WASHINGTON DC - What a difference eight years makes. When we left these offices so long ago, Chuck Todd was Senior White House Correspondent, David Gregory was fast-tracked to be the new host of Meet The Press and President Bush was just getting the hang of his new acrylic paint set.
Today, Chuck Todd sits in the chair his revered mentor and friend, Tim Russert, held for 17 years. He wears it well. This was no more apparent than during Sunday's interview with presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
It pretty much went down like this: Chuck was commanding yet respectful; charming yet professional. His questions went to the obvious points of Bernie Sanders sweeping the ice for Donald Trump's curling stone. She laughed it off and referenced the bar fight that was 2008 with Senator Obama. Chuck tried a new tack and she batted it off when she masterfully got in the shot that she might've even won the popular vote in 2008, but laid down arms because the pledge delegate math was incontrovertible. He tried one more time and you got the feeling that somewhere before Sanders is out of this, he's going to hear from her the paraphrased, "Senator, I served with Barack Obama. I know Barack Obama. Barack Obama is a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Barack Obama."
The inevitable Trump questions came. The former Secretary took them with the patience of someone who has to frequently deal with bailing out a drunk sibling. The best line (as well as wicked facial tell) was the subtext within her reminder that she worked with former House Majority Leader, Tom "The Hammer" Delay to reform adoption and foster care which is essentially saying, "I know bloviating assholes Chuck, I've got this."
Then keeping with the theme, Mark Cuban was on next.