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March 9, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 09:30 PM ET

A Primetime Exclusive with former Rep. Eric Massa!

On why he suddenly resigned from Congress…
His admission that he grouped a staffer…
And why he called Pres. Obama’s chief of staff “son of the devil’s spawn”

Massa says he was pushed out of his job over his opposition to the health care reform bill…the White House says that’s “crazy”

We’ll ask him all about it…
Send us your questions for Mr. Massa: Facebook.com/CNNLarryKingLive

PLUS 

Actors Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch on their climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Why did they do it?
How did they do it?  

They punished their bodies and minds…find out what happened as they reached the summit…

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Len   March 9th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Wow, you mean Anderson flew out to LA for the sole purpose of showing off his boyfriend Ben to Hollywood and the world?

I certainly hope that CNN did not pay for this trip.

and to think Anderson says he doesn't like parties! He partied and danced with Madonna?

When will he officially come out, by the way?


Sam   March 9th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

I feel sorry for this man (Rep. Massa) he cleary is in a personal crisis and needs help. Thankfully this is supposedly his last comments / interview on the issue...


Enough   March 9th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

This guy Massa, really needs to give it up. He is not telling the truth and we all know it. He should stop already


jack   March 9th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

This man is confused (Massa) and he has been desperate to be heard. The right wing has taken up his cause hoping he would give them some dirt on the administration. He tells various stories, so he could not be used by them. He needs to get away and rest.


The Real Issue   March 9th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Watching this former Congressman, Larry the issue is that he groped a staff member or several staff members. His conduct is not becoming of a public official. And that's one of the issues. Another issue is that he is fabricating his stories because he wants to justify his abhorent behavior.


dee   March 9th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Frankly, it sounds as though he resigned in order to stop the ethics investigation.


Bill   March 9th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Ok, let's strip the government Cadillac health care AWAY from this Hippocratic Massa. He can try to buy an individual plan from the market. Pre-existing condition, limit on coverage etc. see how many offers he can get and how he feels then. I am glad that he is out.


michael armstrong sr.   March 9th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Is this dude Cathelic


CHM   March 9th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I think Rham Emanuel is a little harsh, to say the least, for his position. Why does President Obama closely associate himself with people of no class like Emanual, Wright, and others. He should think more carefully about his choices.


Gary   March 9th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

The Eric Massa reminds me of the Balloon Boy story....it is painful to watch, but fun TV. I hope he can find his friends phone number, the friend who loved his wife and kids and lived in his house....now he "lost " the number.
Larry please keep him on of bring back Richard Heini.....this is fun!


Steve G   March 9th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

When Rep. Massa was responding to Larry's questions regarding groping allegations, etc., Massa probably should not have described the situation using the word "innuendo". But, hey, that's just me.

SG


The Real Issue   March 9th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Larry, the way this Massa talks, we do not blame the Whitehouse for dignifying his verbal with a response. Massa has said absolutely little since he has been on the program. The Issue is the Chief of Staff pushed him and Massa decided to "quit". Leaders don't quit and quitters are not Leaders. Nothing more needs to be said.


Gary   March 9th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Larry, ask Anderson if he is gay!!!!


michael armstrong sr.   March 9th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Maybe this sex thing is part of the problem in washington they think there city is Sodam .


The Real Issue   March 9th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Larry, the way this Massa talks, we do not blame the Whitehouse for not dignifying his verbal with a response. Massa has said absolutely little since he has been on the program. The Issue is the Chief of Staff pushed him and Massa decided to "quit". Leaders don't quit and quitters are not Leaders. Nothing more needs to be said.


dee   March 9th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Is it possible for him to answer a direct question? Or even to answer a question with less than 500 words?


michael armstrong sr.   March 9th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Its sick .


jack   March 9th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

President Obama is essentially a compromiser and decider. He needs an enforcer like Rahm to be a whip to get things done. They both need each other, but I am sure there are conflicts at times. But many strategy decisions from the WH , while they may seem not thought out, are quite skillful. Notice that this story about the groping happened to be leaked a little before Massa's interview with Beck. This was great timing. Left Beck with a stupid show, since Massa could not get his stories straight , and was therefore compromised. His embrace by the right to smear the WH was an error, and Beck's interview a failure for the right wing propaganda machine.


jtripp81   March 9th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Larry,

There are three sides to the truth.

Massa's side, Rahm's side, and the truth!

Ben,

Great job on your movie Intelligent Design by the way!


Peggy Paulson   March 9th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Democrats are apparently running scared. When members of their own party suddenly begin to speak honestly on national TV they have a problem their "spin" just won't quickly fix. Here's hoping many more will defect.


michael armstrong sr.   March 9th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

I want my $250.00 stimulus check the president promised to people on social security .


CHM   March 9th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I like your response, Marc Hill, about taxing just Larry and Ben; conveniently leaving yourself out. As the famous saying goes, socialism is great as long as your neighbor has money. You proved it tonight.


CHM   March 9th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

jtripp81,
yes, he was a bit obvious wasn't he? I guess he thinks $250,000 should not qualify, only those making multi-millions :-). Are you related to George and Judie?


Sam   March 9th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

CHM – Mark was joking and he obviously makes alot less money than Larry and Ben – he's a College prof not a TV talk show host or Wall Street dude...


A. Smith, Oregon   March 9th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa is typical of a disgruntled employee, after being reported for multiple gropings of his personal staff, he was scheduled to appear before a Congressional ethics committee.

Now he is attempting to torpedo the Democratic led Health Care legislation, go figure.

In one breath this man calls Raum Emmanual his friend and in the next breath he claims Raum Emmanual is the spawn of the devil.


CHM   March 9th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

@Sam,
True but he is a contributor on more than one network and those in that position are paid quite well.


jtripp81   March 9th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Sam,
He is a Published author, and a Public Speaker which he gets paid for.

He's not doing those for free, i'll bet you!

CHM, Nope


jtripp81   March 9th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Sam,
He is a Published author, and a Public Speaker which he gets paid for.

He's not doing those for free, i'll bet you!

CHM, Nope


Nathan   March 9th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

It's ridiculous how much most Americans focus on sexual orientation (gay vs. straight). Childish really... because of a "groping" allegation, honestly? It's pathetic, especially considering that MOST men are just sexual – period. 90% of guys at the gym are checking each other out. Men do things to each other that can always be considered "groping" – we question their gayness? If we're playing ball and you smack my rear, am I to understand this as a come'on? COME ON! 🙂 Get over it!


jack   March 9th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Unless there is more to the story than a mere groping, why did Mr. Massa quit? I think there will be more to follow. I feel a bit sorry for Mr. Massa, he seems to be in a painful situation, and is acting a bit erratic and desperate. i hope he takes a break and gets his mind settled. He really never gave Beck any dirt he could use against his former party. If anything it showed the Republicans trying to take a cheap shot at the Obama administration, but left empty handed, and befuddled.


Gerald Jolly   March 10th, 2010 12:14 am ET

What I fear most folks is what is happening to the Democrat Party right now.

I think I was the happiest man in America, when President Obama was elected.

Many of my friends, mostly democrats always said that unfortunately Mr. Obama was to inexperienced to hold the highest office in the land.

As I watch the events unravelling day after day, I am sorry to say, but I believe this is the fact, that Obama will be a one term President.

I now hear from many of those same friends that in order to live up to the hype that he created the President has got to learn not only to talk the talk, but he also has to learn how to walk the talk.

No one, even his enemies will deny that he is a great orator, but unfortunately a great orator, must not only talk the talk, but he must walk the talk as well.

Great CON men can articulate their messages well, but in most cases they are unable to do the promise that the message gives.

Althought I feel very sympathetic towards the man, I have now lost faith and all hope that he will keep even one of the great promiises he swore he would do when running for the Presidency.

WE are still bogged down in Iraq, we have escalated our presence in Afghanistan, the terrorist criminals are still in GITMO, we still are no close to a decent health care bill than we were when he was elected, he has managed to insult countries that have stood by us for a long time resulting in the status Quo we were in way before he was elected, We are no further, in fact we are worse off with our mission on North Korea, Iran continues to snub us and make fools out of our country. Even the British, our strongest Ally are now tiring about our policies, the banks and insurance companies that he bailed out are slappinh him in the face and insulting him by re-instituting the large greedy bonuses that got them into trouble in the first place, home foreclosure continue at an alarming pace, the unemployment situation in our country continues to bring about disastrous concequences to millions of our countrymen, the green energy promised jobs are non-existent, corruption in the Whitehouse is flourishing at unprecedented hieghts, school closures continue to rise at an alarming rate, bridges and structures that the Federal Government is responsible for continue to collapse at an alarming rate.

THE FACT IS FOLKS, THAT THE GREAT PROMISE OF TRANSPARENCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT JUST DOES'NT EXIST.

WELCOME TO AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND THE NOT SO BRAVE ANYMORE.

GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


Luis B Rosario   March 10th, 2010 12:33 am ET

I believe that Eric Massa is gay, but one reason or more he
refuses to admit after he said that will step down over the
incident. This stunt has nothing to do with the "health care
reform bill." There is a lot more to it. We will know when the
"time comes." In the meantime the man(Man?) should be
more forthcoming and straightforward(unless he is buying
time to save face).


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 10th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Wow, a nice touch to being 50.
Is it too late for a mid-life crisis?.
Mr Massa, what a MESS..
Will the real Massa please stand up.
P.S. Massa in my Malay language means Masses.

@Len and @Gray.
Didn't the world world know abut Andersen's persuasion..
But no matter what he is, I love and admire him for doing his job well
it's his personal life to be gay and to party all night.
After all it's the lifestyle of his socialite mom Gloria Vanderbilt. And he is the scion of a wealthy family.


Luis B Rosario   March 10th, 2010 1:01 am ET

@Idzan Ismail
Andersen's persuasion.? I don't hear much abourt Andersen anymore. I the war over? If he is "the scion" of the Vanderbilt
family, he should retire.


Gabriel Kuiatse   March 10th, 2010 1:30 am ET

Eric Massa seems to have a dirty laundry with his own party. Can he bring some substance on what he disagrees about the health care bill? So far all i get is a personal issue with Rom Emmanuel or Democrat leadership


jack   March 10th, 2010 2:20 am ET

@Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....For being the scion of a wealthy family, he works hard , and goes into dangerous places at times. Instead of just living a life of leisure, he is challenging himself, and puts forth a great deal of effort. Coming from that type of wealth , he can party hard, if he wants to, and the orientation is his business.He seems to be a man of high quality. That kind of wealth could spoil many guys.


jack   March 10th, 2010 2:28 am ET

I hate to say it, but if I was a scion of that type wealth, with an enormous trust fund, and was younger, I would be partying like there was no tomorrow, probably. I would be sampling exotic islands sipping expensive drinks with little umbrellas in them. Which makes it all the more admirable that Anderson seems to have a drive to achieve through hard work for ,work's sake. He could probably use the CNN checks for bookmarks , if he wanted to. 🙂


Ira   March 10th, 2010 2:37 am ET

Anderson already has come out, he's been out for a long time now.....


A. Smith, Oregon   March 10th, 2010 3:08 am ET

I wonder how the lawsuit someone filed against Anderson Cooper is going, haven't heard about that recently?

Background:
Feb 13th. 2010, an interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she took an unusual fall at an old New York City firehouse that he is converting into a new home. Killian O'Brien, of Brooklyn, says in her suit that she plunged 17 feet through the hole that once held the station's fire pole. The pole had been removed, but the hole was uncovered. The accident happened last September. Her lawyer, Neil Greenberg, says she is lucky to be alive.


laura   March 10th, 2010 4:47 am ET

Chinese women and man's, should be castrated.
Instand eating rat, pigs, cat, dogs, and in the future posible humans.

Should be more education and sterilization,

"' Castration.....sterilization.........

Chinese population are reproducing as mice.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 10th, 2010 4:49 am ET

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he'll bring in high-tech bounty hunters to help root out health care fraud, busting corrupt Doctors, Insurance Agency's and Medical Centers that over-bill, milk their patients for unnecessary treatments and phantom charges.

I hope President Obama makes it very easy for laypersons to police and detect fraudulent medical doctors that have made millions by fraudulent medical claims which the Insurance industry and American taxpayers ultimately must pay for.

Bust a fraudulent Doctor and receive a reward for doing so? This is clearly a winner for all law abiding Americans.


Eddie Cole   March 10th, 2010 7:58 am ET

So many people come out to blow their horns. Clearly Marc doesn't have the income of Larry King even if he is a published author. So many stupid comments comparing....You're just not informed....

The topic of the matter is this man probably is gay and is saving his face and protecting his family......He is married with children. He's a sore loser.......Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Right wingers are having a field day with this......STUPID!!!!!!!


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 10th, 2010 10:10 am ET

@Jack.

That's what I am saying. For a wealthy son, he is selfless, devoted to his duties.
I really admire him during the Haiti earth-quake when he carried the bloody boy to safety.
That's why i nominated him and CNN for the Heroes award.
Of course, he can opt to just be a beach-bum, playboy or whatever.
But he chose a noble job like risking his life in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Partying is not wrong. Even people like us love to party.

P.S. when I was young my mum used to buy mags from the US which featured his mum. Imagine she's 87 ( recent birthday) and still strong and beautiful..
I googled her name and that's how I found out that Andersen is her son.


Luis B Rosario   March 10th, 2010 10:10 am ET

@Eddie Cole
It may not be all that stupid. He probably contributed to the publicity
by contesting it on the Larry King show and other media. Then he
puts the blame on the administration and the health care reform bill
for his ondoing. The problem is that if we have deeply ingrained
controversial personal issues we should try not to bring them to
to the workplace. Fondling and gropping should be practiced among
consenting parties. We don't know all the facts yet, and we may
never know all the truth." He is innocent until proven guilty and
as we all know, even until proven guilty-you still may be innocent."


Gerald Jolly   March 10th, 2010 10:30 am ET

@ Laura, you are so wrong that you are pathetic.

If you learned how to read, you would have read that China enforces the one child policy very strongly, unlike here in America where unwed mothers POP one every nine months so that they can increase their welfare checks.

You know, if you want to post and spew your garbage on this blog format you should take the time to inform yourself.

Another fact you should know about chinese young women, most do not marry until they are in their late twenties, and here's an eye opener for you, most are still virgins when they marry, because they believe it is right to save their virginity for the man they plan to spend the rest of their life with.

Much different that 90% of young American women that will have as much as a dozen sexual partners before they marry at 20/21 years old. How old were you when you decided to get married and was your husband the first man you engaged in sexual activity with???


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 10th, 2010 10:39 am ET

Hi A.Smith
After hearing Ben Stein, I too feel for Mr Massa.
I was rather taken aback when Larry asked him point-blank whether he's gay.
And the groping thingy? Does that constitute gay behaviory?
Or is it just playfulnee between men after having several drinks..
I have seen male friends groping each other when they are in a playful mood.
And I had a friend's son telling us his father just confessed that he's gay.His partner is a pretty 20 year old boy.
And his dad is happily married to his mum for 25 years.
They are still married.
Okay, time for bed.
Take care.


Ted   March 10th, 2010 11:09 am ET

Larry behaved very badly during this interview.
He kept drilling on the subject of groping, although Mr. Massa gave an acceptable reply.
And you just do not ask someone on an international live show that will be beamed out all over the world if he is gay or not.
From the answer we can conclude that he had homosexual experiences, if someone asked me the same, I would deny it very vehemently. Not giving an answer is also an answer.


Ted   March 10th, 2010 11:15 am ET

@ Gerald Jolly

You must be fair with your allegations. Although in the cities the chinese make sure the one child policy works, out in the country couples still have 2-3 children by paying off the local administrators.
The population in China is still growing, however with a strickt one child policy is should be decreasing rapidly.


Luis B Rosario   March 10th, 2010 11:38 am ET

@Larry King
After millions spent and promises to improve, some wonder
if it is time to close the Dozier School for Delinquent Boys in
Marianna, Florida," according to Waveney Ann Moore, and Ben
Montgomery, St Petersburg Times.
"Florida 's oldest reform school has survived a century of failure
and scandal. " More than 400 men have come forward accusing
the juvenile jail of mental, physical and sexual abuse, even
murder. At least 32 people believe to have been brutalized to
death were allegedly burried in the Marianna School for Boys,
a juvenile jail located in the rural panhandle near Tallahassee, Fl.
Former survivors since 1940 (one of them a former Corrections
officer who retired from Alabama Prisons System) have identified
Arthur G. Dozier, former school superintendent as one who
condoned corporal punishment for kids ranging in ages 13 to
16 years old. But he was not the only superintendent and
school supervisors, doctors and nurses who alleged to have
permitted or ignored allegations, complaints and physical
evidence demostrating a pattern of total disregard for juvenile
prisoners including beatings with a 3 foot leader whip with
metal finishings at the tip of the whip; rape and sexual misconduct
by former guards. Governor Chiles, Governor Jeb Bush and
even Governor Chris have done nothing to bring justice to
400 victims who have officially made complaints and the
hundreds that were afraid, or to embarassed to make compalints.
A good majority of the victims went to live abnormal lifes
including mental and psychological trauma leading them to
further violent crime, suicide and insanity, according to the
St Petersburg Times who have been producing evidence
against Arthur Dozier School for Boys for more than 50 years.
"The school notorious for decades -old abuse has failed its
state evaluation two years in a row. In the past 5 years, the
Times has learned, boys have been beaten by guards, denied
medical care and prevented from reporting abuse. The school
has EMPLYOYED A MENTALLY CHALLENGED MAN WHO CAME
TO WORK ON COCAINE AND WHO BROKE HIS WIFE'S shoulde.
The Department of Juvenile Justice, last year forced out its
6th superintendent in 8 years.( Who is charge of screening,
evaluations, and background checks before these superintendents
are hired. It is the same permeated pattern in most jails in the
United States where they hire guards and supervisors without
proper psychological screening to deal with prisoners. Some of
these guards believe that all prisoners are the same and treat
them the same: with brutal tactics of mental and physcial abuse
denying lthem of their basic rights. To them all prisoners should
rot in jail. Unfortunately we agree with this mentality. When
these prisoners are released to the community they are already
damaged goods not always by fellow prisoners but by prison
guards hired to teach discipline, behavior and to keep the peace.).
AT THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS IN MARIANNA THERE
HAVE BEEN ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
AND OTHER PHYSICAL ABUSE OF MALE ADOLESCENTS FOR
MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS. What can you expect from
juvenile prisoners who have been the victims of these allegations
when they go back to the commuity (if they survived the onslaught)
Presently there 103 boys at the school(I don't know why they
call it a school-it is a juvernile corrections facility), at a cost of
10 million dollars, or about $100,000 per boy a year. ( How many
of us earn $100,000 per year-Where does all this money goes,
when the jail is understaffed, and jail conditions are deplorable,
breeding the seeds of violence and mental decay for young
prisoners who soon will become adults?
ST Petersburg Times Staffer , Lee Logan
contributed to this report." St Petersburg Times 3/9/10


Gerald Jolly   March 10th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

@ Ted, yes lets be fair with pur allegations.

It is a well known fact that you hate the chinese and blame the chinese for the state our economy is in.

"AFTER ALL THE CHINESE STOLE ALL OUR JOBS:
"

WAL-MART's negotiated deals with chinese manufacturers by providing them with all the lates technical advantages and patents, in order to insure that the chinese could make those products at one quarter of the cost they "USED" to be made for here in the U.S.

About the chinese people in the country side having to pay bribes to the local officials, so they could have more than one child.

That is so wrong that it's ludicrous, the fact is that when the chinese government brought in the one child policy, they did so with one reservation, and that was because the country side farmers are the main source of food for China and because tradition tells us that the farms in China are not near as modern as ours, thereby families stay together as a unit and work the land, as a family groupand the land has been passed down to the owners children for thousands of years.

TED you really ought to read up on that, because I believe you are so blinded by your hated towards the chinese people, that you think that because "YOU" believe it, it must be true.

I guess hatred and bigotry are part and parcel of your outlook on life,

And by the way, have you ever been to China??

I mean the China that takes years to understand and appreciate that culture,

Oh! by the way a week long trip to Beijing or Shanghai just does'nt qualify you to be an expert on chinese affairs or it's culture.


Kat   March 10th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

These politicians who are now resigning had already planned to IF the black Pres O won the presidency. They could not have just walked out right after he won because it would have been too obvious so they waited awhile. They made sure that they made enough mess and caused enough delay to get him to fail before resigning. Soem of you people make me want to SICK!! RACIST! None of them wants to admit it but we know that many are agaisnt him this much becaus eof his skin shade. I would suggest that you stop burning yourself in the sun if you have such an problem with our skin tone. It is ok for black men to die in Iraq and Afghan but not ok for them to be president? McCain acts as if the presidency is owed to him. At least he lived to tell the bloody tale. Many of our black young men died! Heard that McCain, they died so stop fighting Obama and do what is best for America's healthcare. You are not running the country, Pres O is! You all had your chance and you screwed it along with the mistresses!!


Linda McCoy   March 10th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

I wish folks would slow down long enough to investigate on their own. I listened to Rep. Massa on Glenn Beck's show on Fox, and then later on your show, Larry, and I found what he said to be credible, and folks like Gibbs and other liberals to be too quick with their diagnoses. For example, Mr. Gibbs and others have had a great time attempting to destroy Mr. Massa's credibility, by saying that the man was giving one reason for resigning one day and another the next. In fact, Mr. Massa first announced that he would not seek reelection next term, due to a possible recurrence of cancer. THEN, he decided to RESIGN immediately because of an ethics investigation that he knew nothing of until a few days ago, after he announced that he would not run again. Regarding this scandal, Massa explained quite clearly that he had been goofing around with some of his staff, after a party, when they were intoxicated, and he did use the word grope in his description on Beck's show, but did not mean grope in a sexual manner, he meant grabbed and tickled, (as he explained on the Beck show and again on your show, Larry), and that they were all just playing. According to Massa's testimony on these two talk shows, Massa believed that these men were all friends of his, who all understood his playful behavior. It was his 50th birthday, and they were all "jumping on the old man". Then, Massa revealed another problem he had with this admin, besides this ethics investigation, and described Rham Emanuel's improper behavior in the congressional gym shower, where the man approached Massa, both of them naked, and insisted angrily that Massa needed to support the president's budget. This was inappropriate behavior on the part of the president's chief of staff, (at least in my opinion). He could have taken it up with Massa at another time, in a more appropriate setting. I believe Rep. Massa's account of this encounter because of the way that Rham Emanuel has been described by others in both parties over the past year, the talk has not been very favorable to Emanuel, but more importantly, I have not heard him refute one word of what has circulated. Massa finally explained yesterday, on both talk shows, that he had made his decision to resign because of the following collection of reasons: He could not find the strength to fight cancer, and at the same time find the financial means needed to fight this trumped up ethics charge, which was presented by those who obviously disagreed with his no vote on the health care bill, and also keep up the fight for his constituents on health care, a bill he clearly could not support. He found that it would be better for all concerned, including his family, that he step down, and explained very clearly that he was just "done". He wants to spend time with his family, and tend to his cancer instead, go figure. Now that he has stepped down, no more ethics investigation! I understand this all, and have no need to call him queer, or to question his crediblity. Instead, I am forced to question the crediblity of Gibbs and of Massa's numerous critics, who will not take time to investigate and read on their own, those who are just parroting what their favorite politicians and talking heads are saying, those who will spin anything that might hurt Obama and his admin and especially his precious historical healthcare bill. Can we please as citizens, be a little more studious in our own thinking on the Massa mess, as well as on so many other issues that now loom before us as American citizens. And PLEASE, if you do not have the time to do so, please stay out of the voting booth!


Linda McCoy   March 10th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

Sorry, I appear to have spelled Mr. Emanuel's name wrong, it should be Rahm, not Rham. Thanks for listening to me.


Dodie   March 10th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

@ laura

The Chinese have implemented for many years the one child rule. It is not a law; however, many Chinese people are notably aware of their numerous population and food availability.

However, here in the US, we continue to birth 4 to 14 children in a single family. At this rate; we will be consumed by our own fate!


Gerald Jolly   March 10th, 2010 5:18 pm ET

@ Dodie, thank you for pointing that fact out.

If one looks at the chinese culture, most people would agree that it is 5,000 years old, but in fact that is only China since the beginning of "RECORDED HISTORY" when in fact traces of the FIRST HAN DYNASTY go back as far as 10,000 years.

So it is correct to say that the population in China is1.3 billion people, roughly 4 times that of the U.S., but what is also important to not, is that it took 10,000 years to achieve that population, where it has taken the U.S. only approx: 400 years to have a population of 313 million people.

If one does the math, if the U.S. population lasts??? 10,000 years we will have a population of 7 billion 825, thousand, so one would naturally asume that American are busy little beavers would you not say, and whats worse is wqe will still have to borrow maney from China to feed that population.
Most scary, is, where the heck are we going to house those people with the ongoing housing crisis in our country.

Perhaps TED can answer that, with his expertise, and knowledge about how China managed to provide housing for it's population.


Theresa   March 10th, 2010 7:43 pm ET

Rep. Massa tells so many tales...I don't think he knows which is the truth. Why on earth would an adult male tickle another until he couldn't breathe. It seems in Washington they prefer to play instead of work!


Ted   March 11th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly


Ted   March 11th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly

You are totally wrong, I do not hate the chinese, as matter of fact I admire them as an industrious nation. Although my life I always had friends with that background.
I just pointed out that the one child law works only partially and cannot understand your agressive reply as I am correct with my info.

It seems you are a paid agent of the PRC, because nobody would so vehemently speak in their interest if he was not paid.
Are you registered by the FBI??
I have been in Hongkong, loved the city and the people, but never said that I am an expert on that land.
However, I read a lot in different languages and have access to news that you do not read in the US papers.
Chinese agents visit all industrial expos, take picture of everything, buy an item and than illegally copy it!!!
That is theft in any nation, Gerald Jolly!

According to your own info you were a professor at a chinese university. I have known a lot of professors in my life and they all had better manners than you have, you write textes that could be attributed to a drunken bum. Shape up, PROFESSOR!!!


Ted   March 11th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

@ Gerald Jolly

GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!


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