Morning Joe first went on the air in the latter part of 2007, broadcasting from a studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. We relocated soon after to the msnbc studios in 30 Rock, where we’ve been since. 2009 saw the inauguration of President Obama, so let’s take a look back at some of our interviews from the day with then-incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and fashion designer Kenneth Cole. We broadcasted live from the Dubliner Restaurant, which is where we’ll be on Jan. 21 and 22nd this year.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
“It’s emotional. You almost start tearing up when you talk about it [Obama’s inauguration]. But when I think that I entered the Army 50-odd years ago, an Army that had just become desegregated a few years earlier, and I was living in a country where I was a second class citizen – a defined second class citizen – [with] places I couldn’t go…We fought our way through that..under Martin Luther King. Over the last 50 years we’ve seen incredible progress.”
Robert Gibbs, then press secretary for then President-elect Obama
“I will tell you I was driving in D.C. yesterday, and I drove past the American Red Cross. They had a banner up for their honorary chair President Obama. That was the first time I’d really seen those two words together, and it began to hit me, [and I said] ‘Wow, this is really going to happen.’ We’re excited; it’s really hard to put into words. Everyone has told me, and we’re going to try, to step back if only for a few minutes and look around and enjoy what we see.”
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole
“This is a very inspiring moment. [People are wondering] is the political universe going to change, are the creative arts going to change, is the economy going to change? Everything is going to change. It’s going to inspire people to think differently and to think in nontraditional paths that they haven’t in the past.”