Andrew Sullivan

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The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan analyzes the picture that GOP candidates have painted of Barack Obama and extolls the president's numerous achievements. (6:19)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A POLITICAL

COLUMNIST FOR THE DAILY BEAST.

HE IS ABOUT TO SIT DOWN WITH THE

NIGHTLY BEAUTY.

PLEASE WELCOME ANDREW SULLIVAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HAY, ANDREW, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING

BACK.

>> YOU'RE SO WELCOME.

>> STEPHEN: THOUGH YOU ARE A

LONGTIME FRIEND OF THE SHOW.

SEVEN TIMES BACK.

YOU GET A FOOT LONG SUB NOW.

I HAVE TO TAKE TO YOU TASK.

YOU WROTE THE COVER ARTICLE IN

THE JANUARY 23 NEWSWEEK.

IT SAYS WHY ARE OBAMA'S CRITICS

SO DUMB?

ARE YOU ALWAYS THAT GOOD AT IS A

DEUCING -- SEDUCING THE

OPPOSITION OF AGREEING WITH YOU?

WHY NOT JUST CALL THEM UGLY,

TOO.

I'M IN OPPOSITION.

REASONABLE RAE REPUBLICANS ARE

IN OPPOSITION TO BARACK OBAMA.

WHY ARE WE DUMB, SMARTY.

>> I DIDN'T SAY YOU WERE DUMB.

>> STEPHEN: ANDREW SULLIVAN

DON'T BLAME ANYBODY ELSE.

>> I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY.

LISTENING TO THE REPUBLICAN

DEBATES ALL THE REASONABLE

REPUBLICANS ARGUING AND DID HE

BAITING RATIONALLY WITH ONE

OTHER AND WITH SUBSTANCE, I

DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THE PICTURE

THEY WERE PAINTING OF THIS

PRESIDENT EITHER DOMESTICALLY OR

IN FOREIGN POLICY.

>> STEPHEN: HE IS A COMPLETE

NAIL YOUR.

HE HAS FISH -- FAILURE.

HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.

THEY HAVE A VEGETABLE GARDEN AND

THAT IS IT.

WHAT HE HAS DONE?

>> THE ISSUE WAS THE WARS.

HE PROMISED TO THE END THE WAR

IN IRAQ AND WIN IT IN

AFGHANISTAN.

HE HAS DONE BOTH.

THAT'S I BIG DEAL.

>> STEPHEN: EXCUSE ME, I KNOW

YOU WANT TO APPLAUD FOR ME BUT

IS THE AFGHAN WAR OVER, SIR?

>> WHAT WE CAN SAY IS 200 OF TOP

AL QAEDA LEADERS WHICH BUSH

MANAGED TO LEAVE THERE HAVE BEEN

WIPED OUT, TAKEN OUT BY DRONES

AND THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN IN THE

MOST BAD-ASS MOVE IMAGINABLE WAS

KILLED AND ALL THE INTELLIGENCE

OF HIS COMPOUND CAPTURES BECAUSE

THIS MAN DECIDED TO DO WHAT BUSH

DIDN'T DO IN EIGHT YEARS.

>> STEPHEN: I'M SORRY DID

OBAMA -- DID OBAMA --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

DID OBAMA PERSONALLY PARACHUTE

INTO THE COMPOUND?

THAT WAS THE NAVY SEALS, SIR.

>> BUSH SAID DURING HIS TERM I

DON'T CARE ABOUT BIN LADEN HE IS

NO LONGER AN ISSUE FOR ME.

OBAMA DID.

HE COMES IN AND SAYS TO THE

C.I.A. THIS IS A PRIORITY AGAIN

UNLIKE UNDER BUSH AND HE

PERSONALLY APPROVED A SPECIFIC

PLAN INCLUDING THE EXTRA

HELICOPTERS TO GO IN.

IT'S BAD-ASS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR ME LATELY

WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR

JOBS.

>> YOU WOULD CONCEDE THAT HE

DIDN'T CREATE THIS RECESSION.

>> STEPHEN: NOR DID HE CREATE

ONE JOB.

HE HAS NOT CREATED ONE JOB, SIR.

>> IT'S NOT TRUE, I'M AFRAID.

>> STEPHEN: IT IS BECAUSE I

WILL REPEAT IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: HE DID NOT CREATE

ONE JOB.

>> THE WORST MONTH IN THIS

RECESSION WAS DECEMBER 2008.

>> STEPHEN: WHEN HE TOOK

OFFICE 7.8% OF AMERICANS ARE OUT

OF WORK.

IT'S STILL ABOVE 8:5% SIR.

CHECK MATE.

>> AND NOT BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE

WE WERE LOSING 750,000 JOBS A

MONTH.

>> STEPHEN: OF COURSE,

EVERYBODY WAS JUMPING SHIP

BECAUSE THEY KNEW HE WAS COMING

IN.

PEOPLE WERE PANICKING.

THEY KNEW WE WOULD HAVE A

SOCIALIST PRESIDENT.

>> EVERY SINGLE MONTH SINCE WE

WENT INTO JOB GROWTH.

WE'VE HAD JOB GROWTH EVER SINCE.

DESPITE THE FACT THAT TERRIBLE

CRISES FROM EUROPE AND OTHER

STRESSES.

IT'S VERY SUCCESSFUL.

PEOPLE ARE WORKING.

PEOPLE ARE GETTING BACK TO WORK.

EVEN ROMNEY SAID YESTERDAY, THE

OTHER DAY, THAT THINGS ARE GET

BEGUN BETTER.

>> STEPHEN: THAT'S WHY ROMNEY

IS GOING DOWN IN THE POLLS

BECAUSE HE SAID THINGS ARE

GETTING BETTER.

>> LAURA INGRAHAM SAID IT'S IN

THE A GOOD ARGUMENT BUT IT

HAPPENS TO BET TRUTH.

IT IS THE TRUTH.

>> STEPHEN: WHO CARES WHAT IS

TRUE?

OKAY.

LET'S GO WITH WHAT FEELS RIGHT.

IT FEELS LIKE HE HASN'T DONE

ANYTHING.

I DON'T HEAR A LOT OF TALK.

EVEN THE LEFT DOESN'T AGREE WITH

YOU.

THEY ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM THAT.

>> THEY ARE AS DA DELUDED FROM

THE RIGHT.

HE NEVER RAVES A LIBERAL.

HE RAN AS A REFORMIST.

THAT'S WHAT HE HAS DONE.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS GREAT

DEPRESSION HAS PASSED UNIVERSAL

HEALTH CARE SOMETHING THAT --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

OKAY.

LOOK, YOU OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD

KNOW.

YOU ARE ENGLISH, RIGHT?

ARE YOU AMERICAN AN CITIZEN?

>> I HAVE A GREEN CARD FOUR

YEARS AND I'LL BE ONE.

>> STEPHEN: CAN YOU VOTE IN

THIS ELECTION.

>> NO, JUST A GREEN CARD.

>> Stephen: I'M BEING NICE TO

YOU TO LET YOU EVEN TALK ABOUT

OUR POLITICS.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> I KNOW.

>> STEPHEN: YOU GET TO VOTE

FOR WHOEVER IS QUEEN NEXT TIME.

IN ENGLAND YOU HAVE THE

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE OVER

THERE.

NOBODY GETS IT.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT THAT SYSTEM IS?

>> STEPHEN: YOU STAND IN LINE

FOR SIX MONTHS AND IN THE END

YOU GOT A KIDNEY PIE.

>> IN BRITAIN THE GOVERNMENT

OWNS EVERY HOSPITAL, PLOYS EVERY

DOCTOR, RUNS THE SYSTEM.

>> STEPHEN: THAT'S WHAT YOU

WANT.

>> OBAMA GAVE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM

TO GIVE THE PRIVATE COMPANIES

AND PROVIDE A SUBSIDY FOR THE

POOR TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT.

THAT WAS A POLICY THAT CAME FROM

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION A RIGHT

WING THINK TANK.

THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE COMES

FROM THE RIGHT.

HE DID A MODERATE, PRAGMATIC

HEALTH CARE REFORM FAR MORE

CONSERVATIVE THAN NIXON PROPOSED

IN 1974 AND WAY TO THE RIGHT OF

HILLARY CLINTON IN 1993.

>> STEPHEN: THOUGH EVERYTHING

YOU JUST SAID SOUNDS REASONABLE

SO WE'LL EDIT THAT OUT IN THE

END.

ANDREW SULLIVAN THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

>> YOU BET.

>> STEPHEN: ANDREW SULLIVAN

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