Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Robert McDonald – Sec. of Veterans Affairs
Todd: OMG there was another
terror attack this time in Copenhagen
Engel: Danish officials say
this was a terror attack
Todd: well no shit
Engel: this was a mini Charlie Hebdo
Todd: I like a mini-danish
Engel: there was a free speech
event at a cafe with a cartoonist
and this brave soul shot at the
windows and then ran away
Engel: then he killed a guard at a synagogue
Todd: so Richard what did
you see in your recent visit to Iraq
Engel: I was incredibly depressed actually
Todd: well it's Iraq what did you expect
Engel: no I was sad about
Beth and Tyrese on The Walking Dead
Todd: life goes on Richard
Engel: I know
Todd: what's wrong with Iraq
Engel: it's a total basket case –
it's like Washington D.C. with slightly
fewer murders and a little more dysfunction
Todd: that is bad
Engel: but we need to discuss
bigger issues – independence for the Kurds
and the role of Hezbollah and if while
covering the war Brian Williams
really fought off an attack from Bigfoot
Todd: those are all good questions
Engel: the Iraqi army is pathetic –
I haven't seen a team of losers this
bad since I caught this Knicks at the Garden
Todd: whoa that is bad
Engel: everything is Iraq is terrible
Todd: truly the gift that keeps on giving
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Senator McCain
McCain: hi David
Todd: why do we need a
new authorization to use
force in the middle east
McCain: we don't
Todd: so why is Congress
voting for a new war then?
McCain: it's been a few years since
we authorized a new war and there's
never a bad time for a new war I say
Todd: so you agree with Obama
McCain: the President won't
declare war against Bashir Assad
which is crazy
Todd: oh really
McCain: it's an uncertain trumpet!
Todd: don't try eloquence
grampa - it's not your thing
Todd: Beth get him
Todd: will you call for more authority?
McCain: we should not restrain
the President – we must unleash Obama!
Obama: you go John
Todd: Richard Engel says the Iraqi
government is a shambles oh and
also so is the rest of the Middle East
McCain: the surge worked!
Todd: we alll know you
love the surge old man
McCain: Iraq was fine and a
paradise and fell apart as
soon as U.S. troops left
Todd: that doesn't make sense
McCain: the President invents straw men
– we can have a massive ground invasion
without lots of troops
Todd: good to know
McCain: we must rebuild the Iraqi military!
Todd: well the invasion was
ten years ago so why not
McCain: arm the Peshmerga!
Todd: any other ideas?
McCain: we must start
a war with Syria!
Todd: should the GOP hold
Homeland Security funding hostage
over their immigration temper tantrum
McCain: no it's fucking insane
Todd: thanks for coming
McCain: you're welcome Ned
[ break ]
Todd: are we at war with Syria or not?
Reed: look we have a big Arabic
coalition against ISIS
Todd: okay fine you get
rid of ISIS – big deal
Reed: it actually would be Todd
Todd: but we're neither allied with
Syria nor at war with them
– its very confusing
Reed: does it have to be one or the other?
Todd: oh yeah
Reed: I see
Todd: what about the three-year
limit on the President's authority?
Reed: it's a bad idea since we can't
send a signal to the world that we
might ever leave the middle east
Todd: why is this our fight?
Reed: well where else should we fight a war?
Todd: no I mean why fight a war at all?
Reed: I don't follow
Todd: what's our interest in fighting ISIS?
Reed: it became our fight
when we invaded Iraq
Todd: armed teens from America
have to put the middle east back together?
Reed: yes or radicalized terrorists
will leave the middle east and attack
us here unless we permanently pacify
the whole region until they love us
or are imprisoned there
Todd: you also want America
in a war with Russia
Reed: no I just want America a little
bit involved on behalf of Ukraine
Todd: just sort-of at war with Russia
Reed: yes also if we will send guns
to Ukraine it will send a message
to Estonia that we like them
Todd: why not use instagram?
Reed: I'll consider that
[ break ]
Scarborough: Republicans blame Democrats
for leaving Iraq and Democrats blame
Republicans for invading Iraq
Todd: sounds about right
Scarborough: the American people
are sick of being told American teens
with guns have to fix the whole middle east
Todd: it's ironic that Obama is
starting a new war in the middle east
Ryan: he wants to leave the middle east
but a telegenic American there was
killed so of course it's more war
Todd: Obama's war resolution named
all the Americans killed by ISIS –
seems like a thin reason to start a war
Axelrod: this can't be all-American war
Todd: so we have to invade the
middle east to make it stable
which is in chaos because we
invaded the middle east
Axelrod: to give Obama credit he
promised to get us out of Iraq and
for better or worse he did
Parker: we all believed in the Iraq war
at the time and Bush is very heroic and
Obama is very grateful to Bush for
all the gifts Bush gave him
Obama: the fuck I am
[ break ]
Todd: omg Huckabee is leading in Iowa!
Todd: and in New Hampshire
it's Bush and Christie
Todd: in fact there are seven
different GOP front-runners
Todd: the four leaders are Bush and
Walker and Huckabee and Paul
Todd: oh and Clinton is blowing
away the Democratic field
Todd: so panelists it looks
like the leaders are Bush and Walker
Parker: I'm amazed
Bush is doing so well
Parker: Huckabee is insane
so I don't see him winning
Todd: okay what about Paul?
Scar: don't count out Chris Christie!
Todd: I can and I do
Scarborough: Scott Walker
ticks off the boxes although
he looks like a office manager
at Dunder Mifflin
Todd: Clinton is going to be the nominee
Ryan: Democrats need to find a rock star
Todd: isn't that Hillary?
Ryan: yes but anything can happen
Todd: is Walker for real?
Axelrod: running for President
has a high bar and it's an open
question for Scott Walker
– Bush will give him a tough run!
Scarborough: Walker has been
through three tough elections
– don't count him out!
[ break ]
Todd: Tom Brokaw is investigating
homeless veterans in Los Angeles
Brokaw: the government built a
nice VA facility in Los Angeles then
leased it to private business because
it was too valuable to be wasted on
a bunch of war heroes
Lawyer: the politicians are all hypocrites!
Brokaw: were you surprised people
didn't want homeless veterans
in their neighborhood?
Shriver: yes but I'm naive
Brokaw: but then the VA reached
an agreement to end homelessness in LA
Todd: why did it take a lawsuit to
address homeless vets in LA?
McDonald: I don't know since it
predates my tenure – back then
I was CEO of P&G
Todd: fair enough
McDonald: but I'm friends of the
Shrivers so we made it happen
Todd: well that's good I guess
McDonald: we are moving forward
but we have to make sure the buildings
won't fall down in an earthquake
Todd: so they live in tents
McDonald: for now
Todd: how is the VA call center
– does it still suck?
MacDonald: 900 people have been fired
McDonald: the GAO says the
VA is still a hot mess
Todd: it is but we're getting better
McDonald: well okay
MacDonald: we provide health care
– this is an emergency!
Todd: do you have any good news?
MacDonald: homelessness is down 33%
Todd: a Republican politician accused
you of glossing over problems at the VA
McDonald: I ran a big company sir
– what have you done?!?
Coffman: I never killed people like you did!
McDonald: oh really?
Coffman: except for that one
guy but that just to watch him die
Todd: was that an appropriate
conversation at a Capitol Hill hearing?
McDonald: look we all are for veterans
Todd: you thought he was being unfair
McDonald: we're making progress
and he's been in government
longer than I have
Todd: can you run an
agency like a business?
McDonald: we can try
Todd: you're determined to
apply P&G practices at the VA
McDonald: more or less
Todd: what else do we need to know?
McDonald: at the VA we're
the canary in the coal mine
Todd: those canaries always die
[ break ]
Todd: did you know there are 150
counties named after Presidents and
many of them were not criminals
Todd: if you've been watching NBC
at all you know we've been promoting
the hell out of this 40th anniversary of SNL
Todd: but my favorite part of SNL
has always been their skewering Presidents
Todd: you took your Bush
character to a new level
Carvey: being the President on SNL
is very cool but it took me a while
to get the Bush impression down
Todd: in real life Bush ever only
used the word “prudent” once
Carvey: yeah but it just fit so well
Todd: after he lost George Bush
invited you to the White House to
play pranks on people
Carvey: yeah and I slept over at the
White House and everything – it was great
Todd: was Perot easy to do?
Carvey: yeah he was a fully formed character
Todd: he's like a living caricature
Carvey: can I finish?! CAN I FINISH?!
Todd: Bush liked your impression
of him – what did Perot think?
Carvey: yeah he even invited me
to hang out with him on election night in 1992
Todd: what about the 2016 elections
– anyone jump out at you?
Carvey: actually I'm working
on an impression of you
Todd: panel liberals are in
mourning at losing Jon Stewart
Axelrod: well he's the best
Todd: satire is owned by liberals
while conservatives have radio
Axelrod: it's always been that way
– Will Rogers was a Democrat and
Father Coughlin was a tea partier
Scarborough: it's conservative
because business people listen to the radio
Axelrod: oh right
Scarborough: and conservatives
aren't allowed in entertainment
because Hollywood is all liberal
Todd: oh come on that's your excuse
Scarborough: although I have to admit
Jon Stewart did go after Obama calling
him an emperor and on BENGHAZI
Parker: liberals put funny first and
conservatives policy first
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press