Lorraine Miller – President NAACP
Tony Blinken – Deputy
National Security Advisor
Tony Blair – Fmr. Prime Minister of Britain
Neera Tanden – President of CAP
Gregory: OMG yet another
crazy racist speaks out!
Obama: I'm sick of these ignorant racist folks!
Gregory: the owner of the L.A. Clippers
doesn't want his girlfriend associating
with black people and also not to
bring them near him
Sharpton: the NBA has to get rid of this guy
Sharpton: don't play games –
how can advertisers be
associated with this clown
Miller: we need to ask ourselves –
is there equality in this country?
Gumbel: I'm surprised that
anyone is surprised
Gregory: oh really?
Gumbel: everyone knows Don Sterling
is a racist and has been for years
Gumbel: the NBA has covered
for this jackass for a long time
Sharpton: the NBA has accepted
and excused this loon for a while
Gregory: the President of the
United States is pissed
Obama: the U.S. still deals with
vestiges of slavery and segregation
Gregory: that's powerful stuff
Miller: if you are silent then
you accept injustice
Gregory: will Don Sterling still get a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the NAACP
now that he is famous for being a horrible racist?
Miller: no David he will not
Gumbel: there are racist owners
in baseball too
Gregory: we are learning so much today
Sharpton: this is embarrassing
for America all over the world
Gumbel: this is a problem
for the whole of society
Gregory: what should the players do?
Gumbel: they players have a
contract so they should play
Gregory: that makes sense
Gumbel: but fans should take
a look at owners – you know there
a lot of black fans in the NBA
Gregory: good point Greg
Gregory: well thanks for coming
[ break ]
Gregory: now onto Ukraine
Obama: there will be
consequences for Russia!
Gregory: it's been a month and Putin
still doesn't obey America's orders –
what went wrong?
Blinken: we're still applying sanctions
Gregory: but Putin hasn't blinked
Blinken: the ruble is trashed
and $70 billion has fled Russia
Gregory: so what – Putin hasn't backed down!
Blinken: Putin is going to regret his actions
Blinken: it's going to wreck the
Gregory: will he invade Ukraine?
Blinken: he's got troops on the border
Blinken: but if he does he will have
an insurgency on his hands
Gregory: will you target Putin himself next?
Blinken: we might
Gregory: c'mon don't you want
to prove your manhood?
Blinken: we're not ruling anything out
Gregory: bwaaack... bwaaaack...
Blinken: stop making chicken noises Fluffy
Gregory: what is the U.S. interest in Ukraine
Blinken: because national borders
Gregory: what else?
Blinken: Ukraine gave up their nuclear
weapons in exchange for border
security and no one will give
up nukes again – thanks Putin
Gregory: will we start a war in Ukraine?
Gregory: how is middle east peace going?
Blinken: Kerry is making progress!
Gregory: is he?
Blinken: we need to pause and
step back and say – hey lunkheads
– make peace!
Blinken: both sides need a time-out
Gregory: thanks for coming
[ break ]
Gregory: [ grinning ]
what's the deal with Putin?
Blair: we must very politely invite
him to tea and then crush him
Gregory: you say radical islam is terrifying
Blair: the middle east has many
different countries but there is a
growing dangerous islamist ideology
which is a perversion of islam in my opinion
Gregory: what I hear you saying is
that Barack Obama is a terrible President
Blair: you are an idiot – and I
knew George W. Bush
Gregory: yes but David Brooks –
who is the wisest man in America
– said Obama has a manhood problem
Blair: jesus you're dumb
Gregory: but Obama is weak on Assad
and Gaddafi and bin Laden and
Yemen terrorists – okay maybe
not the last three but definitely the first one
Blair: look you simpleton – we just
need to declare war on radical Islam
Gregory: didn't you fuck up by invading Iraq?
Blair: never mind that – we will
always be at war with Islam
Gregory: okay but invading Iraq
made radical Islam worse didn't it?
Blair: no that's completely wrong
Gregory: it is?
Blair: yes we liberated Afghanistan and Iraq
Gregory: oh really
Blair: we did them a huge favor
and where is my thanks?
Gregory: I don't know Tony
Blair: that's nonsense – terrorism
doesn't stop when we leave a
nation destroyed and wrecked
Gregory: I see
Blair: this is not our fault!
Gregory: so it seems to me that
you are saying Obama is a bad President
Blair: um no
Gregory: try harder
Blair: we don't need to invade
any more countries
Gregory: was invading Iraq a mistake?
Blair: no because 9/11 happened first
Gregory: but Saddam was not involved in 9/11
Blair: look the whole middle east
is full of wackjob violent torturing lunatics
Gregory: so was the Bush cabinet
Gregory: what is the solution?
Blair: just keep pushing back
against Islamists – I will never give up!
Gregory: does the Catholic church
have the influence it had in the
Middle Ages or Renaissance?
Blair: probably not but I'm optimistic
about the future of the Church
Gregory: how did your faith stay strong
when you invaded Iraq for no reason?
Blair: faith gives you backbone when you
make difficult and horribly wrong decisions
Gregory: George Bush painted
your portrait and it's frankly not good
[ shows painting ]
Blair: lord he should have
stuck with governing
Blair: no probably not
Gregory: thanks for coming Tone
[ break ]
Gregory: what's the deal with
all these racists lately?
Tanden: there is still a lot of racism in America
Tanden: not every racist is as stupid
to say out loud what Bundy and Sterling
said but they're thinking it
Lowry: racism isn't as bad as
when baseball was segregated
because team owners were racists
Gregory: Sonia Sotomayor says
race still matters
action is tying hands by someone's
back to advantage another person
Goldberg: people were proud and
happy and shocked that we got a
black President but hey
guess what – there is still racism
Lowry: Don Sterling is a mere outlier
Goldberg: how do you know that?
Lowry: because Sotomayor
Goldberg: but there are still legacy
admissions for white college applicants
which is also affirmative action
Lowry: so let's help poor white people
Tanden: newsflash – we don't live
in a race-neutral nation
Factor: you want to push aside
hard-working white kids in favor of
black kids who have more opportunities
than poor white kids
Tanden: more opportunities?
Factor: darn right
Gregory: what about Liz Warren?
Lowry: she's a liberal rock star
which proves Obama is bad
Factor: the tea party also
hates crony capitalism
Tanden: right and left are pissed than
all the income gains are going to the top 1%
Gregory: Two Popes are becoming
Saints today -- will this help
them win the Super Bowl?
Goldberg: it's brilliant politics to canonize
a liberal pope and conservative pope
at the same time – Pope Francis is
unifying catholics unlike Obama
Factor: evangelicals are powerful
and they're not all Republicans
Gregory: Obama was asked
about his regrets in life
Obama: I regret not spending
more time with my mother
Factor: that's classic Obama –
his ideas are all wrong but people like him
Lowry: I'm going to call my mother now!!
[rushes off set ]
Gregory: if a politician admits a
mistake the press will attack him
Lowry: true but the American
people are very forgiving
Gregory: in case I'm fired I just
want to say I love all of you
Panel: aww... we think you're
pretty okay too
Gregory: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press