Erin Bowen, Ph.D.
H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir – Saudi Amb. to the U.S.
Christopher Hill – Fmr. Chief U.S.
Negotiator on Nuclear Disarmament
Joe Scarborough – MSNBC
Neera Tanden – Center For
Kathleen Parker – Washington Post
Sam Stein – Huffington Post
Todd: omg a pilot crashed a plane
on purpose – if that isn't scary I
don't know what the fuck is
Tur: this co-pilot locked out the pilot
and the pilot took an axe to the door
while the passengers screamed
Todd: jesus fuck
Tur: also he may have been
depressed and legally blind
Tur: also doctors are reporting
he may have been 'crazy as a loon'
[ break ]
Todd: why are there axes on the airplane?!
Costello: Luftansa keeps an ax in
the passenger area in case people
complain about airline food or hog
too much leg space
Todd: damn them Germans is tough
Pilot: [ tosses passenger out ]
Todd: why are there are no
mental health checks for pilots?
Bowen: it's not feasible
Costello: they do test you when you're
hired to see if you're a homicidal lunatic
and if you are it counts against you
Bowen: once per year they
ask if you're a drug addict
Todd: should that change?
Bowen: no because psychological
tests are not magic
Costello: lots of people have
mental health issues and never fly
a plane into the ground at 500 mph
Todd: pilots are encouraged to self report
Costello: right and it usually works fine
Todd: he couldn't have flown in America
Bowen: he didn't have enough time in the air
Costello: it's shocking that he didn't
even know how to fly a plane!
Bowen: um the problem wasn't his
hours it's that he's fucking crazy
[ break ]
Todd: panel this about mental health issues
Parker: we don't know if this pilot was crazy
– maybe he was fine and just
decided to fly into a mountain
Todd: this is terrifying –
what if our pilots go insane?
Scarborough: I like to joke
with pilots about mass murder
Todd: those are always funny
Scarborough: our rules are better
than Europe so that's one thing
the federal government did well
Parker: USA! USA!
Patrick Kennedy: we have an
epidemic of addiction and mental
health problems in this country
Todd: we should have annual mental
health checks for everyone?
Stein: I suppose but a stewardess
could have stopped this co-pilot
Todd: yay big government!
Tanden: yo go FAA!
Scarborough: this and Newtown are
about mental health because those
mass murderers were both white
[ break ]
Todd: a deal with Iran may
be only hours away or it may fail
Mitchell: it's been 18 months in
the making and it may completely fail
Todd: just like a Johnny Depp movie
Mitchell: Iran wants to do peaceful
nuclear research and for the
inspections to end in ten years
and those are deal breakers
Todd: wow sounds bleak
Mitchell: it's possible there will be no deal
Todd: that would help Obama
since everyone hates this deal
Mitchell: the Arabs don't want
a deal with Iran because they
think it's not tough enough
Mitchell: Obama sees this is as his
legacy - but does he want it too much?
Todd: good question
Mitchell: but if there's no deal all bets
are off and Iran can build a nuclear bomb
Todd: wait no one told us that
Mitchell: it's true
Todd: we've been told if there's
no deal Iran will never get a bomb
Mitchell: the opposite is true Chuck
Todd: I can't trust anyone
Todd: thanks for coming Andrea
[ break ]
Todd: Welcome Ambassador Hill
Hill: good morning Charles
Todd: you've been there – what's it
like to be in the negotiating room?
Hill: it's very tricky
Todd: that makes sense
Hill: both sides will have difficulty
in selling a deal to their nations –
at best it will be a technical compromise
and not a big one-sided victory
Todd: the U.S. is making a deal
with Iran but also supporting
Saudi Arabia's proxy war with Iran
Hill: the Saudis are nervous – they don't like
the idea of the U.S. and Iran becoming BFFs
Todd: I see
Hill: also the Saudis have to fight
Yemen rebels and ISIS who are Sunnis
Todd: why don't we demand Iran
recognize Israel's right to exist?
Hill: because that has nothing to
do with Iran possessing nuclear weapons
Todd: George W. Bush's deputy
national security advisor says Obama has
mishandled the middle east
Hill: that's pretty rich
[ break ]
Todd: omg Saudi Arabia is bombing
the hell out of Yemen rebels
Engel: that's right Chuck – Saudi Arabia is
currently bombing Iranian backed rebels
Todd: that's new
Engel: but in Iraq the U.S. is
helping Iran to bomb ISIS
Todd: that's confusing
Engel: and also negotiating with
Iran on nuclear weapons
Todd: my head is spinning
Engel: the Sunni Arabs are mad that
the U.S. won't declare war on Shia Islam
Todd: that's sad
Engel: critics says the U.S. is confusing
friends and emboldening enemies
Todd: bad Obama!
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Ambassador
Al-Jubeir: thank you for inviting me Mr. Todd
Todd: why are you bombing Yemen rebels
Al-Jubeir: we got an invitation to
bomb our neighbor so of course we did
Todd: you didn't tell the U.S. before
you started bombing – do you hate Obama?
Al-Jubeir: no not at all – we only
just decided to bomb at the last minute
Todd: does the U.S. support your bombing?
Al-Jubeir: oh yes they do
Todd: will Saudi Arabia put
ground troops in Yemen?
Todd: are you in a proxy war with Iran?
Al-Jubeir: the rebels are supported
by Iran and we're bombing them
Todd: so yes
Al-Jubeir: darn right Chucky
Todd: so you're at war with Iran!
Al-Jubeir: we love the Iranians
they keep rejecting our attempts at friendship
– they blocked us on Twitter and won't
friend us on Facebook and won't
accept our Yahoo chat invitation
Todd: can the U.S. take Saudi Arabia's
side and still make a deal with Iran
Al-Jubeir: yes we all want a deal
that prevents Iran from getting
a nuclear bomb
Todd: If Iran built a nuclear bomb
won't you build one too?
Al-Jubeir: of course we will
Todd: do you want more from the U.S.?
Al-Jubeir: America has pointed out
targets for us to bomb in
Yemen so that's good
Todd: oh okay
Al-Jubeir: but we want the U.S. to
bomb our enemy Iran more in Iraq
Todd: Saudis have funded extremists
and so isn't ISIS all your fault?
Al-Jubeir: ISIS hates the
royal family of Saudi Arabia!
Todd: the obscenely rich human
beheading and flogging royal family?
Al-Jubeir: that's the one
Todd: thanks for coming Al
Al-Jubeir: you too Chuck
[ break ]
Todd: omg Harry Reid is retiring!
Scarborough: Harry Reid was a disaster
and Chuck Schumer is a liberal
but he likes getting things done
Todd: maybe but Harry Reid
was once a deal maker like Chuck
Tanden: the tea party made Reid a little crazy
Todd: liberals think Schumer is
too close to Wall Street
Stein: yes they do Chuck
Todd: ha ha
Stein: yes but liberals were skeptical
Reid when he was first named leader
Stein: but Reid passed Obamacare
and got rid of the filibuster so that's
a pretty good legacy
Parker: Reid was an obstructionist!
Scarborough: Reid was a
disaster for Democrats!
Tanden: Hillary Clinton wiped
e-mails from her server and
she's hiding something!
Tanden: this is a fake scandal
Scarborough: she's just like Richard Nixon!
Parker: she didn't save her e-mails!
Tanden: just like every Republican!
Scarborough: they were under subpoena!
Tanden: she turned over all her
State Department e-mails
Todd: unless she's lying about that
Tanden: everybody in Washington
uses personal e-mail!
Scarborough: you can't trust the Clintons!
[ break ]
Todd: Ted Cruz is courting evangelicals
but that ultimately didn't work for
Huckabee or Santorum
Todd: although this year it could help Cruz
– he could win Iowa then South Carolina
and a Super Evangelical Tuesday primary
Todd: wins there could propel
Cruz to the actual nomination
as incredible as that sounds
[ break ]
Todd: oh wow the Ted Kennedy
Institute will explain how the Senate works
Todd: it will teach people about the
real Senate and inspire future filibusterers
to shut down the government by reading
Green Eggs and Ham
Todd: here students can pretend to
put an anonymous hold on a cabinet
nomination out of spite
Todd: a theme of the Institute
is bipartisanship and working
across party lines
Victoria Kennedy: he came back
from brain surgery to vote on Medicaid
and the whole Senate applauded
Todd: that was cool
Kennedy: it's about the Senate and
inspiring the next generation
Todd: welcome Patrick Kennedy
Kennedy: my dad persevered
and the Senate needs to persevere
Todd: what should Senators
learn from your Dad?
Kennedy: try to make a personal effort
to get to know the other Senators and
where they're coming from
Todd: Orrin Hatch ran against your
Dad and then they passed laws together
Kennedy: they became friends and
he saw that if Ted was behind it
the other liberals would be too
and they made a great team
Todd: that's amazing
Kennedy: the personal touch really matters
Todd: maybe this Institute will inspire
kids but also current Senators
to stop being such dicks
Kennedy: ha ha
Kennedy: my hope is that future
Senators may study here and
learn to reach across the aisle
Todd: there's a replica of the Senate
so kids can pretend to obstruct
legislation for real like real Senators
Kennedy: he'd love this place –
kids and the Senate –
he'd be in heaven - and he is!
[ break ]
Todd: panel there's a huge corporate
pushback against this ridiculous Indiana law
Stein: the timing is horrible
Stein: the reaction is amazing – Apple
and the NCAA and Angie's List,
Victoria's Secret and Carl's Jr!
Parker: you can't legitimize businesses
discriminating – it's offensive
Tanden: it's nuts
Todd: but religious crazies feel
they under siege
Scarborough: in 2004 the GOP and
Karl Rove won big bashing gays
and now we all have to bake
cakes for the sodomites
Tanden: at least everyone is against this law
Todd: Mike Huckabee says
Obama is going to buy all the food
Parker: when the masses become
uneasy hoarding food just makes sense
Todd: what are you talking about Kathleen
Scarborough: this is like the
Black Helicopters of the 1990s
Todd: ha ha I love how
crazy Republicans are
Scarborough: so funny
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press