Tim Geithner (Sec. of Treasury)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Gregory: Will Obama finally agree to do the Tea Party wants?
Geithner: why should he
Gregory: the Republicans demand it
Geithner: so I’ve heard
Gregory: you must link debt ceiling and cut spending
Geithner: so you say
Gregory: your warnings about the debt ceiling are overblown
Geithner: you can’t play chicken with the credibility of the U.S. of A. bucko
Gregory: will you the shut down the government?
Geithner: Look Obama offered trillions in cuts - what more do the Republicans want?
Gregory: Obama once voted against raising the debt ceiling
Geithner: true but the whole world is watching to see how crazy we really are
Gregory: Let me tell you Americans are thinking about
Geithner: [ eyeroll ]
Gregory: the gas is too damm high!
Geithner: well you know war in the Middle East, Africa, earthquakes and meltdown in Japan are not helpful
Gregory: Mitt Romney says Obama caused a recession in 2008
Gregory: how do answer the charge that you totally suck
Geithner: we’ve created more jobs in one year than Bush did in 8 years
Gregory: I still don’t like you
Geithner: Don’t bet against America Fluffy - it survived Revolution, Civil War, Depressions and can survive my tenure as Secretary of Treasury
Geithner: we need to cut spending now so the next Republican President can raise spending
Gregory: will unemployment ever go down?
Geithner: who can say?
Gregory: Obama is insisting on raising taxes on the rich
Geithner: well either that or cut spending the disabled, gut defense, or borrow more money from the Chinese
Gregory: don’t you have to raise taxes on the middle class?
Geithner: do we?
Gregory: yes because Boehner says no way am I raising taxes on the rich
Geithner: we could afford everything if we eliminated loopholes for the wealthy
Gregory: Obama poisoned the well!
Geithner: it’s a starting point
Gregory: Obama gave poor Paul Ryan the black of his hand
Geithner: suck it up Whyan
Gregory: Won’t raising taxes hurt the economy?
Geithner: not if we truly believe in the greatness of America
Gregory: Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the Ryan plan is a deathtrap
Geithner: Debbie only said that because she’s from Florida and most of her constituents are near the end
Gregory: [ high pitched voice ] Obama is not serious!
Geithner: Calm down Fluffy
Gregory: GE paid no taxes - how do I get in on that action
Geithner: you need to lose a huge amount of money
Gregory: I think NBC is good at that
Gregory: so will you address tax inequity
Geithner: yes and even Republicans find this pretty fucking outrageous
Gregory: are you staying in your job
Geithner: no comment Fluffers
Gregory: hee hee
[ break ]
Gregory: Senator will the Tea Party raise the debt ceiling or will you destroy the USA
Lee: we will only vote for it if we also amend the Constitution to require a President to wear his birth certificate at all times around his neck on a sandwich board
Greenspan: I don’t understand what is going on
Gregory: Did Betsy get your pudding?
Greenspan: Debt is bad
Gregory: Obama Unplugged has total contempt for the GOP Congress
Granholm: the GOP has the Ryan plan and Obama has a plan and now we can have a debate and that’s how politics work
Gregory: but that’s all fantasy
Smiley: Budgets are moral documents! The poor got locked out!
Gregory: We are all ruled by the Tea Party because they Dominate The Conversation
Meacham: they are adorable lunatics
Mondale: Obama should promise to raise taxes and he will get reelected because it worked so well for me
Lee: you can’t raise taxes
Gregory: you go Mike
Lee: look the American people know what they want - more spending and lower taxes
Greenspan: Ayn Rand once told me that you can’t get out of a recession by raising taxes - then again she once served me a pie made from poor people
Greenspan: We have to let the tax cuts for the rich expire
Lee: [ swoon, thud ]
Gregory: down goes Lee
Meacham: If Democrats raises taxes they will be flacked
Gregory: Jon you are so erudite
Smiley: forget the optics - what about standing up for the right thing dammit!!
Granholm: that’s what Obama did Tavis
Smiley: oh man those are just words!
Granholm: you’re a talk show host!
Tavis: and a writer!
Gregory: unemployment is still high but the stock market is going great
Greenspan: Americans have bet their retirement on shares on American corporations
Gregory: good plan
Greenspan: all those layoffs were great for corporate America
Greenspan: but now lack of employees may hurt companies
Gregory: uh oh
Gregory: A bankrupt reality game show show host is leading the GOP polls
Meacham: Donald Trump's success proves the frustration with both parties
Audience: [ palmface ]
Smiley: Trump is a con artist and he’s playing the idiots in the D.C. media
Lee: Romney doesn’t feel pity remorse or fear - he has no feelings and he can’t be stopped
Gregory: I will now continue my absurd obsession with the idea of Jon Huntsman running for President
Lee: thanks Fluffy
Granholm: Donald Trump appears to passionately believe in something - unlike Weather Vain
Gregory: Deval Patrick says we need optimism and do great things
Lee: the Tea Party is optimistic - that we can finally declare the U.S. government an utter failure
Gregory: Alan you’re very very old - give us your insight
Greenspan: America has a good ride for 118 years but it’s over
Gregory: just like you
Gregory: Mike be honest - will you raise the debt ceiling or not?
Lee: you can’t read my poker face my po-po-poker face
Gregory: I got an e-mail from a guy complaining about Those Clowns in Congress
Greenspan: how do they stay so topical
Smiley: War is the enemy of the poor!
Meacham: Can Obama catapult the propaganda?
Gregory: Good question Jon - hey audience for more of this go to the internets where I talk to Tavis Smiley about his book and Jon Meacham about Shelby Foote’s book
Meacham: [ sobs ]
Gregory: [ hands Jon tissue ]
and that’s Meet The Press