[T]he president is running, I think, a very strange campaign for re-election. He is running around the country, in fact declaring his own impotence, saying that, "I'm weak. I can't get anything done in Washington. Mommy, mommy, please make these Republicans play fair."Gregory turned to Cooper and said:
I talked to some Republicans and Democrats on the Hill this week who said, "This seems like more of a political exercise, this jobs bill, than anything else." They haven't dropped the bill, by the way. They haven't introduced the legislation yet; and yet, former President Clinton is saying, "Well, no. This is really the key. He's got a good plan." The chances of it passing are not very high.And Cooper — who, we're told, is reporting on the White House every day — said:
[O]ne of the reasons they haven't dropped the jobs bill yet in Congress is because President Obama decided that he needed to go out and try to sell it first to the American public.So... presumably, it's about drumming up public support for the jobs bill, which really is a jobs bill and not — as Gregory just put it — "more of a political exercise... than anything else."
Then Gregory dragged in Granholm — the super-polished Granholm, and she says:
[Obama has] got to put stuff out there that work--that works. ... So he's doing--he's adopting a plan that will create American jobs, both in the public and the private sector. And that's exactly what he needs to trumpet. And I just say, if the Republicans continue to say no to this reasonable plan, game on.Game on? So... it is a political exercise?
Castellanos breaks in to say:
There's a little bit of a problem. The American people have televisions and the Internet, and they can see what's going on....Then there's an interlude about the new Ron Suskind book — which I just pre-ordered here — and Gregory lifts out a quote...
"Over the past few months, [National Economic Council Chair Larry] Summers had said this, in a stage whisper, to [OMB Director Peter] Orszag and others as they left the morning economic briefings ... `I mean it,' Summers stressed. `We're home alone. There's no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.'"Wow! That's hot. But Halperin lamely obfuscates, and Gregory goes back to Helene Cooper and asks her if "there [is] a broader vision for the economy that the president goes out and, and runs on?" And here's the part that made us laugh here at Meadhouse. Remember Cooper is the one who was careful to say: "President Obama decided that he needed to go out and try to sell [the jobs bill] first to the American public." And remember Granholm had bolstered that with her rejection of the notion that the jobs bill is "more of a political exercise... than anything else." And Cooper says:
I think there is, and he's, he's, he's, he's put that [broader vision] out there with his, his jobs proposal. And he said, "These are the things I think we need to do." But he's, he's very much hampered by the political reality of where we are right now. That said, I wouldn't--I, I was out on the--not the campaign trail, that's a very--but I was out with him this week as he went to try to pass his jobs bill in Columbus, Ohio, and in Raleigh, North Carolina....Ha ha. It's all about Obama's reelection! As Castellanos said: The American people have televisions and the Internet, and they can see what's going on.
"[N]ot the campaign trail, that's a very..."... Cooper couldn't come up with the right euphemism for "campaign trail" or even the right words to follow "that's a very" that would express, with appropriate euphony, the reason why she's sorry she said "campaign trail."