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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. Curtis, TN

    It's a shame the way you and the rest of America is reacting to President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize. You can make excuses and say it is premature, but your true colors are showing. Most of the free world is excited, and America is criticizing. You say you are keeping them honest. It's hard to do when you don't recognize or don't acknowledge the truth.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Melinda

    Congrats Mr President!
    Too much hate and envy in some folks to take a breather and congratulate the President. We must look very silly to folks around the world for hating our own President.
    We just had 8 yrs of pure nothing & world disgust – I the current haters were proud of that accomplishment. Now we come forward with a President who wants to do something for America and the world and the haters are pissed off because we are moving forward. Their thin veil of hate only masks their real ugliness & contempt.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Martina Ilstad Germany

    I as a German cannot understand there is not even a law or order,and now how can kids by guns.If you whant to stop the violence from kids,take away the guns

    October 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    How many gun buyers would say they couldn't pass a background check?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Anthony (Chicago)

    Question, last I checked we live in a democracy remember "We the People" part of what the President has attempted to get across to us and world is that, we are responsible for changing the issues we face in the world and our neighborhoods. So when you say "He" has not achieved anything yet " world peace, end hunger, end youth crime, U.S arab relations,, its "our job" not "his"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Hazel

    Hi Mr. Cooper:

    It just seems to me that no matter what happens or what President Obama does, people found a way to criticize it. Whatever happen to doing good for all American people! Stop and think about that. The American people need help, we need to start working together and not against each other.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I wished President Clinton won the award–I believe he deserved it based on his work here and overseas, one in particular-Northern Ireland.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  8. kim-chicago

    Ridiculous...selling guns without a background check...and we wonder why there is so much violence in this country.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Pat

    Congratulations President Obama.! I think that everyone speculating as to why he received this award, and whether or not it was "deserved" is a waste of time. The Committee awarded him because he is leading the march to a better world. Why don't we look at the positives!!!! It is a beautiful World, lets all work together.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Obviously this gun show loophole has to be closed. Period.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Betty from Baltimore

    President Obama deserves the Nobel Peach Prize. In the short 9 months he has been President he has done far more to further peace in the world than his predecessor did in 8 years! He has reached out his hand to these countries as well as across the aisle. Unfortunately, the talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Beck have twisted this in their own perverted ways as usual which, to me, is totally unAmerican. We are supposed to be the United States – not one party trying to destroy the other. They seem to be stooping to any low to get back in power.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  12. Adam

    Please remember that the Nobel Prize is awarded by an independent private organization and the award money comes from their private funds. They can choose anyone they want. Also, they chose Obama apparently without asking him whether or not he wanted to be the candidate. So, I would recommend a cold drink or maybe even a cold shower to all those who so dramatically criticize both Nobel Committee and Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Tikiri de Zoysa-Falk

    Celebrating a loss... condemning an honor...
    The soul of the Republican Party requires careful scrutiny – if this most amazing country is to retain it's leadership rung in the ladder of global leadership.

    Celebrate America... one and all – what a pride you are Mr President!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Anderson,you gave all of us a 'gun show' on the Regis and Kelly show this morning.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Emily

    This is a really eerie story that Randi Kaye is telling. More than 60% selling guns illegally!
    That is really bad!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Theresa

    Due to the long election period, the world knew Obama's intentions for about two years! Bishop TuTu won the award ten years before apartheid was beaten. The lady in Burma is still imprisoned. President Carter won for his great effort at Mideast Peace. All these and others were given the honor for their effort for peace, not for actually reaching the goal.. President Obama has changed the tone of communication with others. He's reached out to all people to join us in bringing peace to the world. His critics would be wise to think about their tone of voices. In his splendid speeches Obama encourages all of us to make an effort toward peace. The committee was very wise to choose him !! President Obama makes me proud to be an American.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Antonia-Bay Area

    People are going to sell illegal items no matter what...no matter if they have a background check or not. Hopefully people selling these guns would stop soon! because those guns always end up in the wrong hands!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Brian Tracey

    Amazing! Your president is awarded the Nobel Peace prize and some Americans have a problem with that! Okay, what did you do with the United States of America I knew and respected when I was growing up? Should we now refer to America simply as the "States of America?"

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Cathy Patterns

    Good for Bloomberg in doing that gun sale back ground check! We need more people do do such things and root them out! Too many weirdos who shouldn't have guns can and do buy them! Back ground checks at gun shows!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Emily

    @ Egil Martin Solberg, nice to see you here tonight! 🙂

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Barbara in Japan

    Good morning from Asia, Anderson!
    With all of the sour grapes from the right about the Nobel Peace Prize for our President, I am very proud, both for Obama and the United States after all of the consternation during the Bush years. Here in Japan, he is really respected and loved. Let's give him a chance to live up to all of his eloquence and the significance of this Prize.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, I think you're right about the collaborative approach of President Obama's diplomacy. I also feel that his outreach and talks with Iran must've played a part in the Nobel committee's decision.

    @Annie Kate Well it does raise the bar of expectations. I don't know if it will be an anchor around his neck, though. An anchor can be a good thing too, could steady and give him the back he needs to hold his ground in future tough peace negotiations.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Jay - Memphis, TN

    From what I've heard today, it appears that the Nobel Peace Prize voters and the world community in general are more pro-American than the Republican Party. Maybe there's finally something for Michele Bachmann to investigate for anti-Americanism - her own political party.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, I'm all for space exploration but I'm not sure spending $79 million dollars on the moon bombing was really worth it, considering the economy, healthcare, and all other things we are up against this year regarding spending.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Isabel Siaba

    @ David, Indiana

    It was really a surprise this morning. This is a good surprise. President Obama is all that there was not before, trying to reinforce negotiated solutions.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  26. Monica Stagg

    Anderson please, stop spinning this... You're all nuts. John McCain's comment is the only one that makes sense: It is always an honor for the US when it's President gets recognized. John McCain 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!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Mary

    CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT !
    I am proud to have Mr. Obama as our president. This is a time to be proud of The United States and I am very tired of hearing about all those that have nothing but 'hate' in their hearts.
    Let's start focusing on more positive things like our president winning The Nobel Peace Prise – what an honor for our country.
    I am very proud to be an American under his direction – I feel secure with his peaceful philosophy.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I think Obama winning the prize was a way for the voters to say "We want peace. Thank you for aiming for that Mr. President."

    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Vince

    Here's an opportunity for America to raise to the occasion as the leader of the free world when its President receives the nobel peace prize. It not just about the President; but about the people he represents "America" and the embodiment of what it stands for from its founding fathers!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Leane, Ontario, Canada

    Anderson, no matter what president Obama does he'll never appease or please the right, especially the Limbaughs and Becks of the world. And while I usually respect David Gergen's opinion, as far as Afghanistan is concerned, he'll be criticized no matter what decision he makes. Obama has changed how people perceived America during the Bush years and this honour reflects that.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Carolyn

    My husband and I have been doing some reading up on the NPP today. No, it cannot be won posthumously. Ghandi was nominnated five times without winning. The year he was asassinated tho, no NPP was awarded.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Barb

    I am embarrased by the negative reaction of some Americans on Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I am pleased with anything that enhances the American image and would be regardless of who won the prize even if it was Bush. I don't understand American's that trash their own country.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Antonia-Bay Area

    @Renee-I agree! is he the first pres. to recieve one? if so he derserved it!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Robin in Tampa, FL

    L-CROSS's crash into the moon this morning was kinda anti-climactic

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  35. Gina S, Pawliing, NY

    You know this President can't get a "break". As an Indorepublicrat and plan to stay that way, I cannot support any faction who cannot find something decent about the other side...We support polar bears and not the President..

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Renee

    @ Lori, Stacy: Thanks ladies!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Aaegie, Toronto, Canada

    I think the anger at President Obama for the nobel Peace Prize award, is misdirected, because he did not nominate himself, neither did he vote for himself, It was awarded to him. If people have issues with the award, their anger should be directed to and at the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo, Norway.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  38. mimi

    Am very happy for our president winning the award and wish people could be supportive and not always saying negative things abt him, its not like he made himself win,its the people that know he deserves it thats why they choose him.....good evening Anderson love u and the show

    October 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  39. diann depasquale

    I am watching AC 360 and I am shocked and horrified that the first person shown was Rush Limgaugh. Why should he be given any credibility!!!! He is an Anti-american who even says he now agrees with the Taliban.
    This is a proud day for the US, and recognition that we have a strong place in the world. Obama is a strong international leader, and that is recognized by everyone. Our country is now making a stand for peace and the future of the world. We should honor that.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Ray

    Anderson I think the media is way out of control when it comes to the president. You chose for him to run the country, but you disrespect him infront of the world. I think the world makes a statement by considering him for such a award. The world wants to change with the president, but his own country views him as less than a leader. I think we should be careful. Listen to the world's view. Consider this! If anything was to happen to President Obama the US will not survive a race war. God bless the President because he may be the only person who can save us from ourselves.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Oh that's a terrible story of the mom gun advocate who ended up in a murder-suicide.

    What's that saying? When your only tool is a hammer you see every problem as a nail.

    When your only tool for resolving anger or fear is a gun, then what do you see every problem as?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  42. James

    The GOP will see nothing good in whatever President Obama does, so it is not strange that, they are outraged by the Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to him. True in terms of taking a long time to reach meaningful results, (something which is a vice), Obama does not deserve the award; but if it is in terms of reaching meaningful results at short notice, then Obama deserves the award. It is true that the world has changed for the better within the eight months of the Obama Presidency. Only the rest of the world can see it, the GOP and some detractors of President Obama do not see it. As far is this latter point is concerned President Obama deserves the Nobel Prize. The Nobel committee is not foolish to award this prize to President Obama. His detractors and the GOP will grumble and stay dry.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  43. Jacqueline, NY

    @Lori from IL

    I agree with you 300%. The person, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, and not the President, Barack Obama.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Kenny

    Let's just move on from debating about whether he should or should not deserve to get this award, so that he (President Obama) can get on with his job, that is, repairing problems both @ home and the world.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes bloggers,
    We are so proud of our pres. Obama tonight! 😀

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Jules

    This Nobel Peace Prize is more for the USA than for the President! It shows that the rest of the world is welcoming the USA back into the world as a Leader and not the Cowboy mental thinking of our way or hit the highway! I truely believe that what GOD has for you it is for you! Rush on his OC, Hannity divide & split America thinking, and anyone who think that this was deserving, I say To God Be the Glory for the things that He ha Done!

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. James

    The right act as if the President lobbied for the Nobel Peace Prize and ignore his own self deprecating comments. That the world is encouraged towards cooperation by the President is a wonderful thing and an opportunity for the United States to work together in a way we failed to do for the past President's two terms. The Nobel Prize committee made clear their hope to encourage peace at this moment in history. That is exactly what President Obama actually inspires – a hope that we can work together and be more than we could be slogging it alone. Jealousy is working powerfully in the pundits and the right.. who wish they could move people to action like this president has been able to do. I say join in making it a better world not by unmindfully agreeing with the president, but by bringing our best ideas and spirit to the conversation and know that you deserve to speak too. This President actually listens which is an essential component of peace anywhere anytime.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Kitti

    Knock it off. We don't care about Letterman, Rangel, Limbaugh or Beck. Obama represents change. He represents the future of the world; not just this country. Obama represents hope and promise.
    He has a vision. He has a full plate, and he is trying to fulfill his promises in the face of unprecedented criticism. He is persevering in the midst of overwhelming criticism about his health care plan and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He reached out to our enemies. He is trying to show America as it once was; altruistic, peace loving and generous. The Committee did not listen to Rush, Glen, Steele, and others. It had its own agenda and criteria. The Peace Prize is not in American hands, thank God. He will succeed because he was chosen at this time for this position. He will persevere.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Sen (Shan) Can - St.Louis, MO. USA

    Did we elect President Obama for what he had done for USA or for what we have believed he could do. it is amazing that after all our failure in becoming a leader of the world, killing thousands children, women and many innocent men during Bush years, the peace prize committee saw what Obama could do for the world as a leader. What surprises me that all of these criticizers were deaf and mute during Bush years.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Megan
    I missed blogging last week.Now i am back

    October 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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