October 9th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/09/09

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The GOP blasts Pres. Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win. We've got the raw politics. Plus, gun dealers caught on tape breaking the law. See how they could be putting guns in the hands of criminals. It's a "Keeping them Honest" investigation.

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  1. dorothy

    Congratulations to President Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Anh

    Way too premature and how about focusing at problem at home instead abroad.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Lewis

    Of course he deserves it. Under his administration, the US has had the first direct diplomatic contact with Iran in three decades, he's begun reconciliation between the US and the Muslim world (Cairo speech), he's dropped the missile defense system in Poland and Czech, bettering US-Russian relations, eased travel restrictions to Cuba, and pushed hard for negotiations that would lead to a Palestinian state.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Renee

    I just got home. Is Obama keeping the $1 million plus prize or is he giving it to charity? Does anyone know can you win the prize post-mortum (sp?) ?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Gina S

    Here in America we are debating whether the "world" should recognize OUR President,the World Leader, as a person deserving of recognition for promoting peace around the world...That is a sad commentary..we should be ashamed

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  6. Jane

    The award to Mr. Obama simply shows how irrelevant the "Peace Prize" is. Mr. obama, I don't think, lobbied for this award. this speaks more to the incompetence of the selection committee. Not only has Barack obama not accomplished one single thing for peace, but he was nominated for this award 2 mere weeks after being sworn in as President. This was nothing more than a political statement by a left leaning organization. Who was the last conservative to win this award?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. harold

    I think he deserves it people are expecting way to much of him he hasn't been in office that long and if he was nominated obviously there is a reason

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Maurice

    How many white people were outraged when MLK won. Seems to be a repeat.

    The more things change the more they stay the same.'
    This is good for America

    October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  9. gloria street

    Congratulations to Obama for winning JNobel Peace Prize. Shame on all the Americans that feel he doesn't deserve it. Shame on you!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Dodie ~ California

    The world can see that President Obama has moved the USA towards a path of joint effort instead of rogue. He is building bridges with other nations and they are very receptive. I am happy to see this.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. carolyn

    Obama receiving the Nobel peace prize was a bit shocking; I really liked Micheal Moore's letter to Obama on his website, it put alot into perspective. It was a smart move from thepeace makers because it forces Obama into a corner when it ocmes to creating a peaceful world in a peaceful way.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Michelle

    I am happy for our president and America.
    The media always focuses on the noise and
    not the big picture. Do most Americans really
    care what some talk radio guy thinks.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Theresa

    I voted for Obama and I support him, but it was too soon and I'm sure he feel like it was too soon and added pressure for him. I think America actually helped Obama get that award because of our century old bondage in slavery and oppression. When Obama got elected that sent a message to the world about finally electing a minority to the highest office in our country. We actually lived up to the words of our constitution.....ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL and I think the Noble Peace Prize took notice. The award really wasn't about President Obama, but about America's example to the world. We are always telling other countries on how to act in terms of human rights. People are saying that Obama words needs to be backed by actions, but Americans must remember that we are just starting to backed up our words in the constitution with actions......If it took us this long to "act and show the world that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL" then give him more than 10 months to backed up his words. I wish a number of outspoken conservatives was this outspoken about the racism that this country has endured for centuries and sadly, still do to some degree.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Isabel Siaba

    The US policy, of the Obama era, took a pragmatic tone that many see as cynical, but many others defend as a powerful engine of concerns 'ad eternum', as the Palestinian issue, dictatorial regimes, and the relationship with Latin America.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Helen Hahn

    I am proud that our president got the peace award. He is a person who strives for peace and the rest of the word knows it. Shame on the GOP, except for MCCain and Pawlenty. Rush Limbaugh is the world wide joke. Not our president!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Megan
    Thank you for your wellcom,i missed blooging last week,
    But i am back again

    October 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Jane - Vt

    Good evening everyone. Congratulations to President Obama and the USA

    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Laura

    Why is everyone blaming President Obama for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? He didn't nominate himself, he didn't lobby for a win, and he is downplaying the whole thing. Blame the committee who decided to award it to him.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Lori, IL
    I agree with you!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    I think it's too early to give Obama the Nobel peace prize, but he can't give it back..

    October 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Emily

    I agree with what Tom Foreman just reported.

    It was a real "stunner" David! Great points by David G. as always.
    I think that Obama should turn it down and say that he feels that he has yet to earn it. It would be the Noble thing to do. If he gets nominated for it again, it will not be a "stunner"!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and hello to all bloggers. I was not expecting him to get the award but I do understand why they gave it to him and I'm proud and happy for him and honored for our country. And, who cares what Rush and Glenn think. They are both practically psychotic and only a very small percent of folks care what they think. However, the vicious fallout and comments over this are frightening in a way.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. John-Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

    Congrats to President Obama! Well deserved!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    I think David Gergen said it best just not – it is premature at best. The expectations just keep getting higher and harder to meet. I hope the prize is a help to Obama and not an anchor around his neck.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Nat Parker

    Rush and Beck: I am so tired of your hate speech. Your show of disrespect towards our president is not only offensive but sad.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Isabel Siaba

    To the horror of conservatives, the world is a better world with Obama as president of the greatest power on earth.

    The good sense increases the chances of peace anywhere.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    I see Pres. Obama's Nobel Peace Prize as an acknowledgement of his commitment to peace–at whatever stage. I think it's kind of funny that there's so much arguing over his winning today.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  28. John-Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada

    Hi Anderson. How are you doing tonight?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It's all about hope and developing open relationships throughout the world. The nasayers will never get it because they live their lives in the negative and will be bitter to the end.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. kim-chicago

    What a surprise...conservatives want Obama to return the Nobel Peace Prize.

    I say congratulations Mr. President...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    'Premature' is an understatement.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Congratulation President Obama, and keep your Nobel Peace Prize. It's your.

    Gentlemen! Your dirty slips are showing. "Please pull up to the bumper!"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Alfredo

    Please stop giving people like Rush Limbaugh attention, he only has unreasonable and inflammatory arguments (Pres. Bush "liberated" 50MM muslims??? do you really believe this?).

    Where's the health care debate? What about reports of people going bankrupt because they fell ill? Please report the lines of people waiting for their health insurance to deny them coverage. And report how profitable they are... (are they profitable??? how profitable???)

    October 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Fact is Oslo gave the Nobel Peace Prize to P.Obama.Now he has to show the whole world,that he deserve the prize.Believe in change and praying is not enough.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Lori from IL

    I embarrassed by the discussion of President Obama's worthiness of the Nobel Peace Prize today...

    I would like to Congratulate President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I’m sure the committee has it’s reasons for awarding him this prestigious honor. Since nominations closed less than 2 weeks after his inauguration – I look at this as a nod to his campaign platform and winning the presidency when very few believed he could at the beginning. I, also, look at this as an affirmation of his call for dialogue and engaging other nations, rather than waging war; his call to break down the walls between Christian, Jew & Muslim; and his willingness to admit that the U.S. is not perfect, and trying to effect the change that will make us better on the world stage.

    My hope is that this will compel all of us to be better members of the world community, and aid and encourage President Obama as he tries to reduce conflict and promote understanding among all peoples.

    He was humbled by this honor and I believe that it’s time to quit the nay-saying and back biting and each do our own small part in making this a better world.

    Why are high expectations bad? We will never know what may happen, if we don't try.

    Congratulations, President Obama. Fellow citizens, it's time to step up and act like the UNITED States of America.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Antonia-Bay Area

    Good Evening Everyone!!

    Well...Obama somewhat derserves the nobel peace prize because he was able to reach out to so many countries that somewhat dislike America..

    However, Obama better watch out because now people are going to expect so much from him now..

    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba

    What gave the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama was that it embraced multilateralism and the diplomatic track without the arrogance and unilateralism that marked the Bush era.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. malika

    I don't think a Nobel Peace Prize, is for someone who just try things, and we have not seen Obama has achieved anything so far yet. I am not saying that he doesn't deserve it. It is very early in his presidency for a Nobel Peace Prize.. Thanks Anderson!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. TIM

    he got the peace prize because he simply is a good person and around the world.... your saying it right now... it's just simple

    October 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Martina Ilstad Germany,
    Nice see you on live blog tonight! Missed you, too.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba

    President Obama is really doing an excellent job of international diplomacy and cooperation among peoples. He deserves!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Dodie ~ California

    Good evening everyone. Yes, TGIF!!!

    Congratulations to President Obama. At least the world can see his vision along with his true intelligence and capability.

    Rush Limbaugh is just showing the world his idiocy! I

    f it was not so embarrassing, it would be really funny!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Emily

    Happy Friday Anderson, AC 360 Team and Bloggers!!! It's Friday!!! Yay!!

    This is such an insult to the Nobel Peace Prize and Obama.
    He has yet to do anything to earn the Peace Prize.

    I however gave up on them when they over looked Irena Sendler for Al Gore!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba

    Hey, everyone: Anderson, Erica, David ((Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Congratulations to President Obama by the Novel Peace.
    This is also a prize for the American people and for all the people in the world, but it is a source of pride for the people!

    Happy Friday!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Lori from IL

    Please – can't people just be happy for President Obama and what this may mean for the U.S. on the world stage?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Miriam Cooper, NY

    Hi Anderson,

    Hope all is well !!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! 'It's Friday night!"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    Congratulations to your President Barack Obama for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    October 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday night!!! Couldn't wait this weekend........ 😀
    Congrats for our pres. Obama winner by Nobel Peace Prize win.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Good evening to N.Y.,means good morning here in Germany.Sorry i missed your shows last week,because it was a very buzzy week for me,and i have to sleep.So thank God its friday!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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