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the 9/11 terrorist group, claimed responsibility for directing last wednesday's deadly attack on the paris sat tear rick magazine "charlie hebdo". the spokesman said it quote, shows the target laid the plan financed the operation. isis, the terrorist group that today controls much of iraq and syria, meanwhile, praised the attack in paris and called for more of them in europe and in the united states. well this defiant spell al qaeda and isis the sat tear rick publication sold out all 3 million publications which portrays the prophet muhammad on the front cover. i'm joined by michael kay, kim gat tis and senior fellow for american progress. michael kay, just give me a sense of how important is it that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, based over in yemen, would claim responsibility for having directed financed organized this attack on
"charlie hebdo"? >> chris i think it's a quick quinn for aqap in this particular circumstance because trying to assess to what extent aqap were involved with trar claims is something which is actually quite difficult to do. what we usually see when we see these sort of claims come out, there's usually a video of one of the kouachi brothers talking into the camera talking about what it's like to be a self-sacrificing -- and their thoughts before they go off and commit the atrocity and their allegiance to allah. we didn't see that. we didn't see any training videos, for example, of the kouachi brothers in yemen. we know through intelligence communications and what we've heard in the subsequent aftermath, we have an idea that the kouachi brothers were in yemen, traveled to yemen and were talking with al awlaki. we don't know that for sure. this is a quick win for aqap in terms of being able to put together a quick video and claim all responsibility. i'm still not convinced to the
extent of the -- the serious extent of aqap's involvement in this. >> michael, one last thing on this very point. i have seen no professionalism in this. they had a little black car sitting outside. it was sort of a weird keystone cop thing, getting in the car, trying to escape there was nothing to suggest lick kitty split planning here. going over to kill the police officer. if they nt waed to get away why didn't they leave immediately? why didn't they have the escape plan? where is the professionalism that al qaeda would want to claim responsibility for in this whole operation? it looks like a lone wolf. these guys are all dead. >> there's two ways of looking at this chris. the first way is if you get inside the mind of one of these brothers and they are actually prepared to die for this cause, then that would sort of give you an indication as to why there wasn't any urgency because they are not afraid to lose their
life. on the other hand as you rightly point out, it may give an indication to the actual lack of training. i was following this as it was breaking and one of the first things that instantly came to our attention was this was not a sydney siege operation. these kouachi brothers looked like they knew what they were doing. there are two pillars to escape and eve vags. the first one is that you move by night and hunker down by day and the second one is that you put as much distance between where you were last compromised and where you want to get to. and then we heard about stories of the kouachi brothers holding up a gas station in broad daylight which would have given away their location. so on the one hand yes, they seem to have been fairly calm methodical and fairly well-trained. on the other hand when it comes to the escape and eve vags aspects, they weren't. >> what do you make of this whole situation?
does this have the look of an al qaeda operation? a lot of complicated coordination for airplane flights, getting them on making sure there's very few men on the flight to fight them the training down in florida all organized within the united states, all done for, what $150,000? and this one here didn't have that level of sophistication at all. >> it's very hard to look at the extent to which they planned this. >> they are claiming it? >> they are claiming it but it's hard to verify. i don't think we're going to get an interview with them any time soon. there's a level of preparedness to carry out an operation like this but one of the details that struck me when i was reading about how they went about it initially they walked into the wrong building. they were looking for the
building. so you know there is professionalism and there is preparedness but there's also sort of an aspect of winging it. and when it's a soft target like this and all you want to do is really kill people it's unfortunately very quite easy to do in the west. >> well let me ask you about that because i was going to call this news you can use tonight although it sounds too whimsical. people want to know what we can do about this. if this is a pattern, if this is directed by someone in yemen, are they directing more operations? will they continue to direct these operations or were they exploiting a lone wolf operation? >> these are pop-up jihadis who claim -- >> self-starting? >> self-starting. the more that we see, for instance iraq and syria are now importing 1,000 -- mostly men -- a month from the west from europe and places like this. this is a phenomena. what we can do is what we are already doing. we've gotten pretty good at the
defense. this is small ball. this attack as tragic as it was, was not the 9/11 attack. their capabilities i think, are diminished. the other thing we shouldn't do is we shouldn't overreact. >> feeding into what david ignatius said today "in the days after the deadly attack on the paris publication "charlie hebdo" france declared quote war on terrorism and french military took to the police and chided president obama for not leading this new war against jihadists. sorry. but this is the wrong response to the "charlie hebdo" tragedy and would repeat mistakes that the united states made on september 11th, 2001. >> what were those mistakes? >> we spent millions of dollars and these prisons sentences helped produce. >> their approach to it? >> yes, and some of the
individuals who are part of isis are in those jails. the unbiggest thing is we've got to take a breath. yes, there's a serious issue. law enforcement engagement with the communities, those are the tip of the spear. yes, there's a need for diplomacy on syria and a need for military action, too. >> let's talk about fanning the flames here. i'm not an appeaser but i worry about this decision by "charlie hebdo" to put out 3 million copies of a picture of prophet muhammad on the cover which ignites the dangerous ones. is this going to be a daredevil thing on both sides we dare you to come after us, we're sticking it at you, is that something that's helpful? >> it's very tricky. because if "charlie hebdo" had decided to back down then they would have given a victory to the fanatics. on the other hand you're right. depicting the prophet muhammad -- i'm not quite sure why we think this is what the prophet looks like.
>> there wasn't very good photography. >> no, there wasn't. depicting the prophet on the cover does offend a lot of muslims. there are a lot of muslims that don't really care whether the prophet is detiktpicted or not. >> they don't? >> no. what you are seeing about the headlines of people very angry about it -- and going back to the op-ed by david ignatius i think it's important that we don't paint this has a clash of civilization. i am from the arab world. i'm from lebanon. this is all of us against a bunch of fanatics. i'm not religious about i've come from the arab world and it's very important not to paint this as a west versus the rest. >> that's what we don't want is
a religious east/west war. let me go back to michael kay. the people from the middle east north africa nigeria when they see "charlie hebdo" on the front pain 3 million copies all over the streets, do they see that as provoking more trouble? >> i think -- i think kim's got a really good point in terms of 1.6 billion muslims in the world but actually how many of that population regard the "charlie hebdo" cover as offensive, certainly the latest one, which is "all is forgiven," it's almost like a passive reaction to what's happened. it's treading the fine line of not being overtly offensive but at the same time it's not giving in and not having its freedom of expression or freedom of press suppressed. so think they've thought a long time about the cover and obviously within the magazine they are including the cartoons of the staff that were killed but the interesting point in
terms of fanning the flames is there is this -- there is this very fine line between religious tolerance and making arrests for inciting hatred, violence and extremism and i think that's what the legislative systems in europe and around the world will be struggling with in terms of you know what is freedom of expression, what is the line and when can you start arresting people for inciting that? i actually traveled to tripoli to for an interview and used quite vocally from people who want to talk about anything that they want to talk about. there is very recent news of people going into universities some of the ivy league universities in america and wanting to talk about, you know radical islam or those against it. and it's this ongoing debate between what the line is. and i think that's what we're struggling with at the moment. >> yes, michael and everyone, reading about the reaction by
some of the students in paris in the last couple of days in france who did not want to observe a moment of silence but yelled god is great, this is back and forth. >> very troubling. >> it's one reason why in the united states we don't like talking religion in school because this would become -- >> and this is in france and it's one of the problems people who are very observant and religious in france who are muslim feel that they are being discriminated against if they want to wear the veil in a public space or a government buildings. that's where some of the tension comes from. >> yeah. >> and the problem is integration. >> michael, quickly, ten seconds. >> i was going to build on what kim was saying. france has the largest population in western europe but at the same time some of the most restrictive laws when it comes to freedom of expression of faith in public and there's a bit of a dichotomy going on there. >> most of the people of france 70%, have no problem with the muslim population compared to
other places in europe they are happy to have them. it's part of the history of the french empire if you will. anyway michael kay, equipment, and brian katoulis. hillary clinton is putting together an a-list of team. she's getting ready to run for president and doing it it looks like, the right way. but will it have the spark and magic that propels people to victory like reince breebpriebus. a big surprise from reince priebus. plus mitt romney may want another chance for presidency but his rationale for running again doesn't make a lot of sense. for one thing, he seems to want a rematch against president obama who is not running in 2016. obama's numbers are better than they were a few months ago. good luck with that rematch, governor. and mike huckabee breaks the biggest rule in politics. he's going after the first family. huckabee's moralizing connect or
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raging cajun and bill clinton's chief strategist from "the war room." now hillary clinton is quietly building an a-list campaign of her own and "the washington post" reported yesterday that obama pollster joel benenson has signed on to be hillary clinton's presidential campaign manager and john podesta and president obama's senior counselor, the former chief of staff to former bill clinton is expected to take on a senior role as the campaign adviser. mr. podesta, who turned 66th month, would come to the job as a senior strategist and then set a trouble shooter according to "the wall street journal." recruiting strategists is a sign
that hillary clinton is assembling a first-rate campaign team with a spark it may have lacked back in 2008. joining me now is the two strategists, david axelrod and robert gibbs, president obama's white house press secretary and advised his presidential campaigns. both are msnbc political analysts. i'm so glad i want to start with rob. hillary made a bunch of mistakes in 2008. she didn't understand the importance of iowa and proportionality and never got off the problem with iraq. right? >> yes. >> do you sense that building this campaign with people like podesta, she's putting together a group of people that are not just yes people but don't begin with that word. you think she's putting together a grown-up team? what do you see? >> there's no doubt that the people that she's bringing in have great experience and they will be trusted because they were a part of that winning team in both '08 and 2012.
john podesta is probably the most important hire because he has the stature, the experience and personal relationship with the clintons to make sure that if there's a war or an argument in the campaign a there will be that that once a decision is made, it gets implementeded and you move on to the next decision. >> no more smipniping? >> no more sniping. >> let me go on to david axelrod. you had a strategy, as i just said, win in iowa win in the caucus states and win on the numbers and become the democratic nominee for president, which is the big challenge. next time for hillary the challenge is not so much the primaries, i don't think, i think it's fair to say, as building a general after all of the debates and everything she has a reason to be president. is she doing that yet? is she starting that case? >> no i don't think she has started that case yet.
but part of what makes this team so appealing and robert and i know them well is that they are very good message people and i think they will help her develop and deliver that message as she moves forward because, as you say, that's the critical thing. the problem with the last campaign was that the rationale got out in front of the campaign. the campaign got out in front of the rationale. no one really knew what it was about. campaigns have to be about something. it has to be about a story where you want to take the country. they know how to construct that type of strategy and she'll benefit from having them. >> if you see a good sports team halfway through the season you hear that they are doing well they are clicking they like each other they have a spirit they have a song they are together. you don't have to wait to see who wins because you can tell who is going to inwith.win. when do you know in a campaign that you've got the team? >> well i think it took us a
while, quite candidly probably well into the fall to really get clicking and to feel -- >> fall of '07 some. >> fall of '07. to really feel it moving in iowa. i'll use your sports analogy. you'll know that it's clicking if people in the campaign headquarters are playing for the name on the front of that jersey rather than the name on the back of the jersey. do they think that they are there to do something bigger than just themselves? i think that will also define success in this campaign. there will be good moments and there will be bad moments and they all have to stick together in both. >> how do you decide david axelrod -- >> i think it's actually the bad moments when you really get tested. it's easy to hang together when things are going well. the test of a good campaign is how it deals with adversity and whether people pick each other up support each other, or whether they start leaking on each other and start trying to purge each other. that's what plagued their campaign the last time. this group is very coherent that they are putting together
including a young guy who is going to be the campaign each other. ran terry terry's campaign. >> the great thing about him and all three of you guys is when you screw it up -- and that happens all the time. they have screw-ups. it's not your fault, sometimes it is. he seemed to rebound. particularly with rob because you're with him all the time. dammit, we screwed up. and even when you lost the new hampshire primary, which you think would be the end of the universe, you move on. >> david and i remember knocking on the door that night telling him he's not going to win new hampshire and we thought about it, as you said cataloged the
mistakes we made it's really important that when a campaign makes mistakes they learn from them. both davids had devised a strategy that we stuck to because we thought that was the path to winning a nomination. it's about sticking to that tragedy. it's about being cohesive -- >> how do you stop from screwing somebody else because he wants that top job and doesn't have it yet? how do you stop that? >> some of it is going to be as david said what rob is going to have to police and john is going to have to police. having john there to give robby backup is crucially important. again, john has the relationships with both bill and hillary clinton. >> yes, he does. >> and he has the stature of having been the chief of staff in the white house and senior adviser in the most recent white house to end that sort of thing. >> here's the tough question. >> he may want some of that north korean phone jamming
equipment. that can be used as well. >> stop the guy from being the night stalker. let me ask you this question david. this is the toughest one. i think hillary clinton has all of the qualities to run for president. she has to come out, however, with a conversation from the american people. a new one, a fresh conversation. we haven't talked in a ill who. i want to talk to you now. why am i running for president, assuming she wants to run. and i think she has to explain it. not, i care about children in the universe or climate change but something personal. i've been in this since i was in college. i have worked as a leader. i want to be a he hadleader. i am a leader. i care about this country. i feel a responsibility to lead. to lead. doesn't she have to do something like that? remember when she cried up there in new hampshire and everybody said yeah finally we know who she is. something that's personal rather than too theoretical. that's my question. >> absolutely. this is very -- you're absolutely on target. you know i've always said she wasn't a very good candidate in
2000 2007. she was a very good candidate in 2008. she threw caution to the wind and became much more revealing of herself, connected better with people, identified with their struggles and they identified with hers and she talked about her middle class upbringing and so on. all of that is very important. she has to throw caution away and be that candidate she was in 2008. >> and i think admitting ambition of a generous kind. not like romney i want to be a president like a 3-year-old because i think politicians hate to admit ambition and it's what drives them in the most cases. >> it takes a certain amount of ambition to say i can lead a country of 310 million people. but as david said and you said you've got to have that rationale and it's got to be something bigger than just you. >> right. >> you've got to be able to tell them where you want to lead and why and how it connects to who you are as a person and what you've been doing all your life and i think she can do that but requires her to be more
revealing of herself than she's been willing to do in the past except in that one period of time after she lost new hampshire and was really scuffling. >> actually, she won new hampshire. >> yes. yeah. >> how can we forget? >> it's such a -- >> after she lost the iowa caucuses. you're right. i locked home that new hampshire thing. >> i know. especially the knocking on the door to tell obama you blew it thank you. the more i read about that campaign the more i like you guys running. still ahead, mitt romney's rationale for a rematch. he's running against obama's old numbers. obama's new numbers can beat him. by the way, obama's not running again, governor. anyway, this is "hardball," a place for politics.
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the chicago bear rahm emanuel is getting a lot of attention. he's hoping to give mayor rahm emanuel a run for his money. his rags to riches story is getting a lot of attention, especially out there in the african-american community. wilson worked his way out of poverty and eventually founded a medical supply company and a tough legal challenge from the emanuel campaign about the validity of his signature petitions. he's come a long way and his biography is compelling many to believe. here he is. i'd like to welcome him, willy wilson democratic candidate for mayor. your story is so impressive how you went from cleaning toilets to owning a mcdonald's, a franchise, and becoming somewhat of a tyke couldn'tcoon. how does that make you a great mayor? >> let me put it this way.
the mayor you have now is not a good mayor or a great mayor. i've come to not so much a schooling but experience. i'm not a politician. i'm a business person. i came from the cotton fields of louisiana up north and came to work at mcdonald's and never left the neighborhood. i've always supported the neighborhood. i still support the neighborhood today. i put in regular commonsense to a regular human being and take my business philosophy and put it together and know that it adds up to one thing and that adds up to having other people to get ahead, those who had a disadvantage in life. >> let's go to a couple of the things we read about. chicago is not alone among them. murders, homicide 432 homicides last year in chicago. how would you get that number down? >> i think what you have to do there are two ways to get that down. first off, the police have not done a good job.
i would put in four superintendents policemen. i would break the city up into four different segments. and those four police superintendent would each have their proportion. they can get closer to the people and the community, be more friendly. i would take my automobile and let them ride the street bus, the subway let them walk the street with the community and get more friendly that way. not how would they pay for it. you pay for it by not paying for the automobile don't have to pay for the gas, don't have to pay for the upkeep tune-up of cars. that would help pay for it. but the most important thing is to get more friendly. the thing that they are trying is economic developments and contracts. we don't have that. you create an environment into
our neighborhood that causes problem. what got to be done you've got to get businesses into those communities to do business. >> how do you do that? you've got 7.3% unemployment rate in chicago. how do you get that down? rahm emanuel is always pushing trade groups getting people in to try to invest. he's a business guy like you. but how do you make that actually happen? would you get down the unemployment rate in four or eight years as mayor? would it actually come down and how would you do it? that's commonsense. people want an answer to that question. >> well, here's how i would do it. i would introduce legislation that anybody who does business with the city of chicago must have an equal opportunity for jobs and contracts. that way the money is circulated back into the community and create economic development. i would take the city whatever business that the city does to
reflect the population of chicago and i'm not talking about one particular group. i'm talking about all citizens. if you take right now and put the economic back into the community, those communities drive down the unemployment rate. let's take an example. if you look at o'hare if you look at midway those jobs are not reflect the makeup of the community. particularly with contracts. you would change those things there. the other way i would do it i would open back up in the field, create jobs and contract that goes back to the community. >> that's been tried. and i hear you. you want minorities set aside, the pie sliced differently. thank you very much for coming on, willie wilson candidate for chicago, put $1 million of his own money. we'll be having on rahm emanuel any time between now and the primary in march. actually, it's in february. up next romney wants to be president but the big things that romney promised last time
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if mitt romney is banking on buyer's remorse for voters to give him another chance at presidency, he may have some trouble. some of the things he said he would accomplish have already been accomplished by president obama. item number one, the unemployment rate. here's what romney told mark halperin. >> reporter: would you like to be more specific about what the unemployment rate would be at the end of your first year? >> i can't possibly predict. i can tell you over a period of four years by virtue of the policies we'd put in place, we'd get the unemployment rate down to 6% perhaps lower. >> wow. 6%. president obama accomplished that in half the time. the unemployment rate nationally was 5.6% the lowest rates since 2008 when republicans were still in the white house. and romney said his business experience will help create jobs, not obama. >> i happen to believe that having been in the private sector for 25 years gives me a
perspective on how jobs are created that someone who has never spent a day in the private sector like president obama doesn't understand. >> it turns out that president obama understands a thing or two about creating jobs. 252,000 jobs were created last december, a month ago. and 246,000 jobs a month, in areas like construction manufacturing, professional and business services. when he was running against obama, romney gave the president a jab about, guess what gas prices. >> gasoline prices, are people happy with those? >> well yes, people are happy with the national average. i couldn't believe this when i saw it today. $2.10 for regular. anyway joining me right now, "hardball" round table. ron, i don't know i guess he's running against obama but he's running with old numbers. >> he's not running with the same republican field.
that was a weak field. he was marginally the best candidate. this is a much stronger field. >> why do republicans not like him, as a person necessarily? they don't seem to -- why are they so mad at him for losing? >> because he lost to -- at the time, a very unpopular first-term president who they despise and who they thought they had a credible argument against. he ran at a time of a populous officer ver, $10,000 bets i like to fire people. the worst possible candidate you could have. >> i like the part i like to fire people. >> and he talked about how i don't worry about the people who are the poorest or the richest, i don't worry about the-- i worry about the middle class.
>> i think ron is right. losing to obama the way that he did, pretty convincingly. >> you're a straight reporter. did you really think obama was toast? i never thought he was toast. >> not toast, no. but i do think you look on paper -- look i would make the same argument for george w. bush. on paper, george w. bush probably should have lost. lambert field, swiss cheese on your cheesesteak and. on paper he makes the same argument. >> explain the field reference, would you? >> i mean probably if you could name one place for football in this country, if you're not into football, you probably know lambeau field. >> this guy, romney looks like he got in on this a month or two late. he jumped the gun with jeb. it would have felt a little different to me but jeb seems to have filled that slot. >> well --
>> you know the centrist. the more established mainstream candidate. i think jeb bush jumping in spurred romney to -- there's no love lost between those two. remember when jeb bush refused to endorse mitt romney in the florida primary and then said he was glad he could vote with a secret ballot? what's the message there? i think there's some rivalry there between those two families, between those two individuals. >> prep school boys don't like each other. >> the more i cover politics the more i feel like the old-boy politics is like high school. there's rivalries. this one didn't like me because of this. you could call up rudy giuliani and ask why you don't like charlie crist and he would destroy charlie crist. >> mandel didn't like him from maryland. there's three acceptable governors at one point and none of them liked each other.
anyway senator jed greg who supported romney in 2012 said there's a lot of buyer's remorse now and his message is a good message. it may have been stoked by a july 2014 cnn poll that showed if the election were held then this past july romney would beat obama by nine points. as i said things have changed since the summer and president obama's approval numbers have been creeping up into the high 40s. i want to ask you something. it's been bugging me since i walked over from the other table. when's obama going to pass 50? it seems to me the old republican argument which is if you're popular, like reagan then you're successful. and if you're successful then you are right. if obama can get above 50 it seems to me you can't say he's a loser, you can't say he's not successful and you can't say he's as wrong as easy. numbers really matter.
when's he going to get above 50? >> i think it's possible for him to get above 50 but this is not particularly to barack obama. it's hard i think at this point, for any president of the united states to get 51 52 and then -- because -- >> what is it? 47 to 48. >> he won two presidential elections with more than 50% of the vote which is quite remarkable. >> yep. >> if there's a national crisis he's close enough now to 50 that that could tip him over. or if wages start to go up so people really feel a better economy in their pocketbook i think that could get him over 50 as well. >> i think it's hard for him to get over 50 and even if he does it doesn't translate to a third term of a democratic white house. look who won in 2000. >> that's because -- >> i think that had a lot to do
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about making sure they don't ingest toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics? if lived out, those lyrics would be far more devastating so someone's health than a cupcake. we're back with chris, susan and ron. i say leave the kids alone. >> there are two things at work i think. number one is commercial. it's from his new book. how do you get people to buy books? you kind of play to what some people think about -- here they are, telling us how to live and then they are doing these things. that's number one. number two, which is related, it's political. you said iowa. look, mike huckabee in my opinion, is unlikely to be the nominee because he showed in 2008 he never could expand beyond iowa.
socialist conservatives agreed with what he said and liked it. >> what do they know about the lyrics of beyonce or jay-z? nothing? >> well probably nothing but it's true that the christian conservatives, who are most concerned about values and morals have been a little sidelined by the tea party which has a different kind of message. they have a different agenda. but these people -- this group of voters is still very powerful part of the republican party and that's who he is trying to -- i think there are enough things to criticize president obama about that you don't have to criticize him about his parenting skills which i think doesn't work with a lot of voters. >> i think he looks like a good parent, my hunch. >> the president? >> certainly. >> he spent too much time with his family and kids every night instead of yucking it up with politicians. >> mike huckabee has a career of getting himself caught up in his own hypocrisy. number one, he's a parent of three. any parent knows, the last thing
you do is question somebody else's parenting skills because we all parent in glass houses. he's exposing himself to getting criticized himself. number two, the weekend he announced he wasn't going to run for president in 2011 he was on the show with ted nugent a michigan-based rock and roll singer from the '70s and '80s. look at his lyrics and see what mike huckabee is condoning. >> regardless of efb's prejudice, you look at the two daughters and the way they turn out and behave in public which is perfect, they go to good schools, do their homework never say anything stupid, compared to most families in presidents, they've had weird sisters, half-brothers like the clintons that show up and embarrass you. no embarrassment for these kids. nor from michelle. michelle's numbers, by the way, are in the 70s. i was talking popularity. her approval numbers are in the
70s. >> and i could be wrong about this but this is why i tend to think that everything with mike huckabee -- and i know he's not doing his show anymore and seriously considering running -- just feels more to me like -- i feel it's just a commercial play. he wants to sell books. >> roger's not taking him back though. once you're out that swinging door, you're out. >> i think he's right. i think they think history is on his side republicans can win and there's a lot of republicans who would like to be the one who wins. >> i was talking about romney. >> i say as long as we sit here in the side show. chris sill lizza, susan page, ron fornier. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. dad: yeah, 20 something years now. thinking about what you want to do with your money? daughter: looking at options. what do you guys pay in fees? dad: i don't know exactly. daughter: if you're not happy do they have to pay you back? dad: it doesn't really work that way. daughter: you sure?
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how much you scrunch and try to make them so. there are some great arguments you can make against this president. there are the red lines that he laid down but failed to and going over to paris for to fight terrorism. but there's one thing to avoid, lay off the kids. i would think this unnecessary to say in the case of this first family. i've said this ever about, you can hit this president's politics all you want but i don't think you can knock his private life. he's done everything that i think the most hardened right-wing critic would do. he's been a good father. together he and the first lady have seemed the picture of perfection. what's it about obama that the right wing hates so much? is it his personal behavior? i have to ask, or is it simply his person who he is? when i hear mike huckabee going after the obama family's choice of musical friends i sometimes wonder if it's not the sound
they make that mr. huckabee wants us to hear but the signal his doug whistle is hearing and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "all in with chris hayes" starts right now. tonight on "all in," -- >> it sold out fast 3 million copies. >> publication day for the first edition of "charlie hebdo" since the attack. as al qaeda officially claims credit and french prosecutors arrest a comedian for a facebook post. then republicans vote for mass deportations on the hill. >> enough is enough. >> rand paul goes into attack mode questioning the sanity of another romney campaign as he picks up a key endorsement of his own. >> rand paul is the best. >> and as a virginia lawmaker wins his special election while serving his jail sentence we take a look at the