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December 25, 2005:  Tom Brokaw & Ted Koppel  Guests & Topics | Transcript
December 18, 2005:  Condoleezza Rice, Carl Levin, Gwen Ifill & John Harwood   Guests & Topics | Transcript
December 11, 2005:  Madeleine Albright, Lindsey Graham, Mike Allen, David Brooks & E.J. Dionne   Guests & Topics | Transcript
December 4, 2005:  John McCain, Thomas Kean & Lee Hamilton,   Guests & Topics | Transcript

November 27, 2005:  John Warner, Joe Biden, David Broder, David Gregory, Eugene Robinson & Judy Woodruff   Guests & Topics | Transcript
November 20, 2005:  John Murtha, Anthony Fauci, Julie Gerberding, Michael Leavitt and Michael Ryan  Guests & Topics | Transcript
November 13, 2005:  His Majesty King Abdullah II,Howard Dean and Ken Mehlman   Guests & Topics | Transcript
November 6, 2005:  
Ted Kennedy, Tom Coburn, Ron Brownstein, David Gregory and Nina Totenberg   Guests & Topics | Transcript

October 30, 2005:  Ken Duberstein, Hamilton Jordan, Leon Panetta, Michael Beschloss, David Broder, David Brooks, Judy Woodruff and William Safire   Guests & Topics | Transcript
October 23, 2005:  
George Allen, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Chuck Schumer, Stephen Hayes, George Packer & Frank Rich  Guests & Topics | Transcript
October 16, 2005:  Condoleezza Rice, Carl Levin & Louis Freeh  Guests & Topics | Transcript
October 9, 2005: Patrick Buchanan and Dr. Richard Land  Guests & Topics | Transcript
October 2, 2005:
John Abizaid, Rahm Emanuel, Thomas Reynolds, Dan Balz and John Harwood   Guests & Topics | Transcript

September 25, 2005: Rick Perry, Ivor van Heerden, Aaron Broussard, Tom Friedman, Maureen Dowd & David Brooks   Guests & Topics | Transcript
September 18, 2005: Bill Clinton, Thad Allen, Gwen Ifill, Eugene Robinson, Judy Woodruff & Byron York  Guests & Topics | Transcript
September 11, 2005: Ray Nagin, Arlen Specter, John Barry & Ivor van Heerden   Guests & Topics | Transcript
September 4, 2005:
Michael Chertoff, Marc Morial, Mike Tidwell, Mark Fischetti, David Wessel, Haley Barbour & Aaron Broussard  Guests & Topics | Transcript

August 28, 2005: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad; Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.); Gen. Wayne Downing (Ret.); Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.); & Gen. Montgomery Meigs (Ret.)  Guests & Topics | Transcript
August 21, 2005:  Trent Lott, Russ Feingold, Larry Diamond and Reuel Marc Gerecht   Guests & Topics | Transcript
August 14, 2005:  Zalmay Khalilzad, Joe Biden, E.J. Dionne and Byron York  Guests & Topics | Transcript
August 7, 2005:  Mario Cuomo, Douglas Kmiec, David Kirby and Dr. Harvey Fineberg  Guests & Topics | Transcript

July 31, 2005:  Michael Griffin, Eileen Collins, Andrew Thomas, Charles Camarda, David Broder, John Harwood, Kate O'Beirne and Eugene Robinson  Guests & Topics | Transcript
July 24, 2005:  Fred Thompson, Dick Durbin, David Gregory, William Safire, Stuart Taylor and Nina Totenberg  Guests & Topics | Transcript
July 17, 2005:  Matt Cooper, John Podesta, Ken Mehlman, Bob Woodward andCarl Bernstein  Guests & Topics | Transcript
July 10, 2005:  Michael Chertoff, Stephen Flynn, Adm. James Loy, Orrin Hatch and Chuck Schumer  Guests & Topics | Transcript
July 3, 2005:  Arlen Specter, Patrick Leahy, Christopher Dodd, Chuck Hagel, Duncan Hunter, Pete Williams, Nina Totenberg and John Harwood  Guests & Topics | Transcript

June 26, 2005:  Donald Rumsfeld and Bono  Guests & Topics | Transcript
June 19, 2005:  John McCain  Guests & Topics | Transcript
June 12, 2005:  Joe Biden, Curt Weldon, David Broder, John Harwood, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff  Guests & Topics | Transcript
June 5, 2005:  Ken Mehlman  Guests & Topics | Transcript

May 29, 2005:  Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar, Thomas Kean, Lee Hamilton and Fred Thompson  Guests & Topics | Transcript
May 22, 2005:  Howard Dean  Guests & Topics | Transcript
May 15, 2005:  Ahmed Nazif, David Broder, Paul Gigot, Katty Kay and Eugene Robinson  Transcript
May 8, 2005:  Gary Schroen, James Carville and Mary Matalin  Transcript
May 1, 2005:  Andrew Card, George Allen and Chris Dodd,  Transcript

April 24, 2005:  Thomas Bohlin, Joseph Bottum, Thomas Cahill, E.J. Dionne, Joseph Fessio, Jon Meacham and Mary Aquin O'Neill  Transcript
April 17, 2005:  Roy Blunt, Barney Frank, Dexter Filkins and Jim Miklaszewski  Transcript
April 10, 2005:  Pat Roberts, John Rockefeller and Bob Dole   Transcript
April 3, 2005:  John P. Foley, Thomas Reese, John Strynkowski, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Raymond Flynn, Anne Burke, Jon Meacham and Chester Gillis   Transcript

March 27, 2005:  Reza Aslan, Robert Drinan, Richard Land, Joseph Lieberman, Jon Meacham and Jim Wallis   Transcript
March 20, 2005:  Richard Myers, David Broder, Ron Brownstein, John Harwood and Gwen Ifill   Transcript
March 13, 2005:  Condoleezza Rice, Tom Davis, Henry Waxman, Ben Nelson and Lincoln Chafee  Transcript
March 6, 2005:  Mitch McConnell, Dick Durbin, Mike Allen, Joe Klein, Paul Krugman and Kate O'Beirne   Transcript

February 27, 2005:  Rick Santorum, Joseph Biden, Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman and William Safire   Transcript
February 20, 2005:  John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Katty Kay, Andrea Mitchell, Dana Priest and Robin Wright   Transcript
February 13, 2005:  Chuck Grassley, Charlie Rangel, Natan Sharansky and Patrick Buchanan   Transcript
February 6, 2005:  Donald Rumsfeld and Ted Kennedy   Transcript

January 30, 2005:  John Kerry and Brian Williams   Transcript
January 23, 2005:  John Negroponte, Bill Thomas, Stephen Hayes and Robin Wright   Transcript
January 16, 2005:  Dan Bartlett, Rahm Emanuel, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham   Transcript
January 9, 2005:  Bill Frist, Al Hunt, Katty Kay, Andrea Mitchell and Byron York   Transcript
January 2, 2005:  Colin Powell, David Broder, Kate O'Beirne, William Safire and Evan Thomas   Transcript

Photos: 64 years of ‘Meet the Press’

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  1. First ‘Meet the Press’ photo

    December 4, 1947: The earliest photograph in existence of the longest running television program in history. Sen. Robert Taft was the guest on "Meet the Press" that day, less than a month after the program debuted on NBC television at 8 p.m., November 6, 1947. James A. Farley, the former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee chairman, was the guest on the first broadcast. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. All women

    December 10, 1949: With Washington's leading male reporters otherwise occupied at the men-only Gridiron Dinner, "Meet the Press" presented its first all-female program. Moderator (and program co-founder) Martha Rountree, panelists Doris Fleeson, May Craig, Judy Spivak and Ruth Montgomery question the guest, Democratic politician India Edwards. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Billy Graham

    March 6, 1955: Rev. Billy Graham’s first "Meet the Press" appearance. He tells panelist (and program co-founder) Lawrence Spivak "anything that makes any race feel inferior ... is not only un-American but un-Christian." (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Jackie Robinson

    April 14, 1957: Jackie Robinson, the first man to break the racial barrier in Major League Baseball, also becomes the first athlete to appear on "Meet the Press." Robinson joins moderator Lawrence Spivak in a discussion about civil rights and Robinson’s work with the NAACP. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Eleanor Roosevelt

    October 20, 1957: Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in one of her six "Meet the Press" appearances. Here she talks about her trip to the Soviet Union. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Robert Frost

    December 28, 1958: Poet Robert Frost was introduced by moderator Ned Brooks as "the poet of all America. Indeed, it can be said that he is the poet of all mankind." Two years later, Congress awarded Robert Frost a gold medal in recognition of his poetry, saying it enriched the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Fidel Castro

    April 19, 1959: Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro appears on "Meet the Press" during his first visit to the United States since the revolution. Castro was annoyed that permanent panelist and producer Lawrence Spivak would not allow him to smoke cigars in the studio. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Martin Luthur King Jr.

    April 17, 1960: Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pictured here in one of his five "Meet the Press" appearances. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. John F. Kennedy

    October 16, 1960: After this interview, then-Senator John F. Kennedy calls Meet the Press the nation's "fifty-first state." (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Jimmy Hoffa

    July 9, 1961:This first "Meet the Press" appearance by Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa had to be rescheduled several times due to Hoffa’s string of indictments. After the interview, Hoffa was furious about being asked whether his insistence on dealing only in cash and keeping few records gave the appearance of impropriety. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Edward Kennedy

    March 11, 1962: Edward Kennedy’s first appearance on the program. The potential Senate candidate was coached by his older brother, President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy and his aide Theodore Sorensen prepared "Teddy" for his “Meet the Press” debut by staging a run through of questions and answers in the Oval Office. On the day of the program, President Kennedy delayed his departure from Palm Beach in order to watch the show, but later told his brother that he was almost too nervous to watch. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Bob Dole

    July 16, 1972: Bob Dole and "Meet the Press" moderator Lawrence Spivak prepare to discuss the break-in and bugging of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate. Former Senator Dole holds the record for the most appearances on “Meet the Press” in a career that included service as a Congressman, Senator, RNC Chairman, vice presidential candidate, Senate Majority Leader and finally, Republican presidential nominee. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Prime Minister Wilson

    September 19, 1965: "Meet the Press" conducts television’s very first live satellite interview. The guest is British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Ronald Reagan

    September 11, 1966: Ronald Reagan, making his first bid for public office, appears on "Meet the Press" with his Democratic opponent for the governorship of California, the incumbent Gov. Edmund G. Brown. Reagan appeared on "Meet the Press" seven times -- all before he was elected president. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Robert Kennedy

    March 17, 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy makes his ninth -- and final -- appearance on "Meet the Press" with Lawrence E. Spivak. Kennedy was assassinated in California less than 3 months later -- shortly after claiming victory in that state's Democratic presidential primary. He was 42 years old. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. John Kerry

    April 18, 1971: John Kerry, then a former Navy Lieutenant, makes his first "Meet the Press" appearance as a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He has since appeared on the program as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts 21 times. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Golda Meir

    December 5, 1971: Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel, appears on “Meet the Press” with moderator Bill Monroe to discuss the continuing instability in the Middle East and the prospect of meeting and negotiating with Egypt’s leaders. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Prime Minister Gandhi

    August 24, 1975: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in one of her seven appearances on "Meet the Press" before her assassination in October 1984. After she was elected Prime Minister in 1966, Gandhi grew more concerned about her television image and contacted "Meet the Press" to request makeup samples used during her appearance on the program. The program’s makeup artist consulted her notes and sent Mrs. Gandhi a complete makeup set -- including sponges and instructions for application. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Gerald Ford

    November 9, 1975: President Gerald Ford becomes the first sitting American president to appear on the program. President Ford accepted the invitation as a tribute to "Meet the Press" co-founder Lawrence Spivak, who was making his farewell appearance as moderator of the program. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Jimmy Carter

    January 20, 1980: In one of the most dramatic newsbreaks in the history of "Meet the Press" President Jimmy Carter announces that the U.S. would boycott the Moscow Summer Olympics because of the presence of Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Despite initial outrage over Carter’s proposal, 60 nations eventually joined the boycott. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Richard Nixon

    April 10, 1988: In his first Sunday interview in 20 years, Former President Richard Nixon reacts to a comment on "Meet the Press. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Tim Russert's first show

    December 8, 1991: Tim Russert makes his debut as moderator of "Meet the Press." He has since become the longest-serving moderator in "Meet the Press" history. In the center of this photo is then-intern Betsy Fischer, who is now Executive Producer of the program. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Dan Quayle

    September 20, 1992: "Meet the Press" permanently expands from a half-hour to a one hour program. Vice President Dan Quayle is the guest. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Shaheen and Whitman

    February 2, 1997: The broadcast breaks television history as "Meet the Press" becomes the first network television program ever to broadcast live in digital high definition. Governors Jeanne Shaheen and Christie Todd Whitman share a light moment on the set that day. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Bill Clinton

    November 9, 1997: President Bill Clinton appears in studio on "Meet the Press" to mark the program’s 50th anniversary. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Al Gore

    December 19, 1999: In a live Democratic presidential debate, Vice President Al Gore challenges former Sen. Bill Bradley to a "Meet the Press agreement" to have weekly debates in place of running political advertisements. (Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Dick Cheney

    September 16, 2001: Five days after the September 11th attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney joins moderator Tim Russert in the first live television interview ever broadcast from Camp David. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Senate Debate Series

    September 22, 2002: "Meet the Press" kicks off its "Senate Debate Series" with the Colorado Senate race: Republican Incumbent Sen. Wayne Allard vs. Democratic Challenger Tom Strickland. At the end of the election cycle, the series of three senate debates was awarded the prestigious "USC Walter Cronkite Journalism Award" for "Excellence in Broadcast TV Political Journalism." The debate series continued in 2004 and 2006. (Alex Wong / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. George W. Bush

    February 8, 2004: President George W. Bush kicks off his re-election campaign in an Oval Office interview with Tim Russert on "Meet the Press." Robert Novak went on to write about the interview, "no president ever before had been subjected to such tough questioning in the Oval Office." (Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. James Carville

    November 14, 2004: In another "Meet the Press" first, Democratic strategist James Carville cracks an egg on his forehead to demonstrate he's got "egg on his face" after his projected outcome of the U.S. presidential election was wrong. Carville predicted 52 percent of the vote for U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), 47 percent for President George W. Bush and 1 percent for Ralph Nader. (Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Jim Webb

    November 19, 2006: The first edition of "Meet the Press" to be available via video netcast on the show’s Web site. U.S. Senator-elect Jim Webb (D-Va.) joins moderator Tim Russert on that program. (Alex Wong / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Barack Obama

    November 11, 2007: "Meet the Press"celebrates its 60th anniversary live from Des Moines, Iowa with Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for the full hour. (Eric Thayer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. June 15, 2008: The chair of late moderator Tim Russert sits empty on the set during the first MTP taping following Russert's death. He died June 13, 2008 of a heart attack while at the NBC News bureau in Washington. He was 58 years old. (Alex Wong / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Colin Powell

    October 19, 2008: A record-breaking 9 million viewers tune in to see Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican, announce his endorsement of Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. President-elect Obama

    December 7, 2008: President-elect Barack Obama makes his first Sunday morning television appearance since winning the election to discuss the challenges facing this country and the upcoming transition of power. (Scott Olson / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. David Gregory

    December 7, 2008: Interim moderator Tom Brokaw announces that David Gregory has been chosen as the new moderator of the show. (Alex Wong / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Rendell, Schwarzenegger & Bloomberg

    March 22, 2009: Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Penn.), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared exclusively on Meet the Press one day after meeting with President Obama to discuss the economy. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images for Meet the Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Hillary Clinton

    July 26, 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears for a full-hour on Meet the Press. It's her first appearance on the program since joining the Obama administration. (William B. Plowman / NBC Universal) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. President Obama

    September 20, 2009: President Barack Obama sits down with David Gregory at the White House for Obama's first MTP appearance since taking office. (Pete Souza / The White House) Back to slideshow navigation
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