msnbc | January 05, 2013
>>> in this week's office politics , we talk with nbc's al roker , weather man extraordinaire. but he has more going on than his "today" show gig. he was the first to give newly re-elected president obama giving a shutout. and you can see him hosting his own show on the weather channel before he does the weather in studio 1 -a.
>> i think it just is -- it's -- it shows the systemic paralysis that's infected washington. i mean, the idea you can't pass a bill for superstorm sandy or you finally -- you only pass an extension of the farm bill . these are things that are not partisan. or should not be. you still look back to the gold old days of the '80s, when you had a ronald reagan , tip o'neil, and people who could -- even though they had philosophically different, could find a lot of common ground.
>> let's talk about this president. because aren't you the guy who got the very first interview with the president in the inaugural parade? you take off your hat. hey, come over here.
>> i don't know that it was an interview as much as it's cold. you know, the president giving a two or three-word forecast don't know that qualifies as an interview, but comment. that was kind of neat.
>> people remember that. what in the world possessed you to do that?
>> it was either that or drop my pants. and i don't think -- and the secret service swarm you and -- that's not good. not good.
>> you already start very early in the morning , and back in '09, you decided to add an extra hour of air time to "wake up with al" on the weather channel .
>> now 90 minutes . we start at 5:30. you know, when n bnch krnbc entered its partnership to run with the weather channel , it was a natural fit. and i didn't want to extend my day on the other end, so i thought, well, you know.
>> what's a few hours less sleep?
>> the fact is, i was already up, i just now am actually up and wearing pants. so it's -- you know, what is good, in a way it jump starts my morning. by the time i hit the "today" show at 7:00, i have been doing 90 minutes of weather. i know my weather back and forth. and stephanie abrams is terrific.
>> she is so fun. i'm proud of being the news element of that three days a week. people see me on the weekends on msnbc. and they said, wait a minute, we see you at the weather channel on some crazy hour and they ask me what it's like. i love waking up with al. it's fun.
>> it's a fun show. we have a good time. when the weather is serious, we're serious, but not always doom and gloom, so you kind of enjoy yourself. and we kind of thing think ourselves of the weather version of "today" show or "way too early" or " morning joe ," difference of " morning joe ," we're wearing clothing. what's with joe scarborough and the fleeces. why not wear a leisure suit ? i have a big head. i mean, joe scarborough , it's almost like he is a brainiac, the superman character with the big head. like mega mind.
>> oh, wow.
>> huge melon. put a little hat on top.
>> joe will tell you he's full of brains.
>> full of something.