January 27th, 2011
10:01 PM ET

Sarah Palin's "Sputnik Moment": Join the Live Chat

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Sarah Palin takes aim at President Obama's State of the Union address and hits the old Soviet Union instead.
Pres. Obama called this our "Sputnik moment." She says launching sputnik ended up bankrupting the USSR.
Does she have her facts straight? We're keeping her honest. Plus, the congressman who's causing an uproar over his feedback on the State of the Union address and more.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Dolores Lois

    Charlie Sheen - you're a funny guy. Get better soon. We need you in these crazy Palin times.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    Soledad, Bravo to you and your team for the framing and coverage of the (apparently disproportionate) felony verdict levied against the mother in Ohio. I appreciated hearing both the panel's take on the apparent legal & educational/sociological missteps and your framing (and I hope others also were open to hearing those comments).

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Helen

    Good night Soledad O'Brien and thanking for you filling in Anderson. Good night Isah and the AC 360 team. Lastly, good night to you Anderson Cooper. I hope that you are watching the program where-ever you are. Stay safe and have sweet dreams. Goodbye and good night.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There is little doubt that the US left want bigger government, more regulation, and more government control. At a minimum that is economic statism.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Helen

    Well, if Taco Bell is 100 percent beef how about you give the state of Arakansa the ingredient and then we will see if there is beef in this. How is the beef seasoned. Where is the beef and I am picky about what I want in my taco, burrito, and other things taco-related. Where is beef? Where is meat? Where is the jerky?

    January 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Sleep well and stay safe. Taco Bell tastes pretty good and is somewhat addictive. I know people who eat it 3 or 4 times a week. I might have to get in the car for a late night snack.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Emily

    Good night Soledad, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, Nina & Bloggers.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |

    Of course every government practices socialism.
    The question is to what degree. By any international comparison Obama is far to the right wing of the socialist continuum.
    There is no equivalent to the GOP as a major party in any democracy.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Soledad, (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 Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    That's so silly I like ridiculist Taco Bell or beefs, LOL! So funny Soledad, Thanks Soledad!!!!

    Good job for Anderson!!!!!! See you later!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Emily

    I know...In the US, politicians on the right use the word, "socialism" to scare the public & it works.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    The mystery of all the dead birds continues. You mean all those birds "hit something"? What did they hit? There were hundreds of them in different locations.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |

    @ Mike
    I know. As a european that certainly looks strange. It is because the right have done such good scare propagande that the left have no hope of overcoming it.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Get well soon, Charlie Sheen!!!!!! Hope Charlie feel better soon! 🙂

    January 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Ronak

    While the historical mistake is unsettling, I think the bigger problem here is why she didn't support the comment, and I'd like to know it. I know that former Governor Palin and President Obama have many differences, but a challenge to America to do better seems a fundamental principle which we have always followed. Why is she hesitant to support a call to invigorate our spirits?

    January 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Emily

    That was such a shocking story re. the mother who was put in jail for sending her child to a different school...

    January 27, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  16. Helen

    The mother who send her children to a better schools does not deserved to be jailed. All she is trying to was to give her chidren a better future for a good education. The school system has no right to put her in jail. If the school is not providing a child with an aduquede education, the parents have a right to take the child out of a school, and transferred them in another school that has a good education that can provide better opportunities for them. The punishment does not fit the crime. The school system needs to be taken to court and tried for what they had done to this woman and her children. The school board need a refresher on "Brown V. Board of Education (1954)" and the four cases that led to groundbreaking landmark in education.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Sarah doesn't seem to understand what the President was talking about with the "Sputnik moment"...that little Soviet satellite shook us out of our complacency and as a result improved our economy and our educational system. We need another such moment now. I'm am sad that Sarah doesn't understand that. Obama wasn't praising the Soviet Union for their accomplishment, he was praising the US for accepting the challenge to be greater than we were. We pulled out all the stops, created jobs, confirmed our standing in the world as a leader in science and technology and landed a man on the moon within 10 yrs.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Suzanna

    In response to the Georgia representative saying Obama was against the Constitution because he is a socialist. First, Obama is not a socialist. Second, the Constitution describes a political system (Democracy), not an economic system. It says nothing about capitalism, socialism, communism or any other economic system. Third, Obama was a professor of Consitutional law. He knows the Constitution far better than that man, who seems to me rather ignorant.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @CHARLIE, yet the left fights to not be known as 'socialist' in the US. Why?

    January 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  20. randy

    Sounds like a repulican educational plan, box the black schools, and put a starbucks in the white schools!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |

    No wonder the US imprisons more of it’s citizens than any other nation.
    And a Felony? Ridiculous and cruel.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    I was shocked when I heard about this woman being jailed. Don't even ask me if we thought about doing the same thing in my family. We didn't do it but we talked about it. Parents get VERY concerned about a good school for their child. I feel for this woman. Look at criminals roaming the street and this woman is in jail.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Emily

    Palin did "Quit" Politics. She does have a "real" job. She has that reality TV show, and more..

    January 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |

    @ Emily
    Only in the US is socialism a dirty word.
    In Europe it simply describes the left as compared to capitalism on the right. Each countyr has a balance of the two. The extremes are communism on the left and corporatism (as in the US) on the right.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Kaytee

    You did not have to show me she was black either. When I first heard about this case, I KNEW she was black. You are so right Soledad.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  26. randy

    we all new she had to be black. Never would a white mom go to jail for this.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  27. Chi

    Mom jailed because she wanted to send her kid to a better school? Unbelievable!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Leon

    Sarah Palin needs to quit politics and get a real job!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Kaytee

    "They try to do what's best for the children", so they throw her mother in jail???

    January 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy!!!! OUCH!!!!! I could not believe teacher lied anyone about address or taxes.... I also disagree with district school!!!!!! Not acceptable what she have damage done!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    dorothy, Palin isn't in a race for the White House. She's in a race to be rich. She's winning.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Helen

    In the crisis that happen in Tunisa, Algeria, Egypt, and now in Yemin, all the people want is freedom especially the younger generation. They are sick and tired in living an autocratic/totalitarian regime where they have to do what the governments says. There is no democracy and now the people are speaking out to change the government, ask for democracy, and demanding core needs for the people. The leaders in those countries need to listen to what the people want and give them what they want. What I had heard on television and read in newspapers, signals me that the the people in those countries want freedom. They want freedom and they want to have rights and democracy. Let the people have what they want. A change and a revolution is coming.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |

    According to the description in my Webster's dictionary; Any government that provides a road without chargng a toll that makes a profit for private industry is socialist.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  34. dorothy

    If it is attention that Gov. Palin is seeking then she has been successful is doing that. I was surprise that a person who is seeking to become the President of the United States would put herself in position of limited knowledge and poor fact finding. How does this help the Repulican Party? Who is Gov. Palin representing that they would support this type of attention getting? Good luck Gov. Palin in your race to the White House.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    LOL!!!! Soledad!!!! Very funny woman, I love "The shot" Gorilla goes walk a person and Anderson wore best bunny suit on meet gorilla!!
    Thanks Soledad!! 🙂

    I love my favorite piano on the beach!!! Cool. Finally 16 yrs old need help haul piano back!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Clara Gibson

    like always must people miss the boat with these two women. They are changing the game the rules and the players. We need their vison if we are to protect this country, it's people and our most unique way of life. I do not want them to run for political office because what they are doing now is far more important then running for office. Those that feel that these women are missing the point. Time is the teller of all truth that is what will determine
    the real airheads.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Mike-Las Vegas, as I said, 'statism' is the proper word to describe Obama. Otherwise known as 'state capitalism' or the concept of a highly-regulated market economy with large amounts of government intervention.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm |

    The DEMs should be very concerned about the Palin effect because compared to her even extreme right wing GOP candidates seem moderate and intelligent. left leaning republicans will end up voting for extreme right candidates thinking they are taking a middle road.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Dwight Botnen

    Why is calling President Obama a "socialist" considered an insult? Having a social consciousness is a compliment in almost every country in the developed world.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Helen

    ok. Rep Braun is not thinking straight. I mean really. How can President Obama be a socialist? President Obama does not control what goods the American people can buy, what the American people can eat, what jobs people should be doing, how much our incomes are, what type of education should the people be getting, what type of houses people live in and so forth. There is no evidence of President Obama's being a socialist. Obama believes in the Consitution of the United States and what the "framers" (founded fathers) intended to do when creating a nation to come together in unity and in establishing a government and democracy. What Rep. Braun is saying is asburd, dude check your facts, you are not thinking clearly.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So will Egypt go the way of Iran?

    January 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Emily

    The way that technology, (twitter, facebook,) has been used in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, etc, to mobilize people to protests, etc. is really something to witness.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
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