Video: Rep. Kennedy goes berserk
GLENN: Let us begin with a Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island on the floor of the House of Representatives talking about, where's the press on the war?
KENNEDY: If anybody wants to know where citizen is, citizen is that there's one, two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, a thousand lives and no press! The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country is despicable the national press corps right now.
GLENN: Patrick Kennedy.
PAT: His voice changed, he was so excited.
GLENN: Where's the press? Where's the press at? That's a good question, isn't it, Patrick? Where is the press? Where is the press? The press was all over the war. All over the war when it was George W. Bush, but now... nothing. Where is the press? Interesting. Maybe the press is doing all their homework on healthcare. Maybe they're just trying to expose all of the nonsense, all of the craft, all of the corruption, all the bribery in healthcare. No, no, they're not there, either. Where's the press! Play it again, please.
KENNEDY: If anybody wants to know where citizenism, citizenism is that there's one, two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, a thousand lives and no press? The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It's despicable the national press corps right now.
PAT: Do you think he was drunk there?
GLENN: No, that's other Kennedys. I think one of them has to be sober assaults. I think that may have been
PAT: To be the designated driver?
GLENN: Yeah, that may have been his moment to be sober. No, he was sober. He was just inflamed that there was no press there!
Now, the president actually spoke on this issue, did he not?
STU: On Iraq? Well, sort of. In because he actually, as crazy as he sounds there, as you point out, he has a good point. They really cared about it a lot when Bush was in office. But doesn't seem like the press or the president seem to think of it as a particularly high priority. In 2010
GLENN: What was hang on just a second. And I know this, it may seem like a rhetorical question, but it's not. What is the difference between the president and the press? Okay, I was kidding. It is a rhetorical question. There is no difference.
STU: In 2010 President Obama has mentioned the Iraq war just three times during formal speeches: Twice in a single sentence during back to back events in early February at the DNC and once in his state of the union address.
PAT: Where's the president! Where's the president, the Iraq war, people are dying! Where's the president?
GLENN: There's only one president!
PAT: And he's not here!
GLENN: He's not even talking about it! It's the greatest, most important thing of all time!
PAT: The president's unraveling about healthcare every day, 24/7!
GLENN: Can I tell you something? It's really, really, really interesting that when those members of the press, coincidentally I believe all of them worked at Fox, were saying where is the president on the war, he can't seem to make a decision, and we went on and on and on about it for four months, Patrick Kennedy wasn't even around talking about where's the president!
STU: It goes on here. The White House press corps hasn't asked the president about the Iraq war in months. The president was last asked about the conflict on December 7 during an Oval Office press
GLENN: That's the date that will live in infamy.
STU: Right, with the Turkish prime minister. But the question came from a Turkish reporter after an associated press reporter asked about the economy.
GLENN: There's only one Turkish reporter here!
STU: In fact, the last time a White House reporter asked about the Iraq war was June 26th, when NPR reporter asked an Iraq related question during a joint news conference with Obama and Merkel, according to records kept by CBS radio. That's pretty, pretty amazing. I mean
GLENN: That's going on a year?
STU: Yeah. Remember this was supposed to be the main issue of the campaign when the campaign was revving up.
GLENN: Of course it is. Until he completely went back on everything he promised! Where is a single campaign promise this man said he would keep! In the gallery there's no promises being kept! I mean
STU: How is your voice? Is it okay?
GLENN: It's okay.
STU: It made it through that?
GLENN: I can't do much more of Mr. Kennedy, but
STU: Pat can.
PAT: I could. I could scream all day like Pat Kennedy if I wanted to! I can still talk on the radio tomorrow!
STU: (Laughing). That's significant, though. It's a wartime president.
STU: And since June we haven't heard any press member ask him about it.
GLENN: No. Where's Cindy Sheehan! Why hasn't she camped out in front of the president's vacation property?
PAT: She's still at Crawford. I just read a story a couple of weeks ago. She was at Crawford.
STU: Oh, really? Because I thought she did
PAT: She was still protesting at Bush's house.
STU: Did she follow through the 2008 election?
GLENN: Does she understand how this system works?
PAT: Apparently not. Apparently not.
STU: Because at one point Bush was actually, he had two terms and then he ended that two terms and then President Obama took over.
PAT: I heard something about that.
STU: Yeah, yeah. So she should actually I thought I heard when he went on vacation, she actually did protesting where Obama went on vacation, too.
PAT: Somebody's got to get her a radio where she's more consistent. She should always be camped outside, I don't know, his Chicago residence maybe?
STU: Is it possible she just really likes Crawford at this point? She's been there a lot. It's a rural area.
GLENN: I think the people of Texas have embraced Cindy Sheehan.
STU: I think so.
GLENN: No, seriously, she blends.
STU: She's like the Stonehenge of Crawford now. Everyone drives by to look at her.
PAT: We don't know why it's there, but look. There's the Cindy Sheehan.