Feb 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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The Olympics are on and if they they gave out medals for Kabuki theater, the Sunday talk shows would win gold, silver and bronze.
On ABC's This Week, Martha Raddatz is very serious and extremely concerned about terrorism.
Christine Brennan told her in fact security in Sochi was not that obtrusive, and in six days she has not seen a single gun, unlike American sporting events.
Brian Ross admitted an attempted hijacking turned out to be nothing, but asked “what if it had?” and warned “terrorists may have found a way to assemble a small bomb on board an aircraft using explosives packed into toothpaste tubes” and of “tiny detonators obtained from Islamist fighters in Syria.”
Raddatz asked Congressman Rogers “What should we be concerned about right now?” and of the so-called Black Widow suicide bombers “How big a threat is that now to those Games or outside those Games?” She warned of a quote “substantial potential for a terrorist attack outside the venue at the Olympics."
Three times she asked Rogers and her two other guests if “the United States is prepared to evacuate the athletes?” because “Clearly, that's important.”
Bringing on her next guest, she announced “We're thrilled to have Ray Kelly” and asked “Ray Kelly, I want to talk to you about letting our guard down,” “How do you make sure they don't take for granted that things are going well?”
Kelly agreed. warning the attacks at the Munich Olympics, didn't happen until nine days in Raddatz agreed, saying “And that's when the terrorists would strike.” She also asked Kelly if “what scares you now most is an attack outside of the venue?”
Pierre Thomas assured Raddatz that Sochi has 100,000 security personnel, and a security zone of 1,500 miles barbed wire, surveillance cameras, surveillance drones and gunboats in the black sea. Thomas said quote “the concern is Islamic fundamentalists trying to get into the Olympic venues.
Raddatz military experts share her fear that Russians won't share intelligence with the U.S. And we won't be able to evacuate every US athlete, because quote “We don't speak Russian”
In domestic politics, even Jon Karl asked Rep. Tom Cole on Republicans saying they won't pass immigration reform because they can't trust the President quote “can we acknowledge that that was a pretty lame excuse?”
Like Martha Raddatz, David Gregory is worried that Russia is not sharing enough information with America, because the US quote “would somehow try to make them look bad.”
With an opportunity to interview the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, he asked “Do you know everything you need to know to keep our athletes and others safe there?”
Perhaps forgetting the Cold War, Gregory said relations with Russia seem to be at a real low point, citing Edward Snowden and a flap over Ukraine. When the Ambassador cited other areas of cooperation, Gregory had a rejoinder. He cited Edward Snowden and the flap over Ukraine.
Other insightful questions include is Russia quote “a friend or a foe?” and “I've talked to friends and family. They say, "Well, so what's the deal with Russia?”
To wrap up, he asked the Ambassador another question about Snowden and how many gold medals America would win.
Most of the rest of the show was devoted to what Gregory called “the darker part of the world of the Clintons”
The whole conversation made little sense, with guests hinting that Bill Clinton will travel the country settling old scores before Hillary runs in 2016, a charge that "Hillary Clinton harbors a trait called a 'bias for action'” in foreign affairs that Republicans will attack her for, and that Rand Paul recently called the former President a sexual predator.
After all sustained criticism of Bill Clinton, one expert then said quote “If Bill Clinton can be the Bill Clinton that he was for Barack Obama in 2012, she's got it made.” And “she can take it to the bank,” to which Gregory bizarrely said “But how do you forget the Bill Clinton who thought there was something of a fraud about President Obama at the time?”
The young director of Heritage Action for America said Bill Clinton will be a liability because he used to be a centrist Democrat but he now supports Bill DeBlasio, who wants to regulate horses in central park.
But the strangest moment came when E.J. Dionne pointed out the CBO found Obamacare will give many people the freedom to leave the workforce to take of their children, an example of family values.
David Brooks, objected, saying, “Yeah, well, even if they do leave voluntarily, there are going to be a lot fewer people in the labor force. If you have two million people who have a stronger incentive to get out of the labor force, and then they try to get in, the marginal tax rates go up super high as they go up in the income scale.”
So you have fewer people working. I agree with E.J., we want people to be at home to help with the kids. We also want people in the labor force to be a growing country. And this is not good for them.”
So, Obamacare gives people freedom, and liberty, and choice, and allow parents to be with their children, but none of that is good, or good enough, because we need Americans to get into the labor force, whether they need the job or not, so America can be a growing country, for the good of the Fatherland.
And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.