Infatuated Al Roker Obsessed With Getting Joe Biden to Co-Host 'Today'
On Monday's NBC Today, weatherman Al Roker continued his campaign to get Vice President Joe Biden to co-host the morning show: "I mean, we love the VP, just because he's fun and he would fit in perfectly here." Roker was happy to gain support from The Huffington Post, touting an article published on the liberal blog entitled "Dear Joe Biden: Please Co-Host Today!!!" [Listen to the audio]
Yet again, Roker made an impassioned plea for Biden to join the show for a day: "Again, Mr. Vice President, this is where you belong. We want you here. Spend the hour with us, hang out."
He urged viewers to voice their support for Biden guest hosting: "You
know, please tweet. In fact, #orangeroom, tweet us, let us know if you
think the Vice President, Joe Biden, should be here....So anybody who
wants to go out there, advocate on our behalf, please."
News reader Natalie Morales declared: "Well, I hope The Huffington Post continues to put it out there, too, because they want it, we want it, we all want it."
Here is a full transcript of the November 11 exchange:
WILLIE GEIST: As you may have noticed, Al in particular is waging a bit of a campaign to get the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, to come and sit at this very table.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Biden on Today?; Campaign for VP to Co-Host]
AL ROKER: That's right. I mean, we love the VP, just because he's fun and he would fit in perfectly here. And obviously we're not alone, on The Huffington Post they wrote an op/ed on Friday entitled "Dear Joe Biden: Please Co-Host Today!!!" Author Katherine Fung writing, "I could see Joe Biden fitting in really well at Studio 1-A: Hanging out with Matt, Savannah, Willie, Al, and Natalie on the plaza and just chilling."
GEIST: Just chilling.
NATALIE MORALES: Just adding more to the, you know, trying to get him here.
MORALES: So we want – if you guys want to make it happen, weigh in as well.
ROKER: That's right. You know, please tweet. In fact, #orangeroom, tweet us, let us know if you think the Vice President, Joe Biden, should be here. Again, Mr. Vice President...
MORALES: One more time.
ROKER: ...this is where you belong. We want you here.
GEIST: This is where you belong.
ROKER: Spend the hour with us, hang out.
MORALES: He's a little creeped out by now.
ROKER: Yeah, I know. I know.
GEIST: Yeah, you might want to – let's pump the brakes a little here.
ROKER: See but he's gonna be – it's gonna be so creepy that it comes around to being cool.
GEIST: Just let it marinate for awhile, it'll make sense some day.
MORALES: We will welcome you with open arms.
ROKER: I think that's what he's afraid of.
MORALES: Now, the Secret Service may be a little concerned.
GEIST: You guys, though, you've got a thing. Have you heard from him since you put in the request?
ROKER: I have not heard from him.
GEIST: Nothing, okay.
ROKER: Not heard from him.
ROKER: But I know our people are talking.
ROKER: I didn't even know I had people.
GEIST: You have people?
ROKER: I don't have people.
MORALES: People are talking.
ROKER: Just people are calling, just random people are calling his people.
MORALES: Okay. Well, I hope The Huffington Post continues to put it out there, too, because they want it...
ROKER: So anybody who wants to go out there...
MORALES: ...we want it, we all want it.
ROKER: ...advocate on our behalf, please.
— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.