NBC's David Gregory is my (funky) new hero

Say you’re hanging around in your office at, oh, 7:30 a.m., and you look up to notice that the one and only Mary J. Blige is like three feet away from you, going to town on her new jam "Just Fine" with a full band and a pair of sassy backup singers. What are you gonna do? Stand there silently and focus on your work? No way! If you’re someone who I respect in any way as a human being, you’re gonna groove at least a little tiny bit. NBC White House correspondent David Gregory certainly did when he found himself in this very situation during yesterday morning’s Today Show:

And yet some curmudgeonly people are getting on Gregory’s case! The Huffington Post is all, "David Gregory Sets White People Back 60 Years" and "Watch him bust an awkward and uncomfortable move." I beg to differ: The hands-in-the-air shimmying move that Gregory busted is nothing if not indubitably comfortable. The HuffPo crew also accuses Gregory of getting down to a Chris Brown tune last summer — which, of course, he did (check him out around 3:08) — as if they never so much as bobbed their head to "Run It"?!

Full disclosure: I might have a slight bias in this matter, as a dorky white journalist who will totally dance to some Mary J (or Chris Brown) given the opportunity. But I hereby call for a formal apology to David Gregory by anyone who slighted his spontaneous dancing. And I so hope that he finds a way to work those moves into the next White House press conference. Don’t you, P-Dubs?

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  • Dana J

    All I can say is David Gregory has no shame in his game! Let him get his groove on…this world would be a whole lot better if more people did that! Play on playa!!

  • Andie

    I’ve seen way worse “white-man-dancing” than that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just happy to see a middle aged white guy who’s comfortable enough in himself to dance when sober. And frankly, dance pretty well–he was on beat and having a great time! Who freakin’ cares? Too many people are worried about what others think, and they miss out on expressing joy. The world would be a better place if more people just danced when they felt like it.

  • Jennie

    David Gregory always grooves during the musical guests, which is great! Why shouldn’t a journalist show some personality and express himself? As much as I love Matt Lauer, you’d never see him strut his stuff.

  • Emoney

    Shake it, D.G.! And honestly, he wasn’t bad at all. Anyway, it’s a morning show, people need a pleasant wakeup.

  • Sms

    pretty fly for a white guy!

  • Shirley

    I just became his fan!!!

  • boredinbklyn

    I think he looks like he’s having fun, and he’s on beat which is a major plus!…..however that song is atrocious!

  • Jakeem

    At least he’s not as stiff as a certain someone he covers in his regular job!

  • KG

    He was WORKING it! I would totally get down with him in a club but something tells me from that first twirl that I would be the only female in said club if you catch my meaning…

  • skye

    aww, thats so cute! Those old-heads need to stop hatin! I liked his little turn-around thing :)

  • Cleo

    Love it!!! Dance like nobody’s watchin’!! Personally, I got no respect for anyone who doesn’t groove every now & then. Rock-On Bro! Rock-On! By the way, is MJ Blige kickin’ some major tail or what? She makes me so proud of the all-mighty uterus! Go girl!!!

  • La La Love You

    >>I’m just happy to see a middle aged white guy who’s comfortable enough in himself to dance when sober. <<
    Are we're sure about the sober part? ;)
    He's having fun and the folks at the HuffPo need a big old "Lighten up, Francis". You shake that groove thing, DG!

  • Jelana

    Saw it live — I thought he was pretty bland before then, but then he got all jiggy with it. Very fun. I only hope he doesn’t have teenage kids.

  • MK

    I’m not white, or a guy–and I thought David Gregory rocked it! The man had moves! Can’t wait to see his next performance!

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