Live from Gruden Talk Studios in Tampa, Florida

Jon Gruden: WELCOME TO GRUDEN TALK I’M JON GRUDEN.  THIS IS MY TALK SHOW AND I INVITE EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD TO DISCUSS EVERYTHING THAT THEY KNOW.  TODAY WE’RE GETTING TOPICAL AND TALKING THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.  MY FIRST GUEST IS VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION DARRELL WEST DARRELL HOW ARE YOU?

Darrell: It’s a pleasure to be here.

Jon: ARE YOU RELATED TO DARRELL RUSSELL HE WAS ONE HELL OF A DEFENSIVE TACKLE.

Darrell: No, Darrell is my first name, not my surname.

Jon: I CALLED DARRELL RUSSELL DIRTY FOX NOT SURE WHY I THINK I SAW ONE AT TRAINING CAMP ONCE.

Darrell: I’m sorry?

Jon: SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.  ON THE ONE HAND YOU GOT THIS PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Darrell: Yes, I think President Obama really redeemed himself after a lethargic first debate.

Jon: LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS BARACK.  I CALL HIM BLACK LOU SABAN.  REAL LEADER.  KNOWS HOW TO BUILD A CABINET.  SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION RAY LAHOOD.  LAHOOD ALWAYS UP TO NO GOOD THAT’S WHAT WE SAY.

Darrell: Who’s “we?”

Jon: AND YOU LOOK AT OBAMA YOU GOT ONE HELL OF A VICE PRESIDENT.  JOE BIDEN.  THIS JOE, I CALL HIM MERLE HAGGARD.  BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK.  KNOWS WHAT’S UP.

Darrell: And he did do a good job of attacking Mitt Romney in his debate with Paul Ryan reminiscent of Bob Dole in 1976.

Jon: BOB DOLE I MET THAT GUY ONCE HE HAD A BAD ARM BUT NO WORSE THAN BRAD JOHNSON’S LEMME TELL YA.  YOU CAN STILL WIN A SUPER BOWL IF YOU GOT THE CAJONES TO LEAD A TEAM AND HE HAD EM.

Darrell: Were we supposed to discuss the debate?

Jon: YEAH AND ON THE OTHER SIDELINE YOU GOT MITT ROMNEY.  THIS MITT, I CALL HIM THE CADILLAC.  REAL POLISHED, KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE HIS TEAM DOWN THE FIELD.  HE’S GOT THOSE SPECIAL UNDERPANTS WE MADE FUN OF ANDY REID FOR HAVING BUT I BET HIS DONT HAVE AN ELASTIC WAIST IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

Darrell: Yes, Mitt Romney did convincingly talk about his faith but you wonder if that was enough to undo the damage that the president inflicted on him.

Jon: BACK WHEN REID AND I WERE COACHING IN GREEN BAY HE ONCE WENT INTO A BENNIGAN’S AND DEMANDED AN AWESOME BLOSSOM. WAITRESS SAID SORRY SIR THAT’S OUTBACK BUT HE GOT THEM TO FRY UP A COUPLE ONIONS THEY HAD IN BACK.  THAT’LL INFLICT SOME DAMAGE ON YOUR BODY LEMME TELL YA.

Darrell: Well I didn’t mean physical damage, damage to his campaign.

Jon: I SAW THOSE GUYS GETTING IN EACH OTHER’S FACES DURING A COMMERCIAL IN THE UNT-LOUISIANA GAME.  GETTIN IN EACH OTHER’S FACES, NOBODY BACKING DOWN.  THAT’S WHAT POLITICS IS ALL ABOUT.

Darrell: I agree it was nice for the candidates to provide some contrast in their records, but I worry that it might have lowered the level of discourse in the civic realm.

Jon: WELL THATS IT FOR THIS EPISODE OF GRUDEN TALK.  JOIN ME NEXT WEEK WHEN I GET THIS KID WHO LOOKS LIKE JACKIE CHAN TO TEACH ME KARATE.