Thursday, September 25, 2008

A morning to remember:
This morning on Morning Joe something special happened


The crew here at the Viva Chuck Todd editorial offices bring themselves up to speed daily by scanning the latest DVR recording of the day's events that The Chuck might have been a part of. In most cases, the time viewing is spent fast-forwarding through all things not Chuck and stopping occasionally to watch something that looks like it got big laughs.

This morning's Morning Joe was a different show entirely. Just The Chuck and Scarborough alone co-hosting was a site to behold. What made it all so much better was the panoply of guests who added to the examination of the hell we all seem to be going through via the brittle economic situation. Noonan, Snowe, Herbert, Rubin, Murphy, Gibbs, Wallace, Stengel, Burnett, Haines and Zuckerman were all part of a coherent dialog that captivated for three hours. We honest to God wanted to fast-forward through something, yet the content of the show was compelling, topical and downright fascinating (Okay, Tommy Hilfiger was the off-key plunk at the end of the show). Scarborough shined as the passionate counterpoint and The Chuck served as the academic font that all who chatted went to for empirical data. The Chuck displayed a relaxed inquisitive nature not seen prior. He questioned everyone, especially James Rubin, former Clinton Administration Deputy Secretary of State cogently and respectfully. On the inverse, he was also often asked questions of by guests who really wanted to know the score.

From this office's perspective it was compelling TV; for those of you that saw it, what did you think?

8 comments:

amaducias said...

I wept openly, like a father who's first child just took their first steps. I knew the day would come when The Chuck would be tested in such a manner. I was almost late to work because I had to sit and watch it all.

Viva Chuck Todd!!!

kc said...

I watched that episode. Morning Joe is my favorite show. I didn't get the feeling Chuck was co-hosting. Was this only for the last hour when Mika left?

stgoebel said...

Can you post highlights? I missed it!

Anonymous said...

I too DVR Morning Joe. Mika had to leave to go to a breakfast with Ahmidineadjead, so Chuck stepped in to co-host the last hour with Joe. He did a really great job. He was very relaxed and remained good old independent Chuck. He was spouting off facts left and right, including stats on when VA last elected a govenor that was born in the state.If he gets a little bit more training and practice he'd be great at Meet The Press.

Country said...

It is true that Morning Joe is a special show. I get the feeling that anyone important watches the show, wants to be on the show and wants to quote the show. But it is a rare and special day when this Chuckolyte gets to see her master sit down with all of them and banter and contribute important information. May there be more shows like Friday September 26th, 2008.

Country said...

Of Course I meant the show of the 25th, but I too had to wait until Friday to see it. Please forgive my mis-type.

Beth in VA said...

Chuck is great, but I'll never forgive Joe after he hosted the original Swiftboaters on his show for a week straight in 2004. I have no respect for Joe Scarborough, who is, as far as I can tell, a Republican Party operative.

kc said...

Joe is brillant