John King was live from the Minnesota State Fair this morning on CNN's State of the Union.
But before we get to this morning program, here's the behind the scene's video which was taped in DC with King talking about Sunday's program.
Some of you may have noticed that a longer version of the video was originally posted to the CNN Political Ticker, but has since disappeared. The original had John King speaking on fast forward part way through and then repeated the entire discussion.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) and Senator Ben Nelson (D) (via unsynchronized phone/ video) discussed health care legislation and what they want to hear from the President when he addresses Congress on Wednesday night. They also discussed the swine flu and regular flu vaccinations and the troop levels in Afghanistan. King asked the Senators about the latest poll numbers in the Cook Report that show that the President's numbers on the economy, health care, and the budget deficit have fallen below 50% - could these mean that the Democrats are in trouble in 2010? Sen. Klobuchar did her best to get King to try a piece of chocolate covered bacon (he politely declined).
Minnesota's Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) joined King at the fair to discuss health care reform. He doesn't think there should be a public option or that the "trigger option" should be used either. King asked the Governor to comment about George Will's recent comments that it is time to pull out of Afghanistan. The Governor thinks that we should commit more troops and finish the mission. King questioned Pawlenty about his travels around the country (even though he is still Governor); Pawlenty declined that he was already running for President. King also questioned whether Pawlenty would have been a better choice for Senator McCain's running mate (instead of Gov. Palin). And Pawlenty was pushing bacon flavored lip balm.
The swine flu has caused the Minnesota Fair to cancel the 4-H musical this year. Earlier in the week, King spoke with Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC. Some states are seeing a number of cases confirmed cases of H1N1, which is early compared to the typical flu season. It takes 6 months to create a vaccine for a new strain of the flu virus. Dr. Frieden is confident of the safety of the new vaccine and his own children will be receiving the vaccination when it becomes available in October.
King was talking to people at the fair about health care:
John King's American Dispatch this week was from a dairy farm in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The farm is part of a co-op. Wisconsin already has a dozen health care co-ops. (King even learned how to milk a cow.)
At the top of the hour, Howard Kurtz took over with pre-recorded Reliable Sources back in the Washington, D.C. studio.
The top story this morning was Diane Sawyer taking over in January for Charlie Gibson on World News. Tina Brown, David Zurawik, and Rome Hartman discussed the succession.
Kurtz spoke with Lara Logan about being an embedded reporter in Afghanistan. They also discussed the AP's decision to put out a graphic photo of a dead marine, Lance Cpl. Bernard. Kurtz asked Logan about there not being a news bureau in Kabul (like there had been in Baghdad). Logan responded that soldiers don't have basic necessities like water and electricity- the news media isn't a priority for them. They also discussed her decision to go back into Afghanistan now that she has a 8 month old child (and she's leaving again tomorrow to return).
Kurtz talked with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon papers on the Vietnam war. A new movie about the incident, The Most Dangerous Man in America, is being released. He thought at the time that he was breaking a law when he released the top secret documents to the press and fully expected to go to prison for the rest of his life. Dr. Ellsberg sees a lot of parallels between Vietnam and Iraq.
Kurtz talked with Michael Lewittes about GossipCop.com which patrols the celebrity news stories and separates the fact from fiction.
John King was back live at 11AM with the Sound of Sunday (and the beginning of the hour of pundits).
The commentator panel had Ed Rollins (R) and Joe Trippi (D) (both via video link - neither were at the fair with King). They talked about health care reform (both the legislation and the speech that the President will give to Congress on Wednesday), and what the poll results from the Cook Report indicate for the balance of power in Congress. In response to Van Jones' resignation, Trippi commented that conservative talk radio is gunning for a failed Presidency.
The CNN Diner segment this week was at the Minnesota State Fair (where there is lots of food on a stick) with Susan Reynolds, Roger Akenbuom, and Dave Theisen.
Dana Bash, Ed Henry, and Candy Crowley joined King via video link from Washington, D.C. for the Correspondent panel. The panel talked about Democrat's expectation for President Obama's upcoming speech to Congress and the future of a public option for health care. They also discussed the troop levels in Afghanistan and the dilemma that the President faces with liberals pushing for withdrawal and Republicans backing an increase in troops.
Ed Henry did a bit of flip-flopping this week. Two weeks ago, during the Lightening Round when asked about getting "wee-weed up", Henry wouldn't comment:
KING: OK lightning round now, Ed Henry, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, here's one. We learn new things from our president all the time, including some language. Here's the president on a conference call the other day with his supporters. He said, "There is something about August going into September where everyone in Washington gets all wee-weed up. I don't know what that is, but that's what happens."
Put me in the "I don't know what that is" column. You're the senior White House correspondent.
HENRY: I was in New York visiting my parents. My mom told me when I was in school, never talk about wee-wee. We're not talking about it on "State of the Union."
Source: CNN Transcript, State of the Union with John King August 23, 2009 11AM hour
Now, this week, again during the Lightening Round, Henry brought up the topic of getting "wee-weed up".
KING: ... Here is Charles Krauthammer, as we begin the "Lightning Round." Charles Krauthammer writing in The Washington Post on Friday: "What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. For a man who only recently bred a cult, ordinariness is a great burden. And for his acolytes, a crushing disappointment, Obama has become a politician, like others."
Ed Henry, I'm assuming they don't like the Icarus analogy over at the White House.
HENRY: Oh, they clearly don't. And there is clearly one solution to all of this. He needs to get wee-wee'd up. As he said a couple of weeks ago, nobody knew what that meant. And I still don't quite know what it is. He accused Republicans in Washington of getting all wee-wee'd up. I think he needs to do that.
And what it probably means is, he needs to get fired up, he needs to go at it, be a little more aggressive. It's looking right now like he's a little passive watching all of this go by. So he needs to get wee-wee'd up.
Source: CNN Transcript, State of the Union with John King September 6, 2009, 11AM hour.
The noon hour brought a repeat of material from the 9AM hour ( 45 minutes later live programming resumed). The Last Word went to Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison to talk about health care and what the President should say on Wednesday night. He wants progressive leaders to walk away if a public option is not part of the bill. He also talked about a "civilian surge" in Afghanistan.
An added bonus from the website this week... take a look back at the first six months of State of the Union with John King:
Here are the links to this week's podcasts: