab world.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Anthonia- Bay Area!

    Hey Y'all

    Man, it was extremely hard to watch the UN meeting today.. man

    September 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Arte Davis

    Kadaffi has played us again! However, I like his suggestion that the UN should be moved to China or India. Thay way, watching nuts such as Ahmandinejad and Kadaffi would be much less newsworthy!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Get better soon, Dr. Gupta... that last Friday that you all reported from Afganistan, I thought Anderson may be falling sick as well. Was very glad to see you were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by the next Monday 🙂

    September 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  19. gail

    John Bolton? The man has no credibility! Bennett sits there and asks what President Obama is going to do? Iran has been a problem for longer than the 8 months . Afghanistan was a necessary war , but we can not continue to nation build. What is winning? What is the mission? My aunt's stepson is dead because of a President not thinking before invading a country. Every one is a critic, but no one on the panel offered one solution to the problems. Why is that? Because the GOP has none except send more peoples' children to die as long as they aren't mine.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  20. samashby12

    @ Lori, IL

    Because many of the conflicts that were highlighted at the meeting today (for example, the Israelis and Palestinians) are rooted in thousands of years of history. Occasional talks and meetings will not solve these problems.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Lori

    We can't just get along. That is just how it is.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Declan Sheehy

    We had 8 years of Bush/Chaney and now Obama is suposed to fix everything in 8 months. Bill Bennett give me a break!

    Declan Sheehy

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Lori, IL

    I can't believe how impatient people are these days. President Obama has been in office 8 months. It took us a long time to get where we are today - I'm especially proud that President Obama is willing to listen, try diplomacy, and willing to re-evaluate situations as needed and make changes when the situation calls for them.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Emily

    That speech writer should be ashamed of himself!!!! (for writing that "tell all book")

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. samora Murray

    hey if these men cant speak at the U.N (a body dedicated to tolerance and diplomacy ) wher can they speak . thats why the U.N should move from NYC, as said by the libyan leader. its been fifty years anyway, so if americans dont want to hear , then move it to europe.....

    as the show goes on i will post parts of the speech i found interesting.... ( gadaffi)

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Shane Las Vegas

    I am hoping you are going to cover the huge story that broke about an hour before your show started!

    A story just went national tonight that a 51 year old man who was working two jobs and going back to school as well, who was working as a Census worker for the Federal Government was found dead in rural Kentucky. He was found hung with the word FED written across his chest!!! It was on September 12th that the murder and the body was discovered and it has only come to light now according to sources in the FBI and authorities as at the time they thought it could have huge national political effects if this was an anti-government hate crime. Local media is reporting that the FBI has been involved for some time and it is reported they now believe this hate crime may well have been, at least some to degree, inspired by, or instigated by Recent extreme Anti Government rhetoric in the country!

    The regional Census office has told all other area Census takers to stop going in person door to door for now because of this.

    This is going to be a huge story, especially when Eric Cantor just said Speaker Pelosi lives on another Planet if she thinks any of the recent protests or town halls or anything said over the past many weeks could lead to Violence!!!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Alan Kherad

    Ahmadinejad is a stupid man, but not an Evil man. He thinks he is doing the right things for his religion and country. He is no different than other hateful conservatives who hate other than their own. He just does not know how to be diplomatic about it like other theocrats.
    Alan Kherad, Georgia

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Jane - Vt

    It's funny how all the "older" men always want wars. But they didn't fight when they were young, did they?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  29. lee cowen

    Anderson, what do you think would happen if Canada and The United States were to withdraw all aid and funding to the Mid-East, Africa and other beneficiary countries? Would that perhaps make those residents rise up and fight these Insane and Corrupt leaders?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  30. david

    about all the people on TV toady complaining we let the nut jobs come here...I haven't heard any of the anchors today explain that the UN is International territory and we can't control the UN just because it is in NYC

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Al, Kings Park, NY

    Hello All,

    My one question I really would like answered is: What good comes out of these meetings and speeches?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, Carville didn't answer your great question. What concrete results has the new policy achieved? He's asked Europe for more help in Afghanistan and has been stiffed.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Won't changing world opinion about the U.S. take decades, not months? How else do we protect ourselves against terrorism if we don't change the hatred of the US in other countries?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. neda

    i love to see the footage of those people walking out of united nation during ahmadinejad speech

    September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  35. zoley

    Anderson, who decides who gets nuclear weapons?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Sara

    I'm an Iranian-American, and what Ahmadinejad is doing is immorally wrong and unjust, but no matter what people say or think he is not going to change! I want him to change, but that sad thing is that he won't!! 🙁

    September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Pam Ortiz

    William Bennet gets it!!! "He embraces the wrong guy in Honduras"

    September 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Lori, IL

    Ahhh the controversy - I agree with President Obama - Why can't everyone just get along?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. mimi

    Why were Kaddaffi and Ahmadinejad given the spotlight ahead of America's President's words to the U.N. today??? No matter your political bent, Obama had far more leadership and vision that should hve been aired ahead of these third rate politicians.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Robi

    William Bennet, why can't you blame the scottish that released the guy? Why Ghadaffi?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Keane

    I believe that diplomacy with other countries of varying viewpoints is good. However, we must be willing to stand by what we are about and not falter in that regard. Obama gives the U.S. a better image; it must therefore be used to our advantage and not be pushovers. Thanks you have a great show.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Laleh

    Hi Anderson,
    I just don't know why there was not enough coverage about Iranian who protested against Ahmadinejad in NY today!!???

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Kofi B

    I want to know excactly why mohammed Gadafi Throw a
    paper infront of the public and I think is right and it doesnit show
    respect to the public

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  44. uzoma

    Hello Anderson. Why is that we Americans like to choose the bad of people but when they the same of us we cry? Ask the Rabbi thie question since he hates Ghaddafi so much. Why is it that Continent of Africa is excluded from the Security Council? Ghadaffi also asked that question.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Mahvish

    The media onslaught on Iran is baffling and disappointing. Yes, Ahmidenajad isn't the best public profile person with his rhetoric against the holocaust. But labeling Iran a terrorist state is going over-board.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Nancy

    In response to Omar Khadafi's rambling blurts about the government needs to further investigate the assasinations of JFK & Martin Luther King...... I know someone that has been working with an FBI agent for several months trying to release information about the cover up with the gun turned over by a Mafia family that had ties with the assasinatin to JFK but the crooked politicians & bureaucrats in Mississippi will not let it move forward. Please help them to get the word out.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    wow, I can't believe how disrespectful the panelists all speak of Gadhafi. Say what you want when the camera is not on, but...

    September 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. cherie

    we all have hurts and pains from time past but not solving these differences and they are huge diffs will not be solved by name calling and the likes

    September 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    good evening all ... joining late, again. Interesting some of the comments. Some people consider fame their god, money or pleasures their gods. Just because people claim to follow god doesn't mean they are following God.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Mazen- Jordan

    Ghadafi is simply INSANE! But he has some sanity in many issues! UN is not democratic since only 5 countries in the entire planet that get to VITO!! If presidents were not allowed to speak in defense of their believes, whether right or wrong in the UN, where are they going to do so?? Nobody is capable of pointing out Israeli’s acts of terrorism. Why is it always that Islam & Arabs are to be blamed!!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
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