“Feel great!!” she e-mailed after appearing on the air.
Brzezinski told “Morning Joe” viewers when asked what she’d learned: “Give the money. Give the money.”
Her co-host, Joe Scarborough, agreed that the lesson was “to hand the money over.”
Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal said on-air that Brezezinski has survived “a surprising moment in the morning with great dignity and style and humor.”
Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty had been scheduled to appear to talk about education, and was quizzed about the safety of his city.
Brezezinski originally was a newsreader on the show but became an integral part of it because of her frank, breezy interactions with Scarborough.
Here is her NBC biography: “Mika Brzezinski is a co-host of ‘Morning Joe’ and an MSNBC anchor. Brzezinski also reports on ‘NBC Nightly News’ and is an alternating news anchor for ‘Weekend Today.’ Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News Weekend Edition’ and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ and ‘60 Minutes.’ Brzezinski joined CBS News in 1997 as the anchor of ‘CBS News Up To The Minute,’ but took a short hiatus in 2000 to co-host MSNBC’s weekday afternoon program ‘Homepage.’ In September 2001, she returned to CBS to become their principal ‘Ground Zero’ reporter for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Brzezinski began her journalism career in 1991 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a general assignment reporter at WTIC. A year later she joined WFSB, also in Hartford, and quickly became the weekday morning anchor.”