Definitely, Maybe

  • Aired:  05/05/11
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Pundits describe Bin Laden's death as Obama's "defining moment," and it's not like they throw a phrase like that around for any event. (4:19)

IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRYING TO

PROCESS OUR LATENT 9/11 GRIEF,

MIXED WITH A CATHARTIC SERATONIN

ECSTASY BATH OF GETTING BIN

LADEN, THE PUNDITS HAVE FINALLY

BEEN ABLE TO CRYSTALLIZE THIS

MOMENT.

>> THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN

LADEN BY U.S. SPECIAL FORCES IS

SUMMER A DEFINING MOMENT FOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA,.

>> A CLOSE-UP OF THE PRESIDENT

IN THE SITUATION ROOM YESTERDAY,

A DEFINING MOMENT FOR HIS

PROCESS.

>> IT COULD BE THE DEFINING

MOMENT IN BARACK OBAMA'S

PRESIDENCY.

>> Jon: IT COULD BE AND IT WILL

BE, UNTIL OBAMA'S

NO-HOLDS-BARRED DEATH MATCH WITH

KIM JONG IL ON THE MOON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

MOON FIGHT!

MOON FIGHT!

MOON!

ON THE MOON!

PUNDITS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM

VACILLATED BETWEEN WHETHER THIS

COULD BE A DEFINING MOMENT FOR

OBAMA OR IF IT ABSOLUTELY WAS A

DEFINING MOMENT, SOMETIMES DOING

SO WITHIN THE HEAD OF THE SAME

PERSON.

>> NO DOUBT THE KILLING OF BIN

LADEN WILL BE THE DEFINING

MOMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

FIRST TERM, AT LEAST SO FAR.

>> Jon: FIVE MINUTES LATER...

>> WILL KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN

PROVE TO BE THE DEFINING MOMENT

FOR THIS PRESIDENT?

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: THAT'S CHRIS MATTHEWS,

ASKING HIMSELF THE QUESTION THAT

HE HIMSELF HAD ANSWERED FIVE

MINUTES EARLIER ON HIS OWN

PROGRAM.

( LAUGHTER )

ALTHOUGH, IN HIS DEFENSE,

OBVIOUSLY, IT'S TOUGH TO KEEP A

THOUGHT IN A HEAD THAT LARGE.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S--

( LAUGHTER )

THERE'S SO MUCH OPEN SPACE FOR

THOUGHTS TO ROAM.

YOU KNOW, HE'S REALLY GOT LESS

OF A HEAD, MORE OF A FREE-RANGE

IDEA FARM.

( LAUGHTER )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

AND TO BE FAIR TO THE MEDIA,

GETTING BIN LADEN IS A MOMENTOUS

EVENT, AND WOULD HAVE BEEN A

DEFINING MOMENT OF ANYONE'S

PRESIDENCY.

IT'S NOT LIKE THE MEDIA THROWS A

PHRASE LIKE THAT AROUND FOR

PRETTY MUCH ANY EVENT.

>> THE LAME DUCK SESSION IN

CONGRESS DISTINGUISHES HIS

MOMENT IN HIS PRESIDENCY.

>> COULD BE A DEFINING MOMENT

FOR HIS PRESS AGAINST.

>> EXTENDING THE BUSH-ERA TAX

CUTS-- IS THIS A DEFINING MOMENT

FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA?

>> THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR

THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY.

>> IT'S GOING TO BE A DEFINING

MOMENT FOR HIS PRESIDENCY.

>> I THINK THIS G.M. DECISION IS

ANYTHING TO BE ONE OF THE

DEFINING MOMENTS OF THIS OBAMA

PEREZ DESPERATE.

>> AFGHANISTAN IS THE TOUGHEST

ISSUE HE'S FACED.

>> COULD BE A DEFINING MOMENT

FOR THIS PRESIDENCY?

>> NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: EARLIER TODAY THE

PRESIDENT HAD LUNCH.

COULD IT HAVE BEEN THE DEFINING

SANDWICH OR PERHAPS THE YOGURT

SHAKE IS THE PRESIDENCY'S

DEFINING BEVERAGE.

LOOK, ANY ONE OF YOU WITH A

TELEVISION SHOW, ANY ONE OF

THOSE COULD BUILD A MONTAGE IN

THE MEDIA SUGGESTING DIFFERENT

MOMENTS OF THE DEFINING MOMENT

IN OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY.

ONE NEW CASTER BOLD ENOUGH TO

ONLY USE THIS PHRASE TO DESCRIBE

ANYTHING.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU

THE DEFINER.

>> JUST VOTED TODAY TO DENY

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

I MEAN, ISN'T THIS SOMEWHAT OF A

DEFINING MOMENT FOR THE WHITE

HOUSE?

>> WHY IS SOCIAL SECURITY 99 ON

THE TABLE?

THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE

DEFINING MOMENTS.

>> THIS COULD BE THE DEFINING

MOMENT OF HIS PRESIDENCY.

>> I THINK THIS IS A DEFINING

MOMENT FOR THE PRESIDENT.

>> FOLKS, WE ARE AT A DEFINING

MOMENT IN THIS HEALTH CARE

DEBATE.

>> I VIEW THIS AS A REAL

DEFINING MOMENT.

>> IS THIS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR

PROGRESSIVES?

>> UNLIMITED CORPORATE CAMPAIGN

CONTRIBUTIONS.

>> I BELIEVE THIS IS A DEFINING

MOMENT.

>> THIS IS GOING TO BE A

DEFINING MOMENT IN MINING

HISTORY IN THIS COUNTRY.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVES A

SPEECH TOMORROW THAT MAY BE-- I

DON'T KNOW, IS IT THE DEFINING

MOMENT IN HIS FIRST TERM AS

PRESIDENT?

I THINK IT IS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: SLEEP WELL, AMERICA!

KNOW THAT WHILE YOU REST ONE,

MAN IT S OUT THERE MAKING SURE

THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IS

OF EQUAL YET URGENT IMPORT.

( LAUGHTER )

DEFINER AWAY.

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