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Gibbs: HHS Knew Obamacare Site Wouldn’t Work

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said officials at the Department of Health and Human Services had to have known the Obamacare website wasn’t going to work, but then went ahead and launched it anyway. “There’s no doubt in my mind that people at HHS and involved int his project knew this wasn’t gong to work,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “It’s

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The Very Worst Thing the Government Can Do

As I remember it, I was in the White House Briefing Room in February 2009 when I heard something shocking. I’d covered the White House since 1997, and I couldn’t really remember hearing something like this before. The White House, in the person of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, was assailing a private citizen. CNBC reporter Rick Santelli had had the nerve to object volubly to

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Michelle: Race Behind Portrayal in New Book

Michelle Obama today said a new book alleging that she influenced President Obama’s choices on policy and staff was part of a long running effort to portray her as an “angry black woman.” The book, “The Obamas” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, reports that Michelle was critical of President Obama’s senior White House aides, regarding them as insular and insufficiently devoted to the

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How the White House Bullies the Press

President Obama’s conference on bullying Thursday was deeply ironic to some in the White House press corps. That’s because every reporter who regularly covers the place knows that President Obama’s staff has a policy – an actual, pre-conceived policy – of bullying. It’s a tactic that amount to no less than suppression of speech. By the “openness” administration. The White House bullies reporters to try

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Obama Bids Gibbs Farewell

President Obama came into the briefing room this afternoon during White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ final go at the podium to thank him for his years of service to the Obama, as a senator, candidate and president. “I don’t think we could have a better press secretary,” Obama said. The farewell to Gibbs seemed perhaps a bit akward amid the extraordinary events occurring across

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White House Reporters Kick Gibbs on Way Out

Now that everyone knows he’s leaving, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is the subject of numerous articles people were afraid to write only weeks ago about how awful relations are between the press office and the White House, how Gibbs doesn’t return calls, how he’d rather be in meetings, and so on. BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE NEED YOU IN WASHINGTON, THEY ARE AT YOUR KNEES.

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Obama Pushes Mubarak Out

After days of White House insistence that it is not President Obama’s place to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs, Obama interfered in the most dramatic way possible, sending an envoy to Cairo to tell Mubarak he was finished. Soon afterward, Mubarak announced to the Egyptian people that he would not seek reelection in this September’s elections, but it is not clear if this will be

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New Press Secretary Decision Likely this Week

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said a decision on his replacement could come this week, saying the final moves in a broad White House restructuring are likely to be announced over the next few days. The leading candidates to replace Gibbs appear still to be Biden communications director Jay Carney, a former reporter for Time Magazine, and Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.

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Massive White House Turnover a Smart Move

POLITICO’s Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush have a good piece up this morning on who’s in the running for various positions in the West Wing. This amounts to the most sweeping turnover in a West Wing that I’ve ever seen. Almost everyone is changing jobs or leaving, except the president. It looks like Valerie Jarrett stays as a top adviser. Everyone assumes Pete Rouse moves

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Gibbs to the Rescue in India

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to intervene as Indian security officials – for at least the second time this trip – sought to limit U.S. participation in coverage of an event with President Obama. Gibbs’ heroic effort for the U.S. team included both physical intervention and an unprecedented threat to remove Obama from his meeting with the Indian prime minister. From the

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