Interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

By Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel Maddow Show - November 15, 2012


Guests: Josh Rogin, Nancy Pelosi

RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: And if you keep it up, I have to come back Saturday and Sunday. So, ease up, big guy.

ED SCHULTZ, "THE ED SHOW" HOST: I`m out of here.


MADDOW: Thanks, man.

SCHULTZ: Thank you.

MADDOW: And thanks to you at home for joining us for the next hour.

President Obama was in New York City today surveying damage from hurricane Sandy. He was alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, you might remember the president spent time in New Jersey alongside Governor Chris Christie. At that time, Mayor Bloomberg of New York had specifically asked the president to please not come to New York City, so the logistics and security arrangements around his visit wouldn`t get in the way of the immediate recovery effort.

But now with two weeks or so gone by, the president today announced that he is putting a cabinet official, housing secretary, in charge of the federal level of the rebuilding efforts after the storm. And he made that announcement from hard-hit Staten Island.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: During difficult times like this, we`re reminded that we`re bound together. And we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Americans are going to stand with each other in their hour of need.

We`re going to have to put some of the turf battles aside. We`re going to have to make sure everybody is focused on doing the job as opposed to worrying about who`s getting the credit or who`s getting the contracts or all that sometime that sometimes goes into the rebuilding process.


MADDOW: That was what happened today in presidential politics in storm damaged New York.

But if the president`s message in New York was one of buckling down and cooperating and working together to get things done, what happened in Washington today was a study in contrast from that.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The president, himself, has intentionally misinformed -- read that, lied -- to the American people in the aftermath of this tragedy. This is not simply a cover-up of a third rate burglary. We have four of our diplomatic personnel dead.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This administration continues to put out things that are just not quite true.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror. Our evil-doing, American citizen-hating administration requested a lot more money than we provided, a quarter of a billion dollars in security upgrades that you refuse to make in this committee. And then you have the audacity to come here and say, why wasn`t the protection of these people provided for? And the answer is, because you damn didn`t provide it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The election was over. The president won re-election. The voices of the public were heard. They want us to cooperate.

If you want an honest investigation of this tragedy, we will join you. But if you want to persist in trying somehow to put this, lay this at the doorstep of the president or the secretary of state, or the United Nations ambassador, you will find us ready and willing to resist to the teeth.


MADDOW: To the teeth. That`s what it was like today at the House Foreign Affairs Committee`s hearing on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, back in September. There were also hearings on the same subject in both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. But those are both closed to the public.

We learned today newly resigned CIA chief David Petraeus has agreed to testify at a closed intelligence committee hearing tomorrow and maybe a closed House hearing, too.

In his first remarks to a reporter since he resigned, General Petraeus apparently told Kyra Phillips, an anchor from Headline News that his resignation had strictly about him having an extramarital affair and it was nothing to do -- anything related to classified information or to Benghazi. He told Kyra Phillips that he`s therefore eager to testify in Congress about the Benghazi relationship to clear that up. That`s related presumably to the conspiracy theories of General Petraeus` resignation that are populating the conservative media right now.

Quote, "It`s obvious someone was out to silence Petraeus."

Quote, "In the modern era, office-holders with forgiving spouses simply do not resign from powerful jobs because of a temporary, noncriminal, consensual adult sexual liaison" -- said Eliot Spitzer, I mean, Anthony Weiner, I mean, Jim McGreevey, I mean, Congressman Mark Souder, I mean, the Detroit police chief, I mean, sorry -- none of them. It was said by a man named Andrew Napolitano, who is a FOX News personality.

David Petraeus` resignation to him could not possibly have just been about some dumb affair. Nobody resigns from office for having an affair. There must be a leftist government cover-up going on.

The White House is trying to keep General Petraeus from spilling the beans about vague, imagined government conspiracy surrounding the Benghazi attacks. That`s what Napolitano is saying.

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