'This Week' Transcript: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner

TAPPER: I want to get to the photo of the week from the tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Republican governor of Arizona, and President Obama talking. One other bit of information. Before that confrontation, which was partly about her book and how she recreated a meeting with the president, her Amazon sales ranking for her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast," was 343,222. And on Saturday, it was number eight. So that picture for me is a Rorschach test, and I want to get your thoughts and your thoughts very quickly.

INGRAHAM: Well, look, I think it's state power versus federal power. And you talk to folks in southern states, out in Arizona, they feel like they've been pig-piled on just about enough. And they didn't much like when Eric Holder comes through and starts filing lawsuits against their state initiatives. And there's a lot of rancor and acrimony. Maybe it was just a P.R. push for the book, but I don't think so. There's something deeper there.

BRAZILE: Another symbol of our breakdown in civility. Look, she's an executive. She understands that that was just totally disrespectful, disdain for the president of the United States, the contempt for the office itself. Yes, it makes her the warrior woman. I guess with Michele Bachmann now on the sidelines, Sarah Palin not in the arena...

INGRAHAM: Does she have a right to defend her state?

BRAZILE: ... no, but it's -- it was really disrespectful. It was distasteful. And I'll tell you, Laura, if it was the reverse, if it was President Obama using his finger...

INGRAHAM: He did that during the whole State of the Union, wagging his finger at us.

BRAZILE: No, he did not. He did not wag it at an executive. It was very distasteful.

TAPPER: We have about 40 seconds left. Austan, then George, quickly on the photo, if you have any thoughts.

GOOLSBEE: For the people who said the president was tense, and I guess that came from the governor, when I looked at the photo, it looked like he was almost...

TAPPER: Bemused?

GOOLSBEE: ... going to laugh, you know, a little bemused. I was -- I thought it wasn't bad.

INGRAHAM: He enjoyed it.

TAPPER: George, last word

WILL: Well, I agree. I don't think (inaudible) disagree with the president on a tarmac, waving your finger. But it looked like two grownups having a vigorous conversation. Big deal.

TAPPER: Big deal, indeed. Well, they will continue this in the green room.

And coming up, our own John Berman on the State of the Union moment that had everyone, even the late-night comics, cringing.


O'BRIEN: During his State of the Union speech, President Obama -- did you see this -- he told a joke that fell completely flat with the audience. Yeah. All I have to say is, Mr. President, welcome to my world, all right?




TAPPER: Between campaigning and governing, politicians and candidates have plenty on their plates, so why are they always trying to moonlight as comedians? In our "Close-Up" this week, our own John Berman says to those politicians: Do not quit your day jobs.


BERMAN (voice-over): Candidates walk into a bar. One says to the other, "You're not funny." The other says, "Neither are you." Get it? Actually, it's no joke. It's politics, which by and large is no joke, at least not a funny one.

Take the president in his State of the Union, discussing government dairy regulations...

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