Maurice Alberto (Mo) Rocca is an American writer, comedian, and political satirist, is known for his off-beat news reports, satirical commentary, and as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1998-2003). Originally from Washington, DC, Rocca graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a B.A. in literature. He served as president of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, performing in four of the company's notorious burlesques and even co-authoring one (Suede Expectations). Later, he worked as a writer and producer for the children's television series Wishbone (1995), The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996) and Pepper Ann (1997), and also as a consulting editor to the men's magazine Perfect 10. Rocca is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and a regular contributor to CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He is a regular correspondent for NBC's Tonight Show, most recently providing 2008 election coverage, as well as for MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He was a celebrity commentator on VH1's Best week ever, as well as the I Love The... shows. He was the host of Things I Hate About You on Bravo. Rocca was an on-the-floor correspondent for Larry King on CNN at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which he called an "Obamarama." He returned as a correspondent for the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Question: If you were an Iraqi citizen, how would you view America?
Mo Rocca:I think it depends where in Iraq you are. I think that there probably are a lot of Iraqis that appreciate what America has done, but they might appreciate it for reasons that . . . that . . . that make us uncomfortable. I mean they might appreciate it simply because of their own ethnic grievance. They might appreciate it because there are Shiites that are so thrilled, despite all the bloodshed, to see the Sunnis go down. I think there have certainly gotta be Iraqi citizens that are upset – I mean you know namely the ones who have had numerous relatives blown up. Yeah I mean it’s . . . it’s just so overwhelming.
Recorded on: 2/14/08