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David Gregory on What He Thinks Bill Clinton Was Trying to Say During Their Interview

GregoryThis morning, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory told his colleague Joe Scarborough what he thinks former President Bill Clinton was trying to say on the subject of wealth during their interview yesterday.

In the interview at Clinton Global Initiative America, which will air in full on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Gregory asked Clinton whether wealthy politicians like he and his wife should be viewed as out of touch. Clinton stressed politicians’ policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

“In many ways what I heard Bill Clinton saying was, ‘look, we still think we’re that couple from Arkansas…what he’s saying is your politics, your positions, your policy beliefs, your ideology, ought to speak louder than your wealth,” Gregory said on “Morning Joe.”

He added that Clinton might have wanted to “insert some language” stressing that he gets the fact that his family is very wealthy now, but they’re still committed to “the right things.”

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Josh Earnest Has the Perfect Name for a White House Press Secretary

Josh Earnest has a new job, an office with a fireplace, and an upgraded parking spot. (On that last one, he knows he’ll really impress his dad). In exchange, he gets to deal with the White House press corps even more closely than he has been.

Earnest, who is wrapping up his second day as White House press secretary, chatted with Politico’s Mike Allen for the site’s series Open Mike. Will the president take more questions from reporters with Earnest as press secretary? “We’re going to be focused on making the President as accessible as possible, and putting him in an environment where he is able to best defend our priorities.” Here’s more:

Michelle Obama to Robin Roberts: Woman President ‘Should Happen as Soon as Possible’

MichelleFirst Lady Michelle Obama gave her thoughts on leadership yesterday, telling Robin Roberts the time has come for another historical presidency.

“That should happen as soon as possible,” Obama said on whether she can envision a woman president. “I think this country is ready. This country is ready for anyone who can do the job…we have some options, don’t we?” Obama continued to applause.

The First Lady also ruled herself out for higher office following her husband’s presidency : “I am positive,” she said about not getting into politics. The two women spoke after the White House Summit on Working Families.

Watch the exchange, starting at the 20:11 mark, after the jump.

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Margaret Brennan Produces, Shoots and Reports Iraq Live Shot

CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan was a one-woman band for her “CBS This Morning” hit today: appearing live from inside the U.S. Embassy via the Dejero app on her iPad, Brennan served as a reporter, producer and camerawoman for her live shot. Brennan was traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Iraq to push for a political solution to the growing violence in the region. Watch:

Kerry’s visit to Iraq was covered on “Good Morning America” and “Today” as well: ABC had Jon Karl reporting from the White House and NBC had Richard Engel live in Baghdad.

Stephen Colbert to Jay Carney: When are You and Jonathan Karl Going to ‘Get a Room?’

CarneyIn his final 24 hours as Press Secretary, Jay Carney answered questions from Stephen Colbert—including what his post-White House relationship will be with one of his most prominent sparring partners.

“You two had some tense moments,” Colbert said of the occasional barbs traded between Carney and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the briefing room.

“When are you guys gonna just get a room?” Colbert followed up.

Carney answered that Karl and other White House correspondents are just doing their jobs when grilling him on politics of the day. Last month, Karl told us “of course” he’d miss Carney, and “it was never personal” between he and Jay.

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Kate Bolduan, Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell to Interview Pres. Obama Today

NBC News Obama special report_304x200Two cable morning show anchors will be interviewing Pres. Obama today. CNN’s “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will sit down with the president today. Both interviews air Monday, previewing Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families.

Meanwhile, another cable news host, Greta Van Susteren, is taking the president to task. “I am furious at President Obama if he blew this opportunity,” writes Van Susteren on GretaWire.

>Update: Norah O’Donnell also gets an interview with Obama. An excerpt will air tonight on the “CBS Evening News,” with the full interview airing on Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

Bill O’Reilly on ‘Obama Basher,’ ‘Liberals,’ and ‘Anti-Obama Situation’ at Fox News

Bill O’Reilly went up and down the Fox News talent roster last night at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, offering his take on his colleague’s views on President Obama.

“You have Doocy, who’s an Obama basher,” O’Reilly told colleague Geraldo Rivera, who interviewed him. “Then you’re into Shepard Smith, who’s a liberal” (he also labeled Greta Van Susteren liberal). And on the cast of “The Five”: “They don’t like the president so much, but then you have Beckel [Bob] there, and he’s there to stick up for him. It’s not real fair, so I’d say that’s an anti-Obama situation.” O’Reilly credits colleagues Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Jon Scott, Jenna Lee, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly as anchors who lack agendas and aren’t ideologues. And his self-evaluation: “I’m tough on everybody.”

Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

Ratings: Hillary Clinton’s Back-to-Back CNN, Fox News Interviews

FNC CNN Clinton Interviews

Hillary Clinton capped off the television portion of her book tour yesterday with back-to-back interviews on CNN and Fox News. Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren‘s joint Fox News interview delivered the biggest cable news audience, averaging 2,022,000 total viewers and 313,000 A25-54 viewers from 6:45-7:15 p.m. CNN’s interview, which ran from 5 to 6 p.m., had 521,000 total viewers and 115,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the same time period the previous day, Fox News was up +23% in total viewers and +30% in the A25-54 demographic. CNN was up +32% in total viewers and +55% in the demo compared to the 5 p.m. hour Monday.

Fox came in first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on cable news in the 6:45 to 7:15 half-hour. CNN came in second (behind Fox News) in both ratings metrics in the 5pmET time slot.

The re-air of Christiane Amanpour‘s town hall interview — which aired from 9 to 10:30 p.m. because of additional commercial breaks — averaged 579,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers.

At His Last Briefing, Jay Carney Tells Reporters: ‘You’ll Be the Judge of My Success’

jay carneyAfter three and a half years as White House press secretary, Jay Carney presided over his final press briefing this afternoon, calling his time in the role an “extraordinarily gratifying” experience.

“I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days I spent in this room,” Carney said. “As I think most of you now understand and believe, it’s always a pleasure no matter how hard it can get in here, no matter how hot it can be and contentious it sometimes is.”

“The press secretary is in a unique position within a White House. And not just because I’m a former journalist, because I think every press secretary understood this and understands it: we work to promote what the President is doing and the message he’s trying to convey to the American people,” Carney told reporters. “But I also work with the press to try to help you do your jobs, to help you cover the White House, cover the administration, and report on what we’re doing here. And that is what I’ve tried to do, and you’ll be the judge of my success, at least in part.”

No word yet on the next steps for Carney, who is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman.

Carney will be replaced by deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, who has worked with President Obama since the 2008 campaign.

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