America gives Obama another chance to finish the job

It helps to have friends in high places


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," November 7, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: I can't say I was surprised by last night. If there's one thing you count on, it's the feel-good aspect of voting for Obama. That's why he gets a lot of votes. It's like joining a gym, even though you never go, the act itself satisfies, especially if you belong to the Julia army.

Also, it doesn't hurt that many Americans hate Republicans or their media-generated stereotypes. Their distaste for the stingy old white men is as strong as their love for President O.

How does that love persist when the country is a mess? Well, it helps to have friends in low places. The gap when our unlikable reality and our likable president is persevered by a media providing cover for his missteps.

This is why more people know Beyonce than Benghazi. So, it's no surprise he won. As Republican gaffes were amplified, Obama's were ignored. Can they continue to be by even Obama?

I don't see how. Obama has got big, big problems ahead and he's the same place he was before, though he's smaller, dented and warn. The things the media ignored will now make our lives unlivable. Shrinking incomes, rising debt, gas prices, looming battles with emboldened enemies and assorted scandals. Somehow shooting hoops with Scottie Pippen may not be much help.

So, America gave "Captain Cool" another chance to finish the job. So, America owns it. Let's hope that by the time he is finished there's still something left.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Tell us how you really feel! Take that.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: That's uplifting message right there.

GUTFELD: No! It's a sober reality.

BECKEL: I don't think it is a sober -- look, the majority of people thought the country was starting to come back and there's a lot of indication the economy is coming back, number one.

Number two, when you say we were doom here for four years, it takes away any possibility. If that's the attitude that Republicans or the conservatives have, we're not going to get anywhere.

GUTFELD: I'm actually very positive about the next four years because I think a Republican loss is a conservative's gain. It reenergizes people. They got to learn from the Democrats. They got to learn how to run a ground game.

BECKEL: Well, that's true. But, look, we had an election. You lost, OK?

GUTFELD: Yes, I know that.

BECKEL: Now, the question is, is there a chance now that in the face of this -- there'll be another election, there'll be a mid-term --


BECKEL: There'll be some corrections along the way. But we simply can't stand pat here and keep arguing with one another about you won't do this, we won't do this, you won't do this. I mean, at some point, somebody has got to govern here.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Can I say something?

GUTFELD: Yes, but govern is gridlock to me. We disagree.

PERINO: That's how our system is set up, for it to not work well.


PERINO: And it ended up working well.

Can I just say something that will back up your point?


PERINO: Which is the mood of the country, 52 percent of the people thought the country was on the wrong track and a majority of people said that unemployment and rising prices were the most important issues. However, they liked Obama much more than Romney and they thought Obama was in touch with them.


PERINO: So when you talk about feelings versus your brain, that's actually I think that the exit polls back up what you're saying in your monologue.

BECKEL: Let's keep in mind, that right direction, wrong track thing is way, way down from where it was three or four months ago.


BECKEL: You know, when it was up in 70s.

GUILFOYLE: Bob, but nevertheless, he's going to have to do something. I mean, I really hope he didn't just have Clinton campaign for him -- Clinton and Christie. He needs to actually listen to the American people and do something and come to the center. I'm not taking that back at all.

BECKEL: I think, look, he won here and it's not just him that has to do something. Republicans have to do something as well. This is not a one-way street.

GUILFOYLE: I'm not saying it is. But I think in the past, he has been reluctant to do so. So, I'm hoping that it didn't fall on deaf ears, that he saw what happened with this election. He may have won, because he got Electoral College vote, but when you have half of the country extremely dissatisfied with you, to that extent that the election was that close going up in to it, into election night, that should tell him something.

I hope it's humbling and he listens.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Let's call it what it is, Mr. Beckel. Take all your victory laps now and have some fun with it, but what you have now is a four-year lame duck president. And you have a Republican House that's not going to turn over likely in 2014. You have risk in 2014 with the Senate. It may be a different map two years from now. Have fun with it now.

BECKEL: The risk in this next set of election, this is where you should have picked up some seats. And you lost two seats, which is striking to me.

But, look, the fact is you say -- you know, we were saying here, young people -- Andrea was saying that the young people won't come out to vote. They turned up to be a bigger percentage of the electorate than they were the last time around.

We get in to Romney and the Republicans about the Latino vote. But that is -- I mean, at some point, you have to keep in mind that with 72 percent of the electorate being --


BOLLING: What's your point? Here's what you said. You said Republicans have to reach across the aisle and work with President Obama.

BECKEL: I said they both --


BECKEL: No, no, I said they both have to reach out. They both have to reach out.

BOLLING: How was he going to do that exactly?

BECKEL: Well, I think he's going to do it by doing entitlement reform hopefully. I hope the Republicans will come to their senses and do something --

BOLLING: President Obama is going to do entitlement reform. Is that what you're saying, Obama?

GUILFOYLE: Don't hold your breath.

BECKEL: See, but that's the kind of negative thinking that's going to will keep us --

GUTFELD: I love negative thinking.

BOLLING: Come up with one thing --

BECKEL: I think entitlement reform.

BOLLING: -- that would be a symbol, an olive branch to the right.

BECKEL: I think entitlement -- well, first of all, you don't need to give an olive branch to right. They right is a small part of the country.

BOLLING: I was asking, you just say Obama is going to reach across the aisle.

BECKEL: I think he'll do with entitlement reform. And I think he'll do with tax reform.

GUILFOYLE: He's going to put through what he wants to do, it's his way.

BECKEL: He can't do that without a House.

PERINO: I think the reason that some people are skeptical is that given his record of the past four years when he had an opportunity, a bipartisan commission comes together, Simpson-Bowles, which was a roadmap to get to entitlement reform, it all got pushed aside for politics, the same with immigration reform. And tax reform, which is never anywhere in the last four years except for the one point that President Obama said in 2010 lame duck that he would not do, which is raise taxes on the rich in time of high unemployment and the slowing economy, which is what we have now.

So, I think that people are right to be skeptical. But if he decides to change and move to the center, that might be good for him.

BECKEL: I just one more point. He does not have to face another election. He may be a lame duck in that sense but he also has to worry about a legacy and getting some things done. I don't think he's going to sit around and just play politics.


PERINO: The media took take care of his legacy.

BECKEL: Yes I do think he worries about the legacy.

GUTFELD: You're going to see a prediction though for the end of the right and about the right moving center. But the fact is, whenever any candidate runs for office, they tack right. When did President Obama put on the bomber jacket? That's a metaphor call move to the right. Let's face it.

GUILFOYLE: That had shoulder pads, too, which is a little disconcerting, I'm just telling you.

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