Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle examine what it was about then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump that led to him becoming today President of the United States. Says Barnicle:
“You have this big egotistical, headline-grabbing, sprawling guy coming out of Queens with a huge chip on his shoulder, and he came very quickly because of how he behaved and what he said to represent the hopes, and the anger, and the dreams, and a whole jumble of emotions among so many people; but all of that was basically New Haven. It was taking the play and tryouts in New Haven. This is the real deal today.” Hear more of the conversation and discussion of what Trump was able to tap into that resonated with many voters.
As the Morning Joe panel discusses how the media has covered President Donald Trump as a candidate, president elect and now as President of the United States, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle has this suggestion: “We have to cover the country rather than cover the candidate himself or now the president. We didn’t do a good job of covering the country.” Listen in on the the animated conversation among Barnicle, and hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough about how the media can best do its job going forward.
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle paints a haunting picture of the harsh, cold reality of war for fallen soldiers and their families – buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery — to heed a message to President Donald Trump about the significance and responsibility that now rests upon his shoulders as he fulfills the role of Commander-in-Chief. “Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th president of the United States. Then, for the first time, he might well realize that his most important obligation is to be aware of the fact that only he can add to the names carved on war memorials and cemetery headstones because he now carries the burden, the weight and responsibility of being commander in chief. That is his duty, to honor the dead by never forgetting their sacrifice or the failed politics that sent them to die.” Read the entire column here.
Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Council on Foreign Affairs President Richard Haass discuss whether the Trump Administration should make immediate changes in how government departments are organized with Barnicle suggesting it might be time to streamline and Haass taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” position. Hear their conversation here. Only on MSNBC.
Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle analyze President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos’s underwhelming – if not embarrassing – performance at her confirmation hearing where she was questioned by Republican and Democrat Senators alike. “You had Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – very intense, very ideologically-driven grilling of Betsy DeVos. Then you had Chris Murphy from Connecticut ask the question – the sidewalk question: Guns in schools, which stunned everyone watching – her response.” Watch the Morning Joe conversation here.
“One of the Vice President’s gifts is that he has a Home Depot mentality,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about Vice President Joe Biden and his concern during the presidential race of 2016 that Republican candidate Donald Trump could win the election. “He goes home every weekend to Wilmington, Delaware, and he will go to Home Depot himself to pick up a hammer or something like that. He’s got that instinct – that sidewalk level, gut instinct. And he was deeply bothered and cognizant of the fact prior to the election that, that thing was going south.” Tune in to hear more of the conversation about prominent Democrats who may have warned early that the election was not going their way.
During the Morning Joe discussion of President Barack Obama’s final news conference and handling of the transition, senior contributor Mike Barnicle said: “There was a particular moment in that press conference when he went on for two or three minutes with rhetoric that if (Democratic presidential nominee) Hillary Clinton had used the same rhetoric during the course of her campaign it may have had a different result. The election may have had a different result because he addressed those left behind and lost in the system who feel that their children have been neglected and won’t do as well as they have done in this country. He was talking to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin.” Tune in to listen to hear the conversation among the Morning Joe panel: host Joe Scarborough, The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters and Barnicle about President Obama’s role as the outgoing commander in chief.
“That was quite a display yesterday from the outgoing President of the United States,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about President Barack Obama’s final news conference. “It encapsulated so much about who that man is. You had a combination of eloquence, thoughtfulness, compassion, and most importantly respect for the office; and an understanding and a communicative ability to tell people the weight of the office, including to the incoming administration. Quite a display.” Hear more from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and the panel here.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough got the show going this morning by renaming it “Washington’s Hair Club for Men,” comparing and contrasting New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters’ well-coiffed hair with that of the other male panelists. Said senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “I was one of the original members of the club.” Listen in to the conversation and co-host Mika Brzezinski’s ribbing of Scarborough and his own well-styled hairdo.
As Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, the show’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle and Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin discuss President Barack Obama’s legacy — from high marks on the economic side to hits on foreign policy — Barnicle says: “When history is written… saving the economy is going to be a huge, huge story. Much bigger than it is right now.” Tune in for the conversation here.
“It seems there is more than a bit of irony here in a commutation for Chelsea Manning from a president who has presided over an administration that has been fierce in its going after leakers – fierce,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to BBC News Washington D.C. correspondent Katty Kay during a conversation about President Barack Obama’s decision to shorten the prison sentence of former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in jail for giving classified info to WikiLeaks. Barnicle suggests the timing was intentional, as President Obama is holding his final press briefing today, during which he is sure to be asked about it.
“Some of these nominees, the lack of preparation, really good preparation, prior to their appearance at these hearings is kind of surprising. Who would not have guessed that Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut would ask a question about guns in schools…and you don’t have an adequate answer for that? I mean, that’s surprising,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion about how President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations have underperformed at their Senate hearings, particularly Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. Tune in to hear Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin add their opinions to the mix.
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, during a panel discussion about Mike Allen’s interview with President-elect Donald Trump for the newly launched Axios AM newsletter, says: “It reminds me of something that Mike Barnicle said …before Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. He said: At some point everybody gets the briefing and when they get the briefing it changes them.” Listen in on more of the conversation here about Trump’s “unusually subdued” nature and “somber tone” during Allen’s interview, which Morning Joe senior contributor Barnicle calls out as “among the more encouraging reports.”
“The ripples of relief began in Washington and extend around the globe – specifically to Europe with the testimony of General (James) Mattis, General (John) Kelly, and Congressman (Mike) Pompeo. Each three in their own ways in the testimony, in the questions and answers that they were providing to the committees, looked professional, responsible, not crazy. They weren’t going to do anything off the cuff, and I think they gave a great degree of confidence to the people who are going to be voting on their nominations as well as to our allies overseas – especially Mattis on the Iran Treaty,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle about the Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings happening this week. Hear more of the conversation here.
“Wrong venue, wrong time…Important content, but it basically should’ve been given two years from now as he launches his campaign for president,” said Morning Joe senior correspondent Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion about Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s decision to break precedent by testifying against his Senate colleague Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) nomination for Attorney General, which led many to believe Booker was using his speech in a calculated attempt to launch his bid for the 2020 presidential election. Listen to more on the situation here.
“Yesterday was a new low…for all of us in this nation. When you have the President-Elect of the United States basically comparing intelligence professionals to Nazis. That has taken this into another realm entirely,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a heated discussion with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough about President-elect Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the intelligence community and the fresh start he will get next week. Hear more of the conversation here.
Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle says it was “good parenting” to have children watch President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address from Chicago. “That was a spectacular moment. You had the President of the United States going out the door…and the speech was – I thought – spectacular in the sense that it wasn’t a partisan speech. It wasn’t about yesterday. It was more about tomorrow. And it was directional and optimistic for the country.” Listen in on more of the conversation here.
“Here is the killer quote…from Paul Ryan, when asked about his replacement plan (for Obamacare), he said: ‘You’ll see it as the weeks and months unfold.’ For those who don’t have health insurance that’s a long, long time. Who has a plan?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a conversation with MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt about House Speaker Paul Ryan saying Republicans have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act at a press conference in Capitol Hill but then refusing to provide any specific details when asked by a reporter at the event. Hear which politician Hunt says may hold the answer. Only on MSNBC.
“Stop it,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle with a grin as the show’s staff teases him about being “legendary” yet again during the introduction of the panelists. Watch the footage of the “legendary” Mike Barnicle sitting through another round of banter.
As the Morning Joe panel discusses the desire some Republican politicians have for immediately rescinding the Affordable Care Act despite not yet having an alternative program to replace it, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “One of the principal messaging points of the Republicans who want to just repeal Obamacare right now…is that `health care costs have gone up. Instead of $112 a month you’re not going to be charged $175.’ These are people – a huge percentage of them – who have never had healthcare.” Tune in to listen to the conversation and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough explain why revoking the Affordable Care Act without a replacement program would ultimately hurt the Republicans in coming elections.