Scarborough Jokes: Will 'Talk Radio' Conservatives Blame Obama for Aguilera's Poor National Anthem Performance?

During a Monday morning recap of the Super Bowl, "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough asked, tongue-in-cheek, if "right-wing, talk radio conservatives" would blame President Obama for the ghastly national anthem performance by four-time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera.

Amidst the light-hearted banter, Scarborough turned serious and asked "when we talked about what's driving the week – will conservatives, will conservatives – right-wing, talk radio conservatives – blame Barack Obama for Christina Aguilera defacing the national anthem?"

Time magazine's Mark Halperin, and co-host Willie Geist played along. "Glenn Beck's got the chalkboard going right now," Scarborough continued. "With the dotted line," Halperin added. "He's ready," chimed in Geist.
 

Halperin then brought up the interview of President Obama by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. Halperin brought up O'Reilly's last question of the interview, "Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?"

Scarborough responded "Did O'Reilly ask Obama that? Or did Obama ask O'Reilly that?" to laughter from the panel. "They said it at the same time. And then O'Reilly shouted out 'Jinx!'" answered Halperin.

A transcript of the segment, which aired on February 7 at 6:04 a.m. EST, is as follows:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I want to ask you, though, when we talked about what's driving the week – will conservatives, will conservatives – right-wing, talk radio conservatives – blame Barack Obama for Christina Aguilera defacing the national anthem?

MARK HALPERIN: Pretty much, like –

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. Glenn Beck's got the chalkboard going right now.

HALPERIN: With the dotted line.

WILLIE GEIST: He's ready.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: And Obama and O'Reilly. That you guys –

HALPERIN: The last question of the interview? Yeah? "Does it bother you that so many people hate you?"

(Laughter)

SCARBOROUGH: Wait, wait a second. I didn't see it.

Prof. STEPHEN CARTER, Yale Law School: It was a great answer.

GEIST: It was.

CARTER: He had a great answer.

SCARBOROUGH: I didn't see it. Did O'Reilly ask Obama that? Or did Obama ask O'Reilly that?

(Laughter)

HALPERIN: They both – they said it at the same time. And then O'Reilly shouted out "Jinx!"

 

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014