The Gist: Chuck Todd on Obama, and a joker.

Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press Explores Obama’s Sphinx-Like Comportment

Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press Explores Obama’s Sphinx-Like Comportment

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 21 2014 8:01 PM

The Buck Starts Here

Chuck Todd wonders if we’ll finally see Obama roll the dice after the past six years of risk-aversion.

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Chuck Todd speaks with President Barack Obama.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo from NBC's Meet the Press.

Listen to Episode 142 of Slate’s The Gist:

Today on The Gist, Chuck Todd from NBC’s Meet the Press shares insight into the character of the president, as recounted in his new book The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. For the Spiel, Mike concerns himself with easy questions like, “How many Elmos make a quorum?”

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.