Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R- OK)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT)
Christine Lagarde (IMF)
Gregory: OMG some reporter asked
Obama if this is the worst year of
his Presidency ha ha ha
Dionne: no his worst year was 2011
Navarro: it was so bad by next year
Obama will be drinking whiskey!
Brooks: Worst. Year. Ever
Gibbs: he might start drinking
whiskey to celebrate the growing economy
Gregory: Chuck even the liberal
Wall Street Journal says
Obamacare is failing
Schumer: Obamacare is a great law
and most people care about the economy
Gregory: Tom Coburn how you answer
the charge that Obamacare is bad?
Coburn: I must reluctantly agree
that Obamacare is terrible
Gregory: that must have been
hard for you to admit
Coburn: we have been demanding exceptions
and now I can't believe Obama has
granted all these exceptions
Gregory: it's outrageous
Schumer: Obamacare is working in
New York state buddy
Gregory: there has been some bipartisan
agreement but here's the bottom line –
Congress hasn't take on the hard stuff
Coburn: the problem isn't when we
disagree it's when we agree to spend
$80 billion on fraud for Obamacare
which are guaranteed to have
Gregory: will we have another
fight over the debt ceiling?
Schumer: the GOP has learned
its lesson on that
Gregory: Obama said you're trying
to look tough on Iran
Schumer: the best way to get Iran to
give up nukes is to increase sanctions
– it's simple and logical
Schumer: we have to be tough!
Gregory: thanks for coming – happy holidays
Coburn: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
[ break ]
Gregory: Madame how about
the U.S. economy?
Legarde: we sign a lot of good signs
Gregory: a lot of people are worried
about what the Fed is doing and by a
lot of people I mean my Republican friends
Lagarde: tapering is a good sign
Gregory: sure the numbers make Obama
look good but our animal spirits are not roaring
Lagarde: merde! Are you stupide or zomething
Gregory: je ne sais quoi
Lagarde: unemployment iz going down
Gregory: what about the minimum
wage and inequality?
Lagarde: income inequality is important
in that it leads to less growth which
hurts rich people
Gregory: Is American the world's economic
leader or are led by irresponsible idiots?
Gregory: what about the debt ceiling
Lagarde: I hope American doez not
flirt with default
Gregory: why aren't more women managers?
Lagarde: it's historically based male chauvinism
Gregory: sounds right
Lagarde: promoting women makes
economic sense all over the world
Gregory: are you running for President of France?
Lagarde: mon dieu! non
Gregory: but you wouldn't rule it out?
Lagarde: you are a very silly person
Gregory: that wasn't Shermanesque!
[ break ]
Gregory: Inhofe is a passionate pilot
but last month his son died in plane crash
Inhofe: we're not sure what went wrong
Gregory: how are you doing?
Inhofe: you don't how it feels
until it happens to you
Gregory: you have a strong faith
Gregory: we hear in Washington nothing
gets done but you got a lot of support
from your colleagues
Inhofe: I got as much or more
support from my Democrat friends
Gregory: even Harry Reid
Gregory: can you bring this
good feeling to you work
Inhofe: yes but many liberals still
think we don't need a strong military
Gregory: what's your biggest challenge
Inhofe: coping with loss
[ break ]
Gregory: as a person of faith I am
impressed with Inhofe but it's sad that
we were surprised that Democrats
offered him support
Navarro: let's take politics out of this
man's death in a plane crash
Gregory: I can't
[ break ]
Gregory: OMG the health care website
was botched! What makes you think
2014 will be better??
Gibbs: because the website was fixed
Brooks: the American people don't like
individual mandates anymore ever
since a Democrat was reelected
Dionne: Obamacare is a Republican
market-oriented model for
health care reform
Brooks: but that was Obama endorsed it
and Republicans hated their plan
Dionne: oh right I forgot
Gregory: Edmund Burke said
government is bad
Navarro: I am very worried that
people don't trust Obama anymore
Dionne: this is insane! Every advanced
country but America uses government
to deliver health care!
Gibbs: also there is GOP no alternative
Navarro: yes but people will
still be sick and hate
Gregory: isn't the crux of the matter
that people hare
Brooks: America is not France –
we just don't like people telling us what to do
Dionne: no one wants to repeal Medicare
Gregory: some people do
Navarro: Obamacare is like the
hispanic saying that the
cure is worse than the disease
Gibbs: hispanics want health too
Navarro: but Obama was slow in
building a spanish language website
to give health care to people!
Dionne: yes we're all familiar with
the Republican website in Spanish
to give people health care
Gregory: some guy on Duck Dynasty
hates gays and think civil rights laws
were bad for black people
Brooks: he's disrespectful and
not terribly Christian
Gregory: but he's a victim of political
correctness and conservatives are a
held to a double standard!
Dionne: no that's totally false
conservative spin Fluffy
Navarro: there is no Constitutional
right to say stupid stuff and
still host a tv show
Gregory: there isn't – oh shit
Gibbs: no there isn't – networks
pay you to be their face
Gregory: wow an Obama panel recommends
changes to surveillance programs
Gregory: Ed Snowden wrote a letter
saying he revealed worldwide surveillance
King: Ed Snowden is a traitor
Gregory: is Snowden right that
surveillance is collapsing?
King: why we are debating what Snowden
is saying is totally beyond me
Leahy: Snowden is irrelevant –
we need to limit the NSA
Gregory: what about metadata?
Leahy: the NSA let a 29-year old
contractor steal all their stuff!
Gregory: what about metada?
Leahy: we need spying but we
also need accountability
King: there were no abuses!
There's nothing to rein in!
Gregory: but abuse could happen
King: police could abuse their
powers too but they don't
King: no Fluffy!
Gregory: what about dialing
back foreign surveillance?
Leahy: a 29-year old subcontractor
stole their secrets!
Gregory: you said that already
Leahy: I did?
Gregory: why not limit the NSA?
Leahy: I tried but can't
King: dammit – I lost friends on 9/11!!
we can't unilaterally surrender to the terrorists!
Brooks: if Dwight Eisenhower were
here he would be outraged and
suggest slight changes to surveillance
Brooks: but Snowden is not a
hero he's a traitor
Gregory: why can't Congress
conduct reasonable rational
oversight over national security
Navarro: what are you drinking
and I can I have some
Dionne: after 9/11 we all went crazy
and now we're calming down
Gibbs: why not house phone information
with phone companies and then
access it with a warrant?
Gregory: my sister-in-law is a cop
and she says its all good
Navarro: privacy vs security
is a tough nut to crack
Gregory: this was great episode –
I got to mention my sister in law and Edmund Burke!