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. Cathy Patterns

    President Obama is going to donate the Prize money to charity–how appropriate!

    His speech was very humble.

    Fareed Zacharia agreed with what I said above, no matter what happens to the president there are groups that will oppose whatever he does–so what?

    I'm surprised at all the gloom and doom of the commentators on this show though, for gosh sakes who are they afraid of? The 'conservatives'? Can't they say something positive?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. kim-chicago

    The world is complicated...with or without the Nobel Peace Prize....I don't think this will change Obama's foreign policy. I think he will do whatever he believes is necessary.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Emily

    I look forward to seeing what John McCain had to say. I wish that there were more Senators on both sides like him. He is class personified.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Shirley A. MacDonald

    I think most of the 'commentators' miss an important point. At a troubled point in the history of humanitity, vision and hope, dreams of a better future, respectful differences between peoples, is the sunlight in the darkness. In awarding the Nobel prize to President Obama the committee is true to its' founders intent; dream that things can be better, leave open (do not close the door) and the world, more importantly humanitiy can change.

    No, President Obama has not achieved a more balanced world, but he has sown the seeds of possibility. Without the vision of a different kind of world, a more compassion and caring world, the silent majority dies.

    Every age needs a spark, Obama bears the burden of being this generations' hope.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also agree with Paul Belega.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Isabel Siaba

    @ David, Indiana

    It was really a surprise and so this morning. This is a good surprise for us. It's great to finish the week with this. Rewarding those who encourages peace is always good (even if it's something a little early).

    President Obama is all that there was not before, trying to reinforce negotiated solutions.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Michele Chibucos

    I think you're all nuts! Have you looked at past Nobel Prize Winners? Many were awarded this honor based on their efforts-not their accomplishments. President Obama didn't ask for this. Why can't Americans just enjoy the moment? Finally we have a president that not only gives us, but also, apparently, the rest of the world; HOPE!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello Bloggers!

    Ok, I admit, learning that Pres. Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize was a shocker for me today but I'm willing to move on. It's not like Pres. Obama asked for it. Plus, he's going to donate the money he receives for it to charity so it can't be all that bad!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Teresa, OH

    I think in his heart of hearts, Pres. Obama knows his peace prize is way too premature.

    Yes, it's an honor to recieve it, an honor to even be thought of, but... for all Pres. Obama's talking peace, what has he done?

    "to the person who shall have DONE the most or the BEST work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."[1]

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Since when are good intentions a measure of greatness?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Nancy

    Republicans are making themselves out to be nothing but a bunch of cat scratching "girlie girls." Even if Republicans can't, the rest of the world recognizes Obama's POTENTIAL. I honestly feel sorry for those who lost the imagination of our American Flag....A heavy burden for Obama? Yes. But if he can even move and take American one step forward will be a great accomplishment considering the five steps we took back with Bush in office. Republicans, Your embarrassing America...AGAIN!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Lori

    Happy Friday Anderson and Everyone!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    2059? I'll never find out if I was nominated!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Egil Martin Solberg (Norway)

    This debate clearly illustrates how many people have trouble seeing the global perspective. Obama has done more in a few months than anybody else has done for 50 years.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Jacqueline, NY

    Evenin' all!


    I must admit I was surprised at the news, until I herd the reason given. It made perfect sense.

    I think the mistake is thinking that President Obama won the prize for his work as the president. He did not. He won the award for the outstanding, inspirational individual that he his, and all hat he has been able to accomplish up to now dispite the odds against him. So why all the discussion about Obama's efforts and work, thus far, as PRESIDENT? That is not why he won it.

    After all, as many are saying, he has only been president for nine months. Hence the word, "ONLY". It appears that Presidents Obama's critics believe that NINE (9) months has been more than enough time to fix all that ill with, and has been broken in the US and abroad long before he appeared on the scene, however, for it "only", too soon for him to receive such an outstanding award for an outstanding "person."

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Dan Fleury

    How come it is so hard to hear those in support of the decision? What ever happened to decency, sportsmanship and manners? Shame on those sad and spiteful individuals who can't seem to live in a world that too often is sacrificed to the clutches of hatred.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Monica Stagg

    You're all nuts. John McCain's comment is the only one that makes sense: It is always an honor for the US when its President gets recognized. John MacCain rocks and it's not just because he was gracious like Gergen says it's because it should be true for all patriots, for all true americans! Stop spinning this...

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Lori from IL

    For the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the U.S. President to be polarizing within the U.S. – is a sad, sad day for our country.

    I agree with Fareed – President Obama is trying to change the tone, and we don't know if it will work, if we don't try.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  19. sarah george

    What are the conservatives afraid of? the Noble Peace Prize have nothing to do with them. This was given to him by people who do not worry about what party you belong to. They do not HATE the man the way so many in this country do. They need to get a life!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Olivia Mann

    When Gandhi received his final nomination in 1948, he was the odds-on favorite to win (Jimmy the Greek was paying 2 to 1 in Vegas). Unfortunately, Gandhi was assassinated just a few days before the deadline. Since the Nobel Prize is never awarded posthumously, the committee chose not to award the peace prize to anyone that year on the grounds that there was “no suitable living candidate.”

    So people need to get their facts right. The Burmese peace activist has also won the prize.

    President Obama is as deserving as these two people who many think were never awarded the prize

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Don

    The awarding of the Noble prize is a great honor for any person fortunate to receive. Ideas and concepts have been awarded without the reality of completion. The concept of charity(love) is not new to the world however the idea that to converse with other people to determine if we actually have a difference has been practiced since Man existed. The critics and haters have also existed since that time, I would rather live with more conversations than to die without any conversation about all the commonality we all share; to live. Congratulations President Obama continue to talk to the world!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Simeon Orram-Canada

    If anyone is annoyed or angry that the President of the United States of America has received recognition for working towards Global peace, then there is something seriously wrong with them..and nothing on earth can help them..Irrespective of party lines, it a proud day for Americans

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Lori

    I am glad that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. amber

    Congrats Mr. President Obama! People are mad that the world respects him. Look he cant help it if the world likes him. I think people are jealous of the President.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Mario Rodriguez

    It is amazing that the President of "our" United States of America has won the Nobel Peace Prize and we are getting this kind of response. Regardless if he deserved it or not how can any American be upset about "our" president, "our" commander and chief winning this great prize? I call that un American and I am ashamed of my fellow Americans that feel this way. We should feel proud as Americans that "our" president won this award that reflects our whole country.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Martina Ilstad Germany

    It will be a problem for Obama,as a peace nobel pirze President,send more soldiers in a war.Whats the meening of a peace prize?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson, if after 4 years the President hasnt lived up to what he promised on his campaign, wouldnt this be a total embarrasment?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Cissy

    We should be 'dancing in the streets' that the President of our Country
    has been honored by this Prize! I feel so proud to be an American right now.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. David Woods

    I voted for Obama. I still side with him, but he has done nothing for the Peace Prize yet. Started but no conclusion. Simply put, What about Ghandi?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Marcus Watson

    President Obama has gone to more countries trying to promote global peace and non-proliferation than any other U.S. president at this point in their presidency. He has gone to great lengths to get positive results... However, THIS TAKES TIME! His immense efforts alone, make him worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Mary hawkins

    Hi Anderson,

    Congratulations to President Obama, he has inspired a lot of us.

    If there was a Nobel prize for hate, anger, meaness and arrogance I wonder who would receive it first, Rush or Glenn. Glad to see them so angry over this.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Brent

    President Obama is being rewarded for his vision of a world in which diplomacy is first, unilateralism last...this is something I think should be rewarded.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Tikiri de Zoysa-Falk

    The honor bestowed upon President Obama is as much for the death of cynicism as it is for the symbol of peace that marks Obama's signature MO. Yes, it's a wake-up call to the cynical and the jaded – never walk away from the call for peace from across the world... from every hurting heart.
    Congratulations, the Nobel Committee... Congratulations Mr President – you ARE a breath of fresh air among the cynical... so worthy of the honor.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. RossCT

    Obama inherited two wars and a horrific economy from eight years of republican control. We should be proud that our President won this prestigious award and is giving the money to charity. The conservatives are poor losers who can't get over Obama's victory last November.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Sammie

    Hello, Mr Anderson,

    My opinion on this whole Nobel prize business is shock first, that certainly was unexpected but not undeserved. Obama may have not accomplished his goals, or whatever expectations America has of him but that doesn't mean he hasn't done anything.

    He's given us hope that it can be better. He's brought a lot of people together under the same umbrella, ultimately that is peace. Working together, being able to come together on decisions. The republicans that oppose him don't seem interested in working towards a compromise.

    They don't want to bend on anything and are demanding everything but it doesn't work that way and Obama knows that. He's willing to work with them, come up with something that can be beneficial for everyone (as best as he can). But as a political leader it is commending that he's even willing to do that, most just follow their own agenda and say to heck with everything and everyone else.

    So I say congratulation to Obama, don't let the pressure get to you. It's when the opposition gets more tumultuous that you know you're on the right track.


    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Rene, Texas

    I'm proud my President got the Nobel award

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don’t think Obama should have received the Nobel Peace Prize because he has not accomplished anything, not as a senator and not as the president. It diminishes the awards of other recipients like Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa and lowers the standards for future nominees.

    Giving it to someone for what he or she might accomplish is like paying someone for doing a job with hopes that they will do it.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The US is more divided than ever. If he can't unite us like he promised, how can he get this award?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. rafael

    hello to everyone!!!!
    just wondering what are the conditions for getting this prize? and are we gonna see more peace than wars around the world or it's just a political action?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Jonathan M.

    Hope our President uses the winnings from the Nobel Peace Prize to give to the families of men and women of our armed services. The reason I say this is because so many think he is undeserving and that will ease that some I believe. Now I'm Republican, and a Bush supporter but I believe in our branches of Government. If you believe in respecting our process of democracy (which I do) then we should be happy for our Commander In Chief. I don't think he has achieved the level of "Peace" that the Nobel Peace Prize represents, but he won and as Americans we all (even non supporters like myself) should support him and pray that he brings "Peace" in his administration. That being said believing in our democracy I'm not gonna say he doesn't deserve it, but rather I commend him and wish him nothing but the best. God Bless All Americans and God Bless All of Humanity.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Michelle

    No matter what the haters say, President Obama
    should just ignore the chatter.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Bridget

    I am so proud of my President you deserve it for all you been putting up with.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. John Murphy

    Even back during the campaign, a year ago, President Obama spoke of nuclear disarmament and need for diplomacy. The unanimous vote in the United Nations on disarmarmament was a milestone. The diplomatic overtures with Iran, and apparent progress achieved by that diplomacy are another milestone and abt to merit the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  44. omar

    Yes he deserves it. He is the first one to say the word peace in almost all his speeches. His opposion on Israel spreading its settlements is unique amongst most of the world's leaders.


    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Randy Woodstock, IL

    True! Limbaugh and Beck would critize Obama for saying good morning.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Jennifer

    It is the first time that I know of that the US has engaged with the Muslim Middle East as something other than a backwater region. They deserve more respect than we have given them and our relations would be better for it. I think one of the best things Obama has done is reach out to them.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'm thinking the committee bestowed this award to send a message to the world that the direction this administration is going is one they want to support. I believe the international perception of George Bush, for example, was that his decisions and actions were inappropriate and damaging to the entire world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Victoria TX

    I am sick of this country criticizing the president..Yes other people deserved the nobel peace prize just as all kindergateners deserve to be line leaders but they will eventually get their turn ...right now its his turn...stop acting like children

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Kathleen Walton

    Congratulations to our humble and intelligent president. He knows how to treat people around the world the way we want to be treated. Thank you to the countries around the world who are as proud of our president and country as I am.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Maria from CT

    Wonderful job, Anderson! Just wonderful! Report on the POTUS getting a Nobel Peace Prize and frame it from the pov of the classless, ungracious, hypocritical Republicans.
    Please tell me when again you have ever done this?
    As to the "guru" David Gergen, I am so tired of your "concerns."
    Is there a message Tom Foreman is sending?
    Only 2 people supporting the President getting this award, and both happen to be young black people?
    Great job, Anderson and company. Faux will be proud of you.
    BTW, a list of people who genuinely congratulated the Prez:
    Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Al Gore, and ninety percent of the whole world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
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