Chuck Todd debuted as the 12th moderator of the nation’s longest running TV program Sunday. For his first “Meet the Press” Todd landed a one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama.
The two discussed several national and international concerns for the U.S., including the threat of ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, and the optics of golfing after his statement on the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, among other topics.
At the start of the interview, Todd asked Obama whether he was preparing to go back to war to combat ISIS, with President Obama announcing a Wednesday speech on his game plan.
“So what I’m going to be ask, asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat. Number two, we have the capacity to deal with it. Here’s how we’re going to deal with it. I am going to be asking Congress to make sure that they understand and support what our plan is. And it’s going to require some resources, I suspect, above what we are currently doing in the region.”
Todd was joined at the roundtable by NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News national security analyst Michael Leiter, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host and the newly named NBC News senior political analyst Joe Scarborough, and Washington Post national political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson. Mitchell and Leiter were later replaced by BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton and the Cook Political Report national editor Amy Walter.
The program also featured two new segments, “Who needs Washington?” and “What everyone in Washington knows, but is afraid to say.”
During the latter segment on the topic of a possible 2016 run for president by Hillary Clinton, Scarborough added his own concerns of whether she will.
“I’m not so sure she’s going to run,” said Scarborough “It’s just like Jeb. I’m still trying to figure out if Jeb’s going to run. We get the news this past week that Jeb’s freezing everybody. We know she’s freezing everybody. But it was such a disastrous book tour, when it should’ve been so easy. I’m just, why does she want to do it? She’s been struggling for a very long time.”
And in closing, Todd got to say likely the most gratifying line of his career. “All right, we’ll be back next week, because you know why? If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the Press’.”