Skip to comments.Gibbs on Capitol Hill Protest: “I'm Sure There's a Jon Voight Joke in Here Somewhere”
Posted on 11/05/2009 6:17:05 PM PST by markomalley
Asked about the several thousand protestors who gathered on Capitol Hill today to protest Democratic health care reform legislation, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs joked about one of the actors who was a featured speaker at the rally, saying, I'm sure there's a Jon Voight joke in here somewhere, given he was one of the featured speakers, but my father always told me my mouth would get me in trouble, and I have a feeling if I acted on the line that I'd like to give you, I'm almost positive that it would.
Voight spoke at the rally, decrying the White Houses "radical Chicago tactics, as did John Ratzenberger, better known as Cliff Clavin from the TV show Cheers.
Many members of Congress, including Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., were featured as well, as was conservative talk radio host Mark Levin.
Pressed further for a response to the rally, Gibbs said that anybody that watches (the rally) is struck by the fact that there's a rally going on without a solution on their side.
Referring to the House Republican health care reform bill introduced this week, Gibbs said, they've rolled out a piece of legislation -- and I use those -- I hesitate to even say that. It's -- it's a series of old ideas that -- that wouldn't cut the amount of money government spends on health care nearly to the degree that other bills would. It fails to provide the necessary insurance protections that families and businesses need to assure them that, if they get sick, their coverage isn't going to be dropped or they -- they and their family won't be discriminated against because of pre-existing condition. And it fails to cover virtually anybody in the country that already doesn't have insurance.
Gibbs said many in the Republican Party have wanted to be active in this debate, and the piece of legislation they've come up with, I think, is disappointing as a process in this debate and disappointing for millions of Americans that wanted help in finding affordable health care.
A reporter asked Gibbs if its legitimate for protestors just to demonstrate even without a solution to say they don't like the approach the administration and the Democrats are pursuing.
Absolutely, Gibbs said. But this is a representative democracy. I assume they came to Washington to try to solve problems like small businesses that are dropping health care coverage because it's not affordable. So demonstrating is fine. It's well within your constitutionally protected rights in this representative democracy. I would also mention that, if you were a representative in that democracy, it might also be good to have a solution that addresses some of those problems.
Gibbs later clarified for a reporter that he was not referring to Voights performance in Deliverance.
No Gibbs it is not up to us to solve Ameirca’s problems that is why we are screaming. You see it is OUR money that you and the government wants for something we want you all not to touch, our healthcare.You should try shutting up for once and listen!
No matter the tragedy, the POTUS must follow the TOTUS's script.
I Thank God for Tony Snow and he is greatly missed. If Gibbs had 1/2 of Tony’s standards & class maybe he wouldn’t be so mean spirited
I used to own John Voights car. Does that count?