Robert Gibbs is the White House Press Secretary, but you may not be aware of all the things he isn’t. He is, it appears, a man of remarkable lack of achievement. But let’s just let Mr. Gibbs explain it in his own words.
Robert Gibbs put on one of his more remarkable bravura performances in a White House press briefings last week.
He insisted that President Obama wants a transition of power in Egypt now. But all that tough talk started to fall apart when a reporter had the temerity to ask what Obama’s definition of now is and heard Gibbs define it as sometime between yesterday and September.
This clip shows the entire boring press briefing, so save yourself some pain by going to the 14:45 mark in this clip. (Transcript follows the video.)
Q Thank you, Robert. When you talk about the transition happening now, how do you define “now”? Because now means today not September.
MR. GIBBS: Well, no, now means yesterday — because when we said now we meant yesterday.
MR. GIBBS: So I mean I think the definition of now is —
Q But when you say now today, it means now —
MR. GIBBS: And I meant yesterday —
Q — or yesterday.
MR. GIBBS: This is — again, I want to be clear. This is — though we are in the here and now, now started yesterday. Again, I think that’s what, Dan — what the people of Egypt want to see is not some process that starts a week, a month or several months from now. This is a —
Q So you’re not satisfied with September as an out date for President Mubarak?
MR. GIBBS: If you’re asking if now is September, it is unseasonably warm, but it is not September. Now means now. The transition — there are things that the government needs to do. There are reforms that need to be undertaken, and there are opposition entities that have to be included in the conversations as we move toward free and fair elections that we’ve advocated for quite some time.
Q So is the White House then satisfied with Mubarak in power until September?
MR. GIBBS: Again, I am not going to get into all the details of what they discussed. The conversation was frank and the transition must begin now.
Bill Clinton said, “It all depends on what your definition of is is.” The Gibbs Corollary is, “The definition of now is different now than it was then.”
President Obama is a man of the people. The very rich people. He made $5,000,000 last year. He takes million dollar vacations to Hawaii. His wife buys $2500 second-hand frocks. It appears that he has completely lost touch with what life is like for the average working American.
The Atlantic details the disconnect:
Perhaps it was the long flight back from Hawaii. But President Obama’s first full day back on the job suggested a slight case of tone deafness.
In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the “relatively modest pay” for which Gibbs has labored.
In fact, he earns $172,200 in a nation where the average family income hovers around $55,000, unemployment is high, record foreclosures persist and wages for most folks are at best stagnant.
$172,200 per year? Good lord, man, that’s only about $1000 per lie per year. Only about $500 per derisive sneer. Only about $100 per question evaded.
You can’t expect a man to live on that.
It’s no state secret that Joe Biden is dumb as a box of rocks. Need proof? When was the last time you saw a White House Press Secretary stand up and do damage control by announcing that the Vice President didn’t know what he was talking about.
Politico.com has details of Washington’s worst kept secret:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs sought to clear up Vice President Biden’s comments on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan on Monday, arguing that the rebuilding nation will follow a similar path that Iraq did.
Biden said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “we’re going to be totally out of there come hell or high water by 2014.”
What Biden meant to say, Gibbs argued, was that the “combat role” in Afghanistan would end by 2014.
“I would point you to what was decided in Lisbon just a few weeks ago, that we will, much like we have in Iraq, transfer primary security of Afghanistan to the Afghans, as NATO and ISAF agreed, by the end of 2014, which would – which would end our combat – our combat commitment in Afghanistan,” Gibbs told reporters.
Pressed on whether troops will be completely gone, Gibbs said, “I think what the vice president was discussing was our combat role.”
Translation: “C’mon, guys. It’s bad enough that I have to stand up here and take heat for my boss’ incompetence. Do I really need to cover for the Vice Idiot, too? They don’t pay me enough for this.”
Suddenly, out of the blue, Democrats have discovered a new fascination with the concept of compromise. Working together. Bipartisan efforts. Finding common ground.
Ahhh, how times have changed since President Obama famously declared, “I won” and began shutting Republicans completely out of the process.
Robert Gibbs explains that this is all a result of the November elections:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs hopes everyone in Washington grows up once a Republican majority takes control of the House of Representatives in January.
“I think that was the message in this election, was people are going to have to be able to sit down at the tables like adults, discuss issues like adults, come out of that room and get results for American people like adults,” Gibbs said Monday night on MSNBC. “I think if adulthood can break out, that’s a good thing.”
Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday that he will find “common ground” with Democrats but not “compromise” with them.
But Gibbs said he doesn’t see much of a distinction. “I think no matter what we call it, we are going to have to work together next year.”
Wrong, Robert. The message from this election wasn’t that people want common ground. The message was that the people really hate what Democrats have done to the country.
But you just keep thinking what you’re thinking and doing what you’re doing and you’ll get another message in 2010.
CBS News’ Mark Knoller asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if he really thought members of Congress would read the 1924-page Omnibus Obamabus Spending Bill. The White House Press corps laughed at his ludicrous answer.
Knoller: This 1924-pages. Do you worry that this could gum up the works a bit?
Gibbs: I just think it means a lot of people will be up late reading between now and, say, the 22nd or 23rd.
Knoller: Who is gonna read that?
Gibbs: As I noticed during the healthcare debate, that is a big thing. I assume, I assume many members up on Capitol Hill.
Gibbs: I take ‘em at their word. I take ‘em at their word.
It is impossible – absolutely impossible – to believe that anyone in the White House press corps still takes this guy seriously.
ABC News’ Jake Tapper really should win some sort of award for Reporter of the Year. Day in and day out, he’s been tougher on the Obama administration than any other mainstream reporter.
On Thursday, for example, Tapper badgered press secretary Robert Gibbs, asking him to explain the President’s claim that congressional Republicans are holding middle class tax cuts “hostage.”
“As I understand it,” Tapper correctly noted, “Democrats haven’t introduced a bill in the Senate, and the Republicans have. Wouldn’t there have to be a bill that Republicans are threatening to block or [are] blocking before anything is being ‘held hostage’?”
Gibbs broke out his tap shoes and put on a display worthy of Gregory Hines in his prime.
“I don’t know what bills have been introduced in the Senate,” Gibbs tapped. “Obviously, I think the — the posture of — I don’t think the bill would have to be the existence of — I mean, I think their rhetoric alone, from Senator McConnell and others, have been that the price of — there’s a $700 billion price tag on moving forward on the tax cuts for the middle class. That’s the tax cuts for the wealthy.”
If politics were baseball, Gibbs would announce that Obama struck out ten batters before the umpire hollered, “Play ball.”
The increasingly-annoying Robert Gibbs really needs to go down to Barnes & Noble and buy himself a copy of “How To Win Friends And Influence People.” Because his behavior is even starting to piss off his dwindling band of supporters.
One member of the White House press corps had the temerity – the temerity – to ask Gibbs why the President has been AWOL this summer as his party’s approval numbers plummeted.
Gibbs response? He giggled like a little girl and told the reporter that he sounded like a radio guy.
Translation: “Aw, crap, even my friends are starting to sound like Rush Limbaugh.”
Robert Gibbs on Tuesday ventured into enemy territory, otherwise known as Fox News. And Gretchen Carlson reminded him why the number one news network is also public enemy number one in the view of the Obama administration.
Gibbs just flat out lied and Carlson refused to let him get away with it. In fact, he lied to the point that he made himself look stupid. (Correcton: even more stupid.)
Check out the angry look on Carlson’s face. The glare. The tense jaw.
We don’t think she likes the man.
Barack Obama isn’t the only one in the West Wing whose poll numbers are dropping. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ love affair with the press has come crashing down.
The Associated Press reports the sad details:
With a broad grin and aw-shucks approach, Bill Burton is a marked contrast with his boss, the always ready-for-battle White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
While Gibbs comes off as combative and hot, Burton is low-key and self-deprecating. He always seems ready to smile.
Consider this an official sign that the honeymoon is over. Because that’s 180 degrees away from how the media described Robert Gibbs 19 months ago.
Here’s a report from Politico.com:
Robert Gibbs gets a lot of laughs in his briefings
The United States is facing its biggest financial crisis in ages. North Korea is blowing up nukes. Dick Cheney warns us of the “dangers that have not gone away.” And there are still wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But over in the White House press briefing room, it’s a veritable laugh riot.
Whenever there’s laughter in the James S. Brady Briefing Room — by either the briefer or the briefed — the official White House stenographer indicates as much by inserting “(Laughter.)” into the transcript.
And in Robert Gibbs’ first four months as President Barack Obama’s press secretary, there have been more than 600 instances of “(Laughter.)” during his regular press briefings — an average of more than 10 laughs per day.
It’s a gaudy statistic — and one that puts his predecessors to shame.
Got that? The seriously serious Dana Perino and Tony Snow were shamed by Robert Gibbs, the Funniest Damn Press Secretary in History. At least he was until Bill Burton came along. Now that guy, he’s funny.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs started the whole brouhaha by saying, and we paraphrase, “What more can a socialist president do to satisfy the extreme left in this country?”
So lunatic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson counterattacks by saying Gibbs should be fired.
This is like watching the 1980s war between Iraq and Iran. You don’t really want either of them to win. You just want to see them keep fighting until they both drop from exhaustion.
Robert Gibbs is truly like the blind sow that occasionally stumbles upon an acorn. Telling the truth isn’t something he ever plans to do, but sometimes it just happens by accident.
The Hill reveals the latest Gibbsean revelation:
President Obama’s economic team is exhausted, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, and that is one the reasons Christina Romer announced her departure Thursday.
Gibbs dismissed reports that Romer, the outgoing chairwoman of the president’s council for economic affairs, was leaving because of conflicts with Larry Summers, the director of the National Economic Council.
The press secretary told The Hill on Friday that Romer and the rest of the economic team have worked the equivalent of six years during the 18 months they’ve been in office, and Romer wanted to return to her normal life.
If that’s truly the case, and we must assume it is, because the Obama administration zealously protects the truth, it’s no wonder they’re exhausted. Let’s do a little math.
Gibbs claims the economic team has worked the equivalent of 6 years in just 1.5 years. The normal work week is 40 hours, so that means the President’s economic team is working 160 hours per week (1.5 years x 4 = 6 years and 40 hours per week x 4 = 160 hours per week).
Since there are only 168 hours in a seven day week (24 x 7 = 168), that leaves each member of the economic team just 8 hours of non-work time per week.
If we assume the average commute time for a member of the economic team is 30 minutes each way and they work 7 days a week (which they would have to do, because it’s mathematically impossible to work 160 hours per week in less than 7 days), that eats up another 7.0 hours per week.
Then let’s say they have absolutely no personal responsibilities because their spouses recognize the vital importance of their work and and agree to take out the trash, walk the dog, pay the bills and mow the lawn. This slavish devotion leaves the average member of the President’s economic team with enough time to sleep 1.0 hour per week (a tad less than 9 minutes per night).
In other words, the economic policies of this nation have been developed and executed by a gang of sleep-deprived zombies.
Finally, it all makes sense.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs committed the cardinal sin of telling the truth when he admitted that the Democrats might lose control of the House come November.
That didn’t sit well with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who sent out a new fundraising email in which she said:
“Here is what will happen in November. Democrats will keep control of the House. Period.”
In response, the Republican National Committee sent out this clip from Animal House that perfectly describes what’s going on behind closed doors with the Democrats.
When did these guys get a sense of humor?
In this clip, we learn that if a conservative reporter has the temerity to ask a question about Obama’s recess appointment of communist Donald Berwick, Robert Gibbs will deflect the question by mocking the reporter and will be supported by the laughter of the other reporters.
But, of course, he won’t answer the question.
“Black Panthers? Voter intimidation case? President? Department of Justice? Not quite sure what you’re talking about, Mr. Reporter. I really haven’t paid much attention to that because the President and I have this laser-like focus on jobs. And the oil spill. And that dang Arizona law. If you know what I mean.”
Even the reporter looks a bit incredulous when he hears Gibbs latest non-answer answer.
A reporter asks Press Secretary Robert Gibbs why his boss is taking Arizona to court on dubious constitutional grounds while ignoring sanctuary cities that are obviously violating federal law.
Gibbs answers by not answering.
What a schmuck.
Two articles in the Huffington Post demonstrate that the Apocalypse is imminent.
First was the story of Robert Gibbs lashing out at the media. No, not Fox News, but MSNBC, and more specifically, that lovable leftist lunatic Keith Olbermann.
The article began “White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered a noticeably snide dig on Wednesday to cable news critics who claim that the president is being too hands-off with the oil crisis — specifically MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who harshly criticized Obama’s Oval Office address the night before.”
According to the article, “The comments were made in response to a question about whether Gibbs had seen some of the tougher takes on the president from the “Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Olbermann — the latter of whom critiqued Obama for offering mostly platitudes during his Gulf speech.”
Apparently, the leftist media has learned nothing from watching the Most Media-Loving Administration In History’s war against any journalist foolish enough to question them.
Another HuffPo article noted that Olbermann’s fans, who measure in the dozens, were pretty upset with his treatment of The One and Olbermann was forced to reaffirm his dedication and “Sent a nine-part response over Twitter, praising the President.”
The statement read in part, “This is easily the smartest political leader I have ever seen, as good a political public speaker as I’ve heard, last October I was privileged along with 11 other news people to spend 2 hours with him as he showed extemporaneous mastery of every one of two dozen topics fired at him by us in random order. I left the room wondering if we had ever before actually elected a president who was one of the 1,000 smartest people in the country (or maybe 100, or 10) as we had now. I believe in him and in his presidency and he has frequently achieved success (in health care reform, particularly) by doing that for which I criticized him. I hope that is again the case now because the Gulf Speech was not up to his standards nor did it express his mastery of policy.”
The fact that Olbermann was not the Obama administration’s spokesman came as a shock to both liberals and conservatives a like.
However, the fact that he was very sorry surprised no one.
Source: Huffington Post
World Net Daily’s Lester Kinsolving asked Robert Gibbs a question about President Obama’s Social Security number (In case you haven’t kept up with that part of the Obama mystery, your social security number indicates you were born in. The number says the President was born in Connecticut, but neither Obama nor his mother ever suggested that they lived in that state).
Instead of answering the question that was asked, Gibbs attempted to deflect it by bringing up the issue of Obama’s birth certificate.
It’s a very strange exchange. Very strange, indeed.
If they ever remake The Miracle Worker, Robert Gibbs should play Helen Keller. Because nobody plays deaf, dumb and blind better than this guy. Nobody.
Seems that President Obama just couldn’t work the memorial service for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon blast into his busy schedule. Why? Because he was winging his way west for a Barbara Boxer fundraiser.
When asked about it, Robet Gibbs said he just wasn’t aware of Obama’s agenda on the day in question.
CNN has the details:
According his official schedule, President Obama did not attend the May 25 memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was en route to a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in San Francisco.
At Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why Obama did not attend the service. The president’s spokesman answered, “I’d have to look at the schedule. I don’t know the answer.”
CNN examined the president’s schedule for that day, and according to it, the president left the White House at 2:55 p.m. EST en route to Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight to the San Francisco fundraiser.
A Jackson source in possession of the memorial service program told CNN that the service began at 2:00 pm EST and lasted “more than an hour and a half” – putting the president in transit to the fundraiser during the second half of the memorial service.
Obama promised transparency and Gibson’s doing his part by delivered by telling some of the most transparent lies the White House has ever told.
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But moving along to the story.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why it took the White House three months to answer questions on the Sestakgate™ if the incident was as insignificant as he had told reporters it was?
Robert Gibbs responded with the classic “I’ll have to ask counsel for a better answer on that.”
You know there’s a lot more to the story when a member of the President’s staff invokes the word “counsel”. Well, that and because Gibbsy breaks out in a cold sweat every time a reporter veers anywhere near the story.
Sestakgate™. You heard it here first.
Our post-partisan President used the vile term “teabaggers” in reference to anti-tax, anti-big government protesters. You know, the ones who –- according to numerous polls — enjoy the support of a majority of the American people.
The term is apparently so embarrassing that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs can’t imagine himself asking the President why he used it.
If embarrassment is the new standard by which subjects are discussed in the oval office, we would imagine that the two men are unable to discuss most of what this President has done since he took office.
A quick question: Would anyone still consider it news if we reported that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is a bit of a jerk?
In this clip, he belittles World Net Daily correspondent Les Kinsolving because the reporter had the nerve to criticize President Obama’s remarkable lack of press conferences.
The highlight? When the other reporters cheer as Kinsolving offered Gibbs some constructive suggestions on the proper way to handle briefings and press conferences.
The White House press corps is not happy with the President and his press secretary. Not happy at all.
Politico.com reports the reporters’ grieveances:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs met with a delegation from the White House press corps for 75 minutes on Thursday in an effort to improve frayed relations between the two sides.
Ed Chen, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News who is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said he asked for the meeting “to clear the air because in my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger, which is wide and deep, among members over White House practices and attitude toward the press.”
Chen said he feels “very good about the collegial give and take.”
“We had a very good exchange with Robert,” Chen said. “He stayed overtime, and thus was late for his next meeting.”
Gibbs said the meeting in his West Wing office was “comprehensive and productive.”
Translation of Gibbs statement: “I shucked. I jived. I mislead. I lied. And those idiot reporters fell for it again.”