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: What is George W. Bush’s legacy?
Mo Rocca: I mean you know his epitaph may very well be, “He Went For It.”I mean mind you he went for something completely different than he said he was going to go for.I mean remember . . . Everyone seems to have forgotten the whole decrying of nation building. It’s weird that everyone has just sort of forgot that; that 9/11 would . . . as terrible as it was, would completely . . . that 9/11, as terrible as it was, would completely switch around your philosophical underpinnings. I mean that’s like . . . It doesn’t really make sense. I mean you know so . . . So I wouldn’t go so far as to say that George Bush definitely has a core and knows who he is. I don’t know about that.
Recorded on: 2/14/08