Gregory: welcome to this very Special Episode
of Meet The Press devoted entirely to Education
in America - here’s Bibi Netanyahu
Netanyahu: Hi David
Gregory: what about the move for statehood
Netanyahu: It’s a great idea if Palestine de-militarized
Gregory: There is no peace process is there?
Netanyahu: I tried to meet with the Palestinians
here in New York but they had tickets to the
Book of Mormon
Gregory: ooh those are really hard to get
Netanyahu: Abbas has to sit down and Just Do It
Gregory: Why are you still occupying the
Netanyahu: I walk the streets of New Jersey and
people say to me Bibi stay strong and
maintain the occupation!
Gregory: that’s amazing
Netanyahu: the Dutch love us and we’re very popular in Cyprus
Gregory: what if being right is not enough?
Netanyahu: the core of the conflict is that the Palestinians refuse to recognizes Israel as
a Jewish state
Gregory: got it
Netanyahu: Militant Islam is an insatiable crocodile that eats land with its snapping jaws
Gregory: Please bash Obama for me
Gregory: But Rick Perry says Obama is a bad man
Netanyahu: don’t fuck with me Fluffy
Gregory: but Obama is mean!
Netanyahu: I heard you were a moron
Gregory: Is Israel going to be a Jewish state
or a democracy?
Netanyahu: um let me think . . . the first
Gregory: so what’s the solution?
Netanyahu: a Palestinian state that recognizes Israel as a Jewish state and our historic right to our land
Gregory: sounds good
Netanyahu: Abbas needs to tell his people that the dream is over - Israel is here to stay
Gregory: he’s still talking about 1948
Netanyahu: This is the land of Abraham and Jacob and Benjamin who was the Original Bibi
Gregory: Abbas says the land is sacred for
Muslims and Christians
Netanyahu: Hello!? Ever heard of little story about God, the Jews and Jesus? Most popular book ever written??
Gregory: The DaVinci Code?
Netanyahu: the Bible you idiot
Gregory: Bill Clinton says you are partly to blame because you will never give up the West Bank
Netanyahu: I never said this before but I mean
this sincerely - fuck you Fluffy
[ break ]
Gregory: Mayor Mike what is going on with the economy?
Bloomberg: Europe is collapsing and our useless
politicians in D.C. are going to shut down
the government! Again!
Gregory: why are businesses not hiring?
Bloomberg: you can’t make a loan or take a vacation
when politicians are bickering
Gregory: so this is all Obama’s fault
Bloomberg: at least he’s trying to fix the economy
which is more than I can say for the GOP
Gregory: Obama says he is not waging class warfare
unless you like class warfare in which case
he is a warrior
Bloomberg: that’s not fair -- you can’t define
what is “poor” or “wealthy” - those are just theatrics
Gregory: that’s very insightful
Bloomberg: If Warren Buffet made his money
differently then his taxes would be different
Gregory: I can’t argue with that
Bloomberg: you must raise taxes on everyone
and also cut entitlements
Gregory: Isn’t Warren Buffet a bad man for
suggesting higher taxes on rich people like
you and me?
Bloomberg: yes he is Fluffy
Gregory: don’t you love Chris Christie?
Bloomberg: he’s okay I guess
Gregory: Is the Rick Perry honeymoon over?
Bloomberg: you journalists keep hyping whoever
is behind - it’s silly
Bloomberg: these GOP candidates don’t believe in
science or evolution or vaccination - it’s appalling
Gregory: how about a third party
candidate for President?
Bloomberg: that’s clever but will never happen
Gregory: can Obama be re-elected?
Bloomberg: yes because he’s better than any of the
alternatives who appear to be morons
Gregory: I read a poll that said people don’t approve
of your education policies
Bloomberg: that was a bullshit poll Fluffy
Gregory: yes sir
Bloomberg: people love public schools policies
and it’s disgraceful for you to attack parents this way
Gregory: thanks for coming Mayor
[ break ]
Gregory: Bill Bennett tell me about education
Bennett: If went to college unemployment is 5%
if you didn’t go to high school it’s 15%
Shalala: if you work 2 jobs you can’t get home to
help your kids with their homework
Smiley: This is not a skill problem -
it’s a will problem!
Gregory: but doesn’t government suck?
Smiley: Kids live with crime, poverty and drugs -
it’s a national disgrace!
Gregory: are there no private charities?
Shriver: standardized tests don’t inspire kids
Gregory: they are very boring
Shriver: we need to teach optimism!
Bennett: tests let us know who is failing
which is very necessary
Gregory: so what is the answer?
Bennett: charter schools and paying
good teachers a bonus
Gregory: what else?
Bennett: Fathers are important! Murphy Brown!
Gregory: should we get rid of the
Department of Education?
Smiley: the answer to America’s problems is not
demonizing teacher unions dammit!
Bennett: good parents and teachers and
coaches are good
Gregory: what should our students know?
Shalala: they need to be able to read and write
Gregory: I’m with you
Shalala: also critical thinking
Gregory: uh oh
Shriver: we need to teach kids to understand
their own feelings
Gregory: I’m feeling confused
Shriver: people need to be inspired!
Gregory: is character education important?
Smiley: sure it is but let me tell you something
Tom Friedman is wrong the world isn’t flat
- it’s tilted!
Bennett: jobs are outsourced not because of
low wages but because people in India are
better at math
Gregory: should college athletes be paid?
Shalala: No! And I feel very strongly about that!
Gregory: I love your passion Donna
Gregory: Who will the GOP nominee Bill?
Bennett: I’m still hoping Paul Ryan will get in the race
Gregory: and that’s another episode of
Meet The Press