President Barack Obama looked like he couldn’t wait for his interview with new Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to be over with…and I don’t blame him. If I had to deal with Todd’s banal questions, I’d be impatient for the interview to end too.
Todd’s questions about ISIS and immigration showed precious little insight and imagination. At times, it seemed as though he was barely asking questions at all. Frankly, Todd came close to a Saturday Night Live parody of a Meet the Press host. The entire interview reminded me of Gertrude Stein’s famous line about Oakland, California–“There is no there there.”
Of course, the Obama-haters are attacking Todd because he didn’t beat the president up enough. That wasn’t the main flaw with the interview. The main flaw with the interview is that the viewer gained nothing, learned nothing, felt nothing.
Not that David Gregory was any prize…but they got rid of him for this?