Today, the great co-host of Morning Joe, Willie Geist celebrates the one year anniversary of his own program, Way Too Early. Although really early at 5:30 a.m., I try to watch it every day. Geist has made a great rise in the news business on MSNBC from producer for a failed program hosted by Tucker Carlson (who himself has moved on to other things) to hosting his own program. He is just the absolute best at relating to an audience...no one, not even his dad, has better skills at reaching out to us, his many faithful viewers. We also liked seeinghim exercising his many skills as a substitute host for vacationing MSNBC hosts at more reasonable times during the day. He is also making guest shots on the Today Show, where he shines, and of course, he was GREAT at doing the last Olympic coverage coming from Vancouver. I just wish that Jeff Zucker would take the next logical step and GIVE WILLIE A LONGER HOSTING ASSIGNMENT AT A LATER TIME OF DAY (maybe with Geist pal, Jonathan Capehart, as co-host) when more Americans, especially younger viewers, can be exposed to Willie's MANY talents. In any case, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WILLIE...keep up the good work!
The Democrats are moving closer to making the government and society more responsive to the common man. The Republicans who are still pushing for more for those at the top of the financial ladder are fighting the Dems, but they failed on the Financial Reform Act recently passed, thank god!
Here's what the new Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act does for us:
Create a new Office of Financial Research that will help provide early warning to regulators about financial problems, and allow regulators to act on that information and keep pace with new financial products being created on Wall Street.
Strengthen consumer protections by creating a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which includes an Office of Service Member Affairs that will monitor and respond to complaints from military families.
Close dangerous loopholes and gaps in financial oversight by requiring advisers to hedge funds and private equity funds to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Hold credit rating agencies accountable by empowering the Securities and Exchange Commission and improving accountability and accuracy within the credit rating industry through a strong new liability provision that allows investors to take action when a rating agency knowingly or recklessly fails to review key information in developing a rating.
Protect investors by strengthening the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions, addressing issues revealed by the Madoff fraud, and modernizing the SEC’s ability to obtain critical information.
Create a national foreclosure database to give regulators an important tool to monitor and anticipate issues stemming from foreclosures and defaults in our housing markets and better pinpoint assistance to struggling homeowners.
Boy, MSNBC has made some serious changes within the last month or two to its schedule. The changes from this man's perspective have been enormously successful. With Dylan being on for the last month or so, it is easy to say that he has a program that could serve as a model for much of cable television...he is a genuinely interested individual and his love of analyzing the news comes across clearly on the tube. His programs are just jammed with useful discussion and information...he and his guests actually discuss and in detail important information from a variety of political perspectives...it is a great program and "Bravo!" to MSNBC for giving Dylan his own program...and I REALLY like Contessa Brewer...she is actually a great news anchor and her break-ins with actual and hard news stories are well done...keep up the good work! ON ED SCHULTZ: Now this is a man with passion! Who could not love him and his genuine concern for all matters political and how they effect the average working american and his/her family...it is so refreshing to see an analyst who actually makes it clear EXACTLY where he stands, doesn't back down from having challenging guests, and actually bases his perspective on historical facts...Ed Schultz and his program is a great addition to the already well established and very successful Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann...not to mention Chris Matthews...ON WILLIE GEIST and his new WAY TOO EARLY: Well, who doesn't want Willie as a friend...a really nice guy...but i was expecting his program to be an earlier version of the rather disappointing Morning Joe...but thank heavens, his program was quite different....it actually had substance, moved fast, NO DEAD SPOTS, a clever amalgamation of the news (which everyone wants to hear in the morning), popular culture and sports....it is a half-hour well worth watching, JAMMED CONSCIENTOUSLY WITH SUBSTANCE...a great job Willie and kudos to MSNBC for recognizing his ability to host his own MSNBC program...MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Speaking of Morning Joe, while Willie and Mike Barnicle make the show worth watching, I have got to say that with Mika at the helm this past week without the silly chatter between her and Joe Scarborough, she actually listened to her guests and let them have their say without Joe CONSTANTLY interrupting with snide, usually republican talking points, remarks designed not to find what might be best about a guest's perceptions but instead designed to make conservative republican points. Is he thinking of running again for some political office? He sure make it seem like he is courting the conservative right to do just that. MIKA should stop the silly banter with Scarborough, she is much more interesting and impressive when he is not there...someone at MSNBC needs to get Scarborough under control...AND WE WANT MORE OF JONATHAN CAPEHART...what a bright, articulate individual he is...he always has a good point or two to add to a discussion...KEEP HIM AND GIVE CAPEHART MORE TIME....
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Geist and Barnicle are starting the morning at 5:30 with a lead-in program to be called WAY TOO EARLY starting on July 27th. I don't know who made this decision, but as a person who begins his day very early, I'd like to say multiple 'thank you's'!! Willie Geist will be the host, another great choice, and to have the added advantage of Mike Barnicle...well, you've made my day...Willie has certainly proved his worth as a TV host--multiple times over--and with the added bonus of Barnicle's insights...nothing less than a very WINNING formula for success...all the best to both and know, I'll be watching!!! The only problem is that I'll have a very difficult time getting out of the house before 9 with Willie on until then....;-) BTW, while I'm at it, the combination of Ed Schultz and Larry O'Donnell substituting for Chris Matthews made my week...they are also two great TV personalities...they have real substance and insights...Larry seems encyclopedic in his recall of political facts...MSNBC would do well to add Larry O'Donnell to the lineup permanently...great AND GOOD JOB MSNBC....great lineup developing here with a few exceptions...just think with Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Chris, Ed Schultz, Willie Geist, Barnicle...I almost NEVER turn off MSNBC...but, you should add Larry O'Donnell permanently to the lineup....SUBSTANCE, CHALLENGING INSIGHTS, INTELLIGENCE...keep up the good work and especially the good choices...
It is very nice to hear that Willie Geist and his good wife are now the parents of a baby boy: George William...very good news...and we all wish them happiness...but unfortunately, and we totally understand, this means that Willie is absent from Morning Joe, and boy is the program BORING without him...not even the great Mike Barnicle can carry those other two, Mika and Joe, alone...Enjoy the new son, Willie, BUT please, please, please hurry back...the show is nothing without you!!!
I watch the Morning Joe program each morning. The actual stars of the program are Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle. Willie took on the sports reporting again this a.m. and nothing could have been better. Barnicle showed his strength in two segments. One with Mika and Nora on Sarah Palin...Barnicle just blew those two away; now with Chuck, on the race in Va., again Barnicle steps in and actually give us some REAL analysis. The GREAT Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle are unbeatable. Why the hell doesn't MSNBC give them more air time? Or God forbid, their own show...they are ratings gold....
Our great man, Willie Geist, did his fill in for the usual sports commentator on Morning Joe today...he was absolutely perfect...a great combination of sports knowledge and humor. I still don't understand why MSNBC doesn't let the Big Will do the sports segment everyday! He and Barnicle are also great together...they make outstanding morning TV...together, they are probably the best cable TV has to offer...
Clearly, President Obama is a sensitive, intelligent, and moral man. He proved that again today at the graduation ceremonies at Notre Dame University in Indiana. As proud as I was of President Obama, who despite his views that clash with those of the Catholic hierarchy on many issues, as a Catholic and a member of the majority of Catholics who also disagree with the hierarchy on many issues and yet voted overwhelmingly for Obama in the recent election, I was incredibly proud of the graduating class of Notre Dame 2009. They gave the President a standing ovation and made it clear he was THEIR president and that they were proud of that fact! There were a small number of protesters at the fringes of the Notre Dame graduation ceremonies, but as one priest said, who welcomed the President with the administration of Notre Dame who gave this great man an honorary doctorate, "Sometimes the least of us make the most noise....." Well said and bravo! As a Catholic, Notre Dame, its students and the great President Barack Obama have made me very proud this day...thank you to all....
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I am so happy that MSNBC has given Ed Schutz his own program. Locally he is on Cox Cable at 6 pm and I never miss it if at all possible. His perspectives are progressive, and he shows a great respect for the working American. It's a perspective that is all too often missing from TV programs, even on MSNBC with clearly right-slanted programs such as Morning Joe. The only reason I watch Mornng Joe is for Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle. With Ed you get a progressive perspective (finally with the great Olbermann and Maddow) and yet with Ed he brings on those guests who might take an alternative perspective. Ed confronts them with the Progressive perspective and does so with class and FACTS. I hope MSNBC is bright enough to keep Ed Schultz for a long, long time. GO ED!!! THe American viewing public needs your insights to make this country work again!!!
Long absence, and only to comment on Willie Geist would bring me back. Just watched Joe in the Morning...as i do each morning. Sure Joe pisses me off with his constant interruptions, and Mika is no better, but the chance to hear Willie Geist and now Mike Barnicle (I'm from Boston!) makes Morning Joe a must watch! Willie is so great. He IS this program...I mean it, without him I'd go back to the Today Show. I love the interaction between Barnicle and Willie...those other two bobbing, interrupting heads just interfere with what otherwise would be a great program. At the end of today's program, they all lined up for some comments. Willy is TALL as well as handsome. He looks great in jeans. I even like his little paunch...that paunch means he's happy in life...His commentary on pop-culture is a significant feature of Morning Joe. Oh, BTW, I miss Tucker Carlson...Mika should stop her demeaning bull every time she introduces him..."He's so cute..." Tucker differs in philosophy from me, Ha haha, but he deserves more respect as a commentator. He out shines both Joe and Mika, and in fact should become a regular (like daily) feature...at least he is intellectually challenging....and Harold Ford...OMG he's not too hot, is he? He's almost as hot as Willie! Willie is the core of my attraction to Morning Joe. They should let him comment more...and dump that sports guy and let Willie do the sports commentary. Willie is encyclopedic when it comes to sports! Use that expertise and besides, he is GREAT to look at...we LOVE Willie! MORE WILLIE!!!!!!!!
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