Dan Pfeiffer – White House advisor
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Gregory: OMG Obama is a under a huge
cloud of motherfucking scandal!!
Gregory: hi dan
Pfeiffer: greetings Fluffy
Gregory: back at you pfeffy
Gregory: does Obama regard these
scandals as mere distractions?
Pfeiffer: no he doesn't - look
we're going to fix the IRS
Gregory: you don't believe Obama
presidency is basically over?
Pfeiffer: no look - the Republicans
always do this – they make shit
up and overreach and piss everyone off
Gregory: Dave Camp says all these little
scandals prove Obama was fixing the election
Pfeiffer: that's nonsense – Darrell Issa knew
about this since the spring and did nothing
because he was waiting for all the facts
which is the right thing to do
Gregory: but Obama could have
acted before getting all the facts
Pfeiffer: maybe that's how you work here
at 'Meet The Press' but that not how
we roll at the White House
Gregory: Michelle Bachmann has
called for impeachment
Pfeiffer: the IRS acts were outrageous
but no sorry Benghazi was not
Watergate times a billion
Gregory: but Obama should have
interfered with the IRS earlier!
Pfeiffer: you don't want the President
involved with the IRS – that's why the IRS
is such a model of objectivity and efficiency
Gregory: but Obama is not in charge!
Pfeiffer: sure he is – he just respects the
independence of the IRS which is the law!
Gregory: but technically the IRS answers
to Obama by way of Treasury
Pfeiffer: the Commissioner was a Bush
appointee and the acting commissioner
was a career civil servant
Gregory: Congress was misinformed
by that lying Commissioner
Pfeiffer: well we fired both of their asses
Gregory: the Wall Street Journal says
this is Obama's fault because he's
always hating on conservatives
Pfeiffer: that's just ridiculous
Gregory: people blamed Bush for Abu Ghraib
just because he personally approved torture so
obviously Obama is to blame for what
happened at the IRS
Pfeiffer: yeah that makes sense
Gregory: we any mistakes made at all
at Benghazi or is it all political?
Pfeiffer: the GOP had these e-mails for months
but didn't get all outraged until Republicans
fed doctored e-mails to that idiot Jon Karl at ABC
Gregory: yes but critics say-
Pfeiffer: shut up
Gregory: critics say Obama used the phrase
'act of terror' which is a generic term
Pfeiffer: I heard you were a moron
Gregory: questions are raised about
accessing phone records
Pfeiffer: did you know national security
leaks are dangerous?
Gregory: so you say
Pfeiffer: Obama re-proposed the Shield Law
Gregory: is Obama's message to the
Republicans on the AP phone records
“put up or shut up” ?
Pfeiffer: let's just say we're all fascinated by
their sudden concern for freedom of the press
Gregory: thanks for coming dan
[ break ]
Gregory: Mitch do you believe
there is big corruption here?
McConnell: did you know the FCC
is trying to ban criticism of Obama?
McConnell: and Obama demonizes opponents
which is a first in American history
Gregory: do you have any evidence to
back up your accusations?
Gregory: so why are you making them
McConnell: Obama is running a nanny
state that says government knows best!
Gregory: that is scary
McConnell: gosh darn right it is
Gregory: in 1987 you called for investigating
leftist groups for abusing tax-exempt status
McConnell: maybe I wasn't clear before Fluffy
– Obama is a big nanny!
Gregory: so you said
McConnell: Obama has created a
Culture of Intimidation!
Gregory: it sounds very intimidating
McConnell: I was wrong 25 years ago
and I am right now!
Gregory: so would change the tax code at all?
McConnell: look 25 years ago it was right to
shut up leftists but now it's clear it's very
wrong to shut up conservatives
Gregory: do you support Obama
on investigating leaks?
McConnell: sort of
Gregory: you support Eric Holder?
McConnell: national security leaks that could
endanger Americans are a serious matter
Gregory: including this one?
McConnell: I refuse to answer because
I can't stand that guy
Gregory: Obama tried to spin the cause
of an attack on a consulate!
McConnell: clearly we didn't have enough
security unlike when Bush was President
and all our embassies were perfectly safe
Gregory: isn't talk of impeachment a little crazy?
McConnell: no because Obama covered
up a terrorist attack by calling it an act of terror
Gregory: you are the GOP leader in the Senate
– are other Republicans going too far?
McConnell: no because four Americans
were killed and Obama lied to make
it seem like it wasn't a terror attack
and only an act of terror
Gregory: are comparisons to Watergate
crazy or sane?
McConnell: we must investigate Benghazi
more to find out!
Gregory: does it disqualify Hillary
Clinton from being President?
McConnell: my gosh the next election
is so far away
Gregory: do you think Hillary Clinton
got people killed in Benghazi?
McConnell: oh mah stars maybe
Gregory: will you run on Benghazi?
McConnell: no I'm running on repealing Obamacare
Gregory: I see
McConnell: Obamacare caused the
recession in 2008!
Gregory: thanks for coming Mitch
[ break ]
Gregory: how do you answer the charge
that Obama has a Culture of intimidation?
Camp: Congress has been trying to
get answers for two years!
Gregory: Congress asked for an
IG investigation and got it
Camp: no that was an audit
Gregory: even so
Camp: Americans were targeted
for their political views
Gregory: true but even Obama said
that was outrageous
Camp: that's not enough
Gregory: what should Obama have done –
meddled in the IRS business?
Camp: he should have known!
Camp: I don't know – we have questions!
Gregory: do you have evidence any Obama knew?
Camp: not yet!
Gregory: does this prove we should
revise the tax code?
Camp: yes the tax code is too complex and boring
Gregory: we all know that
Camp: this proves we should cut taxes
on rich people and raise them on poor people
[ break ]
Woodward: this is not Watergate but it is Nixonian
Gregory: how so?
Woodward: they covered up Benghazi
by calling it an act of terror
Gregory: Peggy you said this is worse
than the invasion of Iraq or Iran-Contra
and Obama is dirty and crooked
Noonan: that's right David [ stirs drink ]
Gregory: Reagan ran a secret war to send
weapons to the Ayatollah – are you sure
that isn't a bit of an overstatement Peggers?
Noonan: I never heard of anything this
terrible in my entire lifetime! [ drinks ]
Gregory: for god's sake Peggy -
Richard Nixon authorized burglaries!
Noonan: no no no it's worse! [ swoons ]
Becerra: Peggy is drinking... the kool aid
Gregory: check her flask
Becerra: I agree with Young McConnell –
abuse of the tax code is the real issue
Gregory: will this cripple the President?
Camp: we must cut taxes on the rich!
Gregory: Bob was Bush innocent on Abu Ghraib?
Woodward: the President may want to
preserve agencies' independence
the issues but he's the leader
Gregory: but if Obama called the head
of the IRS you would attack him for
being like Nixon
Woodward: the AP's phone records are sacred
Noonan: is he the President or not??
Gregory: but the President can't be
ordering the Attorney General
to investigate or not to investigate
Noonan: fine [ slams flask on desk ]
Camp: there was very bad management at least
Noonan: why not have an independent counsel?
Woodward: Obama is constitutionally responsible
for bad things and bad things are bad
Gregory: is he too passive?
Noonan: no – he is too aggressive!
Obama was giving orders to the IRS
to attack conservatives!
Gregory: thanks panelists
[ break ]
Gregory: you are the Sexiest
Rumsfeld: Great-Grandfather or
Gregory: what about the appalling
number of sexual assaults in the military?
Rumsfeld: I wish had the answers but I don't
Gregory: what about the culture of the military?
Rumsfeld: I have no idea –
I don't have the answer for that
Gregory: you're so wise
Rumsfeld: I don't know about that either
Gregory: you have a book called
'Rumsfeld's Rules' which is all
Rumsfeld: yes I am
Gregory: IRS! Benghazi!
Rumsfeld: Obama seems not to care
about people dying
Gregory: coming from you that's just amazing
Rumsfeld: the truth is very important to me
Rumsfeld: when trust is eroded
credibility is lost
Rumsfeld: we restored trust under Gerald Ford
Gregory: actually I was thinking of shattered
trust when Bush was President
Rumsfeld: you go with the difficulties
you have not the difficulties you want
Gregory: Dick Cheney says team Obama was lying
Rumsfeld: they changed talking points
on Benghazi - they were trying to create
a narrative that didn't comport with the facts!
Gregory: you mean like with 9/11, Tora Bora,
Afghanistan, Pat Tillman, WMDs, yellowcake,
the cost of the Iraq war, troops needed to
fight the war, Jessica Lynch, Curveball,
Chalabi, body armor, the Iraq civil war...
Rumsfeld: I fail to see your point Fluffy
Gregory: and that's another episode