Culture of Truth: He's Not Listening



Mar 9, 2014 - Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on the Sunday Talk Shows:  Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. We create a separate podcast and post the copy here.  Follow @Bobblespeak

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Meet The Press has entered the 21st century, with a brand new website, an app with exclusive content sponsored by Shell, and with the host and guests live tweeting during the show, thus giving a long-sought answer to an age-old question: just what are people thinking when they are talking to David Gregory?



Of course, CPAC was this week, so conservatives were in the news and on the Sunday shows. Ted Cruz told Jonathan Karl that he believes he can get President Obama to repeal his signature health care reform law, a signature proposition even Karl called bizarre.

Cruz then announced that Obama's foreign policy is to quote “coddle and appease our enemies” and “you better believe Putin sees in Benghazi four Americans are murdered and nothing happens. There is no retribution.”


On Ukraine, When Karl asked “What would you do? Military action?” Cruz replied, “No. No, look, not at all.”


Apparently Cruz believes in the power of magic incantations, saying the President should be more like Ronald Reagan, “when he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate and said, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' Those words changed the course of history.”


On Meet The Press, Peter King compared Rand Paul to isolationist Charles Lindbergh, and commented on the missing plane from Malaysia, “Malaysia has been a hub for Al Qaeda activity. Prior to the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole, there was a meeting in Malaysia. So many of the 9/11 hijackers went through Malaysia.”

Martha Raddatz and david Gregory are pretty sure terrorism must be involved, because of the stolen passports, something even their hawkish guests are not so sure about.

In the panel discussion, Andrea Mitchell talked up Rand Paul and Jeb Bush as leaders of the GOP, while Ron Fournier revealed that he and Ralph Reed like to get together and talk about how to rescue the Republican party.  Fournier said millenials “really have a problem with Barack Obama on the N.S.A. stuff,” while Reed said that generation is more anti-abortion than Boomers and seniors.

David Gregory volunteered that the GOP can take a lesson from Pope Francis and try to be less judgmental.

Gregory interviewed Cardinal Dolan, and brought with him a list of grievances from the Republican party.

He told the Cardinal “conservatives in America, some of the headlines, conservative U.S. Catholics, feel left out by the Pope's embrace” and asked “There are conservatives in America who say, "No, no, there's not an income and equality problem. There's an opportunity and equality problem here." Commentator Rush Limbaugh even calling the Pope a Marxist. How does he respond to that?”


Gregory also asked about civil unions, which Dolan opposes because society would suffer, about recent legislation in Arizona allowing discrimination, and about Michael Sam, a college football star who recently said he was gay.

But the most bizarre moments came during the discussion of Ukraine, a situation that seems to have driven David Gregory around the bend. He simply cannot understand why other world leaders do not whatever the President tells them to do.

He asked the Deputy National Security Advisor:

Since this started, the president and his top officials have issued it seems like line after line, and Putin seems to have crossed them all. Why does this president, and the United States generally, have so little influence over him?” and “my question is we've said, "Don't do this or else," and President Putin keeps doing it, and more. So why doesn't the President have a greater ability to influence what Putin does before he does it?” and “He's not listening, and I think people watching this want to know why it is that the administration can't exert greater pressure on him to stop him before he does something.”


Gregory also observed Putin is “doing what he wants to do because he perceives weakness from the west, particularly from President Obama. So are all options on the table? Are you saying to President Putin, "Go no further or else military options are on the table"?

Finally he quoted Ralph Reed livetweeting that Putin is laughing at the U.S. and asked Andrea Mitchell “how do you make Putin stop? Do you think the administration has figured out the answer to that yet?”

So Ukraine must be independent, but other countries must bend to the American will. It is a peculiar notion, not to mention an insulting one, of international politics that imagines the entire world as populated by recalcitrant children needing only firm instruction from the President of the United States. Curiously, many people around the world, from very small countries to the largest on earth, not only do not eagerly enjoy be told what to do by the U.S., some actually seem to resent it. Given how the nation's military might, and proud Americans are, this may be disappointing, but when you consider how much Americans value their own independence, it should not be so baffling.


And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.