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Rachel Maddow Talks Inauguration and Bush's Plans

Rachel Maddow Talks Inauguration and Bush's Plans

Rachel Maddow took the stage at the TCAs in LA yesterday to promote her wildly popular new show and recent skyrocket to fame. She was friendly and responsive, cracking a few jokes and giving us an idea of what her show will be like as President Bush makes way for President Obama. She likened MSNBC's inauguration plan to "the Mars landing" in its intricacy and talked about how she hopes to be able to take it in as a whole and focus on what an incredible moment it is. Plus, don't worry, she knows she'll still find "idiocy" in Washington to make fun of. Here are some highlights:

  • On Wednesday's brunch with Obama: He answered whatever we wanted. He was totally forthcoming and didn't 'no comment' us on anything. It was a lot of wonky people in the room asking wonky questions. It wasn't 'How does it feel to be getting inaugurated right now?' 'How do you feel about this historic moment?' It was very much 'This is what I think about Yemen.' 'This is what I think about Guantanamo.' He's as wonky as I am which is extreme.
  • On President Bush's plans post-inauguration: He gives his big speech [last night] and then he goes away! For as long as he possibly can. And then no international travel, probably, for the rest of his life.
  • On her show post-Bush: I don’t think we are at risk of idiocy going out of fashion in Washington so wherever there are bad ideas I will find ways to make fun of them. Sometimes it will be bad democratic ideas, sometimes it will be bad republican ideas. Beating up on George Bush now feels like, I’d rather not. . . I will be replacing lame duck quack-itude, there will be something with a funny sophomoric sound effect.

To see what Rachel said about her SNL parody and what she was like in high school,


  • On the SNL skit parodying her: I thought it was very funny.
  • On herself in high school: Can anybody actually say with any accuracy what they were like in high school or do we look at it through rose-colored glasses? I got good grades but I also got detention, a lot. I would cut class to go to the doughnut shop and hang out with my friends. I did a lot of sports. I was a three sport varsity athlete — basketball, swimming, volleyball.

The president of MSNBC was by her side and couldn't stop gushing about the network's newest rising star. We're all watching to see what she does next.


Join The Conversation
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
This is a bunch of junk on here, ladies. Rachel Maddows is great. Grown up. To quote her: Someone is going to have to "talk me down" here! She is intelligent and informed and I have a girl crush on her. So there.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
You are absolutely correct on that msm. Madow is much better that Olberman. She is still infuriating, but she is better. :)
msmoney23 msmoney23 8 years
Rachel is SO much better than Keith Olbermann. I can actually stand to listen to her.
kristints kristints 8 years
I LOVE HER! I didn't love the SNL skit though, it was just like "Rachel's gay, isn't that funny?" I thought it was very stupid.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It's okay, CG. I did call Beck a worse name before he called me that. :p
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
oh that would have been a much better emoticon! thats why i get for not commenting, all my emoticon knowledge has flown out the window.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
That last statement of yours sounded like something on of the younger kids would say when I substitute teach. This was all that was missing :raspberry:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
yay! i don't care if you don't care than i don't care.... haha! jk! :)
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I don't agree and I don't care if you don't care. We can all be happy now.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
love the hate lil! soooooo tolerant of you. her son obviously wanted to fight for his country because he joined. more than likely he beleived in his cause. now that he can't tell his story to have his mother poo all over what he did is wrong. if you don't agree, i don't really care.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
The problem there Haus is that her son is dead. He's not hear to tell his story. As his mother why can't she speak about her loss or her pain. No one has the right to tell her how to deal with her grief and loss. But I understand. If it's a republican he can sell his story. If it's a grieving mother she should go sit down and shut up.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well thanks! It doesn't hold my attention on its own. If I'm watching I'm either doing something else at the same time or am on the bike. But also, yes, clothes, makeup, and hair make it fun to watch. I'm obsessed with Brooke Shields' hair on that show.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
you should take it as a compliment! i thought it would be too shallow for you! i'll admit i love to see the fashion though... i only watched a few episodes.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Hmm, I think I should take that as a compliment... It's not groundbreaking television, but it has good production value, it's on hulu so I can watch it on the exercise bike in my office, and I absolutely adore Brook Shields.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
lil - besides, thats his experience, its his story to tell. her son's death is his story, not hers. and i'm all for her having an opinion and being against the war after that, or not or whatever. what i'm not for is acting like an idiot by camping outside the president's house, declaring yourself the voice for people all mothers, and using your son's death as a chip to get you into politics. i'm also not for being completely unreasonable and not dealing with your grief, as she clearly hasn't.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
lil - Maybe not! TS - You watch Lipstick Jungle?? Its not cancelled anymore?? I wouldn't have thought you liked that show.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"No she's a tragedy pimp because she uses her son's death to sell books, make appearances, get media coverage and try to catapult herself into the political arena." Maybe she's making appearances to draw attention to causes she believes in. How many of you believe John McCain is a pretty big prostitute and tragedy pimp? After all he used his experiences in a prison camp to sell books and a tv movie. Would John McCain have been elected to public office if he had not been shot down?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well, I did ask Santa to ask Obama to save Lipstick Jungle from being cancelled, and it came true! SO I figured that means Obama can cancel or renew any show he wants.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wait you mean he's not?!?! ;)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
"He wont go away after obama, I guarantee it." What? I thought Obama was going to cancel every conservative with a show! Darn it, I would have voted for the other guy.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
true, i was just using that word because Jude said that Glenn Beck called her that...... I Prefer "puppet"
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Its a pretty ugly word that I wouldnt use to describe anyone. If I do, then you know I REALLY don't like them!! :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I've noticed that too, TS. That one,and it seems that everyone right now feels a need to throw in the words "actually" and "definately" gratuitously in conversation. Even in news reports and other tv coverage. It drives me crazy!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
What's the deal with calling everyone a prostitute lately? I get that there are times when people whore themselves out, but I keep seeing that verb pop up where it doesn't quite fit.
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