David Plouffe - White House advisor
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Tim Shriver - CEO Special Olympics
Helene Cooper - New York Times
Jim Cramer - CNBC
Chuck Todd - NBC news
Gregory: wow Congress and Obama agreed
to cut $38.5 billion!
Plouffe: woo hoo
Gregory: Obama is a bad man
Plouffe: I disagree - this is what divided
government looks like
Gregory: but Obama is terrible
Plouffe: this ridiculous fight is the model
for deals going forward
Gregory: but Obama is not good
Plouffe: let’s move on Fluffy
Gregory: Congressional democrats are
also bad people
Plouffe: we need to invest in cancer research,
Head Start and killer drones
Gregory: what will Obama give the Republicans in exchange for not crashing the U.S. economy
Plouffe: it would be a total catastrophe
if we don’t raise the debt limit
Gregory: it’s Armageddon!
Plouffe: it’s a big game of chicken
Gregory: Obama has failed to cut Medicare
unlike the courageous Paul Ryan
Plouffe: Obama is going cut a trillion dollars in spending
Gregory: but Obama didn’t propose the debt commission’s recommendations
Plouffe: actually he did
Gregory: not Alan Simpson’s Puppy Killing Act
Plouffe: we have divided government so we may compromise and just kill some household pets
Gregory: you have to cut Medicare and Medicaid!
Plouffe: I do?
Gregory: you HAVE to!!!
Plouffe: Calm down Fluffy
Gregory: any chance Paul Ryan’s plan get passed
Plouffe: giving $200,000 tax cut and
Gregory: will you raise taxes on everyone?
Plouffe: on the rich
Gregory: you should raise taxes on those
selfish middle classes
Plouffe: how about we not do that?
Gregory: is that a re-election pledge?
Plouffe: we’ve cut taxes consistently
Gregory: Obama promised to close Gitmo and instead KSM will go before a military tribunal
Plouffe: 10 years after 9/11 the guy still hasn’t
been put on trial and now we will
[ break ]
Gregory: did the Republicans almost shut down
Ryan: hell yeah!
Gregory: will there be a Budgetgeddon?
Ryan: we won’t raise the debt ceiling without
cutting a trillion dollars first
Gregory: like what?
Ryan: like really really big cuts
Gregory: Mark McKinnon said you will either
save America or destroy it
Ryan: now that a Democrat is President we must
cut the debt
Gregory: you are an idealist but your plan is not realistic
Ryan: the high debt requires us to cut taxes
Gregory: you would end Medicare, reverse Medicaid and cut taxes for the rich
Gregory: Alan Simpson thinks you are cruel to the weak and he eats kittens for breakfast
Ryan: also I don’t address health care costs
Gregory: right I forgot
Ryan: look rich people are overtaxed - do you know how much foie gras costs??
Ryan: rich people need your tax money
to make jobs!
Gregory: that’s convenient
Ryan: we’re competing against India and China to woo Job Creators
Gregory: you would cut aid for the poor and disabled
Ryan: Medicare was designed for people who died
at age 60 and we need to return to that
Gregory: I see
Ryan: we want to give the poor and old people the power to negotiate with their doctors for cheaper surgeries
Gregory: that doesn’t sound too awesome for
Ryan: no it’s “personalized” - you can craft you own Death Panel
Gregory: what about dealing with tax reform first?
Ryan: maybe Obama will meet us halfway and slash Social Security instead
Gregory: your plan is blatantly ideological
Ryan: punishing old people will give our children
a debt-free nation
Gregory: I can’t help notice that no one
likes your plan
Ryan: my plan will pass the GOP caucus
Gregory: what about the GOP Presidential candidates?
Ryan: I’ve heard they all secretly love it
[ break ]
Gregory: OMG this budget crisis makes elected officials looks bad!
Todd: we almost shut the government down over stale culture wars
Cooper: it went right down to the last moment -
it was scary!
Gregory: Obama had a photo-op showing that
he protected the Washington monument from a lack of visitors!
Shriver: Honestly most non-geek Americans were not awake and twittering at midnight Friday
Audience: who us
Cramer: Obama is a job-killing socialist and also the economy is rapidly turning around
Gregory: but but but Obama is a bad President
Cramer: we must fear the IMF
Gregory: the GOP is driving the debate
Todd: Boehner used Planned Parenthood to squeeze another $38 billion in cuts
Gregory: the Tea Party don’t want to legislate
Shriver: I respect the Tea Party for be willing to lose - but what do they want to build?
Gregory: Charlie Cook says cutting Medicare
Cramer: Interest rates are going to go up dramatically in July if we don’t cut Medicaid
Cooper: Obama is so far above the fray he can he see the roofs of our planes as they fly off
Gregory: Paul Ryan put out a brave plan to
Todd: it’s like Gollum’s ring - it will destroy anyone who touches it
Gregory: Whether Vain endorsed it
Todd: the Tea Party are like the Sith - you must confront the Tea Party without becoming one of them
Gregory: what’s the key to 2012
Todd: Ohio and Hispanics
Shriver: people are angry about lack of jobs, fairness and shared larger purpose
Gregory: What is the Unforseen
Cramer: Obama must scare people that they will lose their job if we don’t cut the debt
Brokaw: Should Qadaffi leave?
Prince Saud: he’s a whackjob
Saud: on Main Street
Cooper: Libya is they key to the Presidential election in 2012
Gregory: Chaos is so much fun
Todd: the Middle East is consuming the
Cooper: everytime America thinks we’re out we
get pulled back in
Gregory: and that’s Meet the Press