David Gregory Calls into Imus Apparently Drunk

David Gregory called into Imus in the Morning today from India while traveling with the President. After just a few moments on air, Imus realized David Gregory was drunk.

That’s just a *little* embarrassing for such a (snicker) serious White House correspondent.

Audio here and here.

The transcript is below.

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Gregory is traveling with the president in India.

IMUS: Let’s go to the White House correspondent David Gregory.

DAVID GREGORY: I’m OK.

IMUS: You can calls us later if you want.

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: Are you drunk?

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: Are you all right David?

GREGORY: India is a wonderful language and i’ve been learning, where’s my little sheet here. I’ve been learning some new phrases to come home. But any way, that being one of them and i just think it’s nice.

IMUS: It is.

GREGORY: Thank you.

IMUS: Having a lot of fun there. What’s wrong with you?

GREGORY: I just think it’s funny. [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

CHARLES: He’s drunk.

IMUS: He is drunk!

CHARLES: Oh god.

IMUS: Why don’t you compose yourself and get back to us. You want to?

GREGORY: [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter]

IMUS: What are you in some harrem?

IMUS: What? David?

GREGORY: No, i’m fine.

IMUS: We need a camera.

Oh my lord.

IMUS: Somebody’s got —

GREGORY: i was — remember that movie “Arthur” with Dudley Moore where he just thinks funny things and that’s what was going on. If i could find this sheet, actually i just found it. Anyway.

IMUS: You have any news? [Laughter]

IMUS: we got to go, we’ll get back to you.

GREGORY: I’m sorry.

IMUS: That’s all right.

IMUS: Well, call us back will you?

GREGORY: Anyway. There are serious things going on here which i know you’re very interested in.

IMUS: We don’t have any time for them now. Quickly.

GREGORY: Big deal between India and the United States. The upshot is we’re going to provide nuclear know-how and fuel to india which they need for their economy to grow. But since they never signed the nonproliferation treaty it’s a real turn around and critics worry that it sends the wrong message to other parts of the world.

IMUS: Ok.

GREGORY: I would add, i would add that this is how you say thank you.

IMUS: What is it again?

[Speaking foreign language]

IMUS: Well that’s great. But we have to go. It’s always nice to hear from you.

GREGORY: I’ll call you after dinner.

IMUS: NBC Chief White House Correspondant from New Delhi, India. Clearly drunk.

END

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