One of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ favorite evasion strategies is professing that he is unable to answer a question because he is not a member of the profession covered by the question. “I am not an attorney,” is a favorite, for example.
Gibbs is good at false modesty. He’s as smart and savvy as they come, and I think underrated as a press secretary. That is, he knows exactly when to evade, and exactly when to respond, and exactly how to turn a question into a recitation of the White House position and accomplishments.
Reporters complain a lot about him because they think he’s not responsive enough and doesn’t give them enough info. And they need to GET SOME SOURCES.
I doubt Woodward and Bernstein ever had a question for the White House press secretary, except as a courtesy to get a comment on news they had dug up somewhere else.
Anyhoo, Politico has put together a nice compilation of Gibbs’ recitations of the jobs he doesn’t do. There’s of things he doesn’t know. Which makes his life a lot easier.