In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the best unscripted moments of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, NBC weatherman Al Roker managed to wrangle more than a nod from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as they walked along the parade route.
The TODAY show co-host set his sights on snagging some up close and personal face time with the two most powerful men in Washington D.C., a repeat of a similar, albeit less successful, shout-out undertaken four years ago.
NBC journalist Brian Williams was covering the event and wondered aloud whether his colleague would be able to get Obama’s attention when he and the First Lady stepped out of their vehicle and began walking the parade route directly in front of Roker’s vantage point.
On cue, Al began to bellow, “MR. PRESIDENT! MR. PRESIDENT! MR. PRESIDENT! HOW’S IT GOING?”
POTUS responded, “It’s going great!” and flashed the newsman a thumbs up. Rocker screamed, “IS THE WEATHER GOOD?” Obama responded, “It’s great!”
Williams told viewers, “There you have it, the first interview with the newly-inaugurated 44th president of the United States.”
On a roll, Roker got ready to call out to Joe Biden as the VP and Dr. Jill Biden passed by. Williams warned the NBC audience, “Here it comes. Here we go. Cover your ears at home. Cover your watch crystals.”
Al wailing, “MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MR. VICE PRESIDENT. HEY, HOW YA DOIN’? COME ON. COME OVER.”
The VP didn’t disappoint, making a beeline toward Roker for a quick handshake. A jubilant Al looked at the camera and shouted, “YES!” as Williams responded, “Wow, Chief Meteorologist and White House Correspondent.”
The moment meant a great deal to Roker, who hit Twitter shortly afterward, “To have been acknowledged by the President and Vice President on a day honoring the man that made that possible is that much more special.”
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Photo: Twitter-Al Roker