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Notes on the August 28, 2011 broadcast of Meet The Press

August 28, 2011

Rarely does the air time for Meet The Press coincide with a breaking news moment, but this morning it did. Today’s broadcast began at almost the exact moment the center of Hurricane Irene entered New York City, and this was the show’s main focus.

Guests included Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration Craig Fulgate, Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D).

Today’s roundtable seemed to agree that the hurricane was not as bad as political leaders feared and warned, but they also agreed that in the post-Katrina world, leaders know they would rather be over-prepared.

As host David Gregory said, the politics don’t stop, so the discussion moved on to the latest polls in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has made huge gains and now sits at 29%. Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) is at 17%, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) is at 13%, and Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) is at 10%. All others are below double digits.

The New York Time‘s David Brooks thinks Perry’s surge is not a flash in the pan. Author Michael Eric Dyson advises Romney to step back and let others take on Perry for the moment.

Next up was a discussion of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s new memoir, “In My Time.” NBC’s Jamie Gangel, who interviewed Cheney this week, says he told her this was not intended to be a “score settling” book, but everyone else will see it that way. Cheney apparently takes on Colin Powell, George Tenent, Condoleezza Rice, and even former President George W. Bush.

In closing, Brooks give the Obama Administration a lot of credit for success in Libya. But he says because of the hurricane, the story isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

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