January 17, 2009

Saturday Night Special: "LARRY KING LIVE" from Washington, D.C.

Posted: 01:44 PM ET

Saturday, James Taylor and John Legend join Larry King from our nation's capital!  Larry is live tonight from Washington, D.C., and welcomes James Taylor, John Legend, Quincy Jones and "Fall Out Boy's" Pete Wentz to his set.  Each has traveled to DC to participate in inaugural events, but will swing by for a chat with Larry.  Plus, you'll get the latest on the inaugaration and Pres. Elect Obama's train ride into town.  And, we'll talk politics of course!  It's a special, LIVE edition of "Larry King Live" tonight.

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Anne Waling   January 17th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It is such a pleasure to see both artists together on Larry King.
I am excited to hear the music.

What's up with the eye patch, though? Are you OK?

Debbie Goodson   January 17th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Mr. King: Thank you for this opportunity-I am so proud to be an American and to watch our country evolve-I pray for our new President and his family but as Mr. Obama said today in Baltimore, He needs ALL OF US to help him make this country bigger and better, We the people cannot and should not expect him to do it alone. It is time the American people step up to the plate and help ourselves and our neighbors. If there are people who are disillusioned with the politics in this country, then by all means, step up and say something. We are still the greatest country on earth, free to live and think and worship as we see fit. There is a change in the air, I can feel it. God Bless us All and God Bless President-elect Obama.

james anderson   January 17th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I tuned in late; was Taylor wearing an eye patch or shades? What's up with that?

Bob Chalmers, New brighton, PA   January 17th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry I changed voter registration last spring to support Barack Obama. I am 68, white and male. I have been looking for this president ever since JFK was murdered. He will make a huge change!
Bob, New Brighton, PA

Will   January 17th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

What a great time we are living in. America (all races) elected President (elect) Obama to be our next leader – he is -of the people, by the people, for the people.

This inaugeration is exciting and much needed, however the real work is just begining. May God bless him and America.

Amy Kosta   January 17th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What happened to James Taylor's eye?

Ann   January 17th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

What was wrong with James Taylor's eye?

Bill Rosenthal   January 17th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

This is like Thursday nights in my home town. We throw out the gargage and start over with a clean slate. Eight years of horror are over. Perhaps the world will become a better place without bush and cheney screwing it up. Yeah America!

Beverly Wills   January 17th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I teach English as a Second Language to grad students from all over the world. The day after Obama was elected president, all of my students gathered around me and with hugs and tears, congratulated me and the USA on our selection. I nice to be respected once again!

Roma Slobodian   January 17th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am a Canadian living in the US for 15 years now. I have never wanted to change my citizenship UNTIL NOW. I never felt any excitement about becoming a US citizen but now, I am tempted. My faith in what US stands for has been restored.

Thank you.


I have two children that did not know there was a difference between white and black people, all the emphasis on the African American talk had one of them ask if there is a difference. Are we teaching them that there is by reminding them of his color?? He is just a MAN

paul ewing   January 17th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

i think as a canadian...i can express how much of the free world feels about Obama becoming president....
but let me borrow the words of ...Winston Churchhill...who with wit and good humour said it best.

"The Americans will always do the right thing.....after they've tried all the alternatives."

welcome back home to the world community America.

paul ewing

Delphine Mann   January 17th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am SO excited about this election – I have been in the United States isince 1974 – came from the U.K. and I haven't been energised about an election since I was a Young Conservative and voted for Winston Churchill!!! Good luck Obama!

Mia from the Oregon Coast   January 17th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I don't have HBO. Where else can I watch the inaugural balls and concerts?

Barbara Schubring   January 17th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Dear Larry:

I would have voted for Mr. Obama even if he was white. I saw him speak four years ago at the Democratic convention and wished a man like him would run for President. I didn't notice his color then and even now he is not only an African American, he is a black and white American.



Cindy   January 17th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm a 50 year old woman from Wyoming and I could not be prouder of President Elect Obama and the people of the United States who elected him. When I listen to Obama, I want to be a better American. Thanks and God Speed Presdent Obama!

Bill Rosenthal   January 17th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I hope the world can forgive us (The United States) for the last 8 years and give us another chance.

gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.   January 17th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Love your show as always Larry!This inauguration means to me that I don't feel alone anymore. That there are people in this country that have seeds of goodness in them that in times of crisis (as a nation) can and will be allowed the opportunity to grow. So now my "old fashioned" ideas of "people are good ,helpful,kind and honest etc." seem to have a real place in this world. I feel understood not undermined. I feel pride not fear. I feel hopeful not hopeless,for humanity.I feel that Barack Obama has the ability to bring out the best in those of us that hear our greatest calling to live in peace always. Thanks Gayle

John Brooks   January 17th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

As a 56 year old black male who remembers paying 25 cents to older black gentleman in the balcony of a theatre in my home town , when the train came through the Edgewood leg of the train trip i had tears of Joy that a black man could be president and honor that this country we live in has evolved and grown to a point that no matter what in America anything is possible and these are not just words and but a true reality.

Rodella   January 17th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Larry, words can't descrie. I'm living the dream and I'm not asleep.

we are here for such a time as this. Tks, Larry. Only u can do this.

Paul Prescott   January 17th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Wish we were there. It's so great to have America grow up after over 230 years. The world is behind our new leadership and initiatives. All expats I know in China and all of our Chinese friends are in support of The new Obamanation.

Judi in Chicagoland   January 17th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am so proud and so THRILLED at the election of Barack Obama. I've been following his "journey" for several years now, captivated by his vision of what we, as a nation, COULD BE; touched by his compassion for the plight of the disadvantaged among us; thrilled by his intent to reduce the "small politics" that serves none of us well, moved to joy and to tears by the eloquence with which he shares his thoughts, reassured by his calm and his willingness to actually LISTEN, not just "even to" people who have contrary views....but ESPECIALLY to those who do.

As a middle aged white woman, the fact that he's a black man does not have the "personal" significance that it does to a great many in our nation...and certainly to our nation itself. That particular fact I consider an EXTRAORDINARY bonus. What IS important to me is that I FINALLY feel we have someone of character, of content, of intellect, of compassion, of unity to lead our nation.

Adrienne   January 17th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Dear Larry,

We have re-name this country,

It is the Newnited States

from my 86 year old mother Nina Ellis

Cherise   January 17th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I think R. Martin just chose the worst possible word to describe Barack Obama

John Eurey   January 17th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

When I think about Barack Obama being the President, I reflect back on all the struggles that African Americans have endured since 1619. The first reported slave to enter this country. It gives me chills to know that African Americans and the world have been rewarded witha smart, humble guy that the world loves and with a great family to boot. As a Teacher, I walk into my classroom and see the faces of my students and feel I might be teaching the next President of the United States.

The faces that's what important, he's going to change a generation of slavery ideology that rested with the Black community for centuries. He's going to do it through children who will grow up thinking that they can run for the highest office, work for the largest law firm, be the best Professor, and cure the deseases that destroy families. He gives people a chance to dream dreams. That's great!

Jitendra Shah   January 17th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

To me and my 9 year old son, Mr. Obama's Swearing in is-

"Scar is out and Simba is on Pride Rock. There will be more food and water around Pride Rock now." " Rauuuuuuu, Rauuuuuuuu".

Dorothy in NC   January 17th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I am glad Larry that you are going to be coming from Washington. I, for one, cannot get enough information about this inauguration. This country has awakened and is so excited. Keep your shows on the subject all week. Tell us everything !

ed ,vancouver canada   January 17th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Mr. John Eurey. with all due respect sir,
As a teacher,you should know by now that the "slave ideology" has been long ago shattered by the achievments of very prominent black americans.It does not need to be changed by Mr. Obama.To mislead students that now because the president is a black man, they can excel in life is utter nonsense.This draws a reference that it is the most important job in the United States.and up until now,blacks could not succeed.There are many other blacks that have influenced the populationin a positive light decades ago.Lets realize that if every prominent black american gave 10%of their net worth away,they could end black poverty.
Ray Charles,Stevie Wonder,Magic Johnson,Wilt Chamberlain,Casius Clay,Bill Cosby,Mike Tyson,Tiger Woods.Joe Brown,Arethra Franklin,Oprah,Dr.Martin Luther King and hundreds more men and women have been a testimonial for years that if you want it ,you can get it in the United States.Black or White.
Black children in the united states know this,without you teaching reverse history.
Every American with a television set knows Oprah better than the new president elect.
The issue of slavery or oppression is obsolete as there are many black americans that are doctors,lawyers,airline pilots,judges,entertainers...many with a net worth higher than the president elect.

waithira   January 18th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Like many, I came to this country from another but have often refrained from identifying myself as an American...for me its not just because of the horrors from the last 8 has been the gradual realization of the unspoken unfairness for many African Americans, Native Americans in their own homeland. In this amazing this moment ..I am proud of the United States of America..I think its a good turning point and a collective starting point for all of us so as to ensure that history is not repeated in the day to day lives of some Americans..but in fact a country for all Americans.
Like many people around the world , I see Obama's victory as important for rest of the world as well...maybe we can all finally have authentic global human rights ...Today I am proud to be an American...

As for the show...I have often enjoyed your shows was good to have both Taylor & Legend..I wish Taylor had shared more esp since he was around when things were more unequal.
Roland...what kind of description was that of Obama...Larry...I think its time to upgrade our communications with others who we are not used to identifying....As for Candy....your words of Obama were well watered down just didnt fit the sentiment of the moment.
The mixture of the guests is a good idea...I hope you will mix up even more...Thank You.

Jessica   January 18th, 2009 1:17 am ET

I remember 4 years ago when Obama gave his DNC Speech and I thought, ~ Where have you been??

Finally, four years later, America, you finally got it RIGHT!!!

Obama is uniting and inspiring not only America, but the World. I am SO proud to be an AMERICAN!!

Norma "Zia" Taylor   January 18th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I am a former career Federal Government employee who filed suit against my then new supervisor after I was promoted to an upward mobility position back in 1992. If this had happened today, with Obama as president, my case would not have continued for 6 years with my only request of wanting my back pay, and leave reinstated and to be a Liaison for Victims of Sexual Harassment. Barack Obama would have listened to my cries for justice. Sexual harassment, should be cast to the past, just as the perception of bigotry and ignorance are evolving to a higher awareness. These two sins are being left behind in the darkness of the past, why can't sexual harassment be the same?

I would be writing something different as a retired employee instead of one that spoke out and was left with no retirement, or help from the transition of George Bush, Sr., and the newly elected Bill Clinton. With Obama there is light of Change and Hope. God bless Obama!

Abbas Anari J.   January 18th, 2009 5:51 am ET

I am from Nigeria and i see the world as being a better place with the Americans as world powers. Bush has been able to diminish that, and American is faced with challenges from other emerging world powers. Obama i hope would be able to bring America back on track with an economy in shambles am sure he has a big task ahead. I disagree with the other viewer that said it is a hype. Obama is right for America and the time is now.

Good luck to you all an the rest of the world as we await this.

sara jones from south africa   January 18th, 2009 6:11 am ET

There was a comment made on the show that compared Obama with Nelson Mandela. While I am a strong advocator for Obama, comparing him directly to Mandela is inappropriate. He has the potential but has not achieved anything anywhere near the strides that Mandela achieved. Also, despite what the commentator said, South Africa has achieved a tremendous amount although still has its challenges. The abolishment of apartheid was, and still is, a success story for our nation and world. We will all watch with great anticipation on Tuesday.

cedric   January 18th, 2009 6:16 am ET

larry, Im a very proud father of two african american kids, and im so glad that they are going to be able to witness President Obama make history. With that been said now they dont got to grow up in a genaration feeling degraded by white people they now have hope knowing that the skys the limit and no one can stop you from reaching it but your self

David Rushworth, UK   January 18th, 2009 6:37 am ET

I have not been so engaged by a US election since I watched (on TV) JFK's inauguration. A young President, a BLACK President. Once again all of the expectations, once again the young feel there is hope.
And in my mind's eye I see two little black girls running through the corridors of the White House: not as slaves, not as servants, but as the daughters of the President of the United States!
Please, Mr Obama don't let us down – a great load rests on your shoulders.
The hopes and good wishes of the World go with you

Njume   January 18th, 2009 8:45 am ET

It represents a new chapter in Black history; the advent of hope for the world for all who shared the dreams of the souls of Black folk.

meriem mosdik   January 18th, 2009 10:52 am ET

I love your show larry , barrak obama represents a light of change and hope not only for america but for the rest of the world, good luck
Mr PRESIDENT and god bless you.... hello obama and good bye bush

Val   January 18th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

President elect Obama has gotten just about everything right, except for the pickings for his entertainment. I can think of many others who I'd as well as many others would rather see. I don't care much for John Legend or his music. He's really a nobody, just entered the music scene not to long ago. I do however love James Taylor and I'm a black American. I grew up listening to his music.

I noticed that he has no gospel performers. I would have loved to had seen Marvin Sapp sing "Never Would Have Made It" or maybe BeBe and CeCe winans. Other great entertainers besides Aretha Franklin whom I do believe is performing would have been, Patti Labelle, she's awesome, Celine Dion, Maravin Winans, as well as Tina Turner, Al Green, and even Michael McDonald, Michael Bolton, Lionel Richie, and many more great entertainers. I would have rather had seen Toni Braxton, instead of Beyonce, but I guess being that our new President is a baby boomer, as myself, he's going with many of your younger entertainers. Oh well, I still Love you Mr. President and God Bless You and the Bidens, and may God Bless America. Love your music Quincy Jones.

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