December 10th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Clinton Back at the White House: Join the Live Chat

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A president and former president walk into the White House briefing room. No joke, you've never heard this one before. We'll show you the remarkable moment. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton walk in, but only Clinton stays,  at his old podium, to make a powerful pitch for President Obama's policies. We've got the raw politics and tonight's other headlines.

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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)
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&amp;*)

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Karoline, Los Angeles

    All this deal making comes across as elitism to many of us out here.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers! Joining you all late tonight....

    December 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Johnny

    Why don't the goverment make a law to protect funeral. Which is a private moment. Unless we are invited. Keep away at least 1 mile from the funeral from the viewing to the church to the grave. Unless you are real news organization.

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

    I think Maria is correct. If taxes are raised on the middle class in January, they will never forget this and remember at the next election. I think something will happen before month-end. President Clinton does look much more comfortable at the podium. He has a good rapport with the press as well.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think the reason why there is deal making now is because our president is sick of all the childish behavior going on from the republicans

    December 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    @BettyAnn: I'm thinking that Obama and Clinton worked that exit of Obama's out ahead of time so that Clinton could be alone with them all to plead the case. Probably a very smart move. Obama is perfectly able to plead his own case but to have Clinton do it indicating his overwhelming support of Obama I think was a very smart move.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Hi everyone,

    It's been a strange day in Washington.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I hated Clinton when he was President, buy would trade Obama for him in a heartbeat.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Knowing what you are doing helps."

    Isn't that the truth!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Needing Clinton just emphasizes Obama's weakness.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I miss Bill 🙁

    December 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad our former president Clinton back-up our current president Obama....... They are great men!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Even if you don't like Clinton, he has a charm about him that Obama lacks.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think it is a good idea that Obama is asking for some help from the former presidents to try and get everyone on the same page, anything would help right now!

    Gergen is looking dressed to the T tonight! 😉

    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I loved the press conference with Bill Clinton!
    He was very informative and, as usual, very chatty.
    I wish all of the Presidents would be invited, at times, to speak.
    Isn't there a saying that says something like..when nobody is happy, you know you have a good compromise.
    Love David G.'s remarks as always.
    Good panel to discuss this issue!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  16. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    David Gergen is right. Bill Clinton makes a much better arguement. President Obama was rude to walk out saying his wife was waiting. unbelieveable! President Obama is so dissappointing.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, "Bill Clinton looks much more comfortable up there on the podium than Obama ever has."

    Knowing what you are doing helps.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    Haven't the President and Bill Clinton met on a number of occasions? They seem to have developed a supportive relationship. I think it was a smart move on Obama's part and Clinton will always rise to the occasion.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Bill Clinton looks much more comfortable up there on the podium than Obama ever has.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  20. lisal -canada

    as well as freedom of speech, there is also freedom of absorption – people can speak as they please, but people can also listen as they please too – that is what the channel button and the off switch are for

    the idea of two opposing groups voicing freedom of speech on opposite sides to counterbalance each other – interesting take

    December 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  21. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    There are some truly wacko "men of God" out there. Sickening I think they are mentally ill. They drank the kool-aid

    December 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Helen

    The president should bring all former presidents on deck to help the american people. This is desperate time, partisanship is useless. I wish all pundits would go away and let republicans and democrats work for the good of the country.
    By bringing president Clinton is also a little mischievious. It is making me smile . That certainly got Bernie Sander rant off the news.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    there seems to be a vrey thin line between freedom of speech and vocal violence!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Paula, Colorado

    It's great to see former Pres. Clinton helping Pres. Obama at the White House.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    Praying for someone's death in such a hateful way is not Christianity. But, you know, there are all kinds of crazy folks in this world and there are always some people willing to be "followers" of their perceived leader. Mr. Phelp's relationship with god doesn't seem to be bringing him much peace and joy.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Helen, Im sure God has something for these people, if not, hopefully these people will see the error of their ways and stop what they are doing

    December 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  27. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Megan! We agree the protesters should be arrested. Isn't that disturbing the "peace"?

    December 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Vengeance is God and all of this hatred, will come back on the one who hates.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Jason Grenia

    I believe a former president put it rather well... "There ought to be limits to freedom."

    December 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Matt

    They are right about the first amendment protection. Unfortunately, it does include people like Nazis and these fools. They twist the gospel to their own evil ends. They neglect the fact that there is a special place in hell for those who pervert the gospel and preach lies. That is what they have to look forward to.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The monsters of the Westboro Church are dangerous and vile. They should be carefully monitored! Horrible, hateful people!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Helen

    I don't want to sound dramatic but I really wish God could come down and strikes this group with lighting. Sorry that is just how I feel. This group is hateful.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  33. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    In the true Christmas spirit, the singers should sing, "Let there Be Peace On Earth And Let It Begin With Me"

    December 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Shame on Fred Phelps for claiming to be a man of God. A man of God does not preach hate

    December 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Betty Ann,
    I agree!!!!!!!! Police should Fred Phelps and protestors!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  36. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I briefly looked the WBC site earlier today from an article I read on CNN stating they would be protesting Elizabeth Edwards' funeral, and was absolutely appalled at the rhetoric being spewed on this site. So incredibly judgmental...it brings to mind the Scripture that says "he who is without sin, cast the first stone". They are so self-righteous, it makes me ill. I agree Anderson that this needs to be brought up not to give them necessarily more attention, but to expose their shenanigans. Where is the love in this church?

    December 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Elizabeth Edwards was such a nice lady. Stop hating and show love and kindness.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360. TGIF!

    Hello, David, Isabel, Nichole, Nancy-OR, Megan, Emily, JoAnn-OH, Mike, Casey-CA, Heather-CA, Heather-WA, Samantha-TN, Nina, Sharon H., everyone.....TGIF!

    I am so angered by this horrible hate group i just don't know what to say.
    If they are allowed to picket their hate at Elizabeth Edwards' funeral tomorrow i will be enraged.
    I am SICK to death of ALL fundamentalists who insist on forcing their beliefs on any of us and the terror tactics that generally follow.
    I would really like to defeat this hate with love, but right now I am tired, weary, and frankly fed up with hate groups.
    When i calm down, i will pray for them and for peace and love, but not today!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I disagree Ben and Susan, Please tell guest, Please repect our troops and Elizabeth Edwards!!!!!!! I hope they will not protest at EE's funeral!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Fred Phelps really needs to take a good look at what a Christian is and realize that he is not preaching God's words. These 'church' people came here and protested a month ago in front of a high school and they were met with more positive protesters protesting that they leave the city. That is pretty much the way to get these people to go away

    December 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  41. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This is so sad for anyone who claim that they believe in God to express such hatred. God is love. God is not about hurting anyone, good or bad.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  42. Jessica

    I'd just like to point out from Psalm 109 "They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship". Pardon me for failing to see any friendship come anywhere from Mr. Phelps.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  43. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Fred Phelps is a super nut job. Him and his protesters should be arrested. Geez~ Insane! Thy shall not judge!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers. Sounds like very interesting topics. I am very angry about this group that plans to disrupt Elizabeth Edward's funeral. Some people should round them all up and take them for a scenic ride.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Are you kidding me????? I don't like people protest against our troops or Elizabeth Edwards!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

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

    Hi–Happy Friday! It's great to see you on. Sounds like a very interesting program tonight.
    I can't imagine anyone wanting to picket at a funeral.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Susan, David G, 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,) BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

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

    Good evening everyone! Happy Friday!

    December 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
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