Sec. Jack Lew (Treasury)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Christine Quinn (D-NYC)
Gregory: wow dozens of people have
been killed in Egypt and Obama
wants to talk about the economy
Gregory: Jack are we going to have
another government shut down?
Lew: the threat not to raise the
debt ceiling in 2011 hurt the economy
Gregory: news reports say that Obama
will refuse to slash spending which
could shut down the government
Lew: Obama won't accept slashing
domestic spending to fund more
wasteful defense programs
Gregory: will Obama go to the
brink on this issue?
Lew: Washington has to stop playing
these brinksmanship games!
Gregory: will Obama go to the mat?
Lew: Congress has to fund needed programs
Gregory: but will Obama fight?
Gregory: Republicans say we need
to reduce the deficit
Lew: Obama has cut the deficit more
than any President since WWII
Gregory: but the debt is so high!
Lew: the IMF said the U.S. is cutting
the debt too much!
Gregory: even so
Lew: lifting the debt ceiling just pays
the bills for money we already spent!
Gregory: can we achieve a grand bargain?
Lew: forget that – we need to help
people live their lives
Gregory: Obama claims we're better
off than we were during the recession
Lew: we've added jobs 40 months in a row
Gregory: oh that
Lew: our recovery is the admiration
of the rest of the world
Gregory: 60% of Americans think
we're on the wrong track
Lew: here's what I do know Fluffy –
another fight over the debt ceiling
is not going to help
Gregory: the reality is that we have
long-term unemployment and
The Wall Street Journal says Obama is
worse for the middle class than any President
ever and is hooking poor people
on a drug called Obamacare
Lew: that's stupid – the last President was named
George W. Bush and he wrecked the economy
– maybe the WSJ didn't hear about that?
Gregory: why are so many people on food stamps?
Lew: we need to do more to help everyone
Gregory: is it Obama's fault that the
recovery is so anemic?
Lew: we inherited an economy in
freefall and we're doing better than
other countries that tried austerity and failed
Gregory: was the IRS scandal a phony scandal
Lew: after weeks and weeks of hearings
and investigations there is no evidence
at all of political involvement and we
have to distinguish reality from fantasy
Gregory: what's going on in Egypt?
Rogers: the military rose up on
behalf of the people!
Gregory: 205 members of the House
voted to stop the NSA from collecting
everyone's phone records
Rogers: we all should be very concerned
about Obama stealing our medical records
Gregory: um... what
Rogers: look before 9/11 there was a
guy in San Diego who was making calls
and he flew into the Pentagon and we missed it
Gregory: do you really need to collect all call records?
Rogers: there is more information on
an envelope you send in the mail than
in this massive database
Gregory: for reals?
Rogers: there have been zero privacy
violations and 54 violent terrorists caught
Gregory: I'm sold
Rogers: also there is no content or
names or addresses – just numbers called
Gregory: how scary is Ed Snowden?
Rogers: he is getting soldiers in
Rogers: also he's empowering the Russians
Gregory: is he coming back?
Rogers: he could have been a heroic
whistleblower and instead he just
gave all our secrets to the Chinese
Gregory: that is so sad
Rogers: if he really thinks he did the
right thing he should come back America
and bring back the stuff he stole
from the American people
Gregory: what did he steal?
Rogers: all the information about the
phone records we took without permission!
Gregory: of course
Gregory: we cannot discuss
Anthony Weiner because the details
are so icky but let's try
Axelrod: Huma is a friend of mine
but this is getting ridiculous – he's an idiot
Gregory: that seems right
Axelrod: how can we miss him
when he won't go away?
Gregory: Maureen Dowd says the Clintons
survived scandal because he actually
had a good track record
Bartiromo: most New Yorkers
want less regulation of businesses
Murphy: he wasn't even a good
Congressman – who cares?
Gregory: Bob Filner is the Mayor
of San Diego and even more pervy
and he's not resigning
Ford: I should be Mayor! Why the hell not?
Gregory: why do these weirdos hang on to power?
Axelrod: Some are pathological and others delusional
Murphy: whatever happened to
honor and shame - we have a narcissistic
culture where you do something bad
it's ok as long you say you feel bad about it
Gregory: welcome Christine Quinn –
what's your take on Anthony's weiner?
Quinn: we need people to believe in
government – did you know I am an
awesome city council speaker?
Gregory: do you believe Weiner is disqualified?
Quinn: he's a loser
Gregory: is he disqualified?
Quinn: it's not appropriate for me to
say he's not qualified – but he's not qualified
not just because he's a perv but because
he's a talentless hack
Gregory: why do you support stop-and-frisk?
Quinn: we can use stop-and-frisk
to bring the whole city together –
who doesn't love a good frisking?
Gregory: I don't know
Quinn: we need high-quality stops and frisks!
Gregory: thanks for coming Christine
Gregory: let's talk about Weiner
Murphy: the Democrats have a weak
field like this woman we just talked
to Christine O'Donnell
Murphy: all those damn Irish are the same
Gregory: the economy is terrible!
Bartiromo: actually the economy is
doing pretty well but we do need to
create jobs by giving businesses
whatever they want
Gregory: please bash Obama for me
Murphy: the debt is high and everyone
hates Barack Obama and also he's a big liberal
Murphy: if Obama would just move
to the center everything would be great
Axelrod: Obama rescued the American
economy and John Boehner
Murphy: both sides are equally
responsible for the dysfunction in Washington
Ford: we just need to approve a giant
pipeline and pass an infrastructure bill
and give the Republicans whatever they want
Axelrod: Harold he's done that
Ford: but the pipeline!
Axelrod: the pipeline is stupid and the
Republicans just oppose Obama at every turn
Gregory: is it up to the states rescue America?
Murphy: Republican are afraid of the
tea party and Democrats are afraid
of those evil teachers unions
Ford: Obama is talking about jobs and
the GOP is focusing on abortion –
is that really the most pressing issue right now?
Gregory: businesses are making record profits
Bartiromo: there's low-hanging fruit –
for example everyone agrees that we
should cut taxes for the rich
Gregory: Executive Producer
Betsy Fischer Martin started as
an intern and has been been
with MTP for 22 years
Martin: love you too Fluffy
Axelrod: she's why I love this show
Murphy: she's a combination of
mother hen and drill sergeant
Gregory: we will miss you Betsy –
and that's another episode of Meet The Press