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Gibbs Doesn’t Do a Lot of Things

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

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Jay Carney to be White House Press Secretary

Updated at 7:15 pm Jay Carney, a former Time magazine reporter and current communications director for Vice President Biden, will replace Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary. Carney was chosen over Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton. Carney, 45, is a veteran Washington hand well steeped in issues of policy, politics and journalism, a knowledge base that will serve him well as press

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KGB Appears in White House Briefing Room

This is what can happen when a Russian “journalist” is permitted to ask questions in the White House briefing room. Andrei Sitov, the Washington bureau chief for ITAR-Tass, is usually fairly well behaved, asking things that might normally be expected of a Russian correspondent were the Russian media not under the thumb of its authoritarian government. But today, Andrei unloaded with a “question” that could

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All the Griping About Gibbs

Apparently the search for Gibbs’s replacement is now extending far and wide, according to a piece by Politico and one by The Washington Post out today. Gibbs carved out  too big a role for himself, and many reporters found him inadequately responsive. He tried to be a senior adviser as well as the daily point person for the voracious press corps, and it’s just too

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Goodbye Gibbs

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed speculation that he will be leaving the White House to work as an outside adviser President Obama and his reelection campaign. Gibbs will depart early next month. There is no replacement yet, though the betting is on either Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton or Jay Carney, a former reporter for Time magazine who heads up Vice President Biden’s

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Gibbs Appears Likely to Leave White House

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs appears headed toward the White House door to begin life as an outside adviser to President Obama, according to various reports. Speculation had been that Gibbs would take a senior White House position. But that now appears less likely. In his new role on the outside, Gibbs would help steward the reelection campaign, appear on TV to defend and

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Video: Gibbs Goes to Bat for U.S. Press in India

Here’s footage of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs trying to make sure the U.S. press pool gets in to see Obama and the Indian PM. I do dig the absurdly obsequious Indian security dude, trying to suppress the urge to take out his Kalashnikov and obliterate the American reporting contingent. Indian security had tried to limit the number of U.S. reporters allowed into the

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Gibbs: Obama Strongly Opposes Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today emphasized that President Obama wants an end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, even as his administration appears likely to appeal a judge’s ruling that the law in unconstitutional. Briefing reporters today off-camera, Gibbs found about seven different ways to say Obama opposes the policy, apparently seeking to reassure gay rights groups that have become increasingly vocal – often

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Gibbs: Attacks on the Chamber Will Continue

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today asserted that suggestions by President Obama that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using foreign money to fund political attack ads will continue, despite the conclusion by an independent website that there is no evidence this is happening. Gibbs spoke this morning at the the off-camera White House gaggle. The president will continue to make this argument .

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Gibbs Gaggles! Good Gibbs!

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today is again convening a morning off-camera gaggle, which will be followed later by the regular on-camera briefing at 12:30. This is  good news. The gaggle provides a more informal atmosphere for reporters to question the press secretary, to the benefit both the public and the White House itself. When Gibbs began yesterday’s gaggle, he pointedly stepped to the

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Gibbs Gets Lady Gaga Questions

The White House press corps is all over Lady Gaga. Um, what I mean is, they’re asking questions about her in the White House briefing room. Lady Gaga. She of course recently became a leader in the movement to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Just what the gay rights movement needs. Here’s the FIRST exchange on the matter. Q    Two questions on

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