GLENN: Now, Robert Gibbs says that the NASA mission is not Muslim outreach. Now, there's a couple of questions on this. Why did it take so long for any reporter to ask, hey.
PAT: He kind of addresses that in the confines of the question, which is great.
GLENN: Here it is.
REPORTER: — made a couple of weeks back that drew some interest, specifically some conservatives who are wondering why he said that one of the charges that the president gave him when he got the job was that he had to focus on outreach to the Muslim world. Why is a NASA administrator doing that?
GIBBS: It's an excellent question and I don't think — that was not his task and that's not the task of NASA.
REPORTER: Did he misspeak?
REPORTER: Has the president spoken to him about that to clear it up? Anybody here at the White House?
GIBBS: I'm sure people at the house talk to NASA people all the time.
GLENN: Jeez. Followup, followup question, Mr. Gibbs: Don't you think that's a pretty unreasonable answer to give? The head guy of NASA says the president says his number one most important responsibility is to make Muslim countries feel good about their contribution to society.
PAT: So not did he misspeak. Are you saying the NASA administrator lied through his teeth about the foremost goal?
GLENN: So clueless that he got that — shouldn't the president maybe make a phone call and say, hey, are you on medication or anything? I mean, I was on Fox and Friends this morning and they asked me about this and I said, you know what this is? This is McDonald's. Ronald McDonald gives you a job and you're asked in the press about it and you say, "Yep, yep, the clown came to me and said I'm in charge of all the new McFilets and I'm the one that's going to be serving all of the tenderloin." Shouldn't — don't you think maybe the clown would come out and event — and say, okay, we're not serving filets. No, no, no, he misunderstood. Shouldn't that be something that he would do right away? And don't you think that if I was running the McDonald's, Ronald would come out with the big shoes and say, hey, what's this whole filet thing that you're talking about? That ain't it. We don't do filets. We do hamburgers. "Oh, I know. I'm sorry. I got that wrong. I've been working on the pasta job that you gave me. You said number one is McPasta." No, we don't make pasta, either. Is there something wrong with you? We're McDonald's.
PAT: Maybe he shouldn't be head of NASA. You know, if you don't even know what your foremost goal is at NASA, I would think maybe you shouldn't be there.
GLENN: I mean, shouldn't the president call him up (phone ringing). "Hello, NASA." "Yeah, you know the, you know the big white, kind of long things with fire that comes out of the end and that go — they shoot up in the sky?" "Yeah, rockets you mean?" "That's what you do. That's what you do."
STU: Right, I make people feel good about their contribution to the rocket thingies, right?
GLENN: So is there any way that anyone believes the president of the United States didn't say this?
PAT: Not for a second.
GLENN: Not for a second.
PAT: And —
GLENN: Because you would have handled it differently.
PAT: And why didn't, why didn't the president come out like the day after this broke and say, "No, no, no, that's not."
GLENN: Or Gibbs.
PAT: Or Gibbs. And why is it two weeks the guy says, "A couple of weeks ago something came up. "
GLENN: He has said this twice.
PAT: Come on.
GLENN: He has said this twice.
PAT: A couple, like several years ago Barack Obama said that there was — his grandmother's a typical white. What did he mean by that?
GLENN: Do you think this —
PAT: Right on top of it.
GLENN: Do you think if he would have come out and said, you know what, the president said to me that my foremost requirement on the job, the foremost thing I have to concentrate on is we're going to Pluto, you know, the cartoon dog. If he would say — if he would say, not the cartoon dog but if he would say, "My first, foremost job he said was that we're going to build spaceships to go to Pluto," do you think the White House would have responded, do you think anybody would have asked the question that day to the White House and say, are we planning a manned mission to Pluto? "No, we're not." The president has asked him and called him where he got the Pluto idea. We're not going to Pluto. That's exactly what would have happened.
PAT: It would have. It would have.
GLENN: It would have.
STU: Did the media dismiss this as he is basically saying, you know, try to, just pandering to the guy he's being interviewed by? Like, I'm over there, I'm doing an interview with Muslim countries. I'm just going to say a nice thing about Muslims.
GLENN: The media knows it's true.
STU: So how does that conversation happen? Like, what's the conversation that leads this guy to believe this, that Barack Obama says to the NASA guy, hey —
GLENN: Here's — I'm going out on a limb.
GLENN: But here's how I think the conversation — Pat, you play the NASA guy.
PAT: All right.
GLENN: Okay? And I'm going to play Barack Obama. And you can see how this probably was misconstrued. This is just, this is a reenactment of something on how I think it may have gone. "Hey, NASA guy."
PAT: Hey, Mr. President.
GLENN: How are things?
GLENN: Good. Boy, I wanted to hire you because you're the most qualified for the job and I just want to go over — we're not going to go to the moon.
GLENN: That's really expensive.
PAT: Well, wait.
GLENN: We're not going to — you know, we're going to —
PAT: Mars, we're going to Mars then?
GLENN: No, we're scaling back.
PAT: Saturn? Can we go to —
GLENN: No. But here's what I want you to concentrate on.
PAT: All right.
GLENN: This is where it gets confusing. Here's what I want you to concentrate on. I want you to do a Muslim outreach and I want you to make the Muslim countries of the world, I want you to make them feel good about their contribution to science and, I don't know, math or whatever.
PAT: So you would say my foremost mission then is —
GLENN: That's your foremost mission.
PAT: At NASA?
GLENN: At NASA.
PAT: Is like Muslim outreach?
GLENN: Yeah. Forget about the rocket things. Do that. Can you do that? That's what I hired you for.
PAT: That's not really what we do but
GLENN: But you can do it?
PAT: Yeah, I guess.
GLENN: Good. All right. Thanks. Hey, and by the way, when you accept an interview, do it, like, on Al Jazeera or, you know, do it on some Middle Eastern thing. That's part of the Muslim outreach.
GLENN: Otherwise you would just do interviews like here in America.
PAT: Here, on CBS, 60 Minutes, whatever.
GLENN: You are the NASA guy and there's not a lot of calls for NASA guys, you know, —
PAT: In the Middle East?
GLENN: In the Middle East to be on — why do they care? You know what I'm saying?
PAT: I know what you're saying.
GLENN: So this would be
PAT: So do some interviews with Al Jazeera?
GLENN: Do some interviews with Al Jazeera or whoever's there.
PAT: All right, I'll set that up. I'll have my people call.
GLENN: Because that will be part of the outreach. And by the way, don't worry. If anybody asks you, you just go ahead and tell them the truth because the press isn't going to follow up anyway.
PAT: All right.
GLENN: And Gibbs is such a dope, he will just say, no, he didn't say that and then they won't follow up and it will be over.
PAT: Okay, sure.
GLENN: Got it? Okay, thank you.
STU: You know, that sounds ridiculous but the best evidence for it is the guy — the interviewer's first question which is like, what are you doing here? It's not like the guy, the Middle Eastern interviewer wanted to do this interview. His first question was, why are you here? It's his first question. He doesn't even understand why the interview is occurring. It's all because of you.
GLENN: Who's over in Al Jazeera? If we could only get someone from NASA and tell us what exactly they're going to do. Are they going to the moon? Are they not going to the moon? What do they care!
STU: They didn't even want, seem to want to do the interview at all.
GLENN: Yeah. Now, here's why this story matters. The White House is lying to you.
GLENN: Does anybody care? Is there anybody in the press that is — I mean, do they have you on Ambien? What is it that they have you on? Are they just putting like little sleepy gas into the press room? What is it that you have — you have no reaction when they look at you and tell you the most implausible thing? "No, you know what? The president didn't say that. Here's what really happened. The guy the president hired was taken by space aliens and replaced with the guy that you saw in the interview. Then they did anal cavity searches and whatever. They decided, no, he's not the guy; he's cool with the NASA thing. And so they returned him and they took their, you know, their robot probe look alike back up into the plane." "Oh, okay. Could you tell me about also a followup question on something entirely unrelated? What does the president feel like, you know? Is he still happy about his job?"