With an approval rating as high as 60% in some polls, President Barack Obama is meeting with Republicans to discuss how to deal with the country’s debt. The Nation‘s Melissa Harris-Perry explains on MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts this morning that, as a political science professor, this is an exciting moment for her. During her "Soundoff" segment, Harris-Perry says that the killing of Osama bin Laden means distress for the "out party," and that they may now want to go along with Obama and use the president’s approval rating to "shield" them from criticism.

You can catch Melissa on MSNBC Live every Tuesday and Thursday between 11am and 12noon.

—Kevin Gosztola