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.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Nina

    The corruption in Haiti has been cross generational around 60-80 years. Very sad. I wish these people a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    Who can blame those poor people in Haiti for being "fed up". There seems to be no good news coming from there. Bless Sean Penn for his steadfast work on their behalf. He wasn't just there for the good press!! We have some problems in our country and not to minimize them at all but we are so blessed in comparison to other parts of the world.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Emily

    Has Sean Penn ever said "why" Haiti had become so important to him? He really has put everything he has into Haiti and the people there from all that I've heard. (& sincerely seems concerned)

    December 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Haiti will never change.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Lori

    Haiti looks like a war zone.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Laws can change and sometimes these guys get paroled."

    I don't think that Mitchell will be going anywhere anytime in the near future. I doubt that if there are any laws that are changed, they would be applicable to him. He got a fair trial. If any laws were to be changed, I think that they would be applicable to those convicted after the changes.

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

    @Starr, Mitchell will never see the light of day again

    December 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Heather & JoAnn, i don't believe that Mitchell will Ever get parole, Ever.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  9. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    oops Miley did it again! What a role model! RidicuList is right. . or ridicuLost~ her mind

    December 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Miley is not far from becoming another Britney or Lindsay

    December 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Oh no. America's Sweetheart is a party girl. How many more of those does America need in the media? 😉

    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Ed Smart is right...what Mitchell did to his child was OUTrageous!
    Elizabeth looked good and sounded better todaym, thank God she feels justice was done.
    What she went through is a Lot to recover from and she's right, there are many victims out there who have not seen and may Never see Justice in their cases.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Nina

    @Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA
    Good Evening Megan... I have never seen a president before or after that has that connective quality! He always came across as very genuine with a wonderful sense of humor!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am so glad all juries found the couple found guilty who kidnapped Eliazbeth Smart, Elizabeth is so brave lady as beautiful.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Marcia

    "Evil prevails when good men do nothing"

    I am heartened to see that "good men (and women)" will be present
    at Ms Edwards funeral tomorrow.
    They stand in my stead andalso represent the thousands of breast cancer warriors mourning the loss of one of our own..She was the picture of grace and dignity ,always. Elizabeth RIP

    December 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I wish her well. I can tell that a heavy burden has been lifted off her shoulders. May she now fly high like a bird in the sky!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Lori

    Nine years is such a long time to wait for justice when the criminal is in jail.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @JoAnn, I don't think we have to worry about this guy getting out of prison ever

    December 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Nina

    Really tragic what happened to Elizabeth Smart. Her entire life has been and will be changed. Excellent interview. She is a very strong woman! I only hope once this story is old, she does not drop out the bottom.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Sharon Hastings

    I am so impressed with Elizabeth Smart. For what she has been through, she seems to have risen above it all with the help of her family and her faith. She is so poised and gracious and more brave than many would be to come to court and speak so eloquently. I applaud the verdict. I'm sure her abductor has mental health issues but he broke into her bedroom in the dead of night and abducted her using threats. He knew what he was doing and that it was wrong.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Karoline, Los Angeles

    She is a very brave young woman.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The problem is that "life in prison" doesn't really mean life in prison. Laws can change and sometimes these guys get paroled.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I was so relieved when the verdict for Mitchell found him Guilty, not crazy.
    Mitchell belongs in Jail for the rest of his life.
    God bless Elizabeth Smart for all that she went through at 14 yrs. old!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Justice came to Elizabeth Smart today. I'm glad Mitchell will put away for life.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Did anyone really think that Brian David Mitchell was not guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart? I think this was a clear cut guilty case

    December 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  26. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Elizabeth Smart is a strong smart and brave young lady. God bless her

    December 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Emily

    Hard to believe that it's been nine years.
    Glad that Mitchell was found guilty!! (and not mentally ill)
    Elizabeth Smart looks like a very well composed young lady at 23years.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Me too, I enjoy Bill Clinton is doing great job, Miss him, too.... I agree.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Karoline, Los Angeles

    The peopple planning to protest at Edwards' funeral are media seekers who make me sick.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    It will be good to hear an update from Haiti once again–I'm looking forward to your talk with Sean Penn.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  31. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I don't appreciate the forced exploitation of animals for our entertainment. Sad for the camel

    December 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That should be a free show!

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

    I love "The Shot" the Navity of Jesus, and camel..... it is christmas I love! 🙂 Thanks Anderson made cheer me up.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Camel abuse! Why would anyone expect an animal that large to stay on that tiny platform? Like the camel knows it's a stage?

    December 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Emily

    Wow, what a shot...that would have been interesting to be in the audience. Glad no one was hurt...there are usually people "protesting" that sort of an event, not a funeral. (animal rights groups, etc)

    December 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Bill

    think that the current president needs to bring out all the amo he needs to ,, even if need pres clinton because no matter what he trys its going to be a battle for him as has been from beginning shame that he is trying but has no republican help unless they get something out of it

    December 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Nina

    I have always enjoyed Bill Clinton. He has an incredible ability in connecting with his audience.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hurray for the rightful winner of Alaska's senatorial election!

    Wonderful and thoughtful move by the Nobel committee.

    The Shot: Lulabelle was terrific, even if she tipped over.Very glad she and no one else was hurt.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Adam West is not a bad painter!

    The shot: that poor camel! Hope its ok

    December 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Emily

    That was an awfully disturbing story!
    (About Nick Brooks...)

    December 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Starr formerly known as Vincent~ Bill was the best President i have ever known. I just love him! You are right, nobody can relate to the people or explain issues like Bill! xoxo

    December 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Nina

    @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
    I completely agree and They drank more than Jone's kool-aid!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Lori

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  44. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Sharon Hastings~ you are probably right on. All moves are political and usually not an accident. Good point!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I think the deal making is just typical Washington. Many of us thought it would be different with Obama there.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Nina

    Unbelievable protesting Elizabeth Edward’s funeral! This is a good demonstration of the sickness within certain areas of this country. Pretty scary!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Great panel discussion!!

    @BettyAnn-TX – iagree, i miss him too. Nobody in politics today can explain an issue as well as Bill C. can.

    @heather-WA- yes, David G. does look good. And, as always, speaks on the issues very well too.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Emily

    "President Obama is so disappointing."
    I wonder just how many people feel the way that you expressed?!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Carole

    Obama's widely touted as a 'great communicator,' but as I've noted before, he delivers a good prepared speech w/ the aid of a teleprompter, but true communication goes beyond 'speechifying' – it's a 2-way process: message sent + message received. Obama sends his messages in a cerebral, legalistic, unemotional manner that many, if not most people don't relate to or understand, i.e., it's not received. Clinton's clearly the better communicator, as witness today's event. He speaks in a manner that makes the message easily understandable to the masses, to close the loop on the 2-way process; the message is both sent & received. (That said, however, I still don't like the deal or the way it was done, but that's another issue.)

    December 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, it is an old saying, "Never give up the mic!" by Gloria

    December 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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