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Mar 2nd 2006

david gregory reporting from [hiccup] india

previous david gregory coverage here. videos here and here.

white house correspondent, david gregory, called imus from india thursday, apparently while he was completely tanked. following is the transcript and the complete audio, courtesy of drudge and radioblogger.

AUDIO

GREGORY’S GIGGLES: NBCNEWS WHITE HOUSE REPORTER CALLS SHOW WHILE ‘DRUNK’?
Thu Mar 02 2006 08:52:09 ET

NBC White House correspondent David Gregory, who apologized last week for calling White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan a “jerk,” called into MSNBC’s IMUS Thursday morning — apparently drunk!

Gregory is traveling with the president in India.

IMUS: Let’s go to the White House correspondent David Gregory.

DAVID GREGORY: I’m OK.

IMUS: You can calls us later if you want.

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: Are you drunk?

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: Are you all right David?

GREGORY: India is a wonderful language and i’ve been learning, where’s my little sheet here. I’ve been learning some new phrases to come home. But any way, that being one of them and i just think it’s nice.

IMUS: It is.

GREGORY: Thank you.

IMUS: Having a lot of fun there. What’s wrong with you?

GREGORY: I just think it’s funny. [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

CHARLES: He’s drunk.

IMUS: He is drunk!

CHARLES: Oh god.

IMUS: Why don’t you compose yourself and get back to us. You want to?

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: What are you in some harrem?

IMUS: What? David?

GREGORY: No, i’m fine.

IMUS: We need a camera.

Oh my lord.

IMUS: Somebody’s got —

GREGORY: i was — remember that movie “Arthur” with Dudley Moore where he just thinks funny things and that’s what was going on. If i could find this sheet, actually i just found it. Anyway.

IMUS: You have any news? [Laughter]

IMUS: we got to go, we’ll get back to you.

GREGORY: I’m sorry.

IMUS: That’s all right.

IMUS: Well, call us back will you?

GREGORY: Anyway. There are serious things going on here which i know you’re very interested in.

IMUS: We don’t have any time for them now. Quickly.

GREGORY: Big deal between India and the United States. The upshot is we’re going to provide nuclear know-how and fuel to india which they need for their economy to grow. But since they never signed the nonproliferation treaty it’s a real turn around and critics worry that it sends the wrong message to other parts of the world.

IMUS: Ok.

GREGORY: I would add, i would add that this is how you say thank you.

IMUS: What is it again?

[Speaking foreign language]

IMUS: Well that’s great. But we have to go. It’s always nice to hear from you.

GREGORY: I’ll call you after dinner.

IMUS: NBC Chief White House Correspondant from New Delhi, India. Clearly drunk.

democraticunderground and dailykos will soon be screaming that karl rove slipped some rufies into his drink in order to shift our attention away from ________ [pick a popular "scandal" such as (1) katrina, (2) iraq (3) valeri plame (4) quail hunting] and to mr. gregory’s slurred speech.

7 Responses to “david gregory reporting from [hiccup] india”

  1. Ryan

    That is interesting.

    I watched the second video of Gregory and Matalin on Meet the Press. I am amazed at how composed Mary Matalin stays. Those reporters are honestly out for blood…

    Her reaction to Hillary Clinton’s comments on Cheney’s hunting accident were certainly well expressed. Don’t you love how she just mentions the “Delicious hypocrisy” and then goes on to show just how perfectly Hillary portrays the politically deranged mentality of the Democratic Party in trying to politicize something as tragic as this?

  2. doug

    Heh.

  3. Bob hazard

    This is all you boneheads got? Gregory is drunk? At least he didn’t shoot anyone.

  4. Ryan

    Thank you for that insightful rebuttal Bob.

  5. professor hazard, how is it that have you allowed yourself to become incensed over this blog post and the comments? according to your standard, we do not deserve criticism since we have not shot anyone. additionally, your chosen insult, “boneheads,” is a bit juvenile for an academic (specifically a writing instructor) don’t you think?

    in any case, not only have we not shot anyone, but we are not drunk either.

    so, if you could, please explain how your criticism of us fits into your new plan for the permissibility of mockery based only on hierarchical blameworthiness strata.

  6. M.McD

    “hierarchical blameworthines”? ZING!

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