March 22, 2009

Sunday's LKL: Mitt Romney and Answers in the Death of Natasha Richardson

Posted: 11:42 AM ET

artromney02cnn1Tonight, Mitt Romney! His party's in turmoil and its leaders in question! How would he handle the AIG debacle?  And, can he help bring the Republicans back to power?  Mitt weighs-in on Rush Limbaugh, Pres. Obama and more!

Plus, Natasha Richardson's death ruled an accident.  How you can prevent a similar tragedy.  Experts explain what to look for should you or someone you love suffer a head injury.

It's all tonight in a Sunday edition of "Larry King Live," 9 p.m., ET

Filed under: AIG • Larry King Live • Mitt Romney • Natasha Richardson

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Kathleen Steingraber   March 22nd, 2009 11:58 am ET

Is it true that the congressional pension and annuity programs are with or insured by AIG? If yes, doesn't that present a conflict with our congressional leaders providing support(bailout funds) to AIG? And lastly, when are our nationally elected leaders going to start the legislation reducing all of their pensions, perks and benefits by a minimum of 25% TO COME IN LINE WITH THE MAJORITY OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS? That savings would have a major impact on the national debt and budget.



Elle Bennett   March 22nd, 2009 1:10 pm ET

He would make such a good president if people could get past his faith.

James In Kamiah, Idaho   March 22nd, 2009 4:48 pm ET

No Elle, he would not. It isn't his religion we have a problem with, it's his slanted views of the world that bother us. Although, any religion that promotes a practice that basically humps a person into office isnt' on my list of high qualities in someone i'm looking for in a president.

You really want to help the economy Mitt? Stop havign so many damned kids. You people are like the Octomom, only, supposedly with your imaginary friends blessing.

Joe In Hartford, CT   March 22nd, 2009 6:35 pm ET

Another 4 dead cops killed by a man WITH an assault weapon. Open warfare on the Mexican border fought with AMERICAN guns!
I wonder if the Republican leadership will be on T.V. demanding to know who knew what, when did they know it and how we can punish them for their stupidity?
Maybe there's a way to go back now and recoup our loss? Oh wait, maybe not. I hope their constituents will be as outraged as they should be.
They claim to now be "outraged" about excessive employee compensation. Who would have ever thought we'd see the day that would happen? Will they now be as "outraged" to find that guns really do kill people? I doubt that the guy who killed these four police officers could have done so without using an assault weapon.

Phil Raymond   March 22nd, 2009 8:01 pm ET

The following question is for Mitt Larry, "Being a Mormon, does this inpact your jugement on social events or political issues?"


Martha Solomon   March 22nd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Why was the sky patrol called for an uneventful fall on a 'bunny' ski hill?

Martha Solomon   March 22nd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Why was there no helicopter transport in west Quebec ? This could have saved her!

Sally Norlie   March 22nd, 2009 9:14 pm ET

To Mr. Neesom and family,

I am sorry for your loss.....I loved her movies...I know how you feel...just lost my husband (mike) of 25 years. He was the love of my life. Sally

augustine jermacans   March 22nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

What is it with senator dobbs does he know what the truth is.Pres.Clinton lied about having sex and got impeached all that lost us was a little respect for him.Dobbs lied about what he did with our money.but nothing is happening to him,what gives.shouldn't he be impeached.

susi learn   March 22nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

dear larry

first of all i send my deepest condolances to natasha richardson's family. this is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to them.

i have a special interest because my family also suffered a tragedy. years ago my son entered a boxing match. when he and his friend came home he said he had been knocked out for a few seconds but he seemed fine and joked about it. we talked for a couple of hours then he went to bed.

i found him the next morning in a coma. luckily the neurosurgeon was able to save his life by inserting a ventricular shunt. but he took a very long time to recover leaving him with loss of memory and other impairments.

i hope laws are changed to make people wear helmets for sports or bike riding. that one accident can shatter a family for the rest of their lives.

susi learn
tucson, az

Debbie H   March 22nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

why did they take her off life support so soon?? it sounds like to me if they had drained off the blood and given her brain time to heal she may have been ok. Why did they give her only 2 days?? this story is just breaking my heart

Jim R.   March 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Oh please, now the safety police are going to mandate helmets for all skiiers because of the unfortunate, and tragic death of Natasha Richardson? When wil this top? (legislating something for everyone when something happens to one person). Accidents happen. You can be killed crossing the street on any given day. Should we all wear suits of armor now to prevent that?
Geez, when we were kids, things like this would happen and people responded appropriately; by mourning and honoring the loss of the person and taking an extra level of care in their lives going forward and THAT WAS IT; there was no legislation or universal rule passed in response to soothe all the Nervous Nellies. Here's an idea; let's all never leave our houses because something bad might happen!

alice   March 22nd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Our hearts will be with Liam and his precious children. A loss for us all.

Kathy Jo   March 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I'm surprised we haven't heard any discussion regarding the Canadian health care system. She was flown to the U.S. for obvious reasons...would this have happened if she was injured in the U.S.?

Lori   March 22nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

With all the talk about Natasha hitting her head....what exactly did she hit her head on?

Denise Walker   March 22nd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I am so sad over this news ,Natasha was a great actress , beautiful woman and loved family, and life as we all should be so caring. Liamm my prayers are with you always, Both of you should us how to
love another person my heart goes out to you.
I myself have been in the same place as Natasha as far as the type of injury she had and it scared me becuase i had headaches for nearly four months. I wish her husband and boys and her family peace. She will always be with them.

Scott Johnson   March 22nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Not Only do I feel Sorry for the Family,, I feel a Great lost for the Rest of us that will miss Her on the Big screen ,

WE all have lost a Great actress..

Lisa   March 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I am very saddened by the death of Natasha Richardson. She was a wonderful actress and seemed like a genuinely nice person. Her death is very tragic. If she would have been taken to the hospital right away to be examined, she may still be alive.

JOYCE SLATER   March 22nd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

My heart goes out to Nataha's friends and family,she was not only a great actor,but a great inspirtation to other in need,being a Dutchess County Neighbor,she will be missed.

VIcky Fiedler   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Is it possible that Natasha had an underlying congenital malformation such as an atrio-venous malformation that may have ruptured from a minor trauma that may have not been harmful to someone else?

Jeremy Adelman   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I suffered a severe TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) as a pedestrian, after getting hit by a car in NYC and was lucky enough to survive, and I am utterly grateful; I want others to be extremely careful,I just don't want people to become so fearful of their everyday life that it immobilizes them

Kathie   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

As a recent victim of a SUBdural hematoma, I'd like to tell people that even the initial catscan can show nothing. Sometimes the bleeding doesn't show up until later. If symptoms occur later, be sure to return to the ER. After I was dismissed following a CAT scan, I began vomiting and was struck with a terrible headache. The following MRI showed a subdural hematoma requiring immediate brain surgery. The surgeon said I would have died if my friends hadn't made me return to the ER.

Larry Stroud   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Knowing what their family is going through, i to do seeing i saved my ex-wife. She having 2 blood clots in her brain. The surgeon said i got her to the hospital just in time.
My only question is do you think waiting so long as well as transporting her by air was wise. My ex- wifes sugeon said no to flying do to the altidude and pressure differential. Anyway i do send out my condolences to the family.

Yours Truly
Larry Stroud

Vynnette Frederick   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Everyone who grew up watching parent trap and disney will miss Natasha Richardson. She was a really wonderful actress

Heather   March 22nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

im 14 and i had the same injury back in 2004, I was 9 at the time when it had happened and my mom knows what it feels like too be in this situation. I nearly died, A kid in school pushed me down the stairs and the school didnt call an ambulance till about an hour later, and when i got the hospital the doctors told my mom i would be gone in the next 10 minutes. I had to have a metal plate and screws put in my head.

Marilyn   March 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

There is a reason why every NASCAR track has a medical care center. No matter how small the impact, every driver involved has to go get checked out. They are tested and if necessary are transported by helicopter for overnight observation. Some of these guys are just as embarrassed by the need to do this, as I'm sure Natasha was. Her immediate thoughts, as a beginning skiier must have been that she didn't want to appear clumsy or needy. Anyone working as an instructor in ANY sport should be trained to make an observation and insist that they get a medical checkup. As for helmets when skiing, absurd! It would make more sense to wear one every time you get in your personal car to drive to the grocery.

Marti   March 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

My deepest sympathies to the entire Richardson/Neeson families. Always hold your memories of Natasha as a daughter/wife and mother deep in your hearts and know she will always be with you.

Vynnette Frederick   March 22nd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Why is Romney being chosen by the press as the obvious heir apparent to McCain? The Republicn Party needs to silence Limbaugh whose extreme positions and utterings alienate young people like me who are still weighing their political options....

Pietro Sirianni   March 22nd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Ask Mr. Romney if he thinks the "New Deal" was socialism, and if the Hoover Dam was a bad idea.

Vynnette Frederick   March 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

What's the big deal about being on the Tonight Show? Obama's approach to communication is something other politicians need to learn and adopt immediately. Communicate where people including young people are most likely to be listening...he's motivating and staying in touch with the young people who put him in office....there is nothing wrong with that at all.

McKenna   March 22nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Helmets should be encouraged, not required. I wish the family God's richest blessings.

Jeff   March 22nd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Everyone is complaining about the government not catching the AIG bonus section in the bill, well someone had to write it in the bill didnt they? Who wrote it into the bill in the first place, maybe they should be the ones responsible for repaying the bonus monies...

sherry   March 22nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET


Brad McCutcheon   March 22nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

My heart goes out to the family of Natasha Richardson. A wonderful person, mother, and actor, full of life, taken from us in the prime of her life. A tragic lose for ALL of us.

gary cameron   March 22nd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Larry could you ask Mr. Romney about his stance on govt regulation, in light of the current problem in the banking, mortgage and investment industry and the lack of appropriate oversight. He said, "We must reform our tax system, encourage investment, support entrepreneurial spirit, open markets abroad to American goods, and minimize burdensome government regulation." How does he feel about "burdensome government regulation."?

jenirow   March 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I was amazed and disgusted at what a pompous jerk Mitt Romney is. His dismissive comment that he wants no part of the current administrations effort to save the American economy is self serving and shows what his real interest is...partisan politics and self aggrandizement. I feel great contempt for someone who idolizes Rush Limbaugh and hopes that our current (liberal) administration policies fail. The Republicans made this mess and right now this country needs all hands on deck, not sour grapes from a member of the political party that is not office. I am a registered Republican but believe Obama's bi-partisan approach to solving the enormous problems facing our country shows his determination to do whatever needs to be done rather than playing political games.

Darrell   March 22nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

There they go with that Experience knock again(Romney). Who has experience dealing with somthing that hasn't happened in this country since before most of us were born. I'm tired of critics with nothing but criticism and no answers. Politics as usual. Just like John McCain saying he'd catch Osama Bin Laden during the debates but hasn't offered to catch him now that the election is over. John I want Osama in custody in the next 30 days, we can do without you on the enconomy till you catch him, I'm sure the President will give you whatever you need within reason to get it done.

Maggie   March 22nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

As much as I hate to admit it, being a democrat, I have to agree with Mr. Romney on the AIG bonuses, not altogether for the same reason though.

I believe this legislation, will have a negative effect on participation in any government recovery effort, as Scott Talbott, senoir vice president of government affairs for the Financial Services Roundtable, warned. It harms middle management and the rank and file sales force, thereby weakening the very firms we are working to strengthen. Fear of what is happening to these corporation and loss of control will discourage anyone from doing business with them and risk the collapse of any advancements they have achieved.

Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face!

Maggie   March 22nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Typical Republican rhetoric. Why is it the media spends so much time trying to interview people with opposing views to our new administration instead of trying to research what Obama's programs might really achieve. After all, we heard all of these views before the majority of the people picked President Obama.

Jesus Justo Guerra   March 22nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Gov. Romney, Do you think that what happen to the market besides
the Maddox, AIG, Lehman Brothers, the banking failures, the markets
collapsing, that the underlying perpetrators were people who are so
wealthy that the financial system was actually cornered and control resulting in these people capitalizing on its rise by the fake economy
mirage that was manipulate to get the millions of investors to ride the surf and suddenly the plug was pulled; and now these same people
under buying what could not be purchased before at a higher price?

suni sami   March 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

in all my 50 years in the united states i have never heard a u.s citizen say they wised/holped a president fail. I belive that people like MIT,Rush,Hanity ect reallt mean " I hope the "N" word fails.I BELIEVE they are jelouse bigots.the republicans under GEORGE BUSH ran the county into the gro und along with the economy,and not one of them wished co n nservatism failed,bscause conservitism is a obselete ideaology by its self

Good Buddy   March 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing people like Mitt Romney use the same old failed election year yak that Obama is not experienced enough to turn around this economy. No one has experience cleaning up the fiscal mess that we are in...what we need is someone smart enough to find, hire and retain smart people that will help us correct this mess.

Mitt is living in the past and that is reason # 1 of many why he was not elected to office and will never be elected to run this country.

Jesus Justo Guerra   March 22nd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Gov. Romney,

Do you think that these markets were purposely cornered, manipulated to cause tremendous profits, then caused to collaspe
to buy cheap on the downside by high influential and wealthy
people in this country? Jesus in Texas suspects a conspiracy of greed!

Pietro Sirianni   March 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Hey, someone tell the republicants that the elections are over and they lost!

Maggie   March 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

With all due respect to your polls, I believe President Obama is doing a great job by working on so many programs at once. Healthcare reform, energy and education are all parts of our economical problem.
Complain and stomp your feet all you want but nothing is going to bring this economic downturn to an instant halt. There is no magic bullet. We may as well be calm, proceed with caution and seek to improve our outlook in every situation that arises.

John   March 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Marcus in Malta – It's OK, you don't have to apologize for your opinions. I didn't see your original comment but even if I don't agree with all of your opinions, I do appreciate input from people who live outside our borders. I find it educational. The only thing I would say about marriage between gays is that I want gays to have the identical priviliges my wife and I have. I would prefer they call it something other than "marriage" though.

As for Mitt Romney and his kind, they are simply try to defend their privileged status in this country and are scared to death that they may be forced to stop taking advantage of the less privileged in order to stuff their own pockets and continue with their current life styles. I have no problem with someone pulling him or herself up by their bootstraps but I do have a problem with these hired guns who are brought into the company to eliminate the jobs of those who cannot defend themselves simply to brag about how much more profitable they have made the company. I prefer the honesty of a simple bank robber over these self serving CEO's. At least the bank robber is honest about what he is trying to do.

ann   March 22nd, 2009 10:53 pm ET

It concerns me when I hear people talking about the United States remaining the "leader of the world". What does that mean, particularly to Governor Romney in this instance? Exactly how important is it to him that we remain the leader of the world and who is it who gave us this title? What are the credentials necessary to be the leader of the world and who are the judges? Is this an egoic concern or a benevolent concern? We know what some countries' dictators will do to retain their position. Perhaps we could, with Governor Romney's insight and others, figure out a way to have multiple altruistic leaders of the world who are not so concerned about their perceived position but rather are concerned with being part of an interrelated, symbiotic world that functions best when we work together for mutual benefit. This sure feels better to me than whether we are the leaders of the world or not....

Steven   March 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

The Obama administration has always reached out and invite any constructive ideas or comments on fixing the economy. What the country need are workable solutions not blind criticism and the same old policy that ditched the economy.

The President is suppose to multi-task, it is expected of him. That is why he is given an army of people working directly for him. The economy is more than just the financial sector, it includes jobs, healthcare, energy costs, and education for the long term. All these comments urging our President to drop everything else and focus on the economy is ignorant and groundless.

Helen   March 22nd, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Bill Clinton said it best-"It's the economoy, stupid."

Abe Gonzalez   March 22nd, 2009 11:17 pm ET

Listening to Gov. Romney it is apparent that our governments (direct) involvement creates more problems than it solves. Regulations need to be established, but direct involvement with our private companies is not good. Our government being a bureaucracy in reality is only a service to its OWN NEEDS which may not always reflect our nations real needs. Once the government gets involved in Federalizing our economy, banking and health system, things will take a turn for the worse. This will increase a period of normal recovery time. As far as healthcare, It will resolve our issues by lessening services to off set cost, especially to the elderly in medicine treatments received. And will create a larger bureaucracy, inserting lots of middle men that-are not actual productive workers delivering healthcare and only limiting it (just like the HMO's of the past, increase management-bureaucracy with no recourse for inappropriate medical mandates to limit care $$$$, and inappropriate bonuses to CEOs $$$$). Decreasing pay to over worked Physicians, Nurses and other direct healthcare givers and any shifting of funds to already poorly managed Hospitals is not the answer. Unfortunately the majority of these CEOs of Coporate America train under similar teachings, doctrine and philosophy. We will be failing to meet our modern nations needs. Ask your self, why did the american hospital associations lobby congress to limit physician own and operated surgery centers and hospitals. This was on the heals of studies that showed these are managed better more efficient, decreasing health care delivery cost, providing better services and better employment for health care workers. We are on the road to socialism. Less competition (or eliminate it), support the weak inefficient systems and punish the cutting edge and successful systems with the premiss that they have an unfair competative advantage?Efficiency and well run-is unfair to those that cannot do that! Research and health care discoveries are not going to solve our current public health problems in the short run or in our life time. Illnesses that need to be cared for here and now must be cared for. We must becareful how we shift money to research and do so in a well thought out process. We as a nation need to realize the reality of the governement getting involved has continued to demonstrated a poor results( government: "we didn't have time to read it all" that says also didn't have ability to plan well). Prime examples Social security, bail outs GM, AIG, Mortagages and Banking, and now health care. He (president) is biting off too much more than he can chew. He will ruin our country's future. He will change things for the bad. Texas is our state of residence, recession not too terrible, our state runs a balance budget, we have state health insurance for those under 18 years age, and a not so perfect education system but better than rest of america in my opinion. Our state is divided into Regions for healthcare and has county taxed based centers that take care of those indegents and county residents that are not insured. Not a perfect system but in our county resources for those without insurance get free healthcare (paid by federal funds, county taxes and with time). Our company continues to expand with 90 + employees, but start socializing our nation will force us to be like the rest of the nation. We will be force to lay off employees to survive. Change is not always good, especially if it is for the purpose of feeding the Bureacratic money $$$ eating machine. And not creating productive work, services and jobs. The Washington repeated talk is too vague and no detail planning or false truth of what they are actually doing. This is the wrong need for our nation and our people.
Wake up Washington before it's too late.

coco   March 22nd, 2009 11:20 pm ET

It took eight long years for Mr. Bush, from his ranch or from the golf
course to put us in this mess... I don't see how Mitt Romney can criticize anything that President Obama does, especialy in trying to communicate by ways of tv, late night shows, what ever works! Mr Bush should be silent, as silent as he was when in office.....
As for the unfortunate loss of Natasha Richardson, I have on a couple of occasions skied at that very station, all I have to say is, these Canadians bend over backwards to help people in need of help, and
can you really force someone to do anything if they don't want to ?

Ileana Dell   March 23rd, 2009 12:18 am ET

Helmets should be require at all times in ski resorts.
Our heart goes out for the family of this beautiful human being.

wayne   March 23rd, 2009 12:20 am ET

she should not have taken a jet ride. the pressure caused the problem to be worseand could have killed her or made the problem worse

John   March 23rd, 2009 12:22 am ET

She's a human being and deserves respect and empathy for that alone, but why make such a big deal over someone who makes their living pretending to be someone they are not? Better to focus on the police officers who died in the line of duty. At least they were doing something worthwhile.

mary murray   March 23rd, 2009 12:23 am ET

my girfriends husband passed away at mayo clinic in minn. the day after natasha after falling while skiing in big sky montana. He walked around for 4 days before being found semi conscious. He was wearing a helmet!

Lisa Martinez   March 23rd, 2009 12:24 am ET

I can't even imagine what her family must be going through right now. What a great loss of such a beautiful and talented women. I wish her mother, husband and children the best.

Kate C   March 23rd, 2009 12:29 am ET

Natasha Richardson,
A daughter, a sister , a wife, a mother, a friend and a true artist who touched all by her wit, her laughter and her smile. Broadway dims but a moment for her passing, our lives will forever have a shadow from her loss. May God bless her family, her husband and her sons in their time of sorrow and may they find comfort in knowing of her exquisite craftsmanship that will forever keep her alive in our memories and hearts.

Kym Clark   March 23rd, 2009 12:30 am ET

What if you CAN'T AFFORD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL? Many people injure themselves (myself included – i recently hit my head very hard) but don't seek help because we LACK HEALTH INSURANCE. I run a non-profit, but as a singular staff person, we can't get a group plan, and it's going to cost me $1,000 a month for insurance – very prohibitive.
Now, I'm no math wiz, but if AIG was given $173 Billion in "bailout" funds, that money alone could cover 300 MILLION AMERICANS with $12,000 in health insurance for 48 years! That works for me – it should be a mandate!

Aurash Gomroki   March 23rd, 2009 12:31 am ET

To Natasha Richardson! A great actress, wife, mother, and friend. My sincere condolences to the Richardson family. Such a tragic loss not only for the family members and friends of Natasha, but for us all. She was a great person, its pitiful and unfortunate that she had to leave so soon. God rest her soul!


Fran, NYC   March 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

Mitt Romney implied that a President can do only one thing at a time. Guess he never heard of motherhood!

Kym Clark   March 23rd, 2009 12:34 am ET

I would submit the same comment with regards to discussions about the ECONOMY the PRESIDENT'S PLANs around corporate assistance and accountability, AIG BONUSES and HEALTH CARE –
With all the people, myself included, who are not being BAILED OUT and HAVE NO HEALTH INSURANCE, why is this HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION not being held accountable for INSURING US?? $173 BILLION can cover 300 MILLION AMERICANS with $12,000 in health insurance PER YEAR for 48 YEARS?? Where's our health care plan?

Fran, NYC   March 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

"I want him to fail."

Mitt Romney of President Obama

francis stringer   March 23rd, 2009 12:46 am ET

Please Mitt, own up to the fact that the Republicans are just as guilty as anyone else for this fiasco. When will we see an honest politician? Barack Obama is the closest I've seen to that in decades. Cut the cheap jibes eh.

john m   March 23rd, 2009 12:49 am ET

i had the exact head injury when i lived in steamboat... my son was only 6 months old... i was wearing a helmet... it was a powder day and a tree stump was covered with snow ... somehow i was triped and my head struck the top of the stump...some sharp part of the stump was able to get under the helmet and stabbed the temple cutting my temporal arttery.. the ski patrol was on my in no time thanks to my friend i was skiing with... i dont rember much but the awful pain that ran through my head... by the time i got into the hospital ,, blood was squirting out the side of my head.. a surgen sewed the arttery to end the flow of blood ..... i ve been skiing for 40 years and some pro races and that helmet saved my life by taking some of the impact ... most of all a get to watch my son ski now... thanks to GIRO helmets!!!!!!!!!!

Kym Clark   March 23rd, 2009 12:49 am ET

I'd like to see what Romney would say about so-called "liberal" policies if he had no health care and was being gentrified out of the apartment he was renting, unable to afford to move...

Lyn Johnson   March 23rd, 2009 12:52 am ET

I HOPE THIS IS NOTICED!!!!!!! I worked in surgery and intensive care for almost 30 years....I have seen so much suffering and death....My heart feels for the family of Natasha...They are going through the worst lost imagineable...The last thing they need to hear is the question if early intervention could have helped...I am here to tell you hers was an accident that presented in such a way that the response was appropriate.. she even signed a release..If she had lost conc\science or vomited she would have been transported to the hospital immediately..And then what could have happened? She could have had surgery and maybe she would have been in a vegetative state...We don't know why sometimes the good/best die young..Its is not fair but it is not for us to know now...someday they will know...until then GodBless...and let her legacy be known and live the rest or you're life the way she would have wished...You could have done nothing...I hope I can blog again as I have a quote that I have read over and over that helped me deal with my loss...

Mary Jane   March 23rd, 2009 12:52 am ET

Hi Larry,
In regards to Natasha Richardson, my 3 daughters and I were very saddened by her death. My daughters loved her in the Parent Trap!! I am 45, started skiing when I was 14, and consider myself an advanced to expert skier. I started wearing a helmet when Sonny Bono died from his skiing accident at Heavenly Ski Resort in 1998, where my husband and I met while skiing in 1986. Sonny's accident gave me a tremendous wake-up call and convinced me to start wearing a helmet while skiing. It also reminded me of my husband – an expert level and daring skier who loves to weave in and out of the trees especially when it is a powder day. In 1996 my oldest daughter started skiing at age 4 followed by her younger sisters who also started skiing when they turned 4. They grew up skiing with a helmet prior to Sonny Bono's death because Mammoth Mountain Ski resort required it in lessons. They have grown up knowing nothing different and don't complain. My husband didn't start wearing a helmet until he converted to snowboarding in year 2001. With my daring girls (now ages 16, 14, and 10) who have all since converted to snowboarding and are like their dad who enjoys snowboarding through the trees I feel much relief that they all wear helmets. I also switched to snowboarding in 2008 and thanks to wearing my helmet I have had no head injuries during my 3 bad snowboarding falls. I would like to say to ALL parents to rent a helmet if you don't have one for your kids or for yourself. All ski resorts and ski shops rent them. They are very reasonably priced too if you choose to buy one. Your child could get knocked over by another skier/snowboarder or just catch an edge and fall causing severe head injuries. Also, you need to take care of yourself and wear a helmet too. It has to be a terrible experience for a child to lose his/her parent at a young age.

Best regards from a caring mom,

Mary Jane Barger
San Diego, CA

Lexi   March 23rd, 2009 1:02 am ET

Love Mitt Romney!!!! Obama is in need of help. He should listen to others rather than stupid Pelosi.

Chad Strand   March 23rd, 2009 1:05 am ET

Mitt is the real deal. He is correct about everything he said today on your program. I don't know him personally but he is right on track with his thought process. I would vote for him to run our country in a heartbeat!!!! Take care, Chad

Cynthia Stavish   March 23rd, 2009 1:10 am ET

I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate and untimely death of Natasha Richardson, my heart goes out to Liam, the boys, and the entire Redgrave family in what must be a significantly difficult time in their lives, and I wish them all of the best.

Natasha's death aside, it amazes me that Larry King is directing so much attention to the use of helmets on his show as if this is a novel idea. As an advance practice nurse specializing in critical care and trauma, the use of helmets in sports is not a novice thought. Public health nurses and other public health awareness programs have been stressing the importance of using helmets for years. All individuals engaging in sporting activities where the risk for impact with another person or objects is possible, should include the use of a helmet to prevent the tragic outcome that has befallen Natasha Richardson. Furthermore, anyone who bikes outside should clearly use a helmet. This clearly is a common sense issue, and one that can go a long way to preventing serious disability, and even death. The point I am making is that this is common knowledge, but like so many other issues such as over-eating, and not getting enough exercise, the use of helmets during high risk activities is just one more issue that is taken for granted by a great deal of people in today's society!

Cynthia Stavish, MSN, RN, PHN, CCRN
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tane   March 23rd, 2009 1:40 am ET

So, now we are supposed to accept as credible the advice of Mitt Romney, a man who sunk $35 million of his own cash in his failed campaign? So, a big business pig would better be able to right the financial system? As a benefactor of the greed and imbalance of big business and wall street get rich quick schemes I am certain that Mitt would support continuing the hands-off deregulation mentality that put us in this situation in the first place. Why does the media persist in subjecting us to this display of pomposity?

Tane   March 23rd, 2009 1:58 am ET

I am so sick of hearing that President Obama should focus only on the banking crisis. So is he supposed to not submit a budget? Or is his budget supposed to assume that there is nothing else that the government should attend to for a decade? The Congress will soon be voting on his budget – should he not make a case for his proposals? That would be asinine. I lost money in my 401K, but that is the least of my worries. I am much more concerned as a small business owner without health care coverage that I am one accident away from financial devastation. This country has a long way to go towards getting our priorities straight and the media feeding into the idea that the only people in this country who matter are fat cats is making it harder. Not that it should surprise me, since half of the pundits are millionaires themselves. The corporate media "journalists" are the ones who are out of touch with regular Americans, not our President.

Did we not learn over the past 8 years that tunnel vision puts our country in peril? Bush focused exclusively on Iraq and look what happened – our infrastructure crumbled around us, our dependence on foreign oil doubled and we fell behind other industrialized nations in our health, education, manufacturing and energy.

Vicky Harris   March 23rd, 2009 3:22 am ET

My deepest sympathy to the family of Natasha Richardson. Life is so precious and something like this, a woman passing away in her prime, reminds us that we must live each day to its fullest. I grieve with her family, the loss of a wife, mother, daughter, sister, is so devasting and my prayers are with them all.

gladys cole   March 23rd, 2009 3:32 am ET

i think everyone needs to consider the family when they try to speculate on what happened to natasha,yes she hit her head but the family needs to mourn her death not what should have been done give them time

gladys cole   March 23rd, 2009 3:33 am ET

who is mitt romney to discuss all these things, what credentials give hiom the right

Jane Vernon BC canada   March 23rd, 2009 3:35 am ET

I would like to send condolences to the Richardson family. My prayers and thoughts are with them

Ozzie New   March 23rd, 2009 3:49 am ET

What a self-centered individual. No wonder so many Canadians think Americans are crazy. This man is actually (I can't believe it!!!!) blaming Obamah for the bonuses. That is absolutely amazing. In Canada, he would be laughed (AND VOTED) right out of politics! How absurd!!!

Steve Bishop   March 23rd, 2009 3:50 am ET

In regards to the controversy about government bailouts. Instead of trying to pass a law that would tax the bonus. How about passing a law that would force companies to void or surrender their bonuses before they could accept any bail-out funding to begin with.

yousef   March 23rd, 2009 5:14 am ET

Natasha Richardson died because of envy for the success of her husband in taken

Martha James   March 23rd, 2009 5:18 am ET

I am so sad that such a preaty talented woman should die. My sympathy to her husband and kids. May God console them all.

Al Falfa   March 23rd, 2009 5:42 am ET

I saw the program her in Tokyo on a delay broadcast but I would like to add my comment annyway. I find Mitt Romney extremely condescending and just another just say no republican...His "I don't want him to succeed if......yada yada yada...." is just as offensive as Rush Limbaugh, the DEFACTO leader of the REPUBLICAN Party..God! I can't believe nor imagine that another "white bread" republican can make this an INCLUSIVE country!

I don't know, Larry! I see it different here from Japan! The people here love him and think that future candidates such as Palin and her ilk are a joke!

Martha James   March 23rd, 2009 6:22 am ET

My heart is sadenned because of the death of our dear preaty talented lady. My condolences to her family. May our loving God console them.

Martha James

Martha James   March 23rd, 2009 6:44 am ET

Please can any one ask Mitt if he was on his second honeymoon when American cummulative mess started. If he so know it all cdnt he have laid down his life as Jesus did to save american economy. Where was he in the era of Bush, whn american economy was squandered in the stupid war he never ended in Irag and Afgha... He is jus been jealous..thts it. although Obama is human who inherited trillions of dollars deficit from the past admin., all he can only do is try to mend d broken its left for God to interven and settle matters ones and for all time.

Louise, Saudi Arabia   March 23rd, 2009 6:49 am ET

Larry, thank you for having Mitt Romney on your show. That man is amazing! He is so well spoken and says things the way they are. He is not loathe to praise a competitor or member of the opposing party, either. I know he wishes success to Barack Obama and would be willing to help towards that end in any way he could.

And another family man–you gotta love it!

Terry, TX   March 23rd, 2009 9:50 am ET

Mitt Romney....was the only qualified candidate during the election.... governor, ran a business ....orchestrated the Olympics. No ...but we voted in a 2yr senator with No Governing Experience....but he was good looking and black... and look what we've got now.

debbie   March 23rd, 2009 11:35 am ET

Romney and Palin have the same outlook, the old "IF I were President" BS we hear all the time from Republican side. If they really had the answers and would of done it different then they had 8 years and collasped this country with their rich and wealthy attitutes. I find it only amusing to listen to McCain,Palin and now Romney with this crusade against the President in trying to find any fault with anything he does. The Republicans lost for good reasons and now with all the Bush recklessness the President is trying to clean up and all he faces from Republicans is the blame game. This economy, wars and housing problems began at the Republican door not the Democrats door. It's funny now Obama won the Republicans are concerned about the country , where were their great ideas when we were spiraling into this mess they created? We have had President's with no military background, not alot of political experience or being in the Senate for alot of years but common sense and brains is what you need , President Obama has these credentials with a vision to help us, that is being a great President Mr. Romney.

Lexi   March 23rd, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Our kids,grandkids, greatgrandkids are going to be paying for this mess. Obama has brought up the red by 10 fold. Big gamble with the taxpayers money. He is acting like a rock star and joking and laughing and acting anything but a President. Doesn't do anything he promised. Doesn't even read bills, trys to scare the American people, gets voted for so nobody can read it cause it is so urgent and lets it sit 5 days.The illegals are going to come in herenow cause Pelosi is calling for it. They are going to get education, welfare, health etc. What about taking care of our own???? We have Americans and legal immigrants who need help. America can not afford Obama and his absurd ideas. He is ramming everything at once and notheing is getting done right. He lies about everything. Transparency, lobbyists he said he would never hire, knowing about these bonuses. Look at the 10 plus people who couldn't be in his cabinet because they don't pay taxes. Why do they get out of taxes and American people would go to jail if we didn't pay. Why do we want to reward people who don't contribute and penalize those who do by giving jobs to all of us. Socialism WILL NOT work. We are Americans and want to stay Americans. Those who don't can move else where.

Pietro Sirianni   March 23rd, 2009 6:46 pm ET

Republicants are hopelessly infatuated with president Obama. They can't stop talking about him. Its like listening to a high-school girl talk about her latest crush. Enough already it's pathetic!

bette   March 23rd, 2009 8:23 pm ET

Mitt Romney & 5 sons,,question :"no one has ever enlisted in the military?"... is it because of their faith ?...

michael   March 24th, 2009 5:55 am ET

Now correct me if I am wrong, but Mitt Romney showed neither the leadership nor the political views to be selected by his own Republican party to run for President, so what qualifies him to so pompously question the political leadership and direction of the Obama administration.

paula   March 24th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

he ended his campaign early after spending 66 million of his own money,,why ? he could have been the nominee ..McCain & Romney left Mich in a hurry after a very wealthy person host a huge fundraiser for them, why ??and Romney was born & raised in Michigan..

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