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Gibbs Insults Americans’ Intelligence

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said he was “confident” Democrats will retain control of both houses of Congress. Gibbs, you may remember, got into hot water a few weeks back with fellow Democrats for stating the obvious – that Democrats might lose. But press secretaries, of course, are paid not to state the… Continue Reading

The White House’s Boffo Week

I think it was 1997, during the Balanced Budget Act negotiations. I was standing outside then-Speaker Gingrich’s office with a herd of other reporters waiting in pitched anticipation for even the barest bit of news to emerge from the talks. Suddenly, there appeared to be movement – maybe a door opened or we saw someone… Continue Reading

Gibbs: That’s Right, I Said It. So What?

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today struck a relatively defiant tone, declining to apologize for remarks to The Hill newspaper demeaning the “professional left,” which he and other White House officials – and presumably the president- think is too quick to criticize the White House. Speaking at today’s briefing, Gibbs offered the minimal mea… Continue Reading

Is Gibbs on the Way Out?

In a very unusual move – actually it’s never happened to my memory – a press secretary who was scheduled to brief is being replaced at the last minute by his deputy. But less than an hour before the briefing was to start, we were informed that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would not… Continue Reading

Gibbs Supplies Pelosi With Rorschach Test

House Speaker Pelosi today termed the comment by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that Dems could lose the House a “Rorschach test.” Here’s what Gibbs said Sunday on Meet the Press. “I think there’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There’s no doubt about that.”… Continue Reading

Gibbs Slams McChrystal’s ‘Grave’ Mistake

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today sharply criticized Gen. Stanley McChrystal for remarks disparaging of the White House and said the Afghanistan war commander will have some serious explaining to do when he meets with Obama at Wednesday. “The magnitude and the graveness of the mistakes here are profound,” said White House Press Secretary… Continue Reading

Gibbs Thanks Barton for his Service

The following letter from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) was just obtained by White House Dossier. Due to its significant news value and excellent use of English grammar, we’ve decided to share it with you immediately. June 18, 2010 The White House Office of the Press Secretary Dear Joe,… Continue Reading

Gibbs Suggests Barton Should Resign Post

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Thursday sought to ratchet up the pressure on Republicans and further highlight potentially politically damaging statements by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) by suggesting that Barton should resign as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. From today’s briefing. GIBBS: I think Republicans are going to have to… Continue Reading

Gibbs Rams Barton for ‘Shakedown’ Apology

The White House today pounced on what it clearly sees as a nice and wide political opening, blasting Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the powerful ranking member of the House Energy panel, for apologizing to testifying BP executives for what he called a “shakedown” of the company. White House Press Secretary Gibbs put the pressure squarely… Continue Reading

Yo Tony Hayward, It’s Obama Calling!

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today came under withering fire from reporters at the daily White House briefing about why President Obama continues not to get on the horn with BP CEO Tony Hayward. Gibbs sounded less than eloquent in trying to explain the unexplainable, which of course is a press secretary’s job, so… Continue Reading