February 8th, 2011
09:55 PM ET

Massive Protest in Egypt: Join the Live Chat

Despite the predictions of many that the protests in Egypt would shrink in size or simply go away, today the exact opposite happened. We'll show you the protests up close. Plus, just how much is Pres. Mubarak worth? We have Tom Foreman checking into that angle. And, tonight's other headlines.

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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  1. Mauri

    another possible factor of increased turn out to protesters today in Tahrir is a program on Dream satellite tv discussing in details and with documents about the corruption of Hatim El-Gabaly when he was minister of health,and the amount of millions he got illeaglly when he held office.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Dina

    Thank goodness for Anderson Cooper for exposing the lies the Egyptian government continues to tell and for giving this historic revolution the coverage it deserves. The youth of Egypt are an inspiration to the world. Thank you for your incredible reporting Anderson! I'm glad you are safe.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  3. Penoy

    the problem with the egypt uprising is they dont have a united opposition group that will take over once the mubarak regim resign. They better settle for a transition headed by the vice president. Right now only the muslim brotherhood are well organized and can lead Egypt after mubarak, is the world ready to deal with this group and is this what the egyptian people realy like. The Egyptian people should first establish a united front organized their rank and present an alternative group that will take over once mubarak is out. I think the situation is pretty screwed up, how can they get rid of the present administration without any replacement.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  4. Nora

    Anderson, thank you for your in depth and continuing coverage of the Egyptian revolution.

    Mubarak and Suleiman, listen to the people. You must leave. The only show of democracy and community in Cairo is inside Tahrir Square.

    Egyptian people, we are so proud of you! Let freedom ring!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  5. lilly

    how sad that people can be arrested for doing their job! That justs prove that govt is trying to hide something!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Neely

    have you investigated the prison break outs? Egyptians claims the regime caused the security breaches.....

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Ron Fox

    Can the Obama administration provide you with a detailed accounting of how the $1.3billion in foreign aid yearly over the last few years has been spent?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Masroor Masood

    Dear Anderson
    I salute your professionalism and support for human rights in Egypt and everywhere you go.

    These corrupt rulers have been very successful in spread fear among westerns and in return getting support for their corrupt regimes.

    Corrupt people like Mubarik in Egypt and Musharif in Pakistan suppress people, steal nation wealth and thus create poverty and frustration among poor people which is direct fuel for exploitation by people on the wrong side.

    You are doing a great cause and I strongly recommend your name for Noble Peace Price for your support for Freedom for Humans without any discrimination for race religion and color.

    Long live AC360
    Long Live Anderson Cooper.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I heard that Mubarek made millions when he was a general. It was reported he got many, many contracts from other nations and was able to amass a fortune from that.
    However, there is also not doubt in my mind that he has stolen from the Egyptian people for over 30 years.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  10. Sharif

    I am an Egyptian who has been living in the US for 20+ years. Mubarak won't step down even if Obama pushes. He wants to finish his term under the current constitution because he is protected by the current constitution he wrote.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  11. Catherine, Texas

    Anderson, so thrilled to hear your intro and the need to continue to focus on Meedan ElTahrir. So so important, otherwise, all that was done would be futile. Also, thx for being so candid regarding our adminstration and the fact that it is giving out diff messages, and the fact that Gates is complimenting the Army, yet they are not defending the protestors. Thank you for the stats that you gave out, oh so so important. Please continue on this quest. Mr. Najami is a wealth of info.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I like that granny she reminds me of me.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  13. maged barry

    mr. copper, and team.
    very few people gets a chance to save the world, i hope you guys realize that you are having that chance, saving the egyptian nation, would impower poeple all over the world, please keep them honest, keep on the presure, you are my heros, anderson copper for presidency in egypt. god pless you

    February 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Ranya

    Hi Anderson, Thank you so much for dedicating another program to Egypt. I've lived most of my life in the US, however it was so hard to explain to friends when asked y don't the Arabs rise out of their misery and get rid of their dictators. It was really hard to explain. I think your coverage of the revolution has informed a lot of Americans about the situation in the Middle East in general and not just Egypt. Again, thank you so much.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  15. John in Korea

    Way to go Super Granny!!!!!!

    Good to see the US finally doing something about improving the rail system. Europe is a great example of how beneficial a good train system can be for everyone. Japan and even Korea are also light years ahead of the US in mass transit.

    Finally Biden is doing something useful.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  16. lilly

    grandmas rule!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Karyn, Indiana

    @Starr: Faith is fading but still hoping. Yes, contacted about 11 times... emails & calls

    February 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Jamal Edwards

    Anderson, I congratulate you for your exceptional coverage of what is happening in Egypt. You are truly what makes CNN what it should be...Mr. Bernard Shaw would be proud.

    PS. you have outdone AJE

    Thank you,
    Jamal Edwards

    February 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  19. nancyinoregon

    Yes, Charles, I understand what revolutions are for. I also know they can be romanticized, esp. but not only from afar. To be in the midst of one can be entirely different and very, very difficult. Necessary, so often, over the long haul, but nightmarish for many of those directly affected. As I said, I feel both hopeful and an awful dread about them. They are not theater with only happy endings–they are very shockingly ugly sometimes.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yay!!!!! Congrats Super Granny beat up against robberies!!!!!!! Yes! She is hero!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Damian, TCI

    There definitely is a need for more coverage from all over Egypt because the regime may not be as tolerant of protest else where.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Farouk Ramadan

    Great job Anderson keep it up,
    It is The US freedom from Hippocratic policy

    February 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  23. mirandabachelet

    we the people of the world have an equal right to share the wealth of this Earth and be respected and heard in a peaceful manner, solidarity with the people of Egypt!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  24. Porfirio, California

    Having billions to ruin some other country ,Canthe Egyptian goverment back their words with some Action like tents & food to the Square Occupants? now what?,

    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Yerko

    This has nothing to do with Egypt but the super granny was hilarious

    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  26. Kelly - PA

    My Irish grandmother could have totally done that!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  27. lisal -canada

    i love polar bear paws – now THAT deserves respect – have you SEEN their claws?? yikes

    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Yerko – just saw your post to me. I truly hope that senario never happens.
    I doubt Very much that the peaceful protestors will Not respond in that way.

    @Karyn – i understand and believe i would do the same as you with my partner.
    Still, keep trying, like i said, i choose to believe that something will come through.
    Also, have you contacted the State Dept.?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Amanda Walton

    Hello Anderson and all .. Great to see you and your crew back safe, I think and pray for all the journalists, humanitarians and people there daily.

    Just on Tom Foreman's breakdown, I was understood that the 75 billion dollars was the entire families worth and Mubarak was worth about 17 billion dollars. But then after the first billion I guess the rest is chump change to them.

    Can't believe the median in Egypt for salary is just over 2,000 a year. I can't even manage on 2,000 dollars a month.

    Have a great night .. Stay Safe

    February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Heleni

    Mubarak is hiding his money probably in a swiss bank or all those offshore accounts that rich people in america use.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Nancy

    While I wish that President Obama would stand more by the Egyptian people and stress more on the oust of Mubarak, I do sympathize with him, he is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    It's staggering to think what Mubarak has stolen from his country and I mean that statement in every way possible. These Egyptians wants their country back.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Obama Administration barely has it's toes testing the water temperature. They are waiting until one side or the other is a clear winner before jumping in on a side.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Suleiman & Mubarak have always lied, why on earth would anyone believe what they have to say. Game over for those two!!!

    Yes! I agree..... They are!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Andy

    If the Mubarak regime has been so horrible over these past three decades, where was the media coverage? Nearly ever day there is coverage of the Middle East, including close scrutiny of Israel, but rarely any criticism of Egypt or other ostensible dictatorships in the region.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Bryan

    We are pulling for Eygpt, hopefully they can pull it off.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Sal Ali

    Thank you Anderson Cooper for highlighting this huge story. The people of Egypt will never EVER go back to be subjects of a tyrant. Instead, they jut want liberty and freedom.
    Free Egypt will remember you Inshallah.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Heleni

    This situation reminds of the Haiti. President Aristide played everyone for a fool with his fake democracy and everyone bought into it. I am afrid Mubarak is playing us for a fool as well.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  39. lilly

    Mubarak is your typical dictator, steals from his people and is now a billionaire.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Paula, Colorado

    The regime has to realize that Egypt has already changed–by the will of the people. It's necessary and reasonable that the transition should happen more quickly.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Sue - Malaysia

    According to reports Mubarak is worth 30-70Billion Dollars. 1 billion for every year he was President? He robbed the poor and left them to their fate. Go people! Go and fight for
    your freedom and a stable future for you and your

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, Ohio

    How much of Mubarak's wealth came from the US?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  43. Dan

    I had watched the horror shown on tv at Tienemen Square with grief as the protesters were defeated. I stay daily with the Egypt crisis.

    Stay there!!! Be brave. Question everything. Trust nothing. It seems that you have bonded with the people. They need you! Tyrants must be defeated.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Omar

    I am an Egyptian American. I am so thankful for the work that Anderson Cooper is doing covering the revolution in Egypt.

    My family and I always say "When Anderson Cooper goes somewhere we know an issue will get the coverage it deserves." And that is what has happened in Egypt. Please keep up the good work! Keep the comprehensive media watch on this corrupt regime! There are young people dying for their freedom and liberty. Without the media witnessing the amazing moments in Tahrir Square, the world would not know how brave and proud and determined the people of Egypt are.

    Bravo Anderson for your bravery and passion on behalf of the Egyptian people.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Maureen

    Keep up the great work Anderson.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Great discussion with David Gergen and Fouad Ajami.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Charlotte Hutchens

    We were so shocked at the "detention" of the journalists and so glad you were not injured.Keep us updated on their status..if you can.
    Also, has the USA cut off the Foriegn aid that supports the Egyptian army?

    February 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Mahmoud Alkofahi, KS

    Thanks to you and every member of the distinguished CNN team who have helped to expose the autocratic regimes of the Arab states in the Middle East. Your work is highly appreciated by all citizens of the Arab nations and help in bringing them closer to Americans.
    Mahmoud Al-Kofahi
    Lawrence, KS

    February 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Whoa!!!!! They shoved each other again and there are violence on the street!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Laurie

    Anderson: The combination of your intelligent reporting with the nuances of insights by David G and Faoud Ajami is giving all of us a good look at this frustrating battle. Thank you.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
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