January 21st, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/21/10

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Tonight on 360°, gunfire and chaos in Haiti over five bags of rice. Plus, a look at the what's happening to Haiti's orphans. And, a Supreme Court ruling that could have a major impact on November's mid-term elections.

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  1. Gerard Mc Ardle, Drogheda & Belfast, Ireland

    Regards President Obama & his "Health Reform" I'll talk about "Health Reform" to him.

    Today, not tomorrow or the next day...Haiti needs some serious "Health Reform"... at it's airport.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If Obama goes back to his left wing liberal base there will be a massacre in November.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Claus

    I agree with Mike, Syracuse. How will the speech degrading Wall Street today help anyone get a job? Let's see, maybe some people on Wall Street won't make as much money. So we can take that money out of the economy and with it will go a few more jobs.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Yes, parse out the Health Care bill into easily understood sections and vote up or down on them. Dare the Republican Senators to filibuster those sections!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    From what I understand the Haitian infrastructure wasn't very good before this happened. The international community has given billions to Haiti what was it used for? Someone should investigate that before we put millions of charity dollars into the hands of their corrupt government.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Misha

    Anderson ?
    Has anyone been taking pics of the lost and the orphans > maybe post their pics all over at the make shift hospitals in hopes some will have family members looking for them ? Im heading back tomorrow again and the area I was in had absolutely no food or medical aid what so ever .. Children are starving to death .. and dying as u noted stupid deaths 🙁
    They need help


    January 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Marilyn

    Good evening everyone, God Bless CNN, my concerns are, it's taking way, way to long to get medince and help in to Haiti. Not every has to be prefect, Just get water and food in, any way possibe and leave the guns at home!! I would like to know why the americans are not speaking about the Canadians hospital ships are in port and the thousands of Canada troops have arrived along with hundreds of doctors and nurse, You might it sound like only Americans are there and were doing it alone.The Canadians have raised $138 millions for Haitie and the first adophs will arrived this weekend into Canada. But over all keep up the good work.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Lori

    It really bugs me that President Obama created a stimulus plan initially that couldn't be implemented well. It did not create many job opportunities and it shows a lack of research and thought from the President and his staff.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Michelle in Oregon

    Bank reform ....now
    Health care reform....later

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  10. Kiawnna Coberly

    We need to have shelters with water, electricity, and medical supplies. Why aren't we moving in that direction rather than treating people and letting them sit in the streets with cardboard boxes over their heads? We have the resources to set up mega shelters, we have done it before during Katrina...Are we all going to sit by and just watch them all die on TV until we are totally desensitized to the need?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Ilya- Connecticut

    Regarding a Domestic issue, this is finally a wake up call to President Obama to knock off this "compromise" business and put his foot down regarding corporations, banks, and the works. It's time we see this "change" that was promised during his campaign. I still support and know that he can put the pieces back together. It will take a while but my faith on Obama remains.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Where exactly is all the money going? Its plain to see that it is going somewhere but not to where it needs to go

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Claus

    Pharmaceutical companies have stepped up; that's where the drugs sitting idle there in Haiti came from. They have given millions in drugs; it's beyond belief that the drugs are not getting to the patients.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    A leader doesn't stay 'hands off' A leader gets involved.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Samantha Kidder - Maineville,Ohio

    Hope everything is going good in Haiti, as good as it can be.
    It's sad that a lot of the children have lost there parents 🙁 . I hope that they figure out what there going to do with the kids. And that they just done for get about them.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Cathy O'Neill

    I can't understand why the aid organizations can't be involved – even in small numbers, in distributing some of the supplies at the airport. Is that possible? Are medical personnel aloud to request what they need and have a person get it and bring it inside the airport so they can take it to the ill and dying. It seems to me that that is something that the military could set up with some security in place during the distribution at the airport if necessary.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Tony Torres

    1.Key to Clean Up – move the people out of Port Au Prince.
    2.Key to Preventing Spread of Disease/Infection – move the people out of Port Au Prince

    Where to – Cap Hatien
    Why – Usuable/Undamaged Large Port

    January 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why does Obama have to keep demonizing someone? First it was Bush.\Cheney, then the health care industry, now Wall Street. Stop going after people and help businesses create jobs.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Yoly Weston, Florida

    @ Mr. Gergen, Why focus on job creation first? Demand for goods and services always precedes job creation. Money stimulates demand. Housing crisis took money out of American pockets. That is where the focus should be, the housing crisis. Job creation will follow.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    How are the people getting water in the many camps that do not have drinkable water? 444 camps?

    Is someone canvassing medical facilities in Port au Prince for needs and then following up with delivery of medical supplies? Is there provision for existing medical facilities whose suplies might be lost or damaged in the earthquake?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Annie Kate

    I think Obama should concentrate on JOBS and the economy. On health care insurance – it's rather clear he's not going to get the sweeping changes he wanted and the country needs but hopefully he can get some of the changes and then come back later and get more. Sometimes that is the best you can do.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  22. A. Smith, Oregon

    Thanks to todays Supreme Court decision, taking on Wall Street would be suicide for a politician who would then face ten's of millions in campaign funds to defeat them, smear them and literally destroy them.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    IMO, they wasted a lot of time. They should not have waited for damaged airports or shipping ports to be evaluated, repaired and opened again, they should have sent the supplies through the Dominican Republic immediately. They would have been distributed by now and lives might have been saved.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Michelle S-Michigan

    We, the people of the USA have donated over $355 million dollars so far, please someone tell me is the government more interested in being able to show how much aid is at the airport and less interested in getting it out so it doesn't look like there's nothing being donated??

    January 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Emily

    Just WHY are these "stupid deaths" still happening at such an alarming rate when it Doesn't have to be that way?

    Why are no pharmaceutical companies stepping up to the plate?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @David Gergen, I'm energized for the first time since the 2008 election. Obama fooled many in this country, and now his ineptness is obvious to all. Hopefully he'll drop side shows like heath care and concentrate on what he should have from day 1, the economy.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Sandra

    good evening Anderson, Dr. Gupta and all..

    From Brazil

    January 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  28. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Thanhhuong thi Nguyen, yes there must be Accountability for the mass influx of CASH into Haiti relief organizations and from American taxpayers thru US Federal economic aid to the Haitian people. The Haitian people appear to have not recieved a single dime from huge previous influxes of CASH.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Dulcie - Denver

    No infrastructure? How much infrastructure is needed to move a pallet of supplies from point A to point B?

    Come on people! Get it done!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Claus

    It's becoming obvious that we are sending a lot of money to Haiti. A lot of Americans are sending money when they really can't afford to do so. But the people are not being helped.

    I think the focus should be changed to answering the questions being asked by many Americans==how can we take in a child from Haiti who is without a family. If we could get answers and bring many of them here, at least we would know where the money is going for those children.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. toni

    Hi everyone,
    I would like to say thank you to all of you for the EXCELLENT reporting in Haiti. Anderson, Ivan, San jay, and all of the CNN crew thank you for staying there, and telling the story. The world needs to see this. Thank you for helping these poor people.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Tamara Mauck

    im sry but the colonel's answer was a CMA answer cause he knew that Dr Gupta had him and there was no room to move his words around the "red tape"

    January 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hello David,
    I agree with you, Anderson, Sanjay, Ivan, Karl, Gary and Soledad are doing great job!!!!! They are amazing people and they are true heroes... I am really appericate what they have done to help people... I agree with you.

    Yes, I am forwarding watch our president Obama next Wednesday night.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Jane Robinson

    God Bless You & Your Entire Team Anderson Cooper! You are all doing a wonderful job keeping us informed & enlightened about the Hati situation. Can't believe this is 2010 & we can't help these poor unfortunate souls more efficiently & effectively! 🙁 Please know I am praying for all of you & your families in your absence, in addition to the Hatians. Keep up the great work AC, Sanjay, Gary T., Soledad, et..al. etc.~know you are loved & supported by so many here at home.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Susan

    I just want to thank Anderson and Sanjay - and Gary and Ivan and your whole team - for your excellent coverage for what is really happening on the ground. And for being willing to just pick up and do all you can do to help... You are truly an inspiration 🙂

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Michelle in Oregon

    @ Jaime Sanabria

    Wow that is very good info about the navy Hostpital in Puerta Rico.
    I am calling my senator and other congressmen regardingg that
    Thanks Jaime!!!!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Renee

    @ Thanhhuong: I am having a hard time understand why the suffering continues myself. I keep praying for these souls in Haiti.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Robert

    I can't help but wonder if a similar devastating earthquake would have struck in an oil producing country, like Saudi Arabia, or one with more political might, like Isreal, if the response to the disaster would not have been quicker or much better organized.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. LisaL - Canada

    @Michelle S
    "If the aid isnt going out why should anyone keep on donating?"

    michelle - what a good point - the people who are giving so generously their money and effort are really being insulted by this, aren't they?

    charities get scrutinized extremely closely - wonder if this deserves the same attention ??

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Gerard Mc Ardle, Drogheda & Belfast, Ireland

    Is President Obama aware of this suffering on the children of Haiti? I mean wasn't it he who promised them he would do everything in his power to help the people of Haiti. And yet for ten days the world has watched as the Haitian's were being ignored in their country's greatest hour of "Need".

    The whole world has sent aid...& an airport swallows it up for ten day...that just goes to show how mad mad mad mad mad mad a world it is...in this hour of need in Haiti!

    I sent two more contribution's today...now I demand that I see it in action!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Anderson, Dr. Gupta & ALL bloggers.

    I contacted, both by phone and email, the State Dept., Homeland Sec., The UN, my Senators, my Rep, & Pres. Obama re: the incomprehensible Lack of distribution of medical supplies (as well as food and water).

    I was told that "theyre doing the best that they can", "it's a logistical problem", etc. etc. It was one of the most frustrating conversations of my life. I told them ALL to watch AC360!
    I also asked about resources for rescues at the Hotel where the 4 students and 2 professor are. I was told there were 2 rescue crews and 27 people (Part of that UN peace keepers).

    THANK YOU Dr. Gupta for taking supplies to some areas where they are needed. So far, it looks like 360 is doing as much as others to assist the people in Haiti!!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Betty Murphy

    I'm just going to ask the same question everybody else is asking....WHY are those medical supplies and food etc etc siting on the tarmac at that airport? For god sakes DO something! I wanted to shake that military person Dr G.was talking with!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Holly

    Anderson and all, your reporting is awesome, you truly bring heart and soul to all you do. Thank you.
    I have a question: I get it that the port and roads are unsafe, but why couldn't a dozen helicopters drop food, water and surgical supplies all over the areas that need them? They could have dropped hundreds, if not thousands, of boxes by now. It's so frustrating that these people are not getting help when so many supplies are now available.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  44. valery

    in case any one has not told you today, and regardless of your beliefs, God Bless you Mr. AC360, the efforts of the CNN team have saved many..Thank you

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  45. A. Smith, Oregon

    Hurricane season for Haiti normally beings in June-July, with the rainy season beginning in May. As bad as the conditions are in Haiti, many of those homeless people need to have some shelter before the May rains begins.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Ilya- Connecticut

    Dr. Gupta, thank you for taking the time to report on how the medical supplies just sit and can't get to the people who need it most. These "stupid deaths" as they have been called should not be happening. It is very sad to see things this way. Great job to Anderson and the rest of the CNN crew for the coverage of this tragedy! Keep up the good work!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  47. Lynda Nelson, BC Canada

    Anderson Cooper:

    Thank you for your exceptional work in Haiti by continuously keeping the world up to date on events as they are happening.
    Thank you for giving the people of Haiti a voice in their time of desperate need midst their devastation.
    Thank you for kindness, compassion and always unbiased and honest reporting.

    Thank you SIR, for your exemplary humanity. God Bless YOU!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Lori

    As far as health care and the president go, I think he really needs to focus on job creation right now and put healthcare on the back burner. Timing is everything and this is not the right time for health care.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Jennifer - AZ

    It sounds like a lot more than "some" are doing without. I cannot believe these supplies are just sitting there. How hard can it be for some of those military personnel to run trucks back and forth to people who need it?

    January 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Thanhhuong thi Nguyen

    Where is the money? Hundred of millions of dollars, hundred of Charities and why the Haitians still hunry, the sickness, the wounded still dying because of medical supply shortage.
    What's going on?
    God, where are you? Please stop purnishing the Haitians, purnish the people that taking advantages of the Haitians diaster instead. Please, please, please GOD.

    January 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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