March 8th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

Erin returns to the NYSE, and remembers Mark Haines

Erin Burnett had not been back to the New York Stock Exchange since the day her friend and CNBC co-anchor Mark Haines died. "It was bittersweet for me," she said of the trip home, which came on a notable day: the Dow clearing 13,000 for the first time since 2008.

For Erin, visiting the NYSE brought back a flood of memories, and also a sense of what was gone:

Mark and I hosted a show together for almost six years. And I know almost everyone watching unfortunately has, at some point, felt the way I did today. Moments when the memory of a person who has died overwhelms you, and you are aware of one thing: an emptiness.

Even the metal pipe Mark sat on outside the building for his smoke break was empty.

But Erin says her visit back to the turf she and Mark shared brought with it a chance to give Mark Haines some due credit. On March 9, 2009, Haines said the performance of the market–it closed that day at 6,547–felt "like a bottom."

As Erin noted, he was right:

It's up 97.79% since then. Who knows where the market goes now. But–like all the traders I was lucky enough to see again today–I thought of Mark when the Dow crossed 13-thousand. And, I hope the "Haines Bottom" is one record that remains forever...unbroken.

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Would you back a Camel Party?
March 8th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Would you vote...for a camel?

By Erin Burnett

I love camels.

It's the reason we do a segment called "The Camel Report" on (some/too few) Hump Days.

So, you can imagine my surprise and delight when on Super Tuesday I heard Rick Santorum say, "The reason that Karen and I ultimately decided to get into this race was because of that issue, and in particular one issue. I've said it almost every stump speech I've given. If it wasn't for one particular issue that to me breaks the camel's back with respect to liberty in this country, and that is the issue of Obamacare."


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