Debbie Hersman (NTSB)
Nabil Fahmy (Fmr. Egypt Amb. to U.S.)
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Gregory: wow what's up with the plane crash in San Francisco?
Costello: the tail slammed into the sea wall
Costello: the FAA will listen to
voices in the cockpit
Gregory: can they hear the voices in my head?
Costello: no David
Gregory: welcome Debbie –
how's investigation coming?
Hersman: we will interview surviving
crew members and find out what happened
Gregory: I know you can't jump
to conclusions but just tell why
this happened right now
Hersman: I can't do that Fluffy
Gregory: what is terrorism? or a hurricane?
Herman: are you some kind of moron?
Gregory: that's not the point Debbie
Gregory: Mohammed El Baradei
was supposed to be Prime Minister
of Egypt then denied it and now
he claims he has a fever and the
only cure is to cancel his
appearance on Meet The Press
El Baradei: and more cowbell!
Reporter: no one has any idea who
the military will install to will run Egypt
Gregory: they need a permanent guest host
Reporter: well it's utter chaos here
Gregory: who the hell is going
to govern Egypt?
Fahmy: I have no freaking idea David
Gregory: is it right to have the military
overthrow a democratically elected official?
Fahmy: this was like having 50 million
people protesting on Capitol Hill –
the military had to do something!
Gregory: we don't cover protests -
my god they're full of hippies
Fahmy: any President where half
the country hates his guts has a problem
Gregory: that never stopped George Bush
and he wasn't even popularly elected
Fahmy: well that's your problem
Gregory: won't islamists now
believe that democracy doesn't work?
Fahmy: no I love the islamists -
I just don't want them in power
Gregory: what about Americans
vacationing in Egypt right now?
Fahmy: did they hear not hear we
have mass protests, riots and a military coup?
Gregory: sorry all the news networks
are covering the Zimmerman trial
Fahmy: oh right
Friedman: I was just in Egypt and
my cabdriver told me what the
country needs is unicorns and ponies
Goldberg: the muslim brotherhood
is totalitarian, misogynist and just
generally a bunch of jerks
Gregory: but they were elected
Goldberg: if the protesters has just been
patient the Brotherhood would
have collapsed but now they've
got people feeling sorry for them
- as Deep Throat said of Haldemen
- I didn't think that was possible
Robin Wright: this coup set a bad
precedent for middle east democracies
Gregory: yes a coup will do that
Mitchell: free and fair elections
do not mean democracy –
the brotherhood was elected
but did not represent the people
Gregory: of course this makes
Obama look bad and uninvolved
Todd: this time Obama is hands-on and involved
Gregory: I don't care I like
my narrative and I've memorized it
Todd: The United States owns Egypt
Gregory: I did not know that
Todd: Obama won it in a poker
game in Turkey in 2009
Mitchell: don't kid yourself the U.S.
is behind this coup Fluffy
Gregory: but how does this
make Obama look bad?
Friedman: we are freaks!
Americans are freaking freaks!
Gregory: have you been reading
my diary again Tom?
Friedman: well don't post it online Fluffy
Wright: the Egyptians have to
decide what kind of government they want
not just who they want in charge
Goldberg: the Muslim Brotherhood
waited for decades to take
power and they blew it
Gregory: but they are martyrs in a coup
Goldberg: they staged their own
coup last year when they tried
to seize absolute power
Gregory: Bob please bash Obama for me
Menendez: we should use
our leverage in Egypt
Gregory: how do we do that?
Menendez: strongly recommend Egypt
get a new and better Constitution with
an electoral college and right to bare arms
Gregory: should Obama pressure Egypt to respect Islamists?
Menendez: Morsi was a dictator you know
Gregory: but he's a handsome man
Menendez: that's true
Gregory: what should we do if other
countries offer Ed Snowden asylum?
Menendez: we should cut off all
trade if they accept that hacking fool
Gregory: what about delaying the
employer mandate in the health
care reform law?
Menendez: 96% of companies were
not affected by the mandate anyway
Gregory: panel health care reform
is difficult isn't it?
Brooks: we should work through
the messiness rather than
putting off the messiness
Gregory: Eric Cantor told me that mandates are bad
Dionne: Congress will never fix
the health care law because they want to destroy it
Gregory: I don't understand
health care reform but I do understand
that I'm paying more taxes and
it makes a lot of people mad
Robinson: which people?
Gregory: a lot of people
Mitchell: Obama has made a
concession to critics and it
Robinson: is it a good law?
Mitchell: how should I know?
Todd: Republicans are
trying to sabotage the law
Brooks: but they are trying to destroy
a rube goldberg law – which shouldn't
have employer health care at all
Dionne: um what?
Gregory: Raul talk tea party to me
Labrador: the health care law just
doesn't work – if it affected so few
employes why was this big law necessary?
Gregory: will Republicans pass
immigration reform is George W. Bush
asks them to?
Labrador: I'm all for immigration
reform but only if we close the border first
Labrador: I don't trust Janet Napolitano
because she says the border is pretty
secure right now
Robinson: it's 2,000 miles long –
the border will never be impregnable!
Brooks: the Republican argument
against the immigration reform is
one of the worst i've heard – it's mystifying
Labrador: that's ridiculous –
the American people want a
100-foot high wall topped
with razor wire 1,000 miles long
Gregory: I like it
Labrador: also local police
should enforce immigration laws
Brooks: the law would cut illegal
immigration – isn't what you want?
Labrador: but not by enough!
Brooks: but a lot more than the current law!
Labrador: we need walls not amnesty
Brooks: generally when something
is an improvement you support it
Gregory: George W. Bush is
throwing his enormous prestige
behind immigration reform
Todd: he was becoming less unpopular
because people forgot all about him
Gregory: Obama has no real
second-term agenda and I hate him
Mitchell: there is no House
version of Marco Rubio
Todd: it was supposed to be
Paul Ryan but it turns out he's a weasel
Gregory: Raul don't you want hispanic votes?
Labrador: if we enact a bad bill it
will be the death of the Republican party
Labrador: but if we can cut down
on illegal immigration it will be
a big achievement
Gregory: we already have – it's way down
Labrador: 20,000 guest workers per
year is much too low
Gregory: Michelle Obama called
the White House a prison!
Mitchell: the nuts in the conservative
blogosphere totally lied about that
Gregory: I'm shocked they're
usually so reliable
Gregory: and that's another