Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meet The Press – April 13, 2014

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Mike Murphy
Kara Swisher
Paul Gigot
Andrea Mitchell
Kathleen Sebelius
Harry Smith
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Ed Davis – Fmr. Boston Police Commissioner
Joe Andruzzi – Fmr. N.E. Patriots player
John Tlumacki – photographer
Mike Bosse – Boston EMS
Kent Scarna – First Responder
Sue Schiller – EMS

Gregory: Kathleen Sebelius resigned
did Obamacare win or is the ACA
terrible Mike Murphy?

Murphy: ha ha ha

Gregory: well did it?

Murphy: we shall see

Gregory: the reality is that in this
quantum age the truth is unknowable

Edwards: people like Obamacare!

Gregory: the WSJ says her resigning
is proof Obamacare is a failure

Gigot: yes they're just using Obamacare
success as excuse to cover up its failure

Swisher: Disaster. Debacle.
Disaster. Also, disaster

Gregory: young people hate using
technology that doesn't work immediately
unlike everyone else

Swisher: right

Murphy: people may click on a
button but will they pay the bills?

Edwards: Sebelius served for 5 years!

Gregory: Andrea Mitchell got to
interview Kathleen Sebelius – how did it go?

Mitchell: in retrospect should
you have done the website right

Sebelius: yes that would have been good

Mitchell: aha

Sebelius: but it works now

Mitchell: true but irrelevant

Sebelius: and now people have great choices

Mitchell: you didn't pay enough
attention to the website before the rollout

Sebelius: no shit Andrea

Mitchell: answer the question

Sebelius: the website didn't work – I get it

Mitchell: say it! say it!

Sebelius: okay okay okay
we fucked up!!

Mitchell: did the White House oversell it?

Sebelius: what?

Mitchell: Obamacare

Sebelius: but the ACA works

Mitchell: does it?

Sebelius: sure look at expanded
Medicaid, lower costs, more coverage

Mitchell: what was your low point?

Sebelius: hmmm... I guess I'd 
have to say the time when 

Mitchell: people are asking
were you pushed out of this job?

Sebelius: look a lot of people leave
at the end of a first term but I decided
to leave after the end of open enrollment

Mitchell: if you say so

Sebelius: there's never a
good time to leave this job

Gregory: Ted Cruz said Sebelius' resignation
proves Obamacare is a disaster

Cruz: Obamacare is the worst
law in American history

Brown: I'd rather die than log
on to the Obamacare website

Gregory: the point is it doesn't
matter if Obamacare is good or bad

Gigot: Obamacare has ruined everything

Gregory: right

Gigot: but you have to have an alternative

Gregory: you guys have an alternate plan?

Murphy: we don't need one – 
Obamacare is bad!

Gregory: speaking of elections Obama
talked about LBJ and voting rights

Obama: the Republican party is
trying to stop people from voting!

Gregory: there's not much 
evidence of voter fraud

Edwards: there no evidence of voter fraud

Gregory: how will this play in 2014?

Swisher: this is about how elections
will be done in 15 years

Gregory: what do you mean?

Swisher: we need a bitcoin for voters

Murphy: as long as there's jobs
for useless political consultants

Gregory: if voter ID suppressed
the vote than why did black turnout rise?

Edwards: because of a backlash you idiot

Gregory: what if Social Security
cards had a photo on it

Swisher: what if you could vote
using drones from Amazon?

Murphy: get off my lawn lady

Gregory: Jeb Bush doesn't hate
immigrants as much as most
Republicans do

Murphy: Bush is not a typical politician
he's very authentic

Gregory: [ spit take ]

[ break ]

Gregory: I'm in Boston Harbor
to talk about heroism

Smith: the mood is sacred

Witness: the memories are still fresh

Smith: the city was violated

Smith: the Boston marathon
takes place on Patriot's Day

Smith: the revolution began in 1775
that's before the Declaration!

Smith: the marathon attack was
therefore an attack on all of us
who love freedom and liberty

Gregory: for all the talk of resilience
some wounds don't heal

Goodwin: the worst part is they
struck us on our sacred day

Gregory: yes we covered that

Markey: Doris is right – Patriots Day is
a celebration of freedom and that's
what the terrorists hate about America

Gregory: of course

Markey: they knew what they
were doing but the evoked
the opposite response

Gregory: exactly

Markey: instead we got the sacrifice
and resilience and all that

Gregory: Joe you picked up a bombing victim

Andruzzi: yes

Gregory: did you hear the explosion?

Andruzzi: yes

Gregory: go on

Andruzzi: and then I carried
a victim a block to an ambulance

Gregory: tell me about this photograph

Tlumacki: I was there to take 
pictures of ordinary people 
running the marathon and 
then a bomb went off

Gregory: wow

Tlumacki: it was amazing how 
everyone was immediately being helped

Gregory: what do you think
about when you see this picture

Davis: it shows how police are
ready to help at a moment's notice

Gregory: how did the bombing
change the city?

Bosse: it was an honor
to serve the city

Gregory: what else?

Bosse: I took the attack very personally

Gregory: is it hard to think about it?

Bosse: no

Gregory: Boston will recover but
won't people feel more vulnerable?

Goodwin: maybe but people
won't stay away

Gregory: how did the Red Sox help the city?

EMS worker: when Ortiz said
this is our fucking city he spoke
for the whole fucking city and about
how we're taking it fucking back

Andruzzi: these tragedies and
sports really bring a community together

Gregory: what lessons do
we learn from the bombing?

Davis: the lesson is don't fuck with Boston

Gregory: shutting the whole
city down to look for the bombers
was a big deal

Davis: we thought the city was under
attack by a sophisticated terror cell

Gregory: were mistakes made?

Markey: there were many
great brave heroes that day
but don't forget 9/11

Gregory: we won't

Markey: Boston learned the lessons from 9/11

Gregory: but the US didn't arrest
Tamerlan for being radicalized

Markey: exactly he should have
had red flags on him for being
oriented the wrong way

Schiller: all agencies should 
share information but in 
a free and open society we 
can't stop all terror attacks

Scarna: I'm outraged at the
apologists for terrorists

Gregory: wow

Scarna: I don't care if they had bad
childhoods – people got killed –
we need to stop apologizing for them

Gregory: okay so no more
apologizing for the bombers

Goodwin: we always emerge
stronger from these attacks

Gregory: what will this photograph
mean to you and others?

Tlumacki: it will remind 
people of the bombing

Gregory: good point

Tlumacki: but hopefully I will
replace it with a photograph
of the marathon as a happy occasion

Gregory: well put

[ break ]

Gregory: this is the anniversary of
the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Burns: yes it's very historic

Gregory: tell me about the Gettysburg address

Burns: to me it is the greatest
speech every made by an American

Gregory: wow

Burns: it was about the Declaration
and a new birth of freedom

Gregory: also it's short

Edwards: it's very inspirational

Murphy: I feel bad for Edward Everett

Burns: it's a tough speech to understand

Gregory: yes it is

Burns: if you go to the website
you can see Bill O'Reilly and
David Gregory recite the address

Audience: omg where do I sign up

Murphy: the Gettysburg battle
was a big fucking deal

Burns: here were over 150,000 casualties

Swisher: what about twitter?

Burns: what if the address were given today?

Gigot: Lincoln would break through
the mindless chatter online and on cable tv

Burns: the Wall Street Journal and
Fox News would say “The big government
freedom-hating President today gave
a failed speech to distract from his
disastrous and divisive war policies”

Gregory: it's funny cause it's true

Panel: LOL

Gregory: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press

This Week with George Stephanopoulos – April 13, 2015

Alex Marquadt
Dan Harris
Jon Karl
Samantha Power (U.S. Amb. to the U.N.)
Sen. Ron Paul (R-KY)
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Robert Reich
Ana Navarro
James Carville
Matthew Dowd
Laura Ingraham

Stephanopoulos: wow war
might break out in Ukraine!

Marquardt: Ukraine call
pro-Russia forces terrorists

Stephanopoulos: ballsy

Marquardt: and there are dead
and wounded on both sides

Stephanopoulos: scary

Marquardt: anti-government pro-russia
guys have seized government buildings

Stephanopoulos: shit's getting real

Marquardt: but they are wearing
the same Russian uniforms

Stephanopoulos: oops

Marquardt: also Russia is warning Ukraine
not to crack down on people attacking
government buildings

Stephanopoulos: sounds reasonable

Raddatz: the U.S. is worried that
Russia is going to invent an excuse
to invade the rest of Ukraine

Stephanopoulos: I heard the head
of the CIA is in Kiev

Raddatz: this is how it starts George

Stephanopoulos: Indeed

Raddatz: the CIA is not officially in Kiev

Stephanopoulos: Is Russia going
to invade Ukraine?

Power: it sure looks like it George

Stephanopoulos: so how can the
U.S. stop Russia

Power: we can crush the ruble

Stephanopoulos: what else

Power: we could stop buying their natural gas

Stephanopoulos: does Putin really
want the rest of Ukraine?

Power: he words say they
don't but his actions say yes

Stephanopoulos: so what now?

Power: fuck 'em

Stephanopoulos: will talks go forward?

Power: not if he invades Kiev

Stephanopoulos: is America going
to ban the Iran envoy to the UN?

Power: we might

Stephanopoulos: we can do that just
because we host the UN headquarters?

Power: that's right

Stephanopoulos: but he served in
Italy and Austria

Power: I don't care Stephy

Stephanopoulos: but we're in the middle
of delicate negotiations with Iran

Power: all the more reason
for them to back down

Stephanopoulos: who committed
the latest war crime in Syria?

Power: we're looking into it

Stephanopoulos: don't we have
to bomb Assad now?

Power: we're not ruling it out

Stephanopoulos: thanks Samantha

Stephanopoulos: Dan what's going on?

Harris: wow it's been a year
since the Boston bombing

Stephanopoulos: yes

Harris: there were stories of heroism
and Boston Strong and Big Papi
this is our fucking city

Stephanopoulos: awesome

Harris: but there may have been
missed signals and now Boston
says We Run Together

Stephanopoulos: welcome Deval Patrick

Patrick: nice to see you George

Stephanopoulos: are you confident
the race will be secure?

Patrick: we're doing our best

Stephanopoulos: good

Patrick: but it still have to be
fun day for everyone

Stephanopoulos: are you worried
about a copycat?

Patrick: hey you never know

Stephanopoulos: FBI should have
followed Tsarnaev around 24 hours a day

Patrick: hindsight is easy especially in retrospect

Stephanopoulos: true

Patrick: I prefer to think about
how Boston hung tough together

Stephanopoulos: great

Patrick: it's going to be a solemn
occasion but a celebration too

Stephanopoulos: up next –
is Rand Paul the next new maverick?

Stephanopoulos: wow he's 
a libertarian firebrand!!

Karl: tell some hard truths –
are you the front runner for the Presidency?

Paul: I am pretty awesome

Karl: why do black people hate the GOP?

Paul: I don't know – Democrats never
do anything for black people

Paul: I went to Detroit and offered
to give them a billion dollars and
those ingrates didn't want it

Karl: you offered them a billion in
tax cuts for rich people

Paul: it's still a good idea

Karl: do you agree that Jeb Bush
that illegal immigrants are
loving examples of the human species?

Paul: they are not bad people but
we shouldn't let them in anyway

Karl: the GOP vilifies immigrants

Paul: well they break the law

Karl: do you really believe
Dick Cheney only wanted to
invade Iraq because of money?

Paul: no

Karl: well you said it

Paul: no no – but he did have
a conflict of interest

Karl: Liz Cheney said you get
your ideas from Rachel Maddow

Paul: that's pretty funny

Karl: on foreign affairs you
sound like a lefty isolationist

Paul: no I'm like Ronald Reagan

Karl: Reagan spent a lot on defense
and you want to cut defense spending

Paul: no just not increasing it too much

Karl: oh come on

Paul: well we have a big debt

Karl: what about Iran getting
a nuclear weapon

Paul: I voted for sanctions but
we can't have a war with Iran

Karl: could the U.S. live with
Iran having nukes?

Paul: it would be dumb to say
yes to that in advance

Karl: but could the US live with it?

Paul: of course

Karl: does your wife support
your running for President?

Paul: I'm working on her

Karl: good luck

Stephanopoulos: what's the deal with Rand?

Dowd: he needs the three Ps –
he's gotten the passion and policy
but not the probability

Stephanopoulos: ha

Ingraham: the big stars of of the GOP
right now are Paul, Huckabee and Cruz

Stephanopoulos: interesting

Ingraham: but only Paul peels off
women, young people and minorities

Carville: ya gotta nominate
someone who can win!

Stephanopoulos: that's logical

Carville: if the GOP loses another
Presidential election the GOP will be extinct!

Trump: the idea that immigrants
love each other is crazy

Navarro: Donald Trump is an idiot

Navarro: with Jeb Bush it's refreshing
to have a candidate who unlike
Romney doesn't lie all the time

Reich: no one knows anything
about Jeb Bush which is a good thing

Dowd: true but he had a really big problem

Stephanopoulos: what's that?

Dowd: his name is Bush

Stephanopoulos: good point

Dowd: the whole nation wants
to vote for Republicans

Ingraham: don't rule out Donald Trump!