Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meet The Press – March 29, 2015



Guests:
Katy Tur
Tom Costello
Erin Bowen, Ph.D.
Andrea Mitchell
H.E. Adel A. Al-JubeirSaudi Amb. to the U.S.
Christopher HillFmr. Chief U.S.
Negotiator on Nuclear Disarmament
Victoria Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
Joe Scarborough – MSNBC
Neera Tanden – Center For 
American Progress
Kathleen Parker – Washington Post
Sam Stein – Huffington Post


Todd: omg a pilot crashed a plane

on purpose – if that isn't scary I

don't know what the fuck is



Tur: this co-pilot locked out the pilot

and the pilot took an axe to the door

while the passengers screamed



Todd: jesus fuck



Tur: also he may have been

depressed and legally blind



Todd: cripes



Tur: also doctors are reporting

he may have been 'crazy as a loon'



[ break ]



Todd: why are there axes on the airplane?!



Costello: Luftansa keeps an ax in

the passenger area in case people

complain about airline food or hog

too much leg space



Todd: damn them Germans is tough



Pilot: [ tosses passenger out ]

No ticket!



Todd: why are there are no

mental health checks for pilots?



Bowen: it's not feasible



Costello: they do test you when you're

hired to see if you're a homicidal lunatic

and if you are it counts against you



Bowen: once per year they

ask if you're a drug addict



Todd: should that change?



Bowen: no because psychological

tests are not magic



Costello: lots of people have

mental health issues and never fly

a plane into the ground at 500 mph



Todd: pilots are encouraged to self report



Costello: right and it usually works fine



Todd: he couldn't have flown in America



Bowen: he didn't have enough time in the air



Costello: it's shocking that he didn't

even know how to fly a plane!



Bowen: um the problem wasn't his

hours it's that he's fucking crazy



[ break ]



Todd: panel this about mental health issues



Parker: we don't know if this pilot was crazy

maybe he was fine and just

decided to fly into a mountain



Todd: this is terrifying –

what if our pilots go insane?



Scarborough: I like to joke

with pilots about mass murder



Todd: those are always funny



Scarborough: our rules are better

than Europe so that's one thing

the federal government did well

Parker: USA! USA!



Patrick Kennedy: we have an 
epidemic of addiction and mental 
health problems in this country



Todd: we should have annual mental

health checks for everyone?



Stein: I suppose but a stewardess

could have stopped this co-pilot



Todd: yay big government!



Tanden: yo go FAA!



Scarborough: this and Newtown are

about mental health because those

mass murderers were both white



[ break ]



Todd: a deal with Iran may

be only hours away or it may fail



Mitchell: it's been 18 months in

the making and it may completely fail



Todd: just like a Johnny Depp movie



Mitchell: Iran wants to do peaceful

nuclear research and for the

inspections to end in ten years

and those are deal breakers



Todd: wow sounds bleak



Mitchell: it's possible there will be no deal



Todd: that would help Obama

since everyone hates this deal



Mitchell: the Arabs don't want

a deal with Iran because they

think it's not tough enough



Todd: right



Mitchell: Obama sees this is as his

legacy - but does he want it too much?



Todd: good question



Mitchell: but if there's no deal all bets

are off and Iran can build a nuclear bomb



Todd: wait no one told us that



Mitchell: it's true



Todd: we've been told if there's

no deal Iran will never get a bomb



Mitchell: the opposite is true Chuck



Todd: I can't trust anyone



Mitchell: sorry



Todd: thanks for coming Andrea



[ break ]



Todd: Welcome Ambassador Hill



Hill: good morning Charles



Todd: you've been there – what's it

like to be in the negotiating room?



Hill: it's very tricky



Todd: that makes sense



Hill: both sides will have difficulty

in selling a deal to their nations –

at best it will be a technical compromise

and not a big one-sided victory



Todd: the U.S. is making a deal

with Iran but also supporting

Saudi Arabia's proxy war with Iran



Hill: the Saudis are nervous – they don't like

the idea of the U.S. and Iran becoming BFFs



Todd: I see



Hill: also the Saudis have to fight

Yemen rebels and ISIS who are Sunnis



Todd: why don't we demand Iran

recognize Israel's right to exist?



Hill: because that has nothing to

do with Iran possessing nuclear weapons



Todd: George W. Bush's deputy

national security advisor says Obama has

mishandled the middle east



Hill: that's pretty rich



[ break ]



Todd: omg Saudi Arabia is bombing

the hell out of Yemen rebels



Engel: that's right Chuck – Saudi Arabia is

currently bombing Iranian backed rebels



Todd: that's new



Engel: but in Iraq the U.S. is

helping Iran to bomb ISIS



Todd: that's confusing



Engel: and also negotiating with

Iran on nuclear weapons



Todd: my head is spinning



Engel: the Sunni Arabs are mad that

the U.S. won't declare war on Shia Islam



Todd: that's sad



Engel: critics says the U.S. is confusing

friends and emboldening enemies



Todd: bad Obama!



[ break ]



Todd: welcome Ambassador



Al-Jubeir: thank you for inviting me Mr. Todd



Todd: why are you bombing Yemen rebels



Al-Jubeir: we got an invitation to

bomb our neighbor so of course we did



Todd: you didn't tell the U.S. before

you started bombing – do you hate Obama?



Al-Jubeir: no not at all – we only

just decided to bomb at the last minute



Todd: does the U.S. support your bombing?



Al-Jubeir: oh yes they do



Todd: will Saudi Arabia put

ground troops in Yemen?



Al-Jubeir: maybe



Todd: are you in a proxy war with Iran?



Al-Jubeir: the rebels are supported

by Iran and we're bombing them



Todd: so yes



Al-Jubeir: darn right Chucky



Todd: so you're at war with Iran!



Al-Jubeir: we love the Iranians

they keep rejecting our attempts at friendship

they blocked us on Twitter and won't 
friend us on Facebook and won't 
accept our Yahoo chat invitation



Todd: can the U.S. take Saudi Arabia's

side and still make a deal with Iran



Al-Jubeir: yes we all want a deal

that prevents Iran from getting

a nuclear bomb



Todd: If Iran built a nuclear bomb

won't you build one too?



Al-Jubeir: of course we will



Todd: do you want more from the U.S.?



Al-Jubeir: America has pointed out

targets for us to bomb in

Yemen so that's good



Todd: oh okay



Al-Jubeir: but we want the U.S. to

bomb our enemy Iran more in Iraq



Todd: Saudis have funded extremists

and so isn't ISIS all your fault?



Al-Jubeir: ISIS hates the

royal family of Saudi Arabia!



Todd: the obscenely rich human

rights-violating terrorist-financing 
beheading and flogging royal family?



Al-Jubeir: that's the one



Todd: thanks for coming Al



Al-Jubeir: you too Chuck



[ break ]



Todd: omg Harry Reid is retiring!



Scarborough: Harry Reid was a disaster

and Chuck Schumer is a liberal

but he likes getting things done



Todd: maybe but Harry Reid

was once a deal maker like Chuck



Tanden: the tea party made Reid a little crazy



Todd: liberals think Schumer is 
too close to Wall Street



Stein: yes they do Chuck



Todd: ha ha



Stein: yes but liberals were skeptical

Reid when he was first named leader



Todd: true



Stein: but Reid passed Obamacare 
and got rid of the filibuster so that's 
a pretty good legacy



Parker: Reid was an obstructionist!



Scarborough: Reid was a

disaster for Democrats!



Tanden: Hillary Clinton wiped

e-mails from her server and

she's hiding something!



Tanden: this is a fake scandal



Scarborough: she's just like Richard Nixon!



Parker: she didn't save her e-mails!



Tanden: just like every Republican!



Scarborough: they were under subpoena!



Tanden: she turned over all her

State Department e-mails



Todd: unless she's lying about that



Tanden: everybody in Washington

uses personal e-mail!



Scarborough: you can't trust the Clintons!



[ break ]



Todd: Ted Cruz is courting evangelicals

but that ultimately didn't work for

Huckabee or Santorum



Todd: although this year it could help Cruz

he could win Iowa then South Carolina

and a Super Evangelical Tuesday primary



Todd: wins there could propel

Cruz to the actual nomination

as incredible as that sounds



[ break ]



Todd: oh wow the Ted Kennedy

Institute will explain how the Senate works



Todd: it will teach people about the

real Senate and inspire future filibusterers

to shut down the government by reading

Green Eggs and Ham



Todd: here students can pretend to

put an anonymous hold on a cabinet

nomination out of spite



Todd: a theme of the Institute

is bipartisanship and working 
across party lines



Victoria Kennedy: he came back

from brain surgery to vote on Medicaid

and the whole Senate applauded



Todd: that was cool



Kennedy: it's about the Senate and

inspiring the next generation



Todd: welcome Patrick Kennedy



Kennedy: my dad persevered

and the Senate needs to persevere



Todd: what should Senators

learn from your Dad?



Kennedy: try to make a personal effort

to get to know the other Senators and

where they're coming from



Todd: Orrin Hatch ran against your

Dad and then they passed laws together



Kennedy: they became friends and

he saw that if Ted was behind it

the other liberals would be too

and they made a great team



Todd: that's amazing



Kennedy: the personal touch really matters



Todd: maybe this Institute will inspire
kids but also current Senators 
to stop being such dicks



Kennedy: ha ha



Kennedy: my hope is that future

Senators may study here and

learn to reach across the aisle



Todd: there's a replica of the Senate

so kids can pretend to obstruct

legislation for real like real Senators



Kennedy: he'd love this place –

kids and the Senate –

he'd be in heaven - and he is!



[ break ]



Todd: panel there's a huge corporate

pushback against this ridiculous Indiana law



Stein: the timing is horrible



Stein: the reaction is amazing – Apple
and the NCAA and Angie's List, 
Victoria's Secret and Carl's Jr!



Parker: you can't legitimize businesses

discriminating – it's offensive



Tanden: it's nuts



Todd: but religious crazies feel

they under siege



Scarborough: in 2004 the GOP and

Karl Rove won big bashing gays 
and now we all have to bake 
cakes for the sodomites



Tanden: at least everyone is against this law



Todd: Mike Huckabee says

Obama is going to buy all the food



Parker: when the masses become

uneasy hoarding food just makes sense



Todd: what are you talking about Kathleen



Scarborough: this is like the

Black Helicopters of the 1990s



Todd: ha ha I love how

crazy Republicans are



Scarborough: so funny



Todd: and that's another

episode of Meet The Press