January 23, 2009

LKL "Question of the Day!"

Posted: 02:51 PM ET

President Obama issued an executive order to close down Guantanamo Bay detention facilty within a year.  gitmo-signing The Pentagon reports 245 detainees/enemy combatants are presently housed at GITMO.



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Bill-Miami Fl   January 23rd, 2009 3:17 pm ET

If there is sufficient evidence that they have committed a crime against the US then have them tried in US courts. If found guilty then incarcerate them here, if not deport them to their country of birth.

We need to understand that those held in GITMO are a small number compared to those who have been and are being trained to replace them .

Joe G.   January 23rd, 2009 3:47 pm ET

They should be paired with all those full pledged bonifide Americans that each and every year commit murder/abortion of innocent children still in the womb.. I know..! I know..! Much more Murder (Abortions) each and every year than 9/11 ever was.. But, even if this is not a final proposal.. I think I’m on the right track!

Barb   January 23rd, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Peronally this is a dumb move! News reports say some who were released back to thier home country anr now back wil Al queda. There is no reasoning with these types of individuals as they feel these Muslims are right and the rest of the world is wrong. Why not reopen Alcatraz, and where does it say we need to to give these or any prisoners the lap of luxury of conditions. Give them a roof over their head, decent food, water, a chance to shower, etc. no cell phones, no TV's. These people WILL NEVER CHANGE so just deal with what we have. WE seem to treat these people who, if they could would slit our throats if they could ... of course all in the name of ALA. They are treated better than the shelter dogs. at least with the shelter dogs, they understand who wants to save them and who doesn't. And Let's get real, this is America, when immigrants come here they want us to adapt to their culture... WRONG they need to adapt to ours... if they like thier culture so much go back where they came from and protest for better conditions in thier respective countries. We need to close our borders and make it harder to get in so we do not have a repeat of 911. And NO talking will do that, no matter how pollyanna you may think.

Raymond   January 23rd, 2009 5:14 pm ET

Larry, You are a person of great influence. Please see if you can get someone at CNN to take down those huge, unnecessary logos and banners at the bottom of the screen. Often times they block vital information. I would sure like to get my TV real estate back and have a full clean picture

Thank you

Barbara   January 23rd, 2009 5:16 pm ET

I think that there should be an Island set aside for them. Much like Australia was started many years ago. Or send them back to their own countries. What happens to them after that is not our business. Maybe we should just leave them there and let Cuba deal with them? And tell Joe G. to get a life!

earlene hall   January 23rd, 2009 5:23 pm ET

I would like to know why it's so difficult for the news media and most of the analyst on CNN to address our new President as "President Obama" Looking at the programs and the different guest on the show, 99% of them will not use President Obama. Even the ticker tape that runs while the programs are being aired do not read President Obama. I did see that when Hilary Clinton's name is called , she is addressed as Senator Hilary Clinton and the ticker tape should her name as such when it ran across the screen. George Bush is no longer president and he is still getting the respect of being called President Bush. I did her Anderson Cooper call him President Obama, but soon returned to calling him Obama. Things still have not changed and I doubt if it will soon. I'm a 65-year old women and believe me I've been through and seen a lot. I know that your business is reporting the news regardless to whether you approve or not of the person, but some respect should be shown. You even gave that idiot Russ Limbaugh air play and addressed him by his full name.

hugh ~ california   January 23rd, 2009 5:33 pm ET

Try them on US soil, or release them to their point of origin. If their home country will not accept them, keep them in prison until a humanitarian organization comes forth to help them return to their home country. Barack Obama is not responsible for the mistakes of the GOP and the Bush administration.

Rick   January 23rd, 2009 5:59 pm ET

For one thing, I think they should be thoroughly tested psychologically. Maybe some can be persuaded to change their way of thinking in regards to their feelings and attitudes toward our country. Testing could reveal how many feel the way they do and act the way they do because of prejudice, brainwashing and cultural blackmail. If they can be rehabilitated – and are proven to be rehabilitated without any reasonable doubt – then they should be released. However, those that are guilty of crimes and show no remorse or desire to change should be tried accordingly on U.S. soil and punished severely.

Rudy Roots Rosales   January 23rd, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Iam a California native American Indian and I really am tired of hearing about Obama's black ancestrey, I respect his ancestry but can we hear alittle more about his white ancestrey. Ihope he is just as proud of being white as he is black. I am 3/4 Indian and 1/4 Spanish but I cliam both and am proud of both. I assume Obama is 1/2 and 1/2 so lets not pretend the United State's of America has a fullblood black man for President .

Thank you, Rudy Rosales

Mavis Mathews   January 23rd, 2009 6:04 pm ET



Terry   January 23rd, 2009 6:05 pm ET

Gitmo enemy combatants moved to US soil.....immature decision made on the second town in America wants them....ludicrous spending to move them when a facility is in place. They are enemy combatants and their counterparts kill their hostages and soldiers...put them on video to show the murders, strap bombs on children to blow markets, restaurants, mosques, schools....bomb from civilian areas. This decision is one of immaturity and platitudes...and lives will be lost as a result.

Mavis Mathews   January 23rd, 2009 6:07 pm ET



Robert Haviland   January 23rd, 2009 6:09 pm ET

I agree with Raymond above. Could CNN cut down on the massive screens at the bottom of the boob tube. I know this will disappoint your graphic artists, which have no sense of size. If they matched it would not be so obnoxious. Think about it!

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 23rd, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Whatever Barack Obama sends them is fine with me:)

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 23rd, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Actually they should be sent back to their prospective Countries and be thried there!!!

Elvina   January 23rd, 2009 7:34 pm ET

I believe that the prisoners need to be placed in a prison inside the US...

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 23rd, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Shut Down.

Shelley Barnhill   January 23rd, 2009 8:20 pm ET

President Obama has done the right thing closing Guantanamo Bay. He said America does not torture people and we don't. Isn't that a correct statement?? If we did torture people, wouldn't that make us the caliber of the terrorists when it comes to respecting life?

First of all, I would be very sure they should even be in prison. Is there any proof or have they had a trial proving their guilt of their crimes? If yes, as far as where to put them, that's a no brainer. Move them to Federal prisons in the U.S. I know some people have objected to housing terrorists in the U.S. for our safety. Well, what's the difference between a terrorist and a serial killer or a pedophile who rapes children on a regular basis or other hardened criminals in Federal prisons? I like the idea of putting all of them in U.S. prisons instead of spreading them around to other countries prisons. Have you ever been in a Federal prison? I think the terrorists would be in danger instead of the other way around. I think the U.S. will ensure they never get out of prison, I don't know about other countries!

Natalie Segal   January 23rd, 2009 8:40 pm ET

a relative of mine from back east was visiting me this week and told me that she saw Dr. Phil on the Larry King show and thought he was very insulting to Larry. I asked her what he said and she told me that Larry in one part of their conversation used the word "chutzpah" and that Dr. Phil barked at him and said "speak English".
Dr. Phil is a Catholic and probably doesn't know what that Yiddish word means and I can't imagine Dr. Phil being nasty to anyone Like Larry King. She said that everyone knows what chutzpah means and that it was an insult. I disagree and think that Dr. Phil is a wonderful man and tells it like it is, but never deliberately insults anyone.

charles   January 23rd, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Larry why doesn.t CNN call president Obama ..president Obama instead of Obama

concered/Denver Colorado   January 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

First like Obama said they need to be broken up into the three different groups ..and then given to the other counties that are willing to take them ..and those that are left after that can be spreaded out though the united states that they are not in one location case their maybe terroist attack about their location ...

yellow dog peace maker   January 23rd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

The now President Obama – intended to shut down Gitmo during the election and is doing so now – under advisement from those who are in the know – I have no qualms whatsoever.....this guy is the real deal and will do as much as possible to bring our country to High Standing and the American people back from the "brink" as soon as humanly possible.

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Ex P Bush said he too felt it should be close.John McCain on your show said it should be close.P Obama campaign on this so this wasn't a shock.The problem is ones don't know if the Military should do the trial or the Federal Courts.

blackmist   January 23rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

It would not be at all a good idea to harm obama. just saying it will set the world at war. Give him an opportunity to better the world for us all, people of all race.

Teresa Donog   January 23rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I think the remaining prisoners being held at Gitmo could be dispersed to the various military bases we have throughout the world. It would serve the purpose of having them out of Gitmo yet not in the U.S.

yolanda   January 23rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

my heart goes out to grandpa anthony – my daughter also had a baby young, and you can't help to think that these "babies" (mom and tot)were so love by this man, and he couldn't protect either one of them. the pain for him he too unbearable.

James   January 23rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Joy complains about Rush L. yet she sounds much like him when she berates conservative politicians.

kelly p   January 23rd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Well ,I dont know where they are going to put them ,if they put them in our Jails, we are doomed. Obama is playing with fire, those terrorist will find a way to get out. KEEP them in Guantanamo.

Leana   January 23rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I agree with Joy about Coulter, she'sgot to be over the top to sell her book and It's fun to watch..and yes, everyone is chomping on the bit to see what Obama is going to do. The White House has got brains in it now and suddenly I feel alot safer. Thanks for being great New Yorkers, I live in Tampa now and I miss the accent, wit, and sense of humour of my people.

Joette   January 23rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I agree with several of you about the use of Obama and not President Obama, I started to listen tonight on all CNN shows and noticed the same. I wonder if we might all feel like he is the guy next door since the election cycle was two years long. In some ways this might be good as more people are tuned in and paying attention to our goverment . Also President Obama really strived to be a real person, I wonder if we just connect with him on a more personal note. I think this is GOOD, but he is President Obama to me.

Hope Belle-Payne   January 23rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am a "die hard" Obama supporter, but I do not agree with him on closing the Guatanamo Bay facility. I think that the administration should be transparent with the plans that they have in place for the prisoners. It is important to share with the American citizens on what they plan to do regarding those prisoners.

Lisa   January 23rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am Canadian and watched the election with great pride and excitement and i watched the inauguration day coverage with such great pride, congratulations to you my neighbors! and congratulations President Obama and his have not only given your nation have given the world hope and optimism in such a turbulent time for us all. I know his job is not going to be an easy one, but you have the support of many around the globe. Congrats again, U.S.A.!

sally   January 23rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Behar rocks! You go chica!

PattyPinkernell   January 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love Joy but I found it odd that she would complain about women wearing short skirts when she was wearing a low cut top. Maybe some want to show legs and others ......

Mike B   January 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I agree with the closing. We need to do a systematic review of every detainee there and process and try those who should go to trial. And for those that honestly think this administration is going to allow these detainees to go free and to simply "move in" next door to you or me, give me a break! No one knows for sure what they are going to do with these detainees yet but I can assure you it won't be to allow them to buy a house on main street and set up camp.

Louis   January 23rd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I'm sorry, did I hear this right? Joy Behar used "femal dog" word and Mrs. First lady in the same sentence? And particularly used the two words in comparatively? The strained ensuing conversation and some 2 minutes of Mr. King's suppressed otherwise jaunty "moxie" demonstrates that this was a little far. One might not agree with the President but the first ladies deserve to be treated with some measure of respect. One can argue that all persons should be however there's something essential about keeping the first ladies iconic for all of us to look up to.

sam   January 23rd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

as long as bleeding heart liberals or Hard Fast conservatives continue to swing the pendulum to and fro the United States will never fully recover, until we as americans begin to realize that both sides are right, and both sides are wrong (from equal perspectives) will politicians practice deception and outright lying to achieve their ultimate goals. They all started out wanting to change politics as usual but found it easier to blend in rather that change the winds.
It is always easier to place blame instead of accepting responsibility, but that is what needs to happen, give the prez line item veto power and let him go on TV and state " I am VETOing this otherwise good bill for this reason, and these are the lawmakers that endorse this kind of pork that caused my VETO", then watch what happens next election year

steve kramer   January 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET


You misrepresented what Rush said about he 'hopes Obama fails'. Please go back and check your facts and the actual quote and context of his statement.

Joan Lind   January 23rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Execute them!!

Christopher Tallon   January 23rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Joy, you need to take a Civics refresher course. Justice Roberts (along with the other justices) reviews legislation passed by Congress to make sure it is constitutional. Obama doesn't need his permission to get something through and perhaps if he had voted to appoint him he wouldn't feel so awkward. Perhaps you would know that if you weren't so busy bashing a sick man in a wheelchair. Your comments about Dick Cheney are just plain rude and disrespectful. I hope you are never in that situation. I can't believe they let you on the air.

Jim/NC   January 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Joy, get your facts straight. Rush did not specifically say he hoped President Obama fails. He said: "if President Obama governs to the far left, then, he hopes he fails." Are you deaf?

Send the prisoners to Malibu

Dennis Ashworth   January 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Guantanamo Bay facility – the President made the correct legal decision. to read anything else into it other than the factual closing is over one year to clear and cleanse a humans right to a trial.

shirley   January 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Joy Behar is a very funny lady but it is hard to take her sarcasim, at times. I don't think she is being fair to the Bush Administration when she cannot think of anything good he has done. Does people with her mindset not realize that he inherited issues from the Democrats with which he had to deal? Also, there was terrorism issues with serious threats to our country. Our country needed someone to decide what to do about 911. What about the hurricane damage in LA, and other costs that happen to fall during Bush's administration. Mr. Bush happens to be a scapecoat now.

Lisa   January 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I agree with Mike B they cannot all be painted with the same brush, each detainee should be reviewed and it takes time to acquire permission from their respective countries to repatriate them and there are also the issues of getting the respective countries to agree to the humanity conditions (i.e. not to use cruel punishment on them when they take them back,etc) so its a process that will take time. Some should and may stand trial in the U.S.A and be released to their countries, or some may be given the choice of a trial in their home land upon return. in any event, panic should not arise upon this news of closing Gitmo, they aren't opening the gates and saying " see ya!" One released detainee went back to his homeland and was coerced back into Al-Qaeda and is now upset with being released ( it's kind of like a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation! = damned if he stays in Gitmo and damned if he goes home)
this is one of the many sensitive issues President Obama and his administration will deal with..not an easy job.

Jennifer Johnson   January 23rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

You see all those blue states on the political map of the US – make room in the prisons in those states and house them there. The red state voters were smart enough to know they were safer with the prisoners in Gitmo!

Joyce Winston   January 23rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I think that your guest "Joy of The View" should think before she speaks. It's obvious she dislikes most people. You know, Larry, there are plenty great people who are Republicans. I, personally, like both Democrats and Republicans because I look at the person according to his;her integrity and morals. The comment she made about Dick Chaney is sad, to say the least. She may also be struck down to a wheelchair – who knows when these things will happen to each of us. I wonder why you would want someone on your program, like her, to speak her opinion of others downgrading them hoping to make herself look better. On the contrary it truly shows exactly who she really is. MEAN!!! I think that GOD gave us life to be kind and good to others, and, if we don't see eye to eye with others, then just pray for the truth and keep quiet. We don't have to get on national tv and try to ruin the happiness for others. WE ALL HAVE OUR OPINIONS.

Nancy   January 23rd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Larry King is the only person that laughs at Joy Behar's jokes. Sorry, but she is no comedian. She should not make fun of republican women wearing short skirts when she shows her boobs everyday.

Lela   January 23rd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Living in a far away tiny island in South East Asia, and really keeping close tap of GUANTANAMO, and with whatever little info I see and hear, I think a criminal of notorious life threatening cimes, can be released. However a proper record of their future happenings must be monitored by responsible authorities at all times. Even if they are dead and buried or cremated a proper record has to be kept somewhere in the FBI files. The need to close GUANTANAMO is because of the way the prisoners were treated, not so much to release the prisoners. Every person has a right to right judgement.
About addressing President OBAMA, I totally agree that a superman who got the support of the 'whole world' during the life telecast of the inaugaration, should be addressed as PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA is most appropriate and respectful.

Charles Winston   January 23rd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Leave the gitmo prisoners exactly where they are.

donald from nv   January 23rd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Sat night live depicts the "VIEW" as very funny " we think it's a "hoot" especially the person who plays Joy & Whoopi ....will Palin write a book ? it remains to be seen...waiting for Joy to host your show ...god bless you, Larry ...

Daphne   January 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

I so agree with Rudy from California. Guess what everyone? He's also white! Focusing so much on him being black makes it appear that it's the reason he won the presidency. I have black friends and they have told me the same thing. Change. Change. How much change did he make when he voted 143 times "Present" ??
And if Dick Chaney had been a democrat in the wheelchair, she would have responded with pity instead of sarcastic, rude remarks!

Dennis Ashworth   January 23rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Larry King and Joy Behar should have a regular show every two weeks on a Friday night. To watch Larry laugh from his belly makes me laugh.

yellow dog peace maker   January 23rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

TO: Jennifer Johnson January 23rd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

regarding your comment: "You see all those blue states on the political map of the US – make room in the prisons in those states and house them there. The red state voters were smart enough to know they were safer with the prisoners in Gitmo"

John McCain is for closing GITMO now what do you say (or were you voting for Sarah Palin for President??

Ramona   January 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

They should be monitored from the time they are released until the day that they die.I don't know what the cost in dollars. But in "Since", it all adds up. These persons can't be released to run free??? In the end this has too save dollars in the Presidents eyes, but my God; It has to make since. It all might be a sign of the times, but in the end what happens to ...Us...African Americans...European Americans.. .Indian American...etc. I guess it's an reality show,stay tuned to live the conclusion. I love my President And I wish And Pray for nothing but the best,for him,his family,our Country. Lets just make the right decisions. Our President said we must do this together so this decision we must make together. Release harmful offenders in our own country and keep those abroad locked up or monitored.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 23rd, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Give Bin laden a call and ask him what the u.s. should do with his children.If he does not reply,cut off their hands and send them back.
That is what they get when they steal a loaf of bread in their country.
At least they will not fire a gun again.
Too inhumane?.Lock them up in solitary confinement forever.
If you leave them out they will form a group of fork wielding terrorists.

Lisa   January 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm ET

hey ed... since you took the racist road of assuming all Gitmo detainees were from Afghanistan....check your facts....I am Canadian too and i know there is one Canadian in Gitmo and some from Australia, Germany, France and other countries....smarten up!

LULU   January 23rd, 2009 10:58 pm ET

The prisoners/terrorists/murderers should be sent to Illinois. I don't want them in my state.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 23rd, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Bin Laden's children are not from canada or any other country you it again

Marie   January 23rd, 2009 11:16 pm ET

Joy Behar is an angry democrat who has no respect for anyone. President Obama doesn't need her as a cheerleader.

Marie   January 23rd, 2009 11:22 pm ET

The White House is big enough to house the terrorists from Gitmo; sleeping bags on the floor should be OK too, that way our President and the people working for him could keep an eye on them, rehabilitate them and put them to good use, like CIA agents or something like that. Compassion and Verification would then be well served

al starkey   January 24th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I think the detainees at Guantanamo bay should eilther be tried in court or released depending on the information that they have about the people already but enough torture and shut the place down.

mimi spangler   January 24th, 2009 12:38 am ET

The mother of Caylee should receive the death penalty as should all brutal murderers of children. They are the most defenseless of all and at the mercy of these evil. sick, heartless people. It says a lot for a nation which has prolific abortion and puts no value and has little respect for the life of a child. Children are brutally abused, neglected and murdered each day and plea bargains with the term "child endangerment" or "temporary insanity" are used to cop out of what should be the the worst punishment possible. Our justice system is a disgrace and the murder of a child should be a capital crime. Thank you for the chance to let off some steam!

jill findlay   January 24th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Gitmo needs to stay open – why is that we are protecting the very terrorists that killed so many of our loved ones on 9/11 – Is it possible that we think that they can be rehabilitateed?

Also, I am curious that Joy Behar thinks it is unpatriotic that Rush Limbaugh said he wants Obama to fail but it is okay for her to be unpatriotic about Bush. Bush made mistakes granted but he did keep us safe the last 8 years and for that I an forever grateful!!!

Teresa   January 24th, 2009 1:05 am ET

They better not put them in Florida because we are always their dumping ground. Remember "Mariel Crisis"

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