January 21, 2009

Wednesday on LKL

Posted: 06:27 PM ET

Was2128620House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on stimulus, tax cuts, and her interesting take on Bush's non-pardons.

Plus, Tavis Smiley and Bob Woodward.  Check out Woodward's column below and you'll see why he's one of the best in the business.

And the queen of soul is here.  Aretha Franklin tells us what was up with that hat, and what it was like to sing in front of 1.5 million people.

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Wanda   January 21st, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Because of my love for CNN, it would be so nice if all anchors and reporters would adhere to protocal and address President Obama as such, instead of "Obama".

joey from Detroit   January 21st, 2009 8:36 pm ET

LOVE YOU Aretha Franklin ! God Bless You & God Bless America ! ps where do I order a hat similar to yours ?.... Obama did not vote to confirm Roberts' comfirmation so Roberts has to /excuse the expression/ screw up on such an important, historic day ? & the entire world will never forget it.....go home Roberts .....

brian popovic   January 21st, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Was Obama's family from Africa at the Inaugural ceremony yesterday?

What ever happened to Israeli Prime Minister, Sharon?Is he still alive?

hugh ~ california   January 21st, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Talk About Living In Denial!
Speaking on the lastest three-week conflict with Israel, the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, recently boasted, "This is the first war we have won, the first real and large-scale war. That is why the battle in Gaza is a real turning point in the struggle against the Zionist enemy..."
His boast of victory only proves this fanatic is totally delusional. The devastating pictures of destruction and the death toll tell a very different story.
"Religious fanatics never accept tolerance; they only encourage hatred and revenge." -HPC

Clance   January 21st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

does the president have to redo any orders given before the correct oath was given?

Brenda Davis   January 21st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

It's about time that Aretha Franklin is on Larry King Live! Is tonight her first time on?

cynthia page   January 21st, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Larry,Yesterday GOD BLESSED AMERICA !!!!!!!!

Judith   January 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

We are so thrill that we have a new President and First Lady.

Bottom Line is he will hit road blocks by some that will not want to work together United no matter what.

I am for President Obama's Stimulus Package.In order to make money we have to spent it and what better way to do it than for the American People.We spent trillions on war.What has the war cost us so far?So whats another trillion?
We spent $350 billion for Wall Street when in fact many CEOs lined their pockets with millions looking out for theirselves.Many of these banks double dip with the bail out then turn around to good customers and raise interest rates on credit cards which should be illegal.Even if a person pays their bills on time they find an excuse to raise interest rates saying 'Risk' but still telling ones they have extra about of $$ to use.It's double talk.The bill goes into effect 2010 but should be upfront that these companies can't raise rates.
Now it's time to get our economy back to work.Some on the hill want more weeks of talk about it.Each day it's getting worse with another day lost and wasted.
While we tighten our belts why did Congress give themselves a $4,700 raise a few weeks ago?There should have been a meeting on that freezing their increases.Seems that the workers are to take paycuts and cut back while Congress wants to keep living the good life on us,the American People.Maybe there are the ones that should have a higher tax on them.This way they are paying their fair share.
A rebate check of $500 single and $1,000 for family gives money for food or to pay a bill.Really that isn't nothing to ones that lost jobs or homes or have no health care.It's kind of like crumbs to the working middle class.

Deborah Garrett   January 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Don't understand why Obama had to retake the oath again when he knew the right words.... that said, a very intelligent man, glad he did it though to keep the people in question of his achievements quiet. ... Just so it goes down in history that it wasn't President Obama's fault. God Bless this UNITED States of America.

Robyn B-Atlanta Ga   January 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I love Nancy Pelosi. She's a smart, tough lady, and wouldn't be where she is now if she wasn't strong and full of conviction. I think she doesn't get her due in reviews. She deserves better. I believe she'll work well with the Obama Administration.

I love saying that...The Obama Administration...

Incidentally, Mr. Obama had a very positive and productive 1st day in office. It's refreshing to have a President who is true to his word, informative and unafraid to be accountable to the American People. Kudos!!!

michele   January 21st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

what is wrong with you people (media)?????

president obama's speech was beautifully tempered! he made his point(s) with grace and leadership!

why did it have to be something monumental? the entire experience has been monumental!!!!

i can't understand why the press and media has simply not gotten behind the president and been positive and supportive in an effort to become part of the CHANGE we all so desperately voted for!!

Gene   January 21st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I love that Tavis Smiley, what an insightful, smart guy

E. Joyce Moore   January 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Tavis Smiley, weren't you a Clinton supporter or just still upset becuse President Obama didn't accept your invitation?

sophia bell   January 21st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

We want to know if Geitner (sp?) paid the interest that accrued on his back taxes–and how much was it?

As for it being complicated, the VERY FIRST quesiton I would ask my CPA if I was in this situation would be "WELL, IF I WORKED FOR THEM FOR FOUR YEARS, DON'T WE NEED TO GO BACK AND CHECK THAT FAR??????????"

Complicated? Please......................................

Elizabeth Evans   January 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Although we were as unhappy with President Bush and his policies as anyone else, Nancy Pelosi and the other leaders need to give up on any plan to look into the past for criminal activity by Bush & Co. In case they have missed it, the country is in crisis and we need to look to the future. Tying the Congress up with a witchhunt is not the direction the American people expect to be moving.

james anderson   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Unlike others, I don't think Pelosi and President Obama will work together. She is far too partisan. Those that support her obviously don't agree or see that.

Larry, please don't lower yourself to her level by saying "Bush has left but she's not done with him yet." Again, as for Pelosi, this is another reason she and Obama won't be best friends.

I used to watch your program every night but rarely do so now. It's ironic how many of your faithful followers who want peace and good will in the world are the first in line to blog the ugliest comments about anyone who thinks a little differently than they do or about public servant who is of a different party than they are.

Lorraine Miller   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Larry, you are truly the KING of interview programs. I am almost 90 years old but still writing a column for the newspaper as a free-lance writer. I commend you on your intellectual honesty.

I have always been impressed by Bob Woodward, his sincerity, honestly, courage, and expertise as a reporter. Thank you for permitting us to be privy to his views.

Lorraine Miller
Brevard, NC 28712

Jon, Nashville tn   January 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love tavis smiley but must disagree that the clinton years were much better than "ok." we owe the Clinton's a great deal for all of their service! Obama has done a superb job in picking his team/cabinet. Kudos and good luck to our new prez!!

Terry Daru   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Larry, Bob Woodward's papering over the failure to pay payroll taxes by the nominee for Secretary of Treasury is most disappointing. Sure, we all make mistakes - but what do you suppose happens to the average taxpayer who makes such a mistake? I'll tell you – a huge penalty and maybe jail time. A friend of mine in his late 50's – a medical doctor with a distinguished career in Honolulu – failed to pay taxes on some investment earnings a few years ago due to his owncarelessness and bad advice from tax advisors. My friend went to Federal prison for 18 months as a result. Now, the Secretary of Treasury-nominee has failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income over a multi-year period, and all the Washington pundits say is that he made a mistake like anybody else could make. Outrageous! I voted for Mr. Obama with enthusiasm and donated a little here and there to his campaign. I do not support, however, the notion that his nominees are above the law. Period. Terry Daru, Bradenton, Florida

Mike Masters   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

It a shame someone works hard all there life and than ends up on ss disability and they have to wait 2 yrs for medicare.If i was poor i could get all free help i need.Its just not fair

Deborah   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The hat was perfect... it was so Aretha. The song was very moving too.

Rhonda T. Childress   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I LOVED Aretha Franklin's "God Bless America!" It gave me chills and made the tears flow! Her hat was reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty which was so fitting. Thanks to the Queen of Soul for putting the "soul" into the celebration!

Keith   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Tim Geitner should have used a professional to prepare his income tax returns. Given the positions he held he should asure that his tax returns are prepared properly with the highest level of acuracy. Attempting to prepare his tax returns using a $45.00 tax software shows poor judgment on his part

steve   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

arethas hat is fabulous, she should auction it off for her favorite charity

Roger Reynolds   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Referring to Bob Woodward's comment about the Secretary of Treasury nominee making a mistake on his taxes misses the point. The issue is: he paid only half the taxes that had been due for several years. He knew about then and it was not a mistake calculating them.

George Ghazal   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I can't believe you let Woodward off so easy concerning Geithner.

He DID his OWN taxes and then aftrer knowing he was wrong didn't pay them in full until he was going to work in the Obama Cabinet.

Then Woodward says well Larry how much do you know about your taxes.

The guy lied and got caught.–Period

kimberly Camp, past President, Charles Wright Museum   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Shame on you Tavis Smiley for your comment about the Constitution Center exhibition. It is not the most comprehensive exhibit ever on the African American imprint on this nation. The first and most comprehensive still was the inaugural exhibition We the People at the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit. At 24,000 sq.ft., it was the largest exhibition ever created on African or African American subject matter in the world. At the time of its opening, the museum was the largest Black museum in the world. Our opening was covered internationally by print and broadcast media. Its important that you remember that there are many of us that have been telling the story in spite of the difficulties, and that our(African American) institutions have answered the call long before places like the Constitution Center jumped on the band wagon.

glen e carroll   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

i am 80 and have tried to find out why we have 37000 troops just looking through binoculars across the n and s korea borders .for the last 50 years ,ouldnt we bring them home and protect our border

Dorothy Poli   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

loved Aretha's hat!!
Only she could pull it off – it looked adorable on her. Definitely a statement piece.

Bonnie Beckman   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am a single middle aged women. Went thru divorce three yrs ago. It's been VERY important that I keep my credit up, However in SEPT, fell on hard times and got ONE "1" payment behind on 4 credit cards and all went up on my APR!!! Up to 26%!! Attempted to talk w/them them and none are willing to work /me!!! PLEASE, SOMEOINE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO HELP THEM OUT???

Nette Richardson   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Loved Aretha's hat and her song!

Jeanne   January 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Yes, I liked Aretha's hat. Although I am not a hat wearer, hats have been a special part of black church tradition. The reaction that your viewers and other commentators are having toward Ms Franklin's hat is reminding me that White America still is learning a lot about black culture.

Cory   January 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Not only do we need to reconsider why the wealthiest American's are getting billions of dollars in bailout money while hardworking people are losing their homes; we should be asking why these people are entitled to lives of privelege while so many are going without. It amazes me that people have attacked the Democrats over minute increases in taxes on the wealthy while no one, on your chanel or elsewhere, has challenged the enormous disparity in income that is inherent under a capitalist system. Will it take a full out revolt to get Washington to realize that the majority of this country does not feel that any one individual is entitled to a billion dollars for personal expenditure?

Marilyn from New Hampshire   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Aretha, you were spectacular! But isn't the title of the song you sang, "America" not, "My Country 'tis of Thee"?

Suraya Wynn-Cannon   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I loved ARETHA Franklin hat. I am from a small town in Alabama called Decatur. This hat was just wonderful!!

Kathy   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I LOVED IT! The minute I saw her I thought what a great hat! I am 62 years old and love hats. It was KING>

Laura   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Loved her hat! c'mon, she is a Queen and the hat reflected that. Not many people can pull that off and she did beautifully!

Nancy Schultz   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Yikes... correction! correction! Bob Woodward just said GW Bush is going back to Texas because he is a Texan... he was born in Connecticut... he can call himself a Texan all he wants, and he can even live here – as long as he stays out of politics....

Signed – A REAL Native Texan

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Karen   January 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Love Aretha's hat!!!!!

Robin Link   January 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I really wish we all could just get over the finger-pointing and move on. We have a very severe economic crisis on our hands and devoting time and resources to go dwell on the past is unproductive.

If Congress wanted to do something meaningful they could pursue undoing all the last-minute regulations the administration of the previous occupant slipped through and had recorded before President Obama's administration put a big halt on that at 12:01 PM EST yesterday.

If people don't understand why the oath was retaken, GO READ OUR CONSTITUTION. It is readily available on-line. It will probably require more time, effort and concentration to understand than posting an entry in a CNN blog. Clue: Given that there is still a fringe group effort to refute that President Obama is an American citizen just think how that crowd could waste our tax dollars in future court cases because the oath was not administered in specific accordance to our Constitution.

And get off Chief Justice Roberts case – consider that both Obama and Roberts are Constitutional lawyers, that the moment was so meaningful that Roberts flubbed it. Obama kinda flubbed it too, in the beginning (he started to repeat the oath before Roberts finished the first sentence). Actually, I found the the event quite moving and I applaud the retaking of the oath to keep the "aluminum hat" crowd at bay.

average tax payer   January 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

About Geithner: I am a big supporter of President Obama's, but one nomination I can't support of his is that of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. As someone who pays Self Employment taxes myself, I KNOW that you don't need to be an accountant or financial guru to figure out what you owe. It's simple arithmetic. And, because you need to pay quarterly, not just once a year as most people do, there's lots of opportunities to catch your mistake if you do screw up! Geithner..... you have no excuse, especially given you are a financial "guru"!

SEMONE   January 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET


Nanci Russell   January 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I love Aretha Franklin's hat!!! She is a living legend and showed the poise that a woman should show when she's in the spotlight! You go Aretha!!

Kim from Chicago   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Although I wouldn't wear the hat myself, it is a true cultural representation of what many African American women wear to church. These hats are most often seen on older women who belong to churches in which dressing up is considered to be the respectful way to appear for worship. Pass any bus stop in a black neighborhood on Sunday morning or the parking lot for a more conservative African American congration either before or after Sunday service and see for yourself. For many of our elders, these are a source of great pride. Thanks for the compliment Larry.

Mya   January 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Aretha Franklin's hat was beautiful!! Many African-American women that attend church wear these gorgeous hats to church. You don't really see them on a everyday basis.This was a great occasion for wearing that hat. It gives a woman more confidence and class when you have a beautiful hat to complete an outfit. I absolutely loved her hat.

Stuart   January 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

OK I give in everyone with the exception of me thought Aretha was wonderful. Censorship lives on!~

Jeanette Smith   January 21st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Mr. King, regarding Ms. franklins hat. If you would attend mostly any black church, not only would you see a hat similar to Ms,. Franklins you will also see many hats of many styles and colors. Black women are known forr our hats especially in church. We proudly wear them for they are what we consider as our crowns. They are very much a part of our attire on Sunday.

carol kesling   January 21st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

aretha sang great............ beautiful song she has a lot of class !!!!!!!!!!!!!! everything was beautiful !!!!!!GOD IS GOOD .

Erica Lola King   January 21st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Yes, I love Aretha "The Queen" Franklin's Hat.

"The Queen" is no stranger to fashion. All those beautiful sparkling Australian Crystals. Is the Hat up for Auction?

Love you "Queen" and keep singing

What will Aretha Franklin to with the Hat?

Erica Lola King

Martin, Tobyhanna PA   January 21st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Tomorrow will be President Obama’s second day as our President and even more wolves are surrounding the campfire. This talk about we won't see dividends on the infrastructure until 2010 and that this part of the stimulus package is a bust, is ridiculous. Yes it will take time for the actual work to be done but you can’t repair, rebuild or build a bridge overnight. He has already outlined and allocated the funds now it's up to the house and senate to put this on the fast track so the jobs can be created and start in a few months so that infrastructure projects will have the impact on the economy through the jobs that will be created.

olivia   January 21st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Loved Aretha's hat!!

Diana Hamil   January 21st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I am saddened to say that all the nay-sayers are what is wrong with America. Let's keep the spirit of Obama's inauguration alive. The second swearing in was for those people. I was quite happy with the first one. I am quite weary of all the negativity and second guessing done in this country. We now have a chance to be positive and the negative crap is appearing already. and, network TV is focusing on that before the positive. Get real and get positive. What we think becomes what we are.

B Rexrode   January 21st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I loved Aretha Franklin's hat. Her whole outfit was perfect. I wish I could say as much for the new first lady's outfits for the inauguration and the balls. She should get some pointers from Aretha and the former First Lady, as she was well dressed also.

Susan Hall   January 21st, 2009 10:31 pm ET

Hi Larry
Love the hat! – The hat has a life of its own, and everyone who saw Aretha will remember 'that hat'!'That hat' reminds me of something my girlfriends and I would zero in on for some great pictures while shopping!God bless you Aretha for having a larger than life persona with the charisma to carry it off with a huge, 'YES I CAN"!!
Just a thought.....I bet the ladies of the 'Red Hat Society',are busy ordering hundreds in an eyestopping crimson!!

Javid   January 21st, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Aretha Franklin rocks! she's a true legend! im 20 years old and i've heard her most famous songs and i do admire her style and voicee!

Jane Burgio   January 21st, 2009 10:36 pm ET

While it seems that our fortunes are inextricably linked to events in the Middle East, I felt a twinge of concern that President Obama seems intent on throwing his political capital toward that explosive region so soon in his administration. After enduring an administration that focused on issues abroad to the extent of neglect of our national concerns, I would feel a whole lot better if our new president dealt with the issues that directly affect the American people on the street. Number one issues are our flagging economy and our energy self-sufficiency.

Lorraine Miller   January 21st, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I am a free-lance newspaper journalist and will be 90 years old soon. I have a beef with the IRS abut self-employment taxes.

I worked for over 60 years and paid bincome taxes for myself; however, I owned a small company at that time and also paid social security for my emplooyees.

I am grateful that I still have my wits about me so that I can write my newspaper columns. However, I earn $20 a week and have to pay all my own expenses. I accept that. I enjoy my work and it keeps my mind sharp.
However, I resent that I have to paya self-employment tax to the iRS at my age.

It seems to me that there should come a point in a person's life when they could earn $20 a week, less expenses, and not be subject to pay taxes for still being self-employed!

Who should I contact to protest this situation? I paid taxes for over 60 years while I owned my own corporation. I think that I have paid my share.

Lorraine Miller

Angela   January 21st, 2009 11:07 pm ET

I really loved Aretha's hat! It was perfect and looked very classy. Her gray coat and gloves were capped off perfectly with the gray crystal and rhinestone hat! LOVED it!
Even my 18 yr old daughter and her senior friends, who watched the inaugural from school all loved her hat. They loved the bow.
Aretha is the QUEEN of soul and I was so glad she sang at the inaugural for the 1st black President of the US.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 22nd, 2009 12:09 am ET

arethra,....martin luther king would be proud of your accomplishments as well as those of oprah,michael jackson,janet jackson,reggie jackson,mike tyson,tiger woods,stevie wonder,ray charles,leon spinks.casius clay,red foxx,bill cosby and hundreds of others.president obama is the icing.You all helped make the cake.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:21 am ET

Wanda you are so right. Obama was before yesterday. Today it is Mr. President. But forgive them that they know not what they speak.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:23 am ET

To report on Aretha's hat is so superficial journalism. It belongs on Entertainment Tonight. Too bad the 20 something producers can't get past that and get to REAL reporting. Same with all the hoopla over the First Lady's dress. Beautiful yes. Content for a 10 minute segment, NO!

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:27 am ET

I feel your pain honey as a self employed journalist myself.
First of all you deserve more than $ 20 a week for your knowledge. I'll send you another $ 20.
Second you are right! There should be a minimum that you don't pay self employment and social security after a certain age.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:31 am ET

The Chief Justice should have had the moxey to do it right the first time. Now I doubt his ability to be a justice. NO excuse Mr. Justice.

And to Vice President Biden calling him out. POOR taste. Mr President handled it correctly. Forgive and move on. Just like he will lead the country. Forgive and move on. To dwell in the past as journalists tend to is not productive. Let's get to the serious issues folks!!!

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:34 am ET

Ahh. CNN censorship. You have to love it Mr/Ms moderator.. .
Larry is never wrong. PLEASE !!!!!

Steve Hackworth   January 22nd, 2009 12:36 am ET

All I really need to know...Timothy Geithner is our best and only choice or not? God help us if not.

So far I'm not impressed with his apology. I'm sure the IRS would be as generous with an unintentional mistake on my income tax return as they levy my assets. Does that mean the IRS needs radical overhaul or abolition? When a financial genius and his tax accountant can't figure it out? It's one or the other...either Geithner is a tax cheat or our tax code is non-understandable. Which one is it?

Not to mention the Tarp program...this seems to be the epitome of how our government actually works. I assume that Geithner who played a key role as well as our other lawmakers have learned from their mistakes? It's amazing that so many "brilliant" minds as they would have us believe could collectively panic and jump on the bandwagon...all at the same time.

Being a small business owner I wait in dreaded anticipation as our elected officials sharpen their pencils in order to find new imaginative ways to raise taxes...sometimes obliquely and I have to wonder how they would handle this if tomorrow the first thing on their to-do-list was the un-employment office...

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:39 am ET

Bob Woodward.
I'm a self employed LITTLE GUY and I hire an accountant and I have always paid my self employment taxes and my social security taxes and I'm not accounting genius. Give me a break Bob!!! Give him a break why??? THAT is the whole problem with this system! He's supposed to know better so give him a break? He's supposed to know better so lets put him to the curb. What exactly makes his mistake forgivable??? You think that he had no idea what he had to pay your more of an idiot than I think.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:42 am ET

1. Fix the economy. Post what the banks did with my money!
2. End the war! Sell the oil as planned and get our money back.
3. End all lobbyist involvement in Washington. Period They are a cancer
4. Curtail government spending. It is out of control.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

This is NOT a turning of the tide for Black vs White. It is a very positive beginning but we have a LONG way to go.
We are at day 1 for God's sake.
To correct 200 years in one day we are very naive.
Look up the word kids.

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:46 am ET

Give the hat a break. She's the queen of soul. God you are so superficial. . . .

Nancy Kazel-Ramos   January 22nd, 2009 12:47 am ET

It was difficult to listen and watch Nancy Pelosi on your show tonite. She is very arrogant, and is not believable....and bad eye contact. I recently heard she is not a nice person at all and she's 3rd in line after our President. Very, very scary!!

journalist from Ohio   January 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

Steve L you are so right.
Would you or I get a break. NO WAY.
Let's see if Geithners mistake receives coverage after the hearings. I want to see what his penalty is. How much he will owe AFTER the interest penalty like you and I would receive. I want to see the coverage of his "mistake" after the big headlines.

maxi   January 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

Areatha was wearing that hat ! that is a part of Black People culture we love looking good when We step out . And most Black Women with a Church background such as Areatha are very well known for wearing sharp ass Hats..But it's alright when The Queen of England wear Her variety of sharp hats as well, nothing is said .. It's just some haters out there.. . And we know who you are ... But you can Love it ,or Hate it. Also some People just don't know style or class when they see it First Lady Michelle Obama was sharp as a Razor all Day long OK .I'am going to give Honor where Honor is Due all three Women looked very classy Yesterday First Lady OBAMA ,Mrs,Bush ,and Areatha Franklin ...

Shirley   January 22nd, 2009 12:57 am ET

I would like to know why you always say a "black" man or
African-American man. I am sure you are aware he is only half black and the other half WHITE.

averiel   January 22nd, 2009 1:00 am ET

Please, Tavis Smiley , What rock did he come from under, does not stand up ,Why did you have him on your show. He did nothing to promote any good during this process.He is what you call late ,did he go vote that Wednesday,He did nothing to inform or correct or did he care , what was his contribuion.

FranSC   January 22nd, 2009 1:29 am ET

I was/am a Hillary supporter, liberal feminist/activist/democrat and was once a delegate to a Dem Nat'l Convention. I have come to dislike Nancy Pelosi immensely after watching her microscopically this past year. The reseach shows Pelosi along with Howard Dean decided at least by 2006 to have Obama as the dem nominee, all the while claiming to be "uncommitted". I have seen you ask Pelosi several times about a woman president. Pelosi worked feverishly against Hillary for the nomination, regardless of what appears to be generous comments about Hillary. You should have noticed that she ran through that as quickly as possible and hopped right back on her lavish praise of the first AA president. In another incident when she first became Speaker of the House, she passed over a fellow CA congress woman, Rep. Jane Harman who was in line for an appointment Pelosi could make and instead she appointed an AA FL congressman to the post. Nancy Pelosi is no friend to women. She is no advocate for women. She, like so many women who crash through the glass ceiling do not take other women with them or mentor any of them. This is the case with Pelosi who is part of the good ol' boys system. There is no way she is going to allow even the possibility of another woman passing her. If anyone is going to be the first female president in the next few years, it will be Pelosi, not that this is her goal. Her patronizing of Obama is shameful and should humiliate her unmercifully. For her to speak in such lofty terms of him – his superior intellect, his vision – for God's sake, she needs to come into reality – he simply is not that brilliant and does not show some people much of anything. She apparently is simply building him up so he will go along with whatever she wants him to do. She, unfortunately, is the most powerful person in this country right now, having selected and made sure her choice of nominee happened. With Obama's complete lack of experience, Pelosi is lathering him with undeserved praise but calling the shots. However, this won't last since Obama's history is to use people for his purposes and then discard them. I just want you to stop being so nieve about Pelosi and Obama. You seem to be buying into this whole myth of this mortal man. Be the journalist and stop drinking the kool-aid!

rick liston   January 22nd, 2009 1:47 am ET


I respect Bob woodward, but was disappointed to hear him give Mr. Geithner a break. Yes, when first audited for 2003 and 04, I'll semi-by into it being a mistake. But, how could he not remember that he worked for the IMF in prior years and did not pay taxes for that.

Sorry, his 2001 and 02 were a blatant misdeed.


M L Beckham   January 22nd, 2009 6:13 am ET

Aretha's hat gave the appearance of a windmill that didn't quite make it! If the hat was supposed to be chic, it failed.

Brenda Davis   January 22nd, 2009 11:39 am ET

Thank you Larry King for finally having Aretha Franklin on your show! However, I think her career is worthy of an appearance longer than last nights. So, please re-schedule Aretha to be on your show to talk about her wonderful career, the fact that she was the first African-American on the cover of Time magazine, the first woman inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the list goes on and on. I have e-mailed about this lack of RESPECT for the Queen a number of times.

tonywashington   January 22nd, 2009 12:23 pm ET

that was a perfect pick to sing at the inauguration.

tonywashington   January 22nd, 2009 12:26 pm ET

that was a perfect pick to sing at the inauguration. Do I forget the mention she looked and preformed like the queen that she is.

Cris   January 22nd, 2009 1:44 pm ET


Pelosi's comment on Sunday proves that has NO IDEA how to help our nation recover!

ECONOMIC RECOVERY WILL TAKE TIME! Pelosi needs to take a Freshman Econ 101 course because she is proposing to repeal the Tax Cut prematurely unless they "prove their worth to HER"!

We are in serious trouble b/c Pelosi is supposed to be working w/ the President and Geithner on repairing our economy–YIKES, we're in major trouble! Geithner did NOT PAY his own taxes, and now we want to put him in charge of the IRS. Great, what a winning team! America is in serious trouble! God help us!

Cris   January 22nd, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Someone please HELP NANCY PELOSI She's on a POWER TRIP and doesn't realize that her actions are hurting the ppl who elected her! She's trying to throw her weight around w/ our new President and push her own agenda without any thought to the priorities of our great NATION!

She speaks about repealing the Tax Cuts as if she's the President. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC CRISIS!!! Americans know that f you repeal the Tax Cuts, those of us who work for the wealthy will be laid-off. We need wealthy ppl to buy things, not continue saving.

We know that Pelosi is just trying to position herself with the new Obama Administration. Is this why we elect our policitians?!


Leave the tax cut alone. The President has seriously pressing issues to work through, so don't press your own ridiculous agenda on him.



Cris   January 22nd, 2009 6:05 pm ET


PLEASE HELP NANCY PELOSI wake-up and realize that her misguided and illogical push to repeal the Tax Cuts are actually going to really hurt AMERICANS –not help us!

The more she talks about Repealing the Tax Cuts the more inflexible and out-of-touch she looks to the American citizens who are now regretting that they voted for her.

We know that she is trying to out-do the President by saying that this was an issue he campaigned for; however, Pelosi needs to learn to be FLEXIBLE. The more she talks about how Obama is not following-through with his campaign promise to repeal the tax cut –the more out-of -touch and egotistical she looks.

WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMICS CRISIS and IT WILL TAKE TIME TO HEAL OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. EVERYONE KNOWS that repealing tax cuts in a crisis like we are in will only fuel our turmoil. Hasn't she learned that increasing taxes only prolonged the Great Depression?!

Pelosi is almost 70 years-old and instills absolutely NO CONFIDENCE as she continually shows that she is out of touch with her constituents. She needs to stop pushing her own agenda such the Bush/ Justice Department investigation. ARE YOU KIDDING?! WE HAVE MORE SERIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING WHETHER AMERICAN WILL EAT AND HAVE SHELTER, and she wants to do an INVESTIGATION at this day and time?!

Pelosi needs to recognize that Americans are facing more pressing issues. LARRY, please tell PELOSI to BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION NOT THE PROBLEM.

~The American People

Donna Fields   January 22nd, 2009 6:12 pm ET

Re: Gay Marriage, Gay Rights
~I am a Christian and believe, according to my understanding of the Word of God, that there is no such thing as a "Gay Marriage" in the sight of God. I think this controversay can be resolved if the gay community would give the marriage relationship a name other than "Marriage". "Marriage" is defined as a union between a man and women.
However, these individual partners, have all rights and privleges that come with a committed life together in bonds of intimacy. Health Insurance, Family Medical Leave, etc.
Donna From Charleston, SC:

Lorraine Miller   January 22nd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Hi, to Jeffery Toobin: I like you and enjoy your commentary. However, I thought you were way off track when you started the ball rolling on Obama's Inauguration speech being run-of-the mill. That's unfortunate.

You said you didn't want to be the skunk at the party; but you were. You said that there was not one memorable line in that speech. Didn't you realize why that was? It was because his speech was so full of eloquent lines that it was difficult to pick one out and say: "This was a profound and memorable line." The speech was replete with eloquent lines, so it was not possible to choose only one for the history books.


Rita   January 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I'm amazed at the comments of Aretha's hat & her singing God Bless America. If this is some of Americas true opinion, we've lost it, BIG! It was terrible. Just because someone pushed her into the spotlight after Mahilia Jackson, (which Aretha cannot hold a candle to) doesn't make her into what they wished she'd become. I hope I never have to witness something like this on such an important American event again. I think she was an embarrassment. to America. I'm not trying to be unkind to the Lady, but why should our Country have to endure something like this. Mahilia Jackson was truly gifted & I loved her voice. I have her recording.

keith   January 23rd, 2009 6:48 pm ET

Rita, calm down, with therapy you should do just fine. Aretha is our queen and the only worthy to sing for our new king. President Obama has made wonderfdul choices for his cabinet and has great taste in music. The hat was perfect for the queen of soul.

Rita   January 23rd, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Keith, did I burst your bubble? Aretha may be your Queen, not mine. And President Obama is not a king in this land either. I don't know what country you're from but this is The United States of America and we don't have Queens and Kings except in Heaven. Jesus and Mary. As I said Aretha was an embarrassment to the event. She cannot sing well. Mahilia certainly could. Someone else should have been chosen, so we can't blame Aretha for that. She was given a chance on Larry Kings to explain herself. "Maybe it was too cold for her, Maybe not feeling well, maybe overcome with it all and etc. " All Larry K got on this board,was he was called superficial. Therapy won't help you you've got to be able to recognize when something is good or bad. Quess you'll have to depend on others who have good taste.

keith   January 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Rita, everyone has an opinion and you can only speak for yourself. I'm not a big Mahalia (this is the true spelling) fan, so I can't feel what you feel for her. Nor do I know why you keep mentioning her. My taste is mine and I respect yours, but it isn't that serious. The country will be fine and we are the better for knowing you have all of Mahalia's recordings. LOL So you didn't like it, okay I can live with that, but don't tell me that I can't like it cause you don't. You would go as far as to say America has lost it BIG if we don't agree with you? Maybe it's ur bubble that needs to be burst. Lastly, as an American citizen and obvious patriotic historian, it may help you to know that the song Aretha sang was NOT "God bless America." Now may I have my opinion back or should I defer to you from now on?

Rita   January 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Keith, Who could understand what Aretha was singing? Someone else on another blog also said they couldn't understand what she was singing. I'm sure she will be glad to hear that you liked her singing, but you're in the minority. I mention Mahalia because when she passed away it was written somewhere that someone was trying to have Aretha take Mahalias place as a black singer. I don't understand what you mean by having your opinion back? We're all entitled to an opinion. If you want to drop this, fine with me. I feel it dropped anyway. Thanks for writing. Peace!

keith   January 23rd, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Rita, it's obvious that you don't like Aretha and that's fine. I understood her clearly, and I even know the words myself. But I know I don't have to school you on her accomplishments because you seem to discount them. The fact is she has FAR exceeded Mahalia in terms of popularity, hits, sales, grammys (20) and everything else. She learned from her, but never ever duplicated her. In MY opin Aretha is WAY better. Both worked very hard and earned what they have so let us not discount one for the other. Aretha is the legendary QUEEN OF SOUL, like it or not! Now those are facts and not opinion. It's in the history books to read for yourself.

Your comments are offensive when you tell me that I will have to depend on you or others for "good taste." You see, when you have your own opinion, you don't care if you are in the minority. However, on THIS board it looks like YOU are the minority. I'm not looking for blogs to tell me what my ears and eyes can do for themselves. Thanks

Lorraine Miller   January 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns! In order to prove a point, the Republicans are holding up everything while they take their turns posturing in front of the cameras (and in the official record books).

Here we are, in the midst of the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, and they childishly fritter around instead of taking action as rapidly as possible. They are in the minority, now – and they don't like it one bit! So, they have to be obstructionists to feed their little egos.

I agree that most of the infrastructure jobs will go to the construction workers. Our infrastructure has been neglected for so long, it sorely needs being rebuilt. By giving willing workers the opportunity to rebuild our brdges, dams, scools, etc. money will be pumped into the economy and when they have finished their work our country will be better off, for having its vitals brought into shape.

In addition, work on windmills, solar energy, the national grid, etc. will help bring the day closer when we will no longer be dependent upon the Middle East for our source of energy.

The trickle-down philosphy does not work. It failed in 1929, and it has done so once again. Giving a tax break to the very rich only allows them to buy more $70,000 rugs! Very little money dribbles down to those that are lower in the economic chain.

Make jobs for the working class of this country, the backbone of our democracy. When they have money they will spend t for necessities and pump the money back into the economy.


goodcrow47   February 3rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I want to ask someone thats not afraid to wade into the subject, What can be done about the student loans that are out there? I was unemployed due to medical reasons (torn rotator cuff) I was not able to make my payments on my studen't loan which when it started out was $3200.00 of which I paid $800 before my injury. I was as I say defaulted when I was injured and I had tried to talk to the department of education but they wanted to intimidate me by saying that I didn't want to pay or I was unwilling to pay. I explained to them that neither was the case, I was unable to pay!
They seized my taxes every year since I went back to work to the tune of $4400 over the last 5 years. I have had them take the tax settlement from the balance and then turn it into a collection agency to drive up the cost of the loan and when I was making arrangements with the agency they seized it back so I couldn't resolve the issue and then seized my next years taxes and then did the same thing again. I had finally gotten it down to where I owed $125.00 of the loan and they did it all over again and I now owe $266.31 on the loan again. At the rate things are going I will be dead before this loan is paid off!! I am 61 years old and I don't mind them making a profit but to play this game to drive up the fees on my loan is Criminal!! I feel sorry for those students that try to better themselves and have $30,000.00 loans and lose a job! I want to know if while Obama is at it can he revamp the Department of Education too. Put a stop to this wholesale rape of our nations students who through no fault of their own find themselves unemployed and the Department of Education driving up the rates and charges and fees on the loans they take out by moving them around and snagging them back so you don't know where your loan is or who has it from one moment to the next! Thank you Frank Barker Tennessee

goodcrow47   February 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

On the student loan comment please let me hear from any of you that have had the problems I have with the Department of Education.
If anyone has a similar story to this please feel free to E-mail me at

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