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November 4th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

The $200 Million Myth: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, the 200-million dollar myth. The made-up claims that President Obama's trip to Asia is costing taxpayers 200-million dollars a day. More than the daily cost of the war in Afghanistan. Who's spreading such a false story? We're keeping them honest. Plus, Sarah Palin's latest twitter controversy.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson do you know the actual or estimated cost of the trip?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Rick

    It would be interesting to see how much George W. had spent on all of his trips.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Everything else has goes up, why not? Some people just enjoy fabrication!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Arnold MI

    Transparency. Lets see the figures for the trip.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Don Boras

    Re: the $200,000,000 day presidential trip. Considering the alleged source of the amount, isn't it possible that the sum is actually 200,000,000 rupees, which converts to roughly $4.5 million?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It isn't just the Republicans that want to put a stop to Obamacare, most of the American people don't like it as well.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Janis

    I heard that too – Mitch McConnell is not going to work to get this country out of it's economic woes. This all bodes poorly for our government. Their quest for presidential power is greedy and obnoxious.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Sue R. Canton MI.

    It's sad to hear so many false statements being made about our President. All of our President's have traveled and it does cost money. While our country was economically falling,,,I recall seeing President Bush traveling all over the world.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    I agree with Anderson!!!!!! Good point question!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't know enough about it, Jo Ann...but do CEO's usually? They might. Is there a reason? Thee might be. I doubt it's all 'party time' and free ride, somehow.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Carol from Virginia

    Three cheers for the correction on the $200 million myth! Don't let Andrew Card back you down. The only way to deal with the constant lies is with the TRUTH. Thank you.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Drew

    Don't be Bullied Anderson.
    They Can't take the truth..

    I hope CNN keeps doing what they are doing...

    CNN is all President Obama has....

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Maybe the entire trip to all the countries together and all the expenses inclusive is about 200 million.

    But again, the $ is very powerful against south asian currencies and hence, I wonder even if the total trip would cost much. Its probably an average of 600$ a ticket to India and another 600$ per person to all other countries. Plus another 200$ a person per day.

    So with currency values, I am sure the math is about 100 million$ for the entire trip! Wonder how many $ he will bring back to US in business deals?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Sharon Hastings

    @ Janis re: Obama's opponents not quitting until 2012. You are so right. All of this nonsense is directed at getting him out. They will stop at nothing and particularly after Tuesday. They are feeling very powerful but they also know they can't accomplish all the changes they want until he is gone because of his veto power.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Beth Greer

    Hello Anderson,

    Don't thoses making the claims regarding the cost of the presidential trip to India relize how foolish they look in making statements that the trip would cost $200 million per day! What worries me is the fact that those making the statements are lying...elected officials are lying!

    Thank-you for pointing out the truth and keeping them honest!

    Beth

    November 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Do they have an estimated cost for this trip? The government estimates costs to move military personnel and their families every day, I am sure they could come up with an estimate for this.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Sue from Syracuse

    Romney and Huckabee are well ahead at almost double the popularity polling rate. Palin is #3 in the poll for possible RNC nominee..
    Don Lemon of CNN got it immediately; media is hyping her up - not because you want to rather because she is manipulating you all. She is using ANY way to stay in news. Do not let her.
    BOTH Bachmann and Palin are staying in the news because you all are letting them. We have so many other big issues. Just let them eat dust.
    Meanwhile, something newsworthy may be that Palin's son is discharged from military – I read that in VanityFair article.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Nina

    Stand your ground Anderson! Good for you. They are using the best defense is offense!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Eric walker

    Hi AC, I applaud the fact that you are debunking this fraud of a story, but the fact really is that News agencies should not be waiting till PM to address the lies that have distorted our political system. These lies should be challenge rigorously.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Nancy in Oregon

    Anderson is hyping it?! I think Bachman hyped it.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Are the taxpayers paying for those CEOs to travel with obama?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Thanks for giving us the truth Anderson. The media is turning into propaganda. I never thought I would live to see this as news. I can't believe this

    November 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Lindsay Curren

    Goodness, is there NO neutral agency that emits daily numbers that can be taken as facts on govt spending, including the president's? If no, why not? If yes, why the quibbling?

    Can we move on?

    –Lindsay Curren

    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Bill Mair

    Because Michele Bachman "read" it or saw it on the internet doesn't make it true. She needs to be called to account for SPECIFIC sources rather than just "I read it in the news". The media have to be more assertive about wild charges – ask what "specific" source. Obviously, she would not be able to answer that.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. lisal -canada

    i must admit that i just about choked when i heard her say something akin to "i read it on the internet so it must be true" ... just about choked...

    if this is her logic, then one must question if she believes whatever she reads in print as well – including some of the trashy tabloid stuff

    people NEED to keep in mind that there is truth, speculation, opinion AND falsehood all taking up electronic and paper space out there ...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Shame on whoever keeps spreading this falsehood. Focus on the task at hand...the economy.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Sue from Syracuse. Shameful is the right word. Audacious and obnoxious too. These are the people who aspire to power? What horrible models.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Sue from Syracuse

    Sree Nanduru, you are correct. This is such a massive falsehood.
    Just because Michelle Bachmann smiles, and keeps repeating herself "confidently" it doesnt make her correct, nor attractive. Falsehood is the worst feature of any person.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Janis

    I didn't think Obama would have much to say about what it would cost even if it did cost 200 mil. It's national security and taking the mobile white house with him and he didn't decide that – it's been that way for alot of other presidents too.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Will the lies ever stop ? That is an outrage!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Nina

    Its embarrassing how Rush acts and spewing out propaganda with out any facts!! So much for free speech!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Sue from Syracuse

    Looks like they did not get their Corporate-financed talking points today.. Those are sufficiently obfuscated that they cannot even be checked. This time, they got caught. The corporations should be caught as well.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Kenya

    What happened to simple research to rectify infomation before going on the media to yell about it..

    November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I dont know how many of you know, but 1 US$ makes 43 rupees. Trust me, there is no way, that amount of money is being spent.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and fellow chatty bloggers. When I heard the 200 million story, I was aghast at what kinds of false stories are told about the President. It never ends, starting with the birthers, etc. etc. I heard Fox news people were all promoting this story. Yep, I see Glenn and Rush jabbering.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's what one do when one does not have any information how one will do thing. They bring someone else up to take the heat from them.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Janis

    Obama's opponents are not going to quit until 2012. That irritates me because politicians will be focusing on unseating him rather than taking care of dire economic problems.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    $200 millions on trip to Asia??????? Whoa!!! Not good news I expected!!!!! Keep them Honest is best topic!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Victor

    Does anyone actually know how much Obama's trip to Asia actually cost?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good evening everyone!

    Oh no! not the presidential trip costs, again!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    Bachman is jumping in with both feet...to mud.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Hello Anderson and bloggers!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Kim

    It's a very expensive trip and what the cost is we may never know but what is the objective to accomplish for the US ? What's he doing when he gets there and why ? Justify the expenses and let's see the bottom line cost.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, Megan...and all. Aftermath tonight, I think.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Janis

    Hello, everyone.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    I hope the Republicans will do something more constructive–post election–than spread falsehood, create controversy and put obstacles in the way of every reasonable attempt at progress.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers! Thanks for keeping them honest regarding the huge exaggeration that it costs $200 Million a day to take a trip to Asia. Looking forward to the show tonight.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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