Morning Joe | November 08, 2012
>> in a row to having just a horrible team?
>> you could ask the same thing about the red sox .
>> that hurts. where did that come from?
>> there's snow on the ground. leave us alone.
>> i'm sorry. a season ago and then last season. how do you go from being --
>> my god, that hurts.
>> look, i'm --
>> okay, heilmann -- man.
>> " mika 's must-read opinion pages" -- such a cranky old man -- you're watching " morning joe " brewed by starbucks.
>>> 49 past the hour. a live look at capitol hill .
>> can we just play the song?
>> well, i'm actually going to read what jane harman writes for "politico." "what would wilson do?" i love this. if i can find it here.
>> where were you, barnicle, when this song came out?
>> where was i?
>> i was driving. yeah, i was driving.
>> okay. a lot of young dudes.
>> why are you so angry?
>> come on, man, it's all the young dudes.
>> are you talking to me? i'm sorry.
>> big old dose of david bowie thrown in there.
>> oh, my god, not the hoople.
>> what would wilson do?
>> willie, what's your must-read? i don't understand the cover.
>> we're talking about the storm.
>> what is that?
>> this is the "new york post" coverage of the storm in the northeast. this is it. this is how they're covering it. "god hates us!" dot, dot, dot, but we have an angel. just a gratuitous shot of amanda kerr in a bustier of some kind i think we can call that.
>> a bustier?
>> sandy, now snow & ice.
>> you've got to move papers somehow.
>> mika , now back to mika .
>> jane harman . sorry, jane, about this. okay. wilson was the first president since john adams to deliver his inaugural address in person to congress, and his interaction with policymakers didn't stop there. during the rest of his presidency, he frequently went to capitol hill to discuss important issues, and his face time paid off. the best way for any president to show that he respects the needs of lawmakers -- a key step towards compromise -- is to build personal relationships. starting with the lame duck session , it's essential that obama identify and court opinion leaders in congress. this includes not only committee chairs, but also newer members in both parties who may be experts on a given subject. it's retail politics. meals, plane trips and golf games. not stuff obama enjoys. wilson did it. they must, too. anyone disagree with that?
>> well, we talked about this at length yesterday. i mean, the outreached hand. it's far difficult to continue these deep disagreements that so many people seem to have as individuals over politics in congress when you know the person.
>> you know, when you have a relationship with the person. you can disagree. look at the times we've disagreed, but we know each other, except for you.
>> yeah. nobody really knows willie.
>> a dark horse.
>> he's remote.
>> as nancy reagan said, i don't even know willie geist .
>> international man of mystery .
>> oh, wait. she said that about ronald reagan . talk about this. it sounds like the white house is responding to concerns over the past couple years, right now talking about the second term's going to be different. the president's going to reach out.
>> look, i thought the president in the speech on tuesday night was, you know, laying the groundwork for that. i thought there were a lot of good things about that speech on tuesday night. i thought the notion of him going back to, you know, the rhetoric of the 2004 convention speech and trying to get -- trying to prepare the american people for the notion that he's going to be ready to compromise. he wants to compromise. that he's going to have a different kind of approach to how he deals with the hill and deals with the governance, but also, you know, it's a pretty marked shift from the way the rhetoric of most of the campaign. you know, which was much more confrontational and partisan. on election night , he suddenly shifted back to what we think of the way obama presented himself at first to the country. i think they are trying to be -- they want to get stuff done. he wants to get stuff done in this next term. he really does. he cares about his legacy.
>> at the top of the hour, speaker boehner talking about that as well. i'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the way he couched his comments.
>>> coming up, obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod will join us. more " morning joe " when