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Notes from the June 13,2010 broadcast of Meet The Press

June 13, 2010
  1. David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, announces a Tuesday night presidential speech on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
  2. David Gregory pushes Axelrod on whether or not there will be a government aid program to help those hurt by the BP disaster. Axelrod responds that most of the aid should and would be paid by BP.
  3. Why was Gregory so eager to push Axelrod for an answer on whether or not the president trusts BP CEO Tony Hayward.? What possible difference could it make beyond generating a headline?
  4. Gregory equated the public opinion poll on the BP disaster showing a negative reaction to the “federal response” with comments from Senator Mary Landrieu that we need to “see the president’s face more” during this crisis. Only someone living and working in Washington, DC would see those two things so closely related.
  5. Economics and elections got discussed with Axelrod, but no new ground was broken.
  6. Gregory replayed some intense and amazing footage of a gun battle in Afghanistan covered by NBC’s Richard Engle. Wow.
  7. Gregory asked Axelrod about Afghan President Karzai’s intention to talk with the Taliban as part of a peace program. Axelrod responded by saying that our mission in Afghanistan is to root out Al Qaeda. He doesn’t mention the Taliban and, therefore, leaves the door open for Taliban involvement in a future political arrangement. This may or may not be the right course of action, but Gregory strangely offers no follow-up question and moves on to the deadline for withdrawal.
  8. The roundtable discussion features interesting fireworks between Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Senate nominee Carly Fiorina (R-CA). Again, not much new ground covered, but it could be a preview of attitudes in this fall’s campaigns.
  9. On the “winning women” storyline from last Tuesday’s primaries, why do they always leave out Roxanne Conlin? Conlin won a three way race to be the Democratic nominee for the Senate from Iowa.
  10. One key moment in the political discussion was when Gregory asked Fiorina if she is a “Schwarzenegger Republican.” Fiorina took the opportunity to bash California’s government. I guess the answer is no.

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