A look back at 2007, Part One: Our first year on the air

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Morning Joe first went on the air in the latter part of 2007, broadcasting from a studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. 2007 proved to be an interesting time to launch a new political talk show: an election was in the not-too-far-off distance and campaigns had already been out in full swing. As a show we’ve come a long way since those times in Secaucus, but let’s take a look back at some of our interviews from that year including a few with then-Senator Barack Obama from Illinois, President Jimmy Carter, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Ann Romney and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Obama in 2007

On October 4, 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama talked with Joe, Mika and Willie chat about his campaign, why “strong presidents and strong countries have to talk to their enemies,” his then-competitor Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ love of Bill Clinton…and, of course, the Chicago Bears and relations.

“What i have to do is just make sure I’m delivering the message we think the American people are ready for,” Obama said.

President Jimmy Carter

On October 12, 2007, former President Jimmy Carter joined the show to discuss his new book “Beyond the White House.” October 12 also happened to be the day former Vice President and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Carter said he was “delighted” over Gore’s win, and he shared his belief that Gore would make a great president. Carter also discussed his criticisms of the Bush administration regarding torture.

Roger Daltry

One of the main beauties of the show is its ability to pull in everyone from politicians to actors and rock stars. Roger Daltrey, singer for arguably one of the most potent and important rock bands of all time, The Who, joined us for a look back at the band’s career. A new documentary, “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who,” was set to be released, and Daltrey discussed why he had no interest in seeing the movie.

“I don’t want to see it because it can’t be my life. It’s a film…I gave them my blessings to make it and the keys to the archive, did one interview, and it is what it is.”

 

A look back at 2007, Part One: Our first year on the air

Updated