Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Dr. Toby Cosgrove, President
and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic
Dr. John Noseworthy, President
and CEO of the Mayo Clinic
Gregory: OMG it's very cold and
Obama is in trouble!
Todd: so true Fluffy
Gregory: Todd how does Obama
salvage the wreckage of his life
Todd: fix that damn health care website
Gregory: why doesn't Obama get more
credit for the improving economy?
Edwards: because you bash him all the time
Gregory: oh right
Gregory: Steven bash Obama for me
Schmidt: Obamacare is doomed!
Woodruff: Wall Street is up 30% but
Americans aren't making any money
Gregory: Obama wants unemployment
benefits extended but Republicans are
concerned about fiscal responsibility
Sperling: that's unusual
Gregory: will Congress extend the benefits?
Sperling: I hope so
Gregory: but how do you do it
in a fiscally responsible way?
Sperling: the same benefits were
never paid for when Bush was President
Gregory: is it bad for the economy?
Cramer: you have to extend these benefits!!
Gregory: President Rand Paul says
giving benefits to people is mean
to people who need the benefits
Cramer: he's an idiot
Gregory: how do we keep unemployment
down and help businesses with their uncertainty?
Sperling: Obama has offered to cut
taxes on businesses in exchange
for infrastructure spending
Gregory: what about the minimum wage?
Cramer: we should raise it –
Wal-Mart can easily afford it!
Gregory: you surprise me Jack
Cramer: North Dakota needs people
– how do we get them there??
Gregory: by bus?
Cramer: truck drivers can make $90k!
Gregory: how much do pundits pull down in Dakota?
Cramer: nothing Fluff
Cramer: sorry david
Gregory: what about uncertainty?!
Cramer: Boeing will move all their
jobs to Ireland – leprechauns can
easily crawl inside those little engines
Sperling: the USA is more supportive
of businesses than ever – also we
need to raise the minimum wage
Cramer: we have an unemployment
and pollution problem and we're bringing
in more immigrants and stuff from China
which is closed for smog
Gregory: what about my stock portfolio?
Cramer: Obama hates Wall Street!!
Sperling: it's soared since Obama was sworn in!
Gregory: is Obamacare doomed?
Sperling: no it's not
Gregory: but Chuck Todd said Democrats
don't want to talk about Obamacare
Sperling: he's totally wrong – bring it on –
no more pre-existing conditions and
no discrimination against women
Gregory: no no no stop talking
Sperling: six million people now have health care
Gregory: shut up shut up
Sperling: young people on their parents insurance
Gregory: I'm not going to let you
get away with this Gene
[ break ]
Gregory: what's up docs?
Cosgrove: the real question
is will Obamacare lower costs?
Noseworthy: the law expanded access
to health insurance – but now we
have to tackle Medicare
Gregory: so what should we do about Medicare?
Gregory: do you guys understand Obamacare?
Cosgrove: I do know hospitals are
going to be paid less
Gregory: that's so sad
Cosgrove: we'll survive
Gregory: are health consumers stupid?
Noseworthy: people don't think about
health until there are sick
Gregory: it's icky
Noseworthy: in the meantime we
have to modernize payments,
fund NIH and reform Medicare
Gregory: aha we have to slash Medicare!
Cosgrove: Americans are too damn fat
Noseworthy: hold the mayo
Gregory: have Republicans reached
out to you to fix Obamacare?
Cosgrove: um no
Noseworthy: yes – the Mayo Clinic is the
rock star of the health care world
Gregory: should marijuana be legal?
Noseworthy: marijuana has been
a powerful medicine for 5,000 years
Gregory: I heard the Mayans all got
hooked on ganja and their civilization disappeared
Cosgrove: I didn't know that
Gregory: thanks for coming gentlemen
[ break ]
Gregory: oh my god Fallujah is falling to al-qeada
Engel: it's all about Sunni vs Shiite
Engel: it's the same thing in Syria
Gregory: which side should we be on?
Engel: the US invaded Fallujah twice
and now the government of Iraq
can't keep terrorists out
Gregory: oh dear
Engel: Fluffy the USA had to destroy
Fallujah and we still couldn't stop the
extremists so I'm not optimistic the
Iraq government will fare any better
Gregory: how about this Donna?
Edwards: this is not America's fight!
Gregory: does the USA have a
responsibility to fix Iraq?
Schmidt: sorry but we can't get involved
in a 700 year old civil war
[ break ]
Gregory: Chuck you follow marijuana
laws very closely if you know what I mean
Todd: civil rights advances always
come from the wackos out West and
eventually come to the elite snobs of
the east coast and finally the South gets on board
Gregory: I am a father and someone
in the FBI told me drugs are not cool
Woodruff: de-criminalizing drugs
is one thing but legalization is another
Gregory: so well put Jane
Woodruff: the law is wreaking havoc
in Colorado – what if snowboarders
start using marijuana??
Gregory: oh my god Judy
Gregory: David Brooks is worried
about our moral ecology
Edwards: regulating pot may actually make it safer
Schmidt: the war on pot is expensive
and racist and stupid
Gregory: but but drugs are bad
Schmidt: I don't worry about reefer I
worry about my kids seeing Miley Cyrus on tv
Woodruff: I understand she won't
stop and likely can't stop
Gregory: but I'm a father and worry
about the kids and their wacky weed
Schmidt: man up Fluffy and tell
your kids not to do drugs
[ break ]
Gregory: New York now has a
communist mayor – is liberalism back?
Todd: Gore and Bush were like the
same boring guy – now at least we
have a real divide between the two parties
Gregory: Obama let liberals down!
Woodruff: electing DiBlasio was also
a reaction to twelve years of Bloomberg
Gregory: Steve politically what's
going to happen in 2014?
Schmidt: nothing will ever happen
until we elect a Republican President
and can we can all stop caring about the debt
Schmidt: people should move to North Dakota
Gregory: it's colder there than on the surface of Mars
Schmidt: but it has a livelier arts scene
Edwards: Bill DiBlasio is fighting
to close the inequality gap!
[ break ]
Gregory: Janet what about
security at the Olympic games?
Napolitano: if you see something say something
Gregory: what about Russia's preparation?
Napolitano: you gotta hope they're on the ball
Gregory: but there have been
bombings in Russia recently
Napolitano: eh that happens before every Olympics
Gregory: some are worried that Sochi
is well-guarded while the rest of Russia is exposed
Napolitano: good – the games must go on!
Gregory: Russia hates homosexuals
and the entire US delegation is gay
Napolitano: I also represent the
University of California which is very gay
Gregory: you are politicizing the games which is bad
Napolitano: the games have always been political
Gregory: but you're turning the Winter Olympics gay
Napolitano: have you ever seen figure skating
or ice dancing or the two-man luge – now that's gay
Gregory: what about macho events
like downhill skiing and speed skating
Napolitano: I haven't seen that many
men in spandex since my days at Studio 54
Gregory: did Ed Snowden damage America?
Napolitano: he's committed crimes
and hurt America for years to come
Gregory: would you give him clemency
if he promised to give the documents
he stole back?
Napolitano: no – he took it upon
himself to reveal the secrets
and it hurt the nation
Gregory: you used to oppose same-sex marriage
Napolitano: yes but I've changed my mind on that
Gregory: you endorsed Obama early
– can you support Hillary Clinton?
Napolitano: she's not even running yet
Gregory: will she be fresh voice in 2016?
Napolitano: oh yes fresh a daisy
Gregory: Todd Gene Sperling called
you out on Obamacare
Todd: yeah well he's not a Democrat
running in a red state
Todd: but Democrats can turn
the tables by asking the GOP why
they want to take away people's health care
Woodruff: this is an election year
so therefore nothing can happen in Washington DC
Gregory: of course – and that's