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Transcript of Obama's appearance on "Meet the Press." RECORD DATE: DECEMBER 6, AIR DATE: DECEMBER 7, MR. '08 Meet the Press transcripts, resources, video December 7, President- elect Barack Obama | Guests & topics | Transcript September 7, Sen. Transcript of the September 7, broadcast of NBC's 'Meet the Press,' featuring Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Tom Friedman.
Very nice to have you with us. As we saw in the opening, the world has gotten considerably worse since your election. There is no evidence that it's caused an effect, you should be happy to know, but nonetheless, we now are officially in a recession.
It's around the world, and most analysts think it's going to get worse before it gets better. Sixty-seven years ago this day, one of your predecessors, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, faced Pearl Harbor.
What are the differences between his challenges and the ones that you face? Well, first of all, I think it's important for us to remember that, as tough as times are right now, they're nothing compared to what my grandparents went through, what the Greatest Generation went through. At this point you already had 25, 30 percent unemployment across the country, and we didn't have many of the social safety nets that emerged out of the New Deal. So, there's no doubt that Franklin Roosevelt had to re-create an entire economic structure that had entirely collapsed.
And we've got some strengths that he didn't have. But look, if you look at the unemployment numbers that came out yesterday, if you think about almost two million jobs lost so far, if you think about the fragility of the financial system and the fact that it is now a global financial system so that what happens in Thailand or Russia can have an impact here, and obviously what happens on Wall Street has an impact worldwide, when you think about the structural problems that we already had in the economy before the financial crisis, this is a big problem, and it's going to get worse.
And one of the things that I'm constantly mindful of are all the people I met during the campaign who were already struggling before things got worse: Mothers and fathers who were working hard every day but didn't have healthcare, couldn't figure out how to send their kid to college.
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Now they're looking at pink slips, jobs being shipped overseas, that devastate entire towns. And that's why my number one priority coming in is making sure that we've got an economic recovery plan that is equal to the task. Here's what you had to say a short time ago to the National Conference of Governors. It was kind of a reality check for them to put it in some kind of context. Let's hear that with our audience now, if we can: The circumstances now are, as you say, very unpopular in terms of the decisions that have to be made.
Which are the most unpopular ones that the country is going to have to deal with? Well, fortunately, as tough as times are right now, and things are going to get worse before they get better—there is a convergence between circumstances and agenda.
The key for us is making sure that we jump-start that economy in a way that doesn't just deal with the short term, doesn't just create jobs immediately, but also puts us on a glide path for long-term sustainable economic growth, and that's why I spoke in my radio address on Saturday about the importance of investing in the largest infrastructure program, in roads and bridges and other traditional infrastructure since the building of the Federal Highway System in the s.
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Rebuilding our schools, and making sure that they're energy efficient, making sure that we're investing in electronic medical records and other technologies that can drive down healthcare costs—all those things are not only immediate—part of an immediate stimulus package to the economy, but they're also down payments on the kind of long-term sustainable growth that we need.
To give an indication of how quickly things change now at warp speed, when you and I last saw each other six weeks ago I think it was in Nashville, when I asked you your priorities, you said healthcare, energy, and education would be your top three priorities. You didn't anticipate at that time that you would have to outline this kind of a stimulus program.
The real question in the stimulus program that you have just described and that you shared with the American audience in your radio address is how quickly will it mean jobs out there across America, and how much is it going to cost and who is going to pay for it? Well, I think we can get a lot of work done fast.
When I met with the governors, all of them have projects that are shovel ready, that are going to require us to get the money out the door, but they've already lined up the projects and they can make them work. And now we're going to have to prioritize it and do it not in the old traditional politics-first way. What we need to do is examine what are the projects where we're going to get the most bang for the buck.
How are we going to make sure taxpayers are protected? You know, the days of just pork coming out of Congress as a strategy, those days are over. How much it's going to cost?
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My economic team is examining that right now, and one of the things I'm very pleased with is how fast we've gotten a first-rate economic team in place-the fastest in modern history.
They are busy working, crunching the numbers, looking at the macroeconomic data to make a determination as to what the size and the scope of the economic recovery plan needs to be, but it is going to be substantial.
One last point I want to make on this is that we are inheriting an enormous budget deficit. You know, some estimates, over a trillion dollars.
That's before we do anything. And so we understand that we've got to provide a blood infusion to the patient right now to make sure that the patient is stabilized, and that means that we can't worry short-term about the deficit. We've got to make sure that the economic stimulus plan is large enough to get the economy moving. One of the great concerns in this country, of course, is additional job loss, which would be considerable if the Big Three in the auto industry in this country—GM, Ford, and Chrysler—were to go down.
That drama has been playing out in Washington and across America. Do you think that the Big Three deserve to survive?
Well, I think that the big three U. They have not managed that industry the way they should have. And I've been a strong critic of the auto industry's failure to adapt to changing times, building small cars and energy efficient cars that are going to adapt to a new market. But what I've also said is the auto industry is the backbone of the American manufacturing. It is a huge employer across many states. Millions of people directly or indirectly are reliant on that industry, and so I don't think it's an option to simply allow it to collapse.
What we have to do is to provide them with assistance, but that assistance is conditioned on them making significant adjustments. They're going to have to restructure, and all their stakeholders are going to have to restructure—labor, management, shareholders, creditors—everybody is going to recognize that they have—they do not have a sustainable business model right now. And if they expect taxpayers to help in that adjustment process, then they can't keep on putting off the kinds of changes that they frankly should have made 20 or 30 years ago.
You used to be able to get it from his blog, but now his archives only go back to Someone took it from his column, expanded the satire, wrapped it in a lie, and started forwarding it as if it were an email of truth. During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all.
It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in t he past, many years ago. She has her views and I have mine. It's an internet myth, widely quoted but totally false. The president then candidate was not even on Meet the Press that day, nor has he ever said anything negative about th…e flag.
I enclose a link to the transcript of the guests who were actually on Meet the Press, none of whom had anything to say about the flag. Barack Obama was NOT on the program, nor did he appear and insult the flag-- this is an internet myth. This is a total myth. The president was not on Meet the Press on September 7,nor has he ever said anything bad about the flag.
I enclose a link to the full transcript f…or Meet the Press from that day. I also enclose a link to snopes. Has Barack Obama ever taken a US flag stance? None, other than in his oath of office for the Presidency and vows to entirely support the country, which would include respect and a love for the US flag. This is probably… a question in response to a virus hoax email making the rounds that is based on a piece of satire written by a conservative Arizona columnist.
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For more details about the hoax, see the related questions below. Where can you find the 'Meet the Press' transcript? I am not sure which transcript you are seeking, but I wonder if it's the one from September 7, the one that is an internet hoax about Barack Obama.
There is a myth tha…t says Mr. Obama was on Meet the Press that day and he insulted the flag. But he was not on the program on that date, nor did he insult the flag when he first did appear on the program in December. Meet the Press transcripts can often be found on their website, and some of the interviews are still found on YouTube.
But you won't find this one, however, since it never happened. This is another internet myth. President Obama was not on Meet the Press that day, and there is no Dale Lindsborg who is usually said to work for the Washington Post-- bu…t the Post has no such reporter. Further, the myth claims the president said on that day that he doesn't pick one salute the flag or sing the national anthem.
Both claims are false, and the president never said either thing. The first time the president was on Meet the Press was on December 7th,after he was elected; he was interviewed by Tom Brokaw. They talked about the economy, the recent election, and what he hoped to achieve as president. Like a pro, consistently throughout his speech, and very effectively. There was a hoax email about this. For details see the related question below.