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December 14, 2009

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 06:15 PM ET

'Fat Cats'

President Barack Obama is demanding action from so-called "fat cat Wall Street bankers". Obama's message to bank CEOs: it's time to help American taxpayers. Will the tough talk work? Donald Trump - who doesn't mince words himself - weighs in.

Tiger, Inc.

Four out of 10 Americans says they have an unfavorable view of the pro golfer, according to a new Washington Post poll. What are the rumors and his own admission of infidelity doing to his brand? Will more companies line up behind Accenture to drop him from their ads? Dennis Rodman is no stranger to controversy in the limelight and he'll join Larry tonight to give his take.

And we want to hear from you:

Will Obama's talk talk with Wall Street bankers help to rebuild the economy?

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A. Smith, Oregon   December 14th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

Larry, the Republican lawmakers gave the Banking industry hundreds of Billions of taxpayer dollars in TARP funds.

The banks then gave 20 Billion of those taxpayer dollars out as bonuses to its CEO's and management.

The Republican lawmakers gave the Banking industry millions of free foreclosed homes all perfectly legal and a huge windfall to the banking industry. It will take at least 5 years for the banking industry to sell off all of their surplus real estate at considerable monetary gains of course.

The American taxpayers have more than helped Wall Street bankers, they have literally bent over and said, 'ouch'.

Its time American taxpayers helped Americans that are just surviving, those that are unemployed, those that are struggling with unemployment and bleak prospects.


Angela Savage Austin   December 14th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

Why don't the public hold the "HOMEWRECKERS" accountable as well? I would not give them one brown penny> They knew exactly what they were doing and never cared enough to NOT destroy the family......Been tempted myself before....but I did think beyond my greed.


Angela Savage Austin   December 14th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

Sorry Larry...wrong blog...should have put my glasses on!.


Gerald Jolly   December 14th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Obama's talk will not help one iota.

But his power to levie high taxes on their bonus's will.

Nail their ASS's to the wall, not to Wall Street


Cali MJ Fan   December 14th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Tiger made mistakes–whoopie! He is answering to Elin and his maker for them (and his mother and his sponsors). He's tarnished his lofty perch that everyone has placed him on – so what. Why is everyone so shocked he has fallen from grace? He is a person just like you and me (ok, with a lot more money, but still...)

Enough. Stop the flotillas on the lake outside their home. Stop the camping outside his yatch. Stop interviewing the women and feeding their need for fame. (Notice the ones who were closest aren"t speaking).
There's nothing more than seeing different faces that each of the women can do to enlighten the situation.

We didn't learn our media greed-lesson with Princess Diana, so we lost Michael Jackson. Please give Tiger the chance to recover from this so he is not the next one lost.


Cali MJ Fan   December 14th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Sorry, I didn't read the last line– Dennis Rodman? Give. Me. A. Break.


Rick U   December 14th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

If I was President of America I would have split the bailout money. Half to corporate Banks (as if they deserved it) and half to the American Taxpayer. The American taxpayer would have put back the money into the economy (Banks, Mortgage, Car Dealers and consumer goods. We the American Taxpayer would have used the money better and faster into all of economy than the Corporate Banks. Instead the money just sits in the Banks and it slowley trickles to the american Taxpayer. Corporate Companies dont drive the economy >its the American Taxpayer and Buyers that keep the system alive ..God Bless The American People.
Cnn get this message to President Obama and have him send the American Taxpayer a Bailout Check. In return we will send it Back to the Corporate Fat Cats.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

His talk won't do much but not on any fault of his own...it's because these bankers don't really care what he says...they're rich and they are good to go....I agree with Gerald though...tax the crap out of their stupid bonuses and nail them...


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

This lady never has anything good to say....she basically just bashed and name called...didn't really make a real point with any backing...


Rick U   December 14th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

There are legitimate Small/ medium businesses being denied of loans and credit with a fair to good credit. I was denied. a credit card. from US Bank. They send me a Busness Credit application so I can fill it out and they can decline me credit. I also have 3 aaccounts with them. The Federal Bailout money is to help the economy/Americans not just Fat Cat Charlie. Have some Accountablity you Corporate Companies. Life isnt all about money. Its about the well being of the human race. Shareing , giving, careing, living and loving. Open up your hearts and it will open up your soul to give back. Get some advice from Warren Buffet & Bill Gates. They willl show you how its done. God Bless America annd the Human Race, we really really need it.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

@Angela I've seen that "ditz" before and she's the same everytime...I think they throw her in there every now and then when they can't find someone who knows anything about the topic...they just brush her up on the subject and say "go tick some people off out there now...it's good for ratings"


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

They are trying to make responsible decisions....end of year bonuses???????? What's wrong with her....they are saying why don't you LEND instead of spending BILLIONS on your own bonuses....you shouldn't be rewarded for doing a cruddy job...YOU WOULDN"T HAVE A BUSINESS TO WORK AT TO RECEIVE BONUSES if it wasn't for the bailout you received....wow....you're right Angela I think ditz describes her just fine...


Aliou   December 14th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Everyone is talking about these women as if they were innocent victims. Why are we glorifying these home breakers and putting all the blame on Tiger?


Esther Massillon Ohio   December 14th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Just watched "It's a Wonderful Life" and came to the thoughts of we are all wrong. I wish America had never been founded. That would mean that none of the citizens of this country would be here. Native Indians population would take the course of all developing counties. All of us have been given a great gift to be born in this country or immigrate to this country. Our citizens are complainers and want what they want now. We did all this mess to ourselves. We all need to remember we could be living or not. We could be still citizens of England we could have not come here and created this Nation. We all need to come together and remember IT IS A WONDERFUL LIFE WE LIVE IN AMERICA. I believe it so much today and would give all I had to the national debt. I would give for the futuer of this country take myself to 0 if I had it to give. The children of this nation deserve that.
Bless America don't wait for God to do it.


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

S.E. Cupp is delusional! The President rightly spoke up and stood up for "the people"...this time. She thinks he was talking to kids; the bankers played a great role in bankrupting the COUNTRY! They took the money and ran...They need to held accountable for running amuck. We need fact to be placed on the table–and rectified. Elder is speaking of THEORY and not practicality. No help at all...just like the Libertarian pattern of thought


Jami Webb   December 14th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I beleive in the president's remark about banks paying back what they owe. It DOES matter what kind of bonuses these executives are receiving. The bail outs were to help our economy, not give these "fat cat" banker executives, or whoever else received a bailout, bonuses. If that is the case, why am I not receiving a "b...onus" for being an American from money not intended for that use. The bailout is for economy use, to keep companies running and employees employed. An executive "fat cat" does not deserve a "bonus" to keep the economy issues of a company going!!!! That was not the president's intention. I don't think there should be anymore bailouts, if it can't be used for the purpose!!


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

If we would've let them deal with the decisions and collapse that could have been the collapse of our entire economy that's why we bailed them out....but the fact is they did need to be bailed out and well since the government had to save them once I'm sure they don't want to have to save them again and just stand by and watch them make the same pathetic decisions....


anna   December 14th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Who is this women? The Republicans forget that they ran the truck in the ditch and all they do is complain about how Obama is pulling it out! Geez- You had 8yrs and you screwed it up. Now you are whinning where were you guys when Bush was spending all this money on Iraq?


Ingo Siefer   December 14th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Hey Larry

how is it that your female panelist is suggesting that the banks are making responsible choices....wasn't it their choices that caused the failure of the banking system....is she suggesting that we wait for them to make all the right decisions......are you serious???


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

@Aliou I don't think larry has gotten to that topic yet....but it's because he is a figure head...a role model...he is known by millions and revered...he has a large number of fans...he's money lol....they are nothing...we know they are wrong that's fine but everyone looks at him because of the answer we all know...He's Famous....it's pure ratings


Cristina   December 14th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

First of all, the bankers spent all of the money that President Obama gave them and they did not give any small business money. When the economy would make a lot of money off of the small businesses.The Fat or Phat Cats are rich people who are selfish with their money. I am from Chicago and sweet heart we do not have topless bars honey. You should know that they did not even pay the money back. The bankers spen the money like water taking rides on private planes to meetings and Obama is a jerk. So what S.E Cupp if you were middle class you would understand. Everyone is not born with a silver spoon in thier mouth.


JBM   December 14th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@Angela,
Do you know any banks that have repaid the funds?


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@Anna don't worry everytime this lady is on here she's only a troublemaker...she doesn't really say anything important...she just opposes and gets people worked up. She never really backs herself up with anything significant...


Aliou   December 14th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Why is it so unthinkable to help a homeless get a 20k home to refurbish while it is so acceptable to give 700billions to a rich walstreet firm to prevent its ceo from missing his million dollars pay check or his next vacation in exotic places?


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

@Cristina the TARP bailout money was given during the Bush admin....


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

@JBM I think JP Morgan Chase did.....


carol kesling   December 14th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

this cupp chick and elder have their heads up their ass.....he wants to blame the american people for wanting a piece of the american dream ????? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THESE BANKERS DO NOT NEED BILLION DOLLAR BONUS FOR "DOING THEIR JOBS" they can send all of us americans a "BONUS" for bailing them out............. SCREW THEM !!!!!MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET !!!!!


randy   December 14th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

larry
fat cats culture must change on wall street. they wanted washington and more us the taxpayers to bail hem out. so their created bad debts are solved by America being socialist with all of our help and then their profits should be viewed through capitalist glasses. only they share it . go figure. where is the biggest con artist Paulson – hello??


Aliou   December 14th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

All those homes given to banks free should have been given to hud to house struggling americans who are getting homeless by the hour.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

@Aliou frontline did a good documentary called "breaking the bank" you can check out out on pbs's website....it goes into a good amount of depth on it.


anna   December 14th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Larry – Better question what would they have given Bush?


carol kesling   December 14th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

@ gerald jolly, truer words have never been spoken !!!!!!obama is speaking for me on the wall street brokers,no bonuses'...


carla   December 14th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

those fat cat should be scolded......greed is what got america into this mess.....they asked us to give them money to save them even if they did not ask they took the money and somehow they feel they should be rewared for failure...whether they want to admit it or not they failed and america the people saved them and now they do not want to lend money to everyday people....it's sad that they do not see the greed they feed on it...obama's grade should be incomplete....he is not yet done...the republicans get a f for doing nothing .....the dems get a c for playing politics


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@Carol Kesing I think you mean they don't need a billion dollar bonus for not doing their jobs or doing them very badly lol....because they definitely arean't doing their jobs, at least not correctly LOL


Esther Massillon Ohio   December 14th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Those people on his panel have no worry of the economy they have a nice gig all of them and who are they to talk. They got Jobs and things which the middle class has lost.


David Fischer   December 14th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

This woman has very poor judgement.Who is she to say these things about the greatest president the U.S. has ever seen.Saying what you think is a sign that you're very sure of your correctness.This Newspaper woman has the ideas of someone very ordinary and absolutely incorrect.She does not have good judgement .She is phony.her stuff is without substance.


Jean   December 14th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

President Obama bailed the Bankers on Wall Street out at taxpayers expense so that they did have to shut down which would also put many bank employees out of jobs. He did this in the interest of keeping the economy moving and progressive. In view of this, it is scandal that these bank executives give themselves exorbitant bonuses which they do not deserve.
President Obama is within his rights to state "fat cats". There are Americans who opposed him bailing them out in the first place and giving themselves bonuses will not help their feelings towards him. I can understand that President Obama is annoyed with those bankers. To the critics of President Obama, he has done his best under the circumstances. I will give him an "A" Plus.
I have always stated that his critics should run for President and let us see how they will do. I bet, no better.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

If she's going to be "nice" then she should just leave....she does know all of this started declining and getting terrible before he took office...it was only natural that it would continue to go that direction before it is to get better...but you know whatever...you can cause the issue, let someone hurt trying to fix it...then come in and be the hero for all the good someone else did...Don't pea on someones kitchen floor and then tell them how to clean up the mess is all I'm saying...


marie   December 14th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

FYI, the world's soundest/best banking system in the World – (World Economic Forum) – Canada....there you go!


carla   December 14th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

as for tiger.....play golf


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

@Esther right on...


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

@Jean actually the crash and the TARP bailout was during the Bush Admin actually....


anna   December 14th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

This women is nuts-A F? Why do all Republican women have to be cute and no brains? It's like a bad movie–They say things because they think it is cute. They set women back 50 yrs. Give me more substains and less cuteness. Ugh!!!!


Chris   December 14th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Most people I know are products of a Socialist public school system! Why they believe people have the right to a free high school education and not life saving medical care is to me disgraceful.


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

The Bush administration spent as much as $250 billion of the $700 billion bailout buying stock in private banks; then President Obama spent at least that amount. So we are looking at over ONE TRILLION dollars. I don't know about anyone, but I am really upset!


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

@Jean but don't take that wrong because other than that you made great points I just wanted to point that out...


Bill   December 14th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Why are you wasting our time with that freak Dennis Rodman?
Tell him to get those rings out of his nose and mouth.
Let's see if he can put a sentence together tonight.


Esther Massillon Ohio   December 14th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

she is quoting Spock the needs of the many out weight the needs of the few. she is sick woman


Jim   December 14th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Prosecuted? Jail time? According to news reports, Tiger paid to have prostitutes flown to various locations for sex. Elliott Spitzer was prosecuted for much less. I hope the U.S. Attorney's office reviews the facts and obtains Tiger's, the supposed Madam's and the alleged prostitutes' financial records to determine whether these allegations are true. If they are true, then Tiger should be prosecuted like the rest of us would be.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Of course she thinks it's a disaster....she's complete anti Obama....in every way....She doesn't want insurance because she probably just takes up the bill then writes it off when she does her taxes....And also the public option was killed with the new deal they are trying to go with...


Tyler Hickman   December 14th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Screw them? They did earn the positions. It's about being the best you can be and obviously they achieved...

They can do whatever they please considering the work put in and education they acquired.


Aliou   December 14th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I am really ashamed at our lawmakers and president bending over to accommodate the bush and republican plans to give private companies truck loads of our treasury bills tru TARP, as if the tax breaks were not enough.

When is mainstreet going to revolt?


Melissa   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Why are people criticing Obama for lost of jobs when it takes 4 to 8 years to see the effects of a presidents and their cabinet. So want to blame someone blame Bush. It is affect ask any politic science expert.


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I would like, we the Americans, to organize against the banks if at all possible. I know some of us are not doing very well these days. The only way we can pressure the banks is by NOT using them!!!


TE from OK   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

This will hurt both parties, the Democrats and the Republicans if they don't get either Medicare for all or a Public Option that isn't so weak it isn't any good. The Republicans get a F for obstructing and not helping and Obama's Administration gets a C for trying. and not delivering or doing anything.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@Anna lol nice...


Henya CA,   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Enough already our president is doing an excellent job,
I give him an A


Tyler Hickman   December 14th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Let's just legalize and tax cannabis instead. Seriously, it will really help with these 'economic worries'.


Rick U   December 14th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

I also want Corporate Fat Cat Charlie to take advice from Donald Trump.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

@Dodie good luck on that one....we all should not buy gas for a day once a month and see what that does for prices....lol....remember those chain e-mails? it just isn't going to happen you know that.


Esther Massillon Ohio   December 14th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

@Aliou you want a revolt, why would you want to end our government you think big business is going to help you. You and your piece of mainsteet revolt. As for me I Love it and do not wish to leave her and I will Stand beside her forever. I am ashamed of the whiners we have become.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@TE from OK the dems gave up on the public option by talking about contracting out insurance through a private company but the plans would be overseen by the government and then also allowing people at the age of 55 and older to buy into medicare instead of 65...


Andrea   December 14th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Let's just all pull our checking and credit cards out of the local banks,, we're their cash cow now that they've paid back most of their debts to the State Treasury,,
without us they can fail again,,, and quite frankly they should , their dishonorable, they've lied to the public about what you need to do in order to be eligible for a modicication they turned me down 3 x's I went to the top and got my modification fro 40 yrs, and once I took action i got results from them in 3 hours,,, The public is powerless, discouraged, and have been disuaded. And I'm sure the banks have been investing in the stock market,, they need to be investigated, and broguht up on pre-meditated murder,, do you have any idea of how many people commited suicide because the banks bullied them and these people didn't know wherer to turn to,,, They're evil
and they need to be on CHECK!


TE from OK   December 14th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

The banks are back to doing what they have always done, like we never had a crisis. They don't get it and they are holding on to the money the Obama Administration gave them . If they don't lend, the economy will be bad.

We have a business and have good credit.


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

@ Jean

I agree with you. This mess started a decade ago. If you look at the depression, our employment and stock market did not resume the 1928 level until 1956. It took ((( 28 years to recover ))) And President Obama has been in office how long??? Less than 1 year! I would like to see any Republican or anyone for that matter do any better!


B Sutton   December 14th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I would like to know what the average salary of you guests on your program and what are their real qualifications. Most of them have their own agendas and care less about the working public. Banks are not loaning any money to people. If the banks continue to resist then the federal government should take control and loan money directly to the people.


Aliou   December 14th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Mainstreet needs to revolt against the republicans (obstructionism), insurance (for racketeering ) and banks (racketeering and obstructionism) who received Tarp and didn't bother to recruit and make loans.


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

The Donald is SO on point!!! His analysis is so simplistic (and obvious) that its genius. We all SHOULD know this–these business principles–but act like we are none the wiser. Thanks Mr. Trump...and that "respecting the president" piece is BIG!


carla   December 14th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

the stock market is going up because some states don't have a pension they invest the workers pension into the market


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

@ Brandon

Good Evening. Well it needs to come from a grass roots endeavor. The banks will just continue to laugh at all of us and give their top executives more bonuses. Whats to stop them???


Cat   December 14th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

I listened to an interesting program that said these companies, banks etc. that we have lent money to have now opened up offices overseas and that is where the money is going. They are lending to the Chinese now. It was said they will no longer lend to Americans but the Chinese will now be able to buy those homes, cars, etc. In turn our economy will collapse.


Jackson   December 14th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

I agree with Obama criticizing Wall Street.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

@PRedd I guess he's had plenty of failures to learn from right lol...


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

@Dodie I'm not arguing with you really...I'm just saying we as American's should come up with a way that will happen or at least work...the reason that wouldn't work is well...nobody will do it. People will only act drastic as a mass when things are beyond fixing lol...they'll do it when it's at the point of completely needing to rebuild


Rosemary Jo Ceravolo   December 14th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

The girl on your panel is turning my stomach with her lies & stupid analyses spiced with cutesy winks. Pair her with Palin for a super loss in 2012.
So, if one is a self serving, me-centered non-caring Republicist with no logical solution for a health care plan, or anything else for that matter , at least approach your argument with facts.

I like now what Trump is saying, as he knows more about banking than most anyone. Especially what he says about it's too soon to judge at this point on the economy, and that our President is working very hard.

Happy Holidays !


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

@Cat that wouldn't surprise me if some of them have done this...


Vinod   December 14th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Penn ... what subject matter is he to be on LKL? He made no meaningful contribution.


Mike R   December 14th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I think you should have more people like Donald Trump on the show more often.

I am a small business owner and Donald calls it likes it is.

Banks have taken all this money and haven't loaned anything.....

Have more people that don't just posture by giving Obama a B+ for what he is doing.

Give me a break.

Get the economy going, by getting businesses money to hire people and move forward.


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

@Brandon...having your a@# kicked makes a man wiser (like Tiger's about to be!); Donald gets it


Henya CA,   December 14th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

As to the banks they do not want to help their customers by not modifying their mortgages, Shame on them
P.S. I agree with Mr. Trump


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

@PRedd right on...right on...


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

@ Brandon

I know you are not arguing with me. I am just really hot on this topic.

I like what the Europeans do. I love what the french do. They just close down all business and march on the streets for several days or a week if need be.

I have a friend from France. She tells me that the banks and government are afraid of the citizens, not the opposite like us. If Americans do not band together, then nothing will change.


Clint   December 14th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Hello Larry:
I agree with Donald Trump
More of the bailout money has been pumped into the big banks than can be imagined.
Common Sense says that if the stocks in banks on Wallstreet and the DOW is increasing, the banks are protecting their own images
In other words more streamlining of bailout money to Wallstreet to protect banks interests and miniscule amounts at the level of Mainstreet level.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Well they should maybe be afraid of citizens but it's just not how things run here...and I don't know if it should be taken as good or bad because in the end....I want to live in America still lol...


Kathryn   December 14th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Donald "Duckie" Trump is spot on right! Love you Donald...lol


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

@ Cat...you make a great, often overlooked, point: that the wealthy in America have taken profits from generated revenue, and stole it away offshore. That has not helped our economy ANY...

by the way, what the hell is Larry doin'? DENNIS RODMAN??? Can you imagine anyone more irrelevant? Com' on Larry!!!


Alain Maltais   December 14th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Please tell this to the american people .
Imagine the positive impact on their health if they would not have to worry, ever, about health care.
Imagine the savings possible if you eliminate the middle man, namely the private health insurance companies, from your health system.
Saying that canadians are not well served by their universal system is pure right wing propaganda. Don't we have a much higher life expentancy than americans at the moment.
Finally, what matters for your health is your own discipline. Get off the couch and stop eating yourself to death.
I wish Americans universal health care for Christmas.
Peace
Alain


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

@PRedd I don't think he gets to pick all of the time....but maybe it's because he used to be a famous athelete....and well had a lot of controversy, but...Not very relevant I agree.


Terri   December 14th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I'm a woman and I agree with Donald Trump. I heard a phrase recently "It's easy to be faithful when nobody wants you" True.....


Thomas   December 14th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Its something that went wrong that needs to be found out befor we start to critize everyone. He has everything. What every man wants. He has conquered the dream. Now, what happened to make that go bad? If we solve that problem we could solve a lot more problems. Consider her family. What about his wife and in-laws feelings. Mixed marriages are not bad they are good. not bad.


Ruth From Ottawa, ON   December 14th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Larry, let's call a spade a spade. If Tiger was truly sorry about all this, he would have stopped this nonsense when a man with a moral conscience tells him it's time. This man is not sorry, he's just sorry he got caught. He might be a better golfer, but he's not a better human being...just a spoiled poncing naive lothario. He's insulted the wives, children, and mothers of the world, and that was his mistake.


VIRGINIA PHELPS   December 14th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

FRANKLY, I DON'T THINK IT IS ANYBODY'S BUSINESS WHAT HE DOES IN HIS PRIVATE LIFE. I DOUBT HE SIGNED ANY CONTRACTS THAT INCLUDED RESTRICTIONS ON HIS PERSONAL BEHAVIOR. I DON'T CONDONE "FOOLING AROUND" BUT I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE NEWS MEDIA STICKING THEIR NOSE IN HIS BUSINESS. LET THEM ALONE SO THEY CAN DECIDE WHETHER THE RELATIONSHIP IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!!!
THANK YOU


c.lanzo   December 14th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

are you kidding? These bankers only want one thing, more money for themselves. It's a weird greed, me, me, me, control freak, that some people are afflicted with


Michelle   December 14th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

How can anyone say they "like" Tiger when they didn't really know him? Or did they know of his massive infidelities while selling himself as a family man for a billion dollars? Tiger is a liar and a fraud, but a nice guy?


Jill   December 14th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Regarding Tiger: This is a private matter between Tiger and his wife. We love him because he is a great golfer, not because he's a great husband. Give him a break. He isn't the first athlete to stray from his marriage. Golf won't be the same until he returns.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I'd wouldn't go as far as saying he is a fraud...overall he's endorsed for being a good golfer...he doesn't have a stunt double do the driving for him...


Lynne   December 14th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

What disappoints me the most about Tiger Woods is that he is a hypocrite and lacks integrity. This I don't like.

I do however feel very sorry for him because I think he has had an enormous amount of pressure on him and actually does not know how to unwind from the pressure. I also think he may have an addiction problem. Not to sex but to the various drugs he is on.

His wife will recover from this and move on but once his children reach their teenage years and can understand all this, I think they will be very hurt and angry. How could they not be hurt over the way their beloved father treated their beloved mother? Very very sad.


Pamela   December 14th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Tiger reached unprecedented fame and recognition at a tender age. No one is really talking about the lifestyle of those HUGE names who have mentored him through his fame. Given their personal track records and where they spend their time, why are we shocked that Tiger is living the wild life? Barkley said publically that he is not a role model. Jordan did a good job at keeping most of his antics under wraps.


Perry & Barbara Redd   December 14th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Donald Trump's view is absolutely right. Stock markets are up, yet banks aren't lending to customers–not even biz clients with excellent "FICO" [trumped up measure of credit worthiness] scores. Our political leaders are so beholden to corporate America that the latter calls the shots. NEVER s/the BUSH ADMIN have agreed to TARP w/o requiring the recipient banks to institute and ENFORCE policies/practices that benefit MAIN STREET. "FAT CATS"– Pres. Obama called them out–progressives like me back him on it 100%!


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I have to correct where I put "I'd wouldn't"....****


Patricia White   December 14th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

The government should maybe 'service charge' the banks...if they are not going to provide the serve the public, charge them the amount that was provided them in bail-out funding plus interest and tender the public to set up alternate banking that is constitutional...that is by and for the people.
A good many banks now seem to operate as elitist 'clubs' and cater to 'to their own'. They seem to neither care for nor give any regard to those who seem to buy the products and make them and their best customers very rich, which main street America has been doing these many years now. Stop letting them be 'the only game in town'. I am sure they will come around if their gravy train reduces to a trickle.


wayne lawrence   December 14th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Will Tiger Woods competitors still respect him ?


Sam Parker   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Tiger Woods is a great sportsman, his personal life should be his and his wife. The public persona/corp he became is another story subject to public opinion. I believe a comparison can be made to Jane Fonda, a brilliant actress and her politics which caused a public backlash. One must separate the person in their craft and the public person they become. The public person is always subject to perceptions. Tiger will never lose being the Golf Icon, but he may suffer awhile from public perception. He will be back but not until he receives this public backlash in the persona he pushed forward, should not interfere however with his golf career.


cynthia   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

The only reason the media is stuck on this story is because corporate america gave him the keys to the kingdom and what did he do? He favored blond hair blue eyes over his own. This is why there is such an outrage. It is as if all the blame is on him. Yes he is responsible, but the media seems to forget that it takes 2 to tango and those "women" are jus as responsble. But the media has to
make Tiger out to me a "dog" taking advantage of "innocent ladies" which is just not right. I am not a Tiger fan, but the only person he owes an apology tohis is wife, not corporate america, not those women, not the media. but his wife!!!


c. rizzo   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I think when Tiger came on back in 1996, I read somewhere that his father Earl Woods also cheated on his first wife and eventually married Tigers mother and sort of brown off his kids and wife of his first marriage. I guess thats why Tiger really has not much contact with them even with his half brothers daughter Cheyenne Woods who he kind of forced to because of her being a up and commer golfer. Was this true back then??/


jevans   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

This is just like people... NO one on the planet is a better golfer than Tiger, so now they all jump up to say they are holier than Tiger.


Dave Robertson   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Larry,

This is what I suggest to save Tiger's marriage. Tiger should tear up the prenuptual, if his wife for the sake of the children will give him a second chance.

If Tiger really wants a second chance he should be prepared to give up half his money to be with his wife and children.

The risk is that his wife will after 6 months wants a divorce any way! At least Tiger can hold his head high that he made a mistake and was willing to pay the price for a second chance.


gregory chait   December 14th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

i think everybody should get their blinkers offand realize this the 21century and things happen.Tiger Woods owes the public nothing,in fact the public owe him support for all his done for the game of golf and he will not stop here.
the companies that have left i sy good ridence to because many more will come on board.
GOOD LUCK TIGER AND MAY YOU GET TO YOUR GAME I WILL BEHIND YOU 1000%TO WIN THE 4 MAJORS THIS YEAR.
GO GET THEM TIGER YOU ARE THE GREATEST(and im from SOUTH AFRICA)


Barb from Illinois   December 14th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Larry,

What is different between Tiger's sexual addictions and the Jessop's at the Zion Polygamist Ranch in Eldorado, Texas. I don't see any difference.

Someday, they will die and meet their creator and they will be judged. I would not want to be them.

They need help. People are not cattle. We all need to be treated with respect and honor. Married couples need to stick it out. As Jay Leno said to John Gosselin, That's called marriage!

Enough said.


joanne Warren   December 14th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Tiger does not owe the public anything. Golf i his job. his marriage, et al is for him to deal with. Play great golf. I agree with Donald Trump. If it wasn't such a slow media time this wouldnn't be so big. I don't think he should be hiding. Just focus on what he has done so well...block out the rest. He's been able to do that on the course in the past. "This too shall pass"


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

@Wayne Lawrence if they don't then how much worse will they feel when he stomps them lol....


shaw   December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Tiger has been living a wonderful life, its still the same live he's living today. We all got one earthly life to live and its still the same life he's living now. Nothing has changed. So Tiger should stay on the golf course. Taking time off to concentrate on his marriage will not change anything about that same life. By the way its golf that made him become who he is, if he wants to stay Tiger Woods, play golf! Its only God's word that changes life.


jim   December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Tiger is a "Stud" on the golf course and apparently a "Stud" off the course. Get a life, no not Tiger, but those of you who follow the smut of life. Tiger will win again, get even more endorsements and make even more money. Get your head out of the sand and pay attention to what really matters.
Jim


carla   December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

this is a jerry springer world people don't care or they wont care for long.....soon someone will take his place he is a golfer.....what


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

@Sam Parker I completely agree, well put!


Janice   December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Is there a correlation that we can learn from analyzing the banking problem and the economy with Tiger Woods' fall from grace due to his infidenility in his marriage? Aside from the fact Tiger's personal life is personal and he is a gifted golf player, isn't there a moral imperative or ideal Americans expect from people at the top of their field? Wouldn't it shock the world if Bill Gates or Warren Buffet had the same problem Tiger is having? Do the CEOs of the banks need to adhere to a moral imperative in fairness that they will have to learn and realize they are held to the same law of Karma that all humans are subject to?


chris   December 14th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Seriously, all the media wants to do is build heros up to ultimately tear that hero down- makes for good ratings - hey , but beyond that let face it if this was the local (bar dog) cheating on his wife would the media be reporting on this? yeah that doesnt make for good TV. State this on the air the bottom line it shows you are human as well!!


Derrick   December 14th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

It is sad when the majority prioritizes making money over the value of relationships. Tiger has enough money but his decision to walk away from golf another love of his life speaks volume to his valuing his marriage over financial gains. I applaud him, he has the rest of his life to play golf, his family needs healing and it's time for him to be a winner at home.


Wendy   December 14th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I love Tiger. I will not watch golf until Tiger returns or buy any products from those who drop him. His foundation and charities speak to who Tiger is. People are not perfect. Let God judge him on his personal life. Get him back on the golf course where he belongs. The best is yet to come. Go Tiger!


Paulette Coombs   December 14th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Larry, you are asking the wrong questions of Rodman and Trump. I am sure they have walked down a similar path as Tiger Woods.Ask them why? why is it difficult for them to commit to their partners and honor the vows they make?


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Yeah, Tiger needs to go to a battered husbands shelter...recovery looks like what for Tiger? Swear off white women??? Dennis thinks he needs to come out of the closet (oh, bad metaphor); its fun to opine on his situation, I guess


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

wow...the next question is if either of them have partied with tiger?


dollykacha   December 14th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I really don't understand why Tiger would have to apologize for his personal behavior, it's his own personal business and I really think there are much more important stories to be covered on CNN. We really are falling behind in reporting these stupid stories about people's personal lives and forgetting to tell much more important and ones in the world.


Nancy Henry   December 14th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I missed the women's name on your panel tonight, but I have to tell you I was so very disappointed in what she had to say. Especially about health care. She made a coment that "people like her who can afford insurance but don't have it! Can I tell you I represent many people who are out of work and their insurance is running out. Personally I can't afford the COBRA payments. My husband and I have been out of work for almost 2 years. I have a family of 4. For her to say it is only 9 million people is based on what????? Let her pay my medical bills and let me know what she thinks. If she wants to be so judgemental, let her come up with an answer. How dare you just have comments and judge people.

Nancy Henry
Baldwin, NY


Barbara   December 14th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I HOPE THAT THEY LEAVE TIGER WOODS ALONE....IT'S ENOUGH ALREADY! HE'LL BE BLEEDING IN THE STREET, AND THEYLL BE SATISFIED.


Henry Patel   December 14th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

The dilemma we have in this country is we don't hold our top sportsman or better to say role model for our young generation to highest ethical standards , unfortunately America is all about money whether its Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods the people have such a short memory that they forget it and our younger generation picks up that and we have serious problem with our future leaders . Lack of moral and ethical standard and same crap with politicians . BTW our country in not in this situation because of Obama its because of Bush,Cheney and Rumsfeld . I am pretty sure if Bankers are told by Republicans not to lend to make Obama a failure. Next Election cycle more independents will run and get elected.
Hemant "Henry" Patel -Miami ,Fl


Joan   December 14th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I took and interest in golf because I wanted to see the BEST and Tiger is the BEST. I don't think I will be watching any golf until Tiger comes back and I hope that is SOON. People and the press should just give it a rest. We want news not trash. Also anyone without sin cast the first stone. Enough said.

Joan


Jesse   December 14th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Fraud = one who assumes a false pose; an impostor; a piece of trickery; a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair gain.

Can Tiger’s family-oriented sponsors sue him for fraud?


Jean   December 14th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Donald Trump said it all. I wholeheartedly endorse what he said about Tiger Woods.
We do not know what transpired in his marriage which led up to his accident. We speculate what could have happened. If his wife battered him with the golf club, he deserves to leave her.
Tiger is a man to a certain extent no different than some other men. He has human weaknesses as others.
The Tabloid newspaper started this and other Media outlets took it up and plastered what they heard about him and with these women who kiss and tell and tarnished his name. We must consider that he was also tempted by those women who no doubt sought fame and fortune by associating with a famous billion dollar man. These women are no angels.
I do not see why he had to apologize to the public. He did us no harm.
We are residing in a scandalous world and people should not be surprised at what they hear and read about. Others have done worst than Tiger. He had affairs with adult women. He did not molest children and he murdered no one.
His endorsers should stick with him. Who are those endorses who dropped him anyway? Are their lives they live better? Give Tiger a break which he deserves as anyone else.
He does not wish to face the public with facial injury. He is embarrassed by what occurred to him and what he has heard about himself through the Media. If he so wishes in time he will tell his side of his story. Human beings must be compassionate and have empathy for him. We must always put ourselves in another's shoes, as in Tiger Wood's one. It is no easy matter for him. I do wish him well.


A. Pfeffer   December 14th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Trump is a liar, he and all these fat cats who try and get the banks to back these loans for apartments, golf courses etc, the banks arent stupid, but these loans are. Trump wants to use the banks money to loan on his stupid ideas and if he falls onl his face he doesnt care, its the banks that take the hit, and we have seen him fall before. Blaming Obama is just more of his theatrics. A. Pfeffer


angela   December 14th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

" Dennis, did you ever party with Tiger?"... Larry your show is going downhill, I almost , no I DO in fact just sit here and cringe, its making me uncomfotable. I do not give a flying F**** who partyed with this phoney, and I sure, sure as hell do not pity him.


Barbara Redd   December 14th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Dennis Rodman looks wild but still, like most of us, is altruistic. Go Dennis R.


SHIRLEY WALLER   December 14th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

I agree with The Trump The Tiger will survive and move on to even larger things. He has already done more good in his life than the average person. I bet that some of these CEO's who are dropping The Tiger have done far worst than he has done in regards of the infidelity. Do not throw rocks if you live in a glass house.


Brandon   December 14th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

LOL DENNIS and his sign...wow...


Frazier H. Kimpson   December 14th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Larry,

I think you and most of the analyst on CNN do a disservice to the general public when you couch a question to solicit the answer that you want. I heard one of your analyst state that NIKE was going to drop Tiger when in fact they released a statement saying that they were sticklng with him. The company had to re-issue the statement with an infactic statement clarifying your corp mistatement of their position.

Why can't you just accept their word and not try to rationalize what they meant. I like Tiger Woods and respect his privacy. Look at all the things Tiger has done for the game but I guess that doesn't mean much when you make a mistake. The bible says he who is without sin let him cast the first stone.

I am hoping that he can work this out with his wife and family. And I will leave it at that.

Frazier H. Kimpson
Detroit


Kellie K   December 14th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Interesting how Larry King live has 2 notorious cheaters giving their opionions about how Tiger Woods should carry on in the midst of this mess ie Donald & Dennis. Is this a joke? Can we get some stand up men who are "real," examples of men who love their wives and families enough to put them first? Wait a minute thank goodness we still have President Obama. Lord knows this country who says we value family has an odd way of showing it. Let them be, this poor girl and her two children deserve more. There's more at stake here people then endorsements on an already billion dollar figure.


PRedd   December 14th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

@Jean: I agree and disagree; your compassion is most admirable for a person in turmoil as Tiger's got to be. We should not revel in other people's misery...unfortunately, by chance or choice, he became a role model–and got PAID for it. With that, he's got to take the difficult with the easiy. I'm a man, and one thing I know for sure, is that MEN ARE STUPID! We spend precious years trying to get right the thing we know...


Rick U   December 14th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Tiger didnt market himself as just a family man,, Tiger is a human being and we all make mistakes. He didnt make the right choices over all these years while he was married. He struggled with lustful women and fulfilling his lust. He has to restore his self, family and he will be back. Tiger should not just be seen as a golfer or family man , Hes a human being/ Golffer/Husband /Father/Son / friend/


Norma   December 14th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Hey Larry: Why do you keep degrading Tiger Woods? At his age I
think he can work his personal problems out and still come back better and stronger, you should know about personal problems; you've had seven wives and still going strong! I resent every news caster that says anything about Tigers personal problems. How many of those women are telling the truth, it's all about money, I don't
believe them, I love Tiger and no matter what he does it's his business. For him to come on your show or any talk show would be
a BIG miistake!! Yours especially! I think you being the KING has had it's day, I'll be so glad when you're replaced, by anyone. So shut up about Tiger Woods!!


barbara christie   December 14th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Tigeri is a golf star and that's why we love him. Are we all going to turn our back on him because he made some mistakes. Instead of hounding him we should be compassionate and allow him to try to heal his life with his wife and children. The media should back off. Unfortunately, that is how they make their living, off of others heartache. Give him a break, leave him alone. He'll be back, stronger and wiser than anyone with a camera stalking him.


Rose   December 14th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Larry,
Of all people to ask about Tiger Woods, you had to have Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump? That's like asking Coligula and Atila the Hun if Hitler was a "good guy"!!! I'll bet they would be saying, "Oh yeah, good ol' Adolf got a bad rap"!!! Bottom line: men like Tiger Woods should not be married!


Sylvia   December 14th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Why is no one bringing up the fact that all these women (including his wife) are white???? There are hundreds of beautiful coloured and asian women. Could it be that Tiger has low self-esteem or idealizes the white culture?? His wife is from Sweden (real Nordic country guys). I am white by the way. Tiger is an amazing golfer but he has hurt badly his wife and family and I am sure she will divorce him – where there is lack of trust there is no relationship.


Nancy Henry   December 14th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

I think I left my comment. I'm not sure I will get a response. I am a big fan of Larry King, but tonight really bothered me. We as a nation are facing so many challenges, I think we need to speek out.


Robert R. Campbell   December 14th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

I agree with Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump. I admire Tiger as a Great Golfer and a man. I cannot judge him nor condemn him. I pray he can work through his personal problems. The media is exploiting him for their own selfish advantage called "ratings" . Tiger Will Return! He is the Champion of the World of Golf ! I have profound respect for him and nothing has changed that !


Cheryl Hammar   December 14th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Tiger Woods is a sex addict and needs serious help. He has destroyed his marriage and family with his secret life. You're only as sick as your deepest secret and had some secret. He broke his marriage vows and has caused his wife unbearable pain. It would have been better if he had divorced his wife, but he wanted it his way all the time. We all sin, but there are consequences and because he played he should pay like everyone else. He isn't an honorable man and certainly not a role model. Mr.Trump knows better than to say anything negative about Tiger Woods' actions because he isn't much of an angel himself. Asking Dennis Rodman and Trump to comment on Tiger Woods infidelity or mulitiple improprieties is almost comical and farcical. Why didn't you invite former president Clinton to comment on this topic too?


Sriyani Dissanayake   December 14th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Larry, I believe in Karma. The public shame and the personal turmoil that Tiger is going through now are the results of natural punishment of Bad Karma that he committed. SO, why are we punishing him too? It is already been done. This is only a one side of his life that he messed up. Let's not foget how great he was in the eyes of Golf. We must not hate a person just becuase he made a mistake in his life. Who are we to judge? Are we perfect? Human make mistakes. We must learn to forgive and forget. All these women knew he was married yet went with him. In my eyes they are equally to be blame too. They all are gold diggers. On the other hand would a man walk away from a wife if he is satisfied in every aspect of a marriage? Why are we only blaming Tiger. Do we know whether behind the closed doors how Erin treated him and what kind of a life they have had? Just because they are married and have children does not mean that they are having a perfect marriage either. We do not know whether Erin made him to turn to other women too. We really do not know the truth. So, let us leave both of them alone to solve their misery and step out of this public speculations. Tiger had a great personality whole world respected him. They will do so in the future too. We should help him to come back clear and allow him to live his life. On the other hand Tiger owns a house in Palm Jumairah in Dubai. He can just convert to Islam, pick the best four women out of the pack and even if his wife divorce him, he still can marry another four under that law and he can be happy in Dubai. There, he will be treated with respect and will help him to come back much stronger and astonishments to the world than before and he can live a peaceful life in Dubai under this tragedy than here. They will not even open their mouth to discuss any of these drama. As long as he treats all four equally with respect and if all four woman can treat each other with respect and have each other's shoulder to cry then the story ends their. I wish and pray for Tiger to find the strength to over come this and to return back to Golf and to rebuild his image stronger than ever.


audrey Isfeld   December 14th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

I agree with Donald Trump.
Tiger needs to come out and play golf. Heck with the media. They will say what they want anyway.
Go Tiger!!


mary childer   December 14th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Dear Larry, I just wrote a nice comment and because I didn't pur in my name, so I'll make it short. Anyone that can afford it stop using charge cards and use checks or cash. Mary


Davie   December 14th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

The interview with Trump about Woods was candy coated and showed he lacks intelligence. I wonder how this great mogul of business would feel if his daughter Ivanka was on the receiving end of Woods' callous infidelity to his daughter ?


Andrew C.   December 14th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

You said it Robert. Tiger should go back and play golf and tell the rest of these moralist do-gooders to go look in the mirror .


David Laslo   December 14th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

the bottom line is the fatter cats on wall street are sucking the life out of mainstreet imagine that! Sorry folks they just don't give a damn! That just a fact not one on wall street would know which end to stick the shovel in the ground. Just a bunch of rich folks that just like a lot of green. Good for them i don't want none of there dirty money. I worked for a living. Not sucking the life out of poor folks!


Rodger Lucas   December 14th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Re: Tiger, Inc.
The fact that Tiger Woods was married has always been a prominent matter of public record. At the time when these women, who are now speaking out publicly to embarass him, decided to play "patta-cake" with Tiger, what did they expect?
Also, "it takes two to Tango". No one has accused Tiger Woods of forcing them to do anything they did not want to do. Why are they complaining?


Dodie   December 14th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

@ David Laslo

I agree; however, we as Americans can never band together. We cannot even agree on anything. As long as we don't take action, nothing will change! And believe me, the Banks, Wall Street and CEOs of large corporations know that. So they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank, thinking we are stupid! This will continue...until we end up a 3rd world country. Then everyone will ask... What the heck happened and that my friend... it will be too late!!!


roderick foulks   December 14th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

Dear Larry,

The bottom line is this. Isn't it funny how the media focuses on irrelvant topics that have no impact on us globally or as individuals. Tiger this Tiger that.. The media has been waiting for Tiger Woods to do something wrong ever since he broke into the golf scene. The media is jaded and biased which ultimately defines their character. Tiger Woods sad to say isn't the only celebrity that has dipped their hands into the wrong cookie jar! Remember Micheal Jordan and Shaquille O'neal's marital issues? Two of the largest sports icons in the 20th century who marriages both failed due to some form infidelity miscues... wheres the coverage on these two??? Hmmm.. Kobe and Tiger same event minus the rape allegation; you have the same scenario. I hate pulling the media race card, but hello America its been pulled. If these gentlemen had wives of the same race there would be no issue.. they would get the same coverage as the daily weather forecast. Hello Americans its 2009 and we still have not progressed as a citizens or a species.


Audrey   December 14th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

re Tiger Woods: I'm so sick of hearing about poor Elin. She knew who she was marrying - the #1 icon in the world, the most desirable bachelor, wealthy and the greatest golfer of all time and a man known to like the women - I would to if I were him. did she think he was going to change when she married him - men do not change. He was then and is the same man she married. She and her family didn't do too badly did they - new homes, cars, vacations, etc. but now he is so bad. He should never have married her or anyone else. He should have played the game of golf and had all the women he wanted and no one would have cared. His only failure is as a father. He should divorce and each should go their separate ways. She has enough money. He will probably be a better father and probably spend more time with his children than he does now being on tour all the time. Eventually every whore will have been with him if you want to believe this crap.


Dodie   December 15th, 2009 1:04 am ET

Banks are in a tough spot??? can't you come up with something better than that?


Dodie   December 15th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Undignified??? Are you some kind of idiot! Throw her to the wolves. She is being paid off by someone! Larry, Larry, Larry!


Catherine Creely-Hodges   December 15th, 2009 1:10 am ET

This "Girl" who obviously just found her little political vocabulary and "style" is so so boring and she is so contrived, my goodness, I am tired of her. Thank you for having her there so she can get put in her place by the other educated guests. Your show is the greatest by the way. . .Thank you.

Katie


John Cutler   December 15th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Why is it that the media, guess on your show and people around the USA never refer to President Obama as "President"? If we dont respect our Commander in Chief, why should other counrties respect the USA?


Aliou   December 15th, 2009 1:17 am ET

Donald,

Banks are not lending. Here is what the government can do: Ask the central bank to lend directly to businesses.


Dodie   December 15th, 2009 1:18 am ET

S.E. Cupp is bought and paid for by the banks!

"The banks are trying??? you don't beat them up for trying???" is she crazy? They have lost hundreds of millions of dollars and they are giving themselves fat and huge bonuses! If they can't try any better, we need to get rid of them.

I have a wonderful solution. Create a FEDERAL bank that makes loans to main street. If the other banks don't want to make the loans... then fine, let the federal owned bank do it and gather all the business. I have seen this work in other countries even with Citi Bank. They either play or they are out in the cold!!! End of story!


Dodie   December 15th, 2009 1:20 am ET

@ Aliou

Now why can we see this and the government cannot?? We are on the same wave length!


Giovanna Darco   December 15th, 2009 1:21 am ET

S.E. Cupp is talking nonsense: "This administration needs to act with dignity..." relative to bankers? Apparently she thinks that CEO Blankfein of Goldman Sachs is dignified when stating "we are doing God's work...(as bankers). Someone needs to call the Almighty Blankfein and ask him if he can walk on water? My mistake, with 700 billion dollars he can hire people to carry him across water. This young woman needs to continue courses in journalism and American History before making a comment. Now that labor is cheap the NY Daily News, substandard as it is in the journalistic world, must have
bought her cheap.


John D.   December 15th, 2009 1:37 am ET

Just curious how one of the wealthiest men in the world saying he is not worried about the economy and it is comin back. suppose to make me feel better..


D Cobb   December 15th, 2009 1:38 am ET

Why do politicians continue to pass-off a government healthcare program that is far less than what they themselves receive at taxpayer expense?
I would vote for any healthcare program that congress is willing to use for themselves and their families.

Why doesn't anyone ever bother to point this out in all the hubub?
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Freddie Kong   December 15th, 2009 1:46 am ET

Tiger is and always will be the best golfer on the planet of all time. He is human and made huge mistakes in his personal life. I stress personal life, he needs to fix it and he will. Sponsor come and go, he will be on top again very soon. I have no doubt that he will garner even more money once he returns.


John D.   December 15th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I totally agree, if they had to purchase their own insurance I bet we would see a something totally different.


Erin   December 15th, 2009 1:46 am ET

Donald Trump was absolutely correct. Tiger Woods and his brand will not be affected long term. He needs to decide on whether he should be with his wife or not. Either way, he needs to move on and continue to do what he is best at, playing golf. He does not owe the public anything. He should pull himself together and continue to be the magnificent athlete all of us know.


John D.   December 15th, 2009 1:48 am ET

And how do they rate a raise with the economy as bad as it is.. Do they think they have earned it?... ummm,,, NO!! not yet


Jeff   December 15th, 2009 1:48 am ET

Why are we demonizing Tiger for making a human mistake. What would happen if every company in america fired or dropped every employee who ever was caught having an extra-marital affair. Lets drop the Hypocrisy. His wife has the true complaint and the responsibility to hold him accountable. The rest of us should worry about respecting him as an athlete which is what he represents to the public.


Rachel Ketchem   December 15th, 2009 1:48 am ET

I want to thank Donald Trump for telling the truth about the bankers that have literally taken the (government cheese) money and run with it. I would have preferred it if the money was given away for student loans only. I am what I call "working class poor" and there are no student loans for less than A-1 credit. If Stafford loans disappear too, I am between a rock and a hard place working on my bachelors degree.


John D.   December 15th, 2009 1:51 am ET

And the catholic bishops , wanting to have the whole of the people follow their beliefs?.. By meeting with senators, how can they dictate against womens choice?


Eve   December 15th, 2009 1:53 am ET

I don't think his personal life should have anything to do with his professional career. He is a great golfer. As for his infidelity, I think it is between him and his wife. The media and the public have the tendency to put athletes, actors, singers, etc on a pedestal and when they find out they are only human like the rest of us, they want to tear them down. I think it is a disgrace how they the media is, and people's negative opinion about Tiger. We live in a fallen world and no one, I mean no one is perfect, or without sin.


Conda   December 15th, 2009 1:54 am ET

I would like to say to critics, let he amongst you without sin cast the first stone.


e.put   December 15th, 2009 1:59 am ET

my view on Tiger and golf is that it will hurt golf if he does not come back but lets not forget that there is a younger generation of golfers waiting in the wings to show their stuff and the sponsers will be only too happy to comply.
The ability to play exceptional golf and infidelity are two totally different subjects.
The public should concentrate entirely on the game of golf and leave the ifidelity up to Tiger and his family to sort out.
Thanks very much, Emmy Put


Michelle m.   December 15th, 2009 1:59 am ET

Hi Larry – My name is Michelle, I live in Scarborough, Ontario. I am a mother of eleven children and three grandchildren. I would like to say Tiger Woods is only human. Men makes mistakes all the time, some gets caught and some don't. Mrs Woods and Tiger needs to do a press confrence together and advise the public to leave their private lives alone. He and His wife married for better or for worse, and she needs to suck it up and start living her lives. His wife knows who she married, I am pretty sure she had some idea before marrage and still married to him. They both have beautiful children and they both should want the same for their kids. Tiger's wife need to know how to enjoy life and find something she loves to do,and do it.. If she e-mail me I would be happy to help her...


Eve   December 15th, 2009 2:05 am ET

Tiger should take Donald Trump's advice. Live your life and don't worry what people say. They are alway going to talk no matter what your do. When the chips are down, so are people quick to keep you there. Tiger you have only one righteous judge, and that is GOD!


Catherine Creely-Hodges   December 15th, 2009 2:08 am ET

Someone ripped you for asking Dennis if he and Le Tigre partied together. . I loved the question, thats why YOU ARE THE BEST!! Because you ask ALL the questions, I adore your style and HEY, most people want the humanistic side of everything. . you know how to get deep answers. Thanks Again and Happy Holidays to you and your staff.


Regan   December 15th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Tiger should just break down and go on Dancing With The Stars. America will probably fall in love with him all over again.
I love Tiger and will forgive him for his unspeakable sins in due time! God Bless Elin and the babies. I am praying for them to be strong and for Tiger to grow into a more mature and faithful person as a result of this mess that he has created.


Sandra   December 15th, 2009 2:11 am ET

These banks were bad to start with. Look at the way they went after our kids...the tactics they used to get them on credit cards. They should have been on food stamps years (or $40,000) ago. Cities went along with developers because they could raise their tax base. Any sane person that lived through the 80's would have known the money wasn't there to raise the real estate by that much. It's about greed. They try to project an image that isn't real (and it wasn't). Greedy real estate guys went to bed with bankers and cities. These kids don't have money. They have debt. Our parents never had money. My mother barely scraped enough money together to heat the house. I remember her filling the tank with a 5 gallon can. Dad barely ever had socks, or shoes because my brothers needed them. Dad froze a LOT to try to support six kids. That was important to him though. Most important. Sometimes it looks like the government is sleeping. I saw it coming, and I'm nobody. Why didn't they? Same with a LOT of what we see going on today. It's more like companies made the rules for them and they don't work for us. But, we need someone on our side. It's like we have to pay twice to protect ourselves. We pay companies for services and think they are protecting us on that issue, but they aren't...then we have to pay again to actually protect ourselves. Seems like we have to pay twice...and the second time doesn't appear to be well organized. Companies have plants in there to protect them, not us. They aren't always acting in our best interest. The quality of the research is poor and the quality of the information that we have to make decisions with is just plain lousy, especially for diseases. You don't find what you don't test for, but I bet a lot of our health problems are toxins in the environment. We have to clean up our food and water supply to cut health care costs. Health care takes the rap, but that's really an end of pipe way to look at things. It doesn't work that way. Will it help to put pressure on banks? No. They are of questionable integrity and always have been. Sad that they ever got the hold that they did. It was crooked to start with. People complained. Nobody listened because they had more money than we do. My nephew committed suicide because he couldn't see a day that he would have his credit cards & hospital bills paid.


CAF   December 15th, 2009 2:14 am ET

Its unbelievable that she would say in 2012 the war in afghanistan and healthcare will not be important how does that make sense she must be confused everytime i see her on cnn she makes me laugh she is such a joke how could she say that and also how she graded obama i bet she give bush an A+. miillions without insurance and a war that could destabalize the region if we dont succeed thats pretty damn important to me and millions, i think she needs to check her facts about who is uninsured. im in my 20's and for her to say there are millions like her that doesnt want insurance its crazy talk i didnt have insurance for about eight months and i became sick three times and i had to pay up front hundreds of dollars i perfer bieng insured you never know what will happen and i bet millions would agree. How did it go from 48million uninsured to only 9million uninsured, please you excpect me to believe that again she is a joke and a disgrace .


ckelly   December 15th, 2009 2:16 am ET

The whole "new" capitalistic model is like "Frankensteins monster"-just because you can create it (starting with Bill Clinton's deregulation of the banking industry in the 90's)-Doesn't mean its right or healthy or not dangerous-the proof is in the pudding.

Why these wall street criminals get rewarded with bail-out money and are not in jail is beyond me-oh yeah, I forgot corporate legislation and international Business laws.

I disagree with the statement: "Let it (the banks) get big enough and if they get too big and fall-let them"-If something is cancerous and gets so big that its going to kill the whole living organism-it has to be treated. It has to be removed.

This Wall street version of "Capitalism" is NOT capitalism as the average person understands it-Its manipulated stealing, using the government, manipulating the public and nations -all in the service of the greedy and very wealthy.

My diagnosis: The "Fats Cats" are sociopaths-who worked hard for the last 10-15 years to create the the perfect "legal conditions" for a global mess-legalized criminality-and the wealthy and elite will stand behind them. This is not capitalism in the real sense. This is extortion of the people of the US and extortion of other people around the world.


Titus Adebo   December 15th, 2009 2:30 am ET

Tiger Wood has been vilified by his detractors. Tiger Wood played in
to the hands of electronic and print media assisted by those who hate
his cuccess as a golfer. This is a young man who is an African
American at the helm of affairs as far as golf playing is concerned.
He made mistakes and who doesn't? The whole thing has been
over-sensitized and over-floged by the press. As a matter of fact most
people do not reckon with the press any longer on this issue because
the press made us to believe that he took advantage of those women
whereas they should share in the blame. Instead, they are being
offered incentives to mischaractertize Tiger Wood for their role to bring him down. There is nothing spectacular in what Tiger Wood did. Most critics have bigger skeletons in their cupboards. Enough is enough.


Rahul   December 15th, 2009 2:44 am ET

This girl on your show was just glossed up, unintelligent, and completely unaware of what most people go through.


Cesar (CAF)   December 15th, 2009 2:47 am ET

exactly she has no idea what normal people are going through she provides a biased opinion no one should take her seriously


Einstein Mastermind   December 15th, 2009 2:53 am ET

ECONOMIC TERRORISM ! Dear Larry and gang: Joe Liberrmutt and all his cousins who are running Americas banking system and terrorizing our country economically should all be shipped straight back to Israel on the first boat. When is America ever going to figure out who the real rats in the wood pile are? Donald Trump, on your show tonight hit the nail right on the head when he said Obama is going to have to bust up all these banks and there monopolies and start from scratch and that especially includes the Federal Reserve Bank. Another no brainer from Einstein Mastermind.


Dodie   December 15th, 2009 3:14 am ET

@ ckelly

Very well stated! Thank you for your insight!


Sandra   December 15th, 2009 3:20 am ET

On Tiger: Does negative press actually help people in the end? Is it a publicity stunt? We see this so often. (Please don't make us watch the affairs of these folks. It's just not that interesting. A couple of people have said that we need to see him go on Oprah or some other show and cry and tell us that he won't do it again. No. We don't want to see that.)

We see this happen to so many people that you have to wonder if it's just a part of normal human development.

We can guess, but we really have no idea. Evidently Tiger is not being loved the way he wants to be loved in his marriage. He is successful in one area of life (that was apparently determined by his parents and he is good at it), but that's not where he is now – emotionally. Sometimes I wonder why people that appear to have it all would throw it all away? The best I can come up with is that its not about the JOB anymore. (It's not about the money. Money just complicates it more.) Now I'm thinking that it's more that they are not being reached on a level that is highly individual (and possibly very hormonal). From what we have heard in the media, other people have controlled him for so long that he doesn't appear to have a good grip on who he even is as a person (not Tiger the golfer, but Tiger the person). His life has gone so fast up to this point that he might not have had time to really recognize it until now. Kids involved. That makes it harder. My guess is that he has spent so much time creating Tiger the golfer, that he can't even get in touch with Tiger the person...yet. And that is hard for all of us to go through, but worse to go through public humiliation also. This will likely be very hard on his health...and that's NOT good. I don't care about text messages very much. People say all kinds of things in email. It's an odd medium in that sense. I don't think people are good at that yet. You can say things that you never would have said in real life. But, that aside...actually having sex with people when you are married really messes people up. I went to an epidemiology conference in Bethesda a couple of years ago and the keynote speaker said that married women were the fastest growing group to get AIDS. I wondered why that would be true. They have multiple spouses. Oh. I didn't know. Embarrassed myself. But, it made me wonder if they need a law that they can only have one spouse. One doctor was definitely offended that I would suggest such a thing. What would happen to the kids, was his response. It didn't make a speck of sense to him. So, I learned that different cultures have different beliefs. Evidently AIDS is quite obvious in Africa...8 year old heads of households because all of the parents are gone. If they have grandparents, they are lucky. But, it seems to wipe out an age group of parents. Personally, I would make the law. I don't think its happening to a few kids, I think its happening to a LOT of kids.

People have hormones and they actually work. Fat chance we are going to be able to shame or publically humiliate them enough to make them stop working. Maybe. Different people have all kinds of different belief systems on sexuality that I'm not comfortable with. I am more inclined to believe that the real Tiger is trying to get out of the roles that everyone else has him in. It's uncomfortable, but it means something and he needs time to figure that out. Life is very short. He needs to stay healthy.


clyde eastwood   December 15th, 2009 3:21 am ET

For President Obama... relying on the American public or comentary from S.E.Cupp is like me asking a trailer trash momma sitting infront of a velvet oil painting of Elvis and asking her to explain the what a syllogism from Socrates means. America is like a mile long train; it does not stop on a dime and it does not start up and acheive speed without time and distance to acheive it! Obama came in at a time when this train had derailed!!! He is being criticized from the left and right and how he has fallen short of expectations...yet he has only been in office not yet a year!!! This criticism is the perfect example of the nearsighted fast food/drive thru mentality of much of America's mab and glory seeking media and commentators. By comparison with HISTORY, Obama has shown a stoic far sighted points of view; this kind stance is easily targeted by the kind of people who change their "correct" points of view by which commercial tells them what NEW diet is the BEST diet to magically lose weight. These people never figure out that there is something wrong when the "best diet" changes every month; they never catch on to the fact that they are being duped; and the diet companies (i am equating this with the bankers) will manipulate the public to bilk them for every dime!

Obama, is being targeted by many entities -for one main reason! He is attacking the Old Boys Club! Society has always been subserviant to the Old Boys Club. The cops, the companies all elonged to them. Our President is slinging a sledge hammer at their door for the first time in their history. He is stirring up a bees nest...and to make a change from what we as a public has been lulled into a norm, there has to be some damage. (In order to make an omelete, you have to break some eggs.) EVERY ONE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND: ABE LINCOLN WAS ONE OF THE MOST HATED PRESIDENTS IN OUR HISTORY!

No, my friends, if you wish to take a poll of him, then you should take a poll of the Americans thru the ages. To say the least, take a poll of the Europeans. American civilians are fat and lazy, and are swayed by wal mart T.V. commercials.

As for Tiger Woods..this is the perfect example of our presidents problems. It is stupid to compare his success and inspiration to the people as an athlete with him gettin laid! He's a good looking asian/black man who is rich, has a know benevolent disposition and kindness, and is surrounded by people (women) who worship you...hmmany of you who condemn him, i challenge you to endure his celebrity and withstand such pressures as well as he has.

Fact is, in both cases, we are talking about ignorant witch hunts. Like with Clinton's sex scandal, great hullabub and distraction is made of it, meanwhile thousands of civilians are lost and forgotten. Bush sends thousands to theirs deaths, aside from the 3000 who were victims of 9-11...Americans lost their rights and were spied upon.

I am a descendant to William Henry Seward, Secretary of State to Mr. Lincoln. Fact is, we are all simple hmble people, working to make our mark in history. Gossip and slander will be part of it, but ultimately will fall to the way side. No matter what people say on Larry King Live, truth be told, from judgement based on historical understanding, Obama will most likely be a hero, and Bush, who he himself said history shall vindicate him, will be persecuted

I have no interest in golf...at all. But to Mr.Woods, I will say you are a hero! You are an inspiration, i am proud to say, to my children. Screw any commercial company who sell out on you. They only prove themselves as cowards. These people who abandon you now are only proving who they are. This moment in life is enlightenment. You are a great man, Mr Woods. Because you are a simple man at his least and his best. You are no different than I. People who judge you now are liars and hypocrites; they should be stoned for their hypocrisy.

For our President, sir, I'll stand by you. I'll not forget that mayoral boob that alligned you with cival managers, taking care of the poor, the commoners, and he slandered that position indicating such position is lowsome for qualifying as a president, a ma of the people.

This same resounding attacks, echoes the ignorance of christianity in our society equalled only by the muslims.

For me, my children and my extended family, I am part of an American family, and am proud to have elected Barack Hussein Obama, a devoted proud American who has taken an oath to protect my family. As for Tiger Wood, I hope the est for resolution for him and his wife, whether the out come is poor or not...but to be decided non the less. And I would be proud to invite him and his wife and children into my household any time. My family would treat them like any of our neighbors. I doubt the gossip mongers of media would ever understand such integrity. Personally, they would be on hard luck if they took me on.

I am proud of you Mr Woods. I am sorry for your traverses in time.

I am proud to be an American under the guidance of our President Obama. I am no longer ashamed as i was under Bush and Reagan..and not so much under Carter; at least President Carter made himself a man of honor and respect afterwords. The Bush family has been an utter embarassment

I clearly support the efforts of these people, and give lattiude to the mistakes they make on their way. I condemn the intentional slander for mongers. If they got a problem with that, then face me, i'll settle it.


Barbara Geiger   December 15th, 2009 3:37 am ET

Let's get to the facts:

Tiger Wood's Marriage:

International Union
Miscegenation
Product of Miscegenation

Father failed to endorse this union. Tiger Woods felt acute pressure, and guilt, and less esteem.

Father is deceased: An acute mourning.

Tiger Woods: High Risk pressure cooker situation: Vasectomy
needs to be completed, immediately. Error rate reduces, lawyer's future fees, etc.

Marriage Recovery: Swedish therapist, non- American. Visit
therapist in Sweden country; Asian, etc.

Recovery stage fails: Stay single forever; and/or date an Asian.
Counsel with attorneys, palimony, etc.

Listen to marriage tapes while driving his golf cart:

1. Marriage vs. mid life crises.
2. Swedish culture.

3. Face the facts: One is always sick of another race around the
house.

4. Keep the good banking habits: No federal greens to prostitutes.
Stay level headed.

5. If Tiger Woods opts to marry: Marry someone nice like the
Asian beautiful girl on Bravo Real Estate: Chad and Starla's
(Chad's canine) 5 million dollar client. She would be a perfect wife.

6. Ck. DNA to make certain his offspring are his offspring.
IRS audit.

7. Tiger Woods needs to make certain that his counsel are wise
and kind, and never negative.

8. Journalist are unrefined. Golf is a dignified sport, a gentleman's
conservationist's sport: Greens, forest, aqua systems.
Tiger Woods is probably sick of playing this sport. He
needs to play tennis.

9. Pendulum Power Point: Tiger Wood needs to make certain
that he's not around unrefined Hollywood characters so he's
not smitten by Achilles Heel, cheap Mormans, dancers,
Vegas gals, Christians, Kazars, etc.

Tiger Woods ought to travel with his mother.

I am not happy with journalist exposing other's personal lives.
Interacial relationships are not pleasant, at all.
Tiger Woods does not appear bonded to his children.
Reason: Distractions of fan's children.

Tiger Wood's wife is beautiful and they are a handsome couple.

Recap:

Mourning of his father's lifeand pendulum events: Closure possibly of his father's dislike for a business, critical choice, mate.

Father's divorce from his Asian mother.

Feelings of failing his family, critical dynamic in Asian cultures.
Tiger Wood's wife may not be confidential as his mother. This is
a critical detail in falling in love with one/twin sister may have created
a wedge between Tiger Wood.

Division: Children.

Tiger Wood's wife may guillotine his sentences. Estrangement
circumstances surface.

Personal relationship to his birth family overwhelmed his second family relationship: Wife/children/foreign wife/in laws, sister-in-laws; career "burn out."

Tiger Woods does not trust his wife as his best friend.

I don't think it is right for current journalist to destroy past journalist's investment, and role of journalist's confidances. He's a young man.
There could be greater parallel circumstances due to military, change of president's, crass Americans, fans, counterfeit relationships.

Extramarital Affairs: Both are liberal: Swede, African American.
His parents had to have been liberal to have married one another, producing a hybrid vigor genuis.

Tiger Woods had to have nice parents and Americans cherish excellent public behaviors. Asians cherish the role of the eldest son
and confidences of their immediate family members. He demonstrated Asian good manners in his career that Americans admire of international diplomacey.

Tiger Woods is a genetic compliment for Asian culture and American culture. His children will probably genuises, also. They probably should be raised with an Asian nanny, selected by his mother if the couple divorces. Restores his genetic roots to happy memories.
Every fellow wants his wife to be as sweet as his mother.


Dave C. in CA   December 15th, 2009 4:31 am ET

Larry needs to get some better guests. That girl, 'C.E. Whatever' said that in 2012 taxpayers will be more concerned about crinimal terror trials than health insurance, is she crazy or just a typical PR spokeswoman? Larry needs officals with REAL experience and credentials on his show, not paid PR human puppets, trying to sell their ridiculous messaging.


Sandra   December 15th, 2009 4:57 am ET

Should sponsors leave? It's not about the job. It's about the person.

The goal is that we want him to be healthy, but in a way that works for everyone in his family. Healthy emotionally. That may have been put on the back burner for a long time for him. I don't know that, but one could speculate. I'm inclined to think that is going to surface somewhere in life...if you live long enough. And I don't think it has anything to do with how much money you have, or don't have. But, it gets louder at some point. Maybe when you actually do have time to deal with it. (Why now?)

If he had an agreement with his spouse to have an open marriage, then he is not violating anything. Those relationships tend to have problems with jealousy, but that's the life they chose. If he had an agreement with his spouse to be in a monogamous relationship, but he is having sex with other women, then there are problems with that. But that is private, and no we don't want to see it on Oprah.

Sometimes I think this stuff is somewhat hormonal and your body is going to go through it whether you like it or not. I don't think people should be penalized for that part because sometimes our bodies do things that we aren't particularly thrilled about, but it happens. And I think it takes a while to get that out of your system. But, if you have an agreement with someone on a level that involves their sexuality, and what you do affects their body...you better stick with the agreement, or get out. It just messes people up too much...all the way around.

So, if it was my company, the bottom line for me would be to get him to a healthier place in life. I'm not convinced that abandoning him is the right answer. It makes sense to me that he needs to leave work for a while and focus on his personal health. Seems like he did the right thing. But, the media should honor that. We don't really want to know the things the media thinks we want to know about this.


Mort Schwartz   December 15th, 2009 5:02 am ET

Hey Larry ,Donald Trump is a D-bag. He condones Tiger woods the filanderer's actions citing , "its his personal life." But Donald the hipocrit didn't think the girl on his padgaent who claimed her Christianity was personal , and that she didn't appreciate homosexual marriage because of her personal convictions, was so personal. The creep.


john brouthers   December 15th, 2009 5:14 am ET

NO, NO, NO and NO. These bankers will understand the following only: Regulation, taxation and enforcement. Thats why they are spending tens of millions of dollars on lobbyists in DC to put the kaibash on any regulatory efforts that our lawmakers might try to actually pass. Why do people think that the President can do so much in such a short time? What powers does he really have over the economy ? President Obama inherited an economy in shambles due inaction by congress, deregulation, shameful greed and the incompetance of his predicessor in the White House. 11 1/2 months ! North Korea hasn't changed, Iran is still persuing nuclear weapons, Health Care legislation is being watered down, WHAT A SURPRISE. And Joe Leiberman flip flopping on medicare buy- ins. 3 months ago he was all for it, has so much changed in the economics of medicare for him to justify this ? I think not! He is a Senator from Connecticut. What a coincedence, Insurance is one of that states largest employers, Ya think he might have been contacted by some CEOs on this one ? That Woman ! 11 million uninsured, There is probably 11 million uninsured combined in just the northeast, excluding illegal aliens. President Barack Obama did what he HAD to, no one wanted to bail out those greedy bankers, but the choice was: if they fail we might go into a full scale DEPRESSION or maybe we can just have a serious RECESSION, some choice, no choice. Just my opinion.


Golfer ED   December 15th, 2009 6:16 am ET

Larry your show is #1 with us , Excellants Always, Tiger Woods has a NEW Name from now on in our home, (Eldrick "CHEATAH" Woods) ,He is paid Millions to Promote his IMAGE, Champion Golfer, Loving Family Man , Role Model to All Jr. Golfers in the World ???,BULLS..., He's nothing but a "LOW LIFE CHEATING BUM"
, Having all kinds of Affairs for 2.5 years or so , While Elin is having his children, What a Scumbag,Just what do you say to Jr. Golfers now, (Kids be like "Cheatah" Think & Act with your D..K and not with your Heart and Mind) REF: Woods -Oct. 2009 ("Family comes FIRST" before Golf -ALWAYS).....His Image is Done, Down the Clubhouse Toilet, Next Time he comes to our Area (PA-NJ-NY) we will remind him and NIKE of this New Name (CHEATAH WOODS) and Kids remember (NIKE Condons INFIDELITY) for Supporting Him, Phil Knight your a World Class Jerk....Golfer ED..Penna Golfers Assoc.


jata   December 15th, 2009 6:17 am ET

It seems to me that CNN has become obsessed with the "destroy Tiger woods agenda" of some racists who have not been happy that Tiger has dominated golf for so long. This, I believe , is because the network is unable to compete effectively with the other networks: MSNBc and Fox.

So, it is trying to be a little bit of a tabloid- network now. It will soon be reduced to such status by fans, if this foolish maniacal pursuit of Woods destruction continues. We are now organising a worldwide CNN boycott. We shall see who wins: the die is cast.


Abeniade   December 15th, 2009 6:58 am ET

I believe that Americans are hypocrites especially about extra marital relationships.
Accenture was probably looking to get out of the contract anyway for financial reasons. His private life is his private life.
His wife should get REAL, divorce him if she can't deal with it. Why would he waste his life sitting at home not doing what he does best. Tiger has to play Golf. He will hate her in the end. Maybe its time for him to live a little. Note that I didn't say he made a mistake, I don't believe he did. He just needed to have some fun.


Simon   December 15th, 2009 7:04 am ET

Hi Lary
Bye the way your programme is great.

I think it's unfair for the companies to drop tiger. They signed him as a great sportman but not for his personal life. So anything that happens in his marriage is no one's concerns and we should stop speculating on what did or didn't happen. He belongs on the golf course, we enjoy what he does out there and i don't think the sport will be the same if he quits and many people like myself will stop watching. He his a human being and not perfect as all of us and should be allowed to get on with his life whatever happened. There's loads of things happening out there that people should preoccupy themselves with rather than delving in Tiger's private liffe. Tiger should get on the course asap and if Mrs Wood has a problem with that then she can leave. This is what has made him what he is and i don't see any reason why he shouldn't continue. Nike is perfectly right to continue with him and pitty for the other companies.
Simon


Yvonne Maree   December 15th, 2009 7:51 am ET

Today in South Africa on the front page of our national newspaper, is a picture of a 48 yr old Islamic man, who is standing in a grave which is being filled with soil to his chest (by a grave digger) for the purpose of setting him up so that he can be stoned to death – his crime adultery
How primitive and cruel can people be! But then (with tongue in cheek) how I would like to see Tiger Woods standing in this grave. Tiger is a cad and I would not categorize him with all those decent men that live with honour and integrity. His infidelity is that much worse seeing as it was done at the time when his wife was expecting his child – a time when she had to cope with a small baby. Where was this man's mind! I hope his wife walks away from him – she needs to stay proud and believe that she is special. Hopefully she will realise that there is a man in her future that will honour her above all things.
More sympathy for Elin and none for Tiger. We need to stop making excuses for Tiger and get real.
Love his golf but he is a rogue!


ckelly   December 15th, 2009 11:57 am ET

@ Dodie-You are welcome Dodie 🙂

This bailout nonsense makes me so mad I could spit-the same thing has gone on in Canada with the auto-industry. Not so much with the banks though-Canadian banks are all ready well regulated. It has always been reasonably difficult to get a loan or a mortgage without good credit, income assessment and at least 5-10% down for a mortgage. Unemployment is at 8.5% according to Statistics Canada Dec 4/09 report.

The investment companies are kept in check as well. Although there was some financial shananigans exposed, and backlash from our connection to the US economy, our banks survived fine-no bailouts.


Kelly   December 15th, 2009 3:24 pm ET

Gee, I wonder, where were all of the brilliant attorneys collaborating on the "Stimulus Package" who seem to have neglected to insert key verbiage with specific directives as to what/when/where and how the monies given to the banks were to be utilized, and specific dates outlined. Seems that their 'blank check' is proving to be a disaster for all parties concerned. Addressing the issue 18 months later is pointless. Just as in any basic real estate contract, "if you don't have it in writing you don't have a leg to stand on", which is playing out right now. Poor writing, poor communication, poor execution, and poor follow-up, equals poor outcome!


Dodie - California   December 15th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

@ clyde eastwood

Absolutely beautifully stated with concise thought, intelligence and intent. I have often wondered how few people in the US perceive with such clarity. Americans need to realize the US did not achieve the 1928 employment and stock market levels until 1956. How long has President Obama been in office? Less than one year! I have been ashamed of being an American during the Bush Administration. For the first time in almost a decade, I can finally hold my head high with President Obama leading this country! I will stand by him every inch of the way regardless of its unpopularity.

I always find it ironic that people from other countries can see the US with much more clarity than the American people. I assume due to ignorance, brainwashing or ‘buying in’ process. As someone from another country recently stated:

“President Obama inherited the helm of a ship that has run aground and out of fuel!”

Thank you, clyde eastwood, for bring a moment of clarity to this blog!

Dodie


Mark My Words   December 16th, 2009 2:10 am ET

As I read the comments, I am still amazed at the intellectual dishonesty thats presented. Both parties were at fault in the Housing debacle. The Democratically controlled Congress were knee deep in the decision making that was taking place in 2006-2007. The only voices that attempted to warn about the Fannie Mae situation in 2007 were actually Republican.

EASTWOOD... here's a fact for you.... Obama is another one of those old boy politicians that have their hands in corruption. He is in the pockets of special interests too. You foolish leftist are voting in those who would take power and decision making away from you. If you think that the Feds can spend your money better than you, then you should just give it all to them. Wake up sheeple.


Ted   December 16th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

@ clyde eastwood

Beautifully stated, your comment sounds just like my sentiments. We need more people like you on this blogs.


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