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  • Hillary Hires ‘Dude, This Was Like Two Years Ago’ Aide To Help With Book Roll-Out

    05/31/2014 1:59:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 30, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    As she prepares to answer questions about the Benghazi attacks of 2012, Hillary Clinton has hired former Obama aide Tommy Vietor to help with the roll out of her new book. Earlier this month, Vietor, a former Obama administration national security spokesman, appeared on Fox News to defend the administration’s response to the attacks and famously said to anchor Bret Baier: “Dude, this was like two years ago.” Here is the transcript from that exchange: BAIER: Did you also change ‘attacks’ to ‘demonstrations’ in the talking points? VIETOR: Maybe. I don’t really remember. BAIER: You don’t remember? VIETOR: Dude, this...
  • Robert Gibbs: If Dems Lose Senate, ‘Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over’

    03/17/2014 12:44:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 99 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2014 - 10:16 AM | Curtis Kalin
    Former Obama White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs appeared on the “Meet the Press” roundtable Sunday and laid bare truths about Washington, and his former boss’s spokesman. As the show’s featured guest, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer painted a ludicrously optimistic portrait of the 2014 midterm elections for Democrats, stating emphatically, “I believe we will keep the Senate.” Later in the show, Gibbs admitted the Democrats could “absolutely” lose the Senate. He added: “If [Obama] doesn’t get more involved in raising money and making this a choice, as Dan Pfeiffer said, you lose the Senate. And, if you lose the...
  • Gibbs frets about Dem 2014 chances [turn out the lights. The party’s over,” he said....]

    03/16/2014 9:10:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Gibbs frets about Dem 2014 chances Email Print By BURGESS EVERETT | 3/16/14 11:22 AM EDT The Senate is “definitely” in danger of flipping to Republican control, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gibbs said “there’s no doubt that the rollout for healthcare is still providing a huge hangover” for Democrats. But that’s not the biggest problem that Democrats face as an emboldened GOP seeks to seize six Senate seats and retake the majority for the first time in eight years. Democrats are worried, he said, that the electorate could be...
  • Gibbs: 'This Is the Worst Year of the Presidency'

    12/22/2013 6:54:02 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Gibbs: 'This Is the Worst Year of the Presidency' Daniel Halper December 22, 2013 9:33 AM Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former press secretary, declared 2013 the worst year (so far!) of the Obama presidency: "This is the test, Robert, of big progressive government solving a big societal problem," said NBC host David Gregory. "That's what he took on. That is the big project of his presidency." "No doubt about it," Gibbs responded on Meet the Press. "I would say this is the worst year of the presidency. It does beat out 2011. But -- well, and especially given sort of...
  • Gibbs: President was "certainly wrong" to promise people could keep health plans

    11/04/2013 11:37:08 AM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/5/2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama's former press secretary, Robert Gibbs, says it was "certainly" wrong for the president to continuously promise that people would be able to keep their health care plans under Obamacare ..."Well, look, I don't recall significant discussions around some of the verbage on this, to be a hundred percent honest with you," said Gibbs this morning. "But do you agree it was a wrong move?" "Oh, well, certainly," said Gibbs. "I mean, I don't think anybody dealing with this today finds what was said. Now, I do think some explanation in terms of the fact that policies that were...
  • White House getting advice on Syria from former Obama campaign advisers (Dunn-Cutter-Axelrod-Gibbs..

    09/03/2013 4:14:23 PM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    FOXNews ^ | September 3, 2013 | Ed Henry
    The White House is getting advice from some former campaign advisers on how to win congressional support for a strike on Syria, Fox News has learned, with top White House aides soliciting their input during a long strategy session Tuesday afternoon. The aides met with former top Obama campaign hands like strategist Anita Dunn, former deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and long-time adviser David Axelrod. (snip) Other attendees included two people who have been critical in helping plot media strategy for the president over the years -- former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and former senior White House adviser...
  • Gibbs: Issa charges against IRS ‘shameful,’ owes agency apology

    06/03/2013 8:12:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/3/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday pushed back at House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) claims that top officials from the IRS’s Washington, D.C. office directed the targeting of conservative groups, calling the allegations unsubstantiated and “shameful.” “Republicans are on the verge of overplaying their hand publicly and the American people will quickly lose interest on their side in this,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “They want to see the IRS cleaned up, but they understand that Darrell Issa is doing nothing more than politicizing this event. To throw around the words ‘liar’ and ‘perjury’...
  • Team Obama's Justification For Killing A 16-Year-Old American In A Drone Strike Is Stunning (Gibbs)

    10/25/2012 7:15:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/12 | Michael Kelley
    Team Obama's Justification For Killing A 16-Year-Old American In A Drone Strike Is StunningMichael Kelley | Oct. 24, 2012, 2:04 PM Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to President Obama's reelection campaign, recently became the first person on Team Obama to address the killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Conor Friedersdorf of the The Atlantic reports. Abdulrahman was the son of New Mexico-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Alwaki. Both were killed in separate drone strikes last year. A reporter asked Gibbs: "Do you think that the killing of Anwar al-Alwaki's 16-year-old son, who was...
  • Gibbs defends administration's response to Libya attack

    09/23/2012 4:43:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Sept. 23 2012
    Obama campaign senior adviser on 'Fox News Sunday'
  • Gibbs: No one misled over Libya attacks (Bagdhad Bob Gibbs resurrected!)

    09/23/2012 8:46:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 9/23/2012 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    "Absolutely not," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs replied to "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace when asked whether the administration was politically motivated when it initially mischaracterized the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. "No one either intentionally or unintentionally misled anyone involved in this," Mr. Gibbs said. "We learned more information every single day about what happened. No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than we do." Some House Republicans have accused the president of intentionally misleading the public about the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S....
  • Gibbs: Obama Has Been Transparent, He Once Took "A Question"

    08/19/2012 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/19/12 | GOPICYMI
    Robert Gibbs says on "Fox News Sunday" that Obama has been transparent, since he took a question one time (August 19, 2012).
  • Gibbs On Economy: Obama Has "Pulled The Bus Out Of The Ditch" (video)

    07/09/2012 12:26:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 9, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    On the Monday broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs used a familiar metaphor about a "car in the ditch" that President Obama was known for using throughout 2010. “When Barack Obama got the keys to the bus it was trapped in the ditch with three flat tires. We've changed the tires, we've pulled the bus out of the ditch, and we’re starting up the road to strengthening the middle class," Gibbs said this morning. "There's a different theory. Mitt Romney wants to take that bus -- probably a bus made in Switzerland or Bermuda -- and...
  • No one knows if Robert Gibbs has 10,000 pictures of naked, under age children on his laptop.

    07/09/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 13 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 7/9/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Obamaphile hack Robert Gibbs says that “nobody knows” whether Mitt Romney is in violation of any tax laws. Actually, that’s not even remotely true; there is no evidence whatsoever that Romney has broken any laws, so in fact, we can say that we do know that Romney is in compliance. But if pretending to be ignorant regarding whether an accusation is valid suffices to allow accusations to be brought forward, then we can have all sorts of fun with Robert Gibbs. After all, nobody knows whether Robert Gibbs embezzles money from orphanages. ...Glenn Reynolds: PEJMAN YOUSEFZADEH doesn’t know if Robert...
  • And then we told them it's not a tax.

    07/04/2012 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
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  • Who has really gone "well over the line," Rick Santorum or Barack Obama?

    02/20/2012 8:01:45 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 13 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 20, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Who has really gone "well over the line," Rick Santorum or Barack Obama? Former White House Press Secretary and current campaign adviser Robert Gibbs is alleging that GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum went "well over the line" when he questioned Obama's Christian values. Gibbs told ABC's "This Week" that it's time to get rid of this mindset in our politics that, if we disagree, we have to question character and faith." See here. If Robert Gibbs really believes that Rick Santorum went "well over the line" by merely questioning Obama's so-called "Christian virtues," he must then concede that Barack Obama...
  • Robert Gibbs’ Vegas Vacation

    02/09/2012 2:19:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/9/12 | CJ Ciaramella
    Former White House press secretary and current Obama re-election campaign consultant Robert Gibbs will speak at the 2012 SALT Conference, an annual meeting of some of the world’s most powerful hedge fund managers, investors, and political figures. The conference, held in Las Vegas at the luxurious Bellagio resort this May and hosted by SkyBridge Capital, is a who’s-who of big money and big politics. Companies that participated in the 2011 conference included Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, the New York Times, Bank Of America/Merrill Lynch, and the Carlyle Group.
  • David Axelrod Confirms That Robert Gibbs Did Curse Out Michelle Obama

    01/08/2012 10:37:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 1/8/12 | Josh Feldman
    In the midst of all the hoopla over NBC’s big Republican debate, George Stephanopoulos quietly returned to his old position as anchor of ABC’s This Week, and already he’s made some news with today’s appearance by former White House advisor David Axelrod. A new book out about President Obama details tensions between First Lady Michelle Obama and White House staffers, which led to one advisor cursing her out during a meeting. Axelrod confirmed today that this incident did take place. RELATED: Michelle Obama Tells ABC News She Wants Four More Years The New York Times published an excerpt of the...
  • Ringleader of US army "kill team" sentenced to life for murder of Afghans

    11/11/2011 3:32:50 PM PST · by Cardhu · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | November 11th 2011 | Staff
    STAFF SGT Calvin Gibbs, the ringleader of a rogue US army unit responsible for the "thrill kills" of Afghan civilians has been jailed for life, after a military jury convicted him of three murders. A five-member military panel found Gibbs guilty at the end of a week-long court martial, and said he should serve at least ten years behind bars before being eligible for parole. He was convicted on 15 counts in all, including three of premeditated murder for his role in three killings in southern Afghanistan between January and May last year. The prosecution portrayed Gibbs as the leader...
  • Gibbs Scolds Perry, Raises Issue of Texas Secession Comments -- with Video

    08/16/2011 12:34:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Sara Sorcher ^ | 8/16/11 | National Journal
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out against Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday, saying it was a “remarkable turnaround” for the Republican presidential candidate to say he was passionate about America just a few years after he was talking about the possibility of Texas seceding from the U.S. The current White House spokesman, Jay Carney, also took issue with comments Perry made on Monday, warning that political candidates have to be careful about what they say.
  • Is A Certain Social Network Practicing Political Censorship? (Vanity)

    04/03/2011 6:42:02 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 14 replies
    04/03/2011 | Rational Thought
    I use a certain large Social Networking site for most of the usual stuff; keeping up with family and friends and posting an occasional article which interests me. A few days ago, I posted a link to a Blog regarding the Obama Birth Certificate. Nothing offensive, just a story regarding what's been documented, what's been said and inconsistencies in the Obama past. The link had the normal amount of responses, nothing out of the ordinary. The next day, I signed on to my account and the post I made had vanished, comments and all, just like it was never there....
  • Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide [Facebook largest IPO in history, Goldman Sachs]

    03/28/2011 7:35:21 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | March 27, 2011 | ANDREW ROSS SORKIN
    Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company’s communications, people briefed on the negotiations said. Facebook is seeking out Mr. Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, these people said.
  • Robert Gibbs's last day at the White House

    02/12/2011 12:49:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 12, 2011 | by: Dana Milbank
    On his final day as White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs was preceded at the podium in the briefing room by a distinguished warm-up act. "You could not ask for somebody better in the foxhole with you," the president said of his spokesman. In the foxhole. The president had, inadvertently perhaps, given an apt description of the past two years Gibbs spent in the trenches, fighting with the press. The White House press corps is weary of him, and Gibbs is exhausted. From the press corps, Friday's final briefing was not so much a fond farewell as a respectful leave-taking...
  • Remarks by the President and Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

    02/11/2011 7:00:17 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 3 replies
    The White House ^ | 02/12/2011
    Q CPAC is happening just up the road, and a number of potential candidates are speaking there today. Mitt Romney called the President a weak President who lacks clear direction, and Tim Pawlenty invoked the birth certificate controversy and asked what planet the President is from. I’m wondering if you want to take a shot at responding to potential rivals of the President -- MR. GIBBS: I think we did pretty well Minnesota and I think the President has -- though he didn't talk about it a lot, Mitt Romney -- I think what Governor Romney did on health care...
  • Obama Refers To Himself As "The Gipper" In Farewell To Gibbs (video)

    02/11/2011 1:40:59 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 70 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 11, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "And then somebody -- I don't remember who it was -- turned and said, 'You know what? What about Gibbs' tie? What about Gibbs' tie? That might look good.' And, frankly, Robert didn't want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that's the tie that I wore at the national convention."
  • Watch Media Toadies help Gibbs Avoid Question on Obama BC

    02/09/2011 5:56:03 PM PST · by wistful · 19 replies · 1+ views
    TrueblueNZ ^ | 02/09/11 | Redbaiter
    Yesterday, Lester Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House Press briefing, asked the following question: “What does the President think of the move of 20% of the states to require presidential candidates to prove with documentation their natural born citizenship status in order to be on the president ballot in those states?” Robert Gibbs, Obama’s Press Secretary refused to answer the question and successfully brushed it aside. Gibbs has always been an obsequious untrustworthy toady. His behaviour in this case is not unexpected. What is really disgraceful is the behaviour of the White House Press corp. Our mainstream media reporters...
  • Who is this WHITE HOUSE NEWS BRIEFING BONEHEAD?

    02/09/2011 10:30:53 AM PST · by ednoonan7 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    White House News Briefing ^ | 2-9-2011 | Edward C. Noonan
    (2-8-11) Robert Gibbs (White House Press Secretary) was asked by Lester Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House Press briefing the following question: "What does the President think of the move of 20% of the states to require presidential candidates to prove with documentation their natural born citizenship status in order to be on the president in those states?" During this question some male (reporter?) got up and left the room as in disgust with WND's question. Who was this moron? And who are the rest of these buffoons in the room? I'll bet most Americans cannot name more than...
  • Gibbs doesn't get Palin's criticism

    02/07/2011 1:36:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 02/07/11 | ABBY PHILLIP
    The White House won’t take the bait on Sarah’s Palin’s latest criticism, in which she said President Obama’s response to the crisis is Egypt was like a 3 a.m. phone call that was ignored. “This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call,” Palin said on CBN’s The Brody File, reviving an image from the 2008 campaign. “It seems that that call went right to the answering machine, and nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know ... and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the...
  • Gibbs pushes Wisner away

    02/07/2011 11:32:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 02/07/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    The White House said Monday that the former ambassador President Obama sent to Cairo doesn’t speak for the administration, even after he carried a message from Obama to Hosni Mubarak. The envoy, Frank Wisner, said over the weekend that Mubarak’s “continued leadership is critical” in Egypt and that “it’s his opportunity to write his own legacy,” while the White House has suggested that Mubarak needs to leave power sooner rather than later. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Monday that Wisner “is not an employee of the government” and that he wasn’t speaking for the administration when...
  • The White House publicly responds to Egyptian riots.... on Twitter

    01/28/2011 11:27:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/28/11 | Robert Gibbs
    Very concerned about violence in Egypt - government must respect the rights of the Egyptian people & turn on social networking and internet
  • The best of Robert Gibbs

    01/27/2011 11:25:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/11 | AMIE PARNES & KARIN TANABE
    Though he is stepping away from the podium, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has certainly made his mark during his two-year tenure as the White House mouthpiece. (Gibbs will be replaced by Jay Carney, communications director for Vice President Joe Biden.) Besides his professional responsibilities as the go-between for the Obama administration and the press corps, Gibbs will also be remembered for his devotion to Auburn football, his mix of pastel ties and his Southern charm. (Of course, he wasn’t always polite - who can forget the foot-in-the door moment in India?) In honor of his departure, POLITICO has...
  • Obama could pick new press secretary by week's end

    01/27/2011 8:53:53 AM PST · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/2011 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    President Obama could tap a new White House press secretary by the end of this week, outgoing spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. The candidates, according to Democrats familiar with the process, include two veteran party operatives who don't currently work at the White House: former Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Karen Finney and Doug Hattaway, who served as spokesman for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign and then for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 quest for the Democratic nomination. Several internal candidates are also being considered, including deputy press secretary Bill Burton, deputy communications director Jennifer Psaki and Jay Carney, the vice president's...
  • W.H.: 'Birthers' aren't 'rational'

    01/24/2011 12:39:59 PM PST · by mojito · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/2011 | MATT NEGRIN & MJ LEE
    Here’s what you need to know from Monday’s (1/24/2011)White House briefing with press secretary Robert Gibbs: -- Gibbs hinted that President Obama will talk about gun rights in his State of the Union address.... -- Gibbs snuck a jab at the so-called birthers who don’t believe Obama was born in Hawaii. “I think rational people have long ago, many when they first heard and saw the president, come to the conclusion of his citizenship,” he said.
  • Nancy Pelosi calls Tucson murders an “accident.”

    01/13/2011 2:27:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 13 Jan 2010 | Mark Halvorson
    Lord in Heaven, you can’t make this up. Yesterday, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, deposed Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Mars), called the deliberate and premeditated killing of six people – the Tucson massacre – an “accident.” Specifically, Madame said, quote: “This resolution is a fitting tribute. It is a great resolution. Please, read it again and again. Carry those names in your heart. Remember, each of these people because, again, a tragic accident took lives, wounded people in the expression of ideas.” If you find this confusing, you are not alone, because “middle-class families” do, as well....
  • Gibbs likes idea of no sides at SOTU

    01/13/2011 11:28:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 01/13/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs expressed tepid approval on Thursday for Sen. Mark Udall’s idea that the parties sit together, not separate, during President Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 25. “I haven't had an opportunity to talk to some folks around here on that. It's an interesting idea,” Gibbs told reporters on Thursday. “Maybe not having a physical aisle separate us would be a good thing as we talk about the state of our union, and that's everybody. That's not one side or the other. That's everyone.”
  • Obama New Year’s Resolution – Let Loose the “Dogs of Campaign War"

    01/09/2011 12:08:53 PM PST · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-08-11 | Mataharley
    The confetti has been swept up, new midterm "ins" have been sworn in, and the first week of 2011 shows the promise of yet another long, two year Presidential campaign coming our way. While it can be said this particular POTUS has never left the campaign trail in his first two years, the staff changes already being implemented shows the not-so-novel slogan of "change" doesn't apply to his favorite "dogs of campaign". Spokesmouthpiece, Robert Gibbs, has stepped down, announcing his intent to serve as private sector consultant to the Obama campaign. Also putting in his resignation is another high...
  • Obama: a $172,000 income is “modest”

    01/09/2011 9:39:35 AM PST · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-08-11 | DrJohn
    Nearly all democrats insist that anyone making $250,000 a year is wealthy. They have incited anger and even violence over the issue. Venture capitalist Garrett Gruener says "I'm rich, tax me more." Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest men on the planet, say the rich should pay more in taxes. Never mind that the top 1% of earners pays 41% of federal taxes. Never mind that about 50% of the country pays no federal taxes at all. (For a nice breakdown on this, visit here) Jack Spillane puts it this way: Wealthy people like Gates, Buffet and Gruener will...
  • US official resigns over Mrs Obama's pregnancy? [Robert Gibbs]

    01/07/2011 11:56:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1+ views
    One India News ^ | January 7, 2011
    Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary suddenly resigned from his post which forced many to came out with their own speculations. But rumours said, Gibbs became the victim of the first lady, Michelle Obama's scorn as report revealed that Mrs Obama got angry with Gibbs after he disclosed about her "pregnancy." US President Obama, stating about Gibbs, said, "sad...Gibbs would temporarily...lose his mind...and reveal Michelle's pregnancy to the public." Few days back, Gibbs, in conversation with media, disclosed about Mrs Obama's pregnancy, though he did not confirm or deny the rumor directly. However, WWN has confirmed that Michelle Obama...
  • Obama mouthpiece Robert Gibbs was forced out by new henchman William Daley

    01/07/2011 8:47:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/7/11 | Toby Harnden
    I wondered yesterday whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama’s words indicated that it was “not an entirely voluntary departure”. It’s being reported by John King on CNN right now that Gibbs wanted to be a presidential counsellor – something he’s been putting about for quite a while – but William Daley, the new chief of staff, nixed this because he believed that too many cooks would spoil the presidential broth. So that’s why Gibbs is out. Additionally, King reports that Valerie Jarrett, whose sole qualification to being a senior counsellor
  • Oh nancy, we're going to miss you

    01/06/2011 10:05:26 AM PST · by jpf · 11 replies
    my big mouth blog ^ | 01/06/11 | flood
    Yesterday was moving day in Washington. Robert Gibbs is going to be moving to an office in the White House where cameras and microphones can't find him and Nancy Pelosi moved out of the speakers office. We haven't talked much about Nancy here at My Big Mouth, but that's no reason not to give her a swift kick in the rear on her way out the door. The thing that makes Nancy so funny is she's so earnest. Earnest people can be funny because they generally lack self-awareness. Nancy's hair could be on fire and she'd never notice because she's...
  • Gibbs stepping down as White House press secretary

    01/05/2011 12:30:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2011 | Anne E. Kornblut
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the administration in the coming days, saying he will play an outside advisory role and give speeches before helping President Obama gear up for the 2012 campaign. Gibbs, addressing reports of his departure at his daily briefing for the first time, said the major staffing changes about to hit the White House will benefit Obama. "You have to admit there's a bubble in here to some degree," Gibbs said. The decision to leave the White House for the private sector came as something of a surprise: Gibbs, 39,...
  • Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary

    01/05/2011 7:14:52 AM PST · by kristinn · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | Jeff Zeleny
    Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary and close confidante to President Obama, said Wednesday that he will step down and become an outside political adviser to the president and his re-election campaign. M. Gibbs said that he intends to leave the podium in early February. His successor has not yet been decided, he said, but will likely be announced within the next two weeks. The departure of Mr. Gibbs is the first in a series of moves inside the West Wing as the president prepares for a new phase of his administration. The internal shuffling also could bring a...
  • Gibbs says he's leaving White House

    01/05/2011 8:27:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 27 replies
    WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he is resigning his job as the president's chief spokesman.
  • Robert Gibbs Stepping Down, To Become Outside Advisor To President On Re-Election Campaign

    01/05/2011 8:07:13 AM PST · by FromLori · 18 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 1/5/11 | Tyler Durden
    The biggest spin master in the Obama administration, Press secretary Robert Gibbs, who obstinately had refused to answer Zero Hedge questions about the economic "recovery" in his daily tweeter sessions, has joined pretty much everybody else in dumping the titanic that is the Obama administration. There is one thing we can be sure of, however, Tim Geithner, the only man who is officially on economic retainer (yet gets about 1% the use of Goldman's Jan Hatzius when it comes to monetary and fiscal policy) will be forever by Obama's side. From Marketwatch: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will leave...
  • Gibbs is Resigning as White House Press Secretary

    01/05/2011 8:01:04 AM PST · by Jess Kitting · 69 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Jan. 5, 2011 | Ben Feller
    WASHINGTON – Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary and one of the most visible and forceful advocates for President Barack Obama, is quitting his job to become an outside political adviser. The change is among the many expected in the coming days as Obama redefines his leadership team to get ready for a re-election bid and a more powerful Republican Party. Gibbs said he would be leaving the White House by early February. The top contenders to replace him are two of his deputies, Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, and Jay Carney, who is the press secretary to Vice...
  • Robert Gibbs considering role outside White House

    01/04/2011 3:22:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/4/11 | GLENN THRUSH
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is seriously considering leaving his job as President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman - a move that would allow him to work on Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and act as a media surrogate for the president, according to sources. Gibbs has not finalized his decision and senior administration officials have yet to decide on a successor to the fiery 39-year-old Alabama native, a pit bull in the briefing room who has been one of Obama’s most trusted advisers for the past five years.
  • Gibbs: indefinite detention of terrorists regrettable

    12/26/2010 10:05:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 23+ views
    Gibbs: indefinite detention of terrorists regrettable White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that it was unfortunate that some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay need to be held indefinitely without trial. "Some would be tried in federal courts, as we've seen done in the past. Some would be tried in military commissions, likely spending the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison that nobody, including terrorists, have ever escaped from. Some, regrettably, will have to be indefinitely detained," Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union" as he described Obama's beleaguered plan for closing Guantanamo. The press...
  • Gibbs seeks help from Stewart

    12/21/2010 10:00:05 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 11 replies
    Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes the Comedy Central host can persuade enough Republican senators to vote for a 9/11 health bill so it can head to the president’s desk. Stewart has dedicated lengthy segments on “The Daily Show” to the legislation that would help the first responders on Sept. 11.
  • Robert Gibbs Is Very Angry Senate Will Read Legislation Before Voting On It

    12/15/2010 11:09:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Robert Gibbs Is Very Angry Senate Will Read Legislation Before Voting On It 1:07 PM, Dec 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is angry that Senator Jim DeMint is going to require a Senate clerk to spend 12 whole hours reading the START arms deal aloud before senators vote on it. Says Obama's spokesman in a statement: This is a new low in putting political stunts ahead of our national security, and it is exactly the kind of Washington game-playing that the American people are sick of. While some express concern that the Senate...
  • Memo to MSNBC Progam director

    12/13/2010 10:09:35 AM PST · by jpf · 3 replies
    My big mouth blog ^ | 12/13/10 | Flood
    In the spirit of wikileaks, my big mouth has secured a secret memo of our own. The Office of The White House Press Secretary The Honorable Robert Gibbs Dear Fred, We here at the White House have had a long relationship with you people at MSNBC, whether it was during the campaign when your anchors breathlessly covered the President's speeches with their legs shaking, or more recently as you provided cover as we rammed through an unpopular healthcare bill and an equally unpopular and ineffective stimulus. Until very recently your network has stuck by us through thick and thin. It...
  • Gibbs Is a Window Into the Obama Psyche

    12/02/2010 6:00:21 PM PST · by lancer256 · 17 replies
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 12/02/10 | david limbaugh
    If White House press secretaries are windows to the presidential mindset, Robert Gibbs continues to reflect President Obama in an unpresidential light. Here the entire nation is in an uproar over the release of stolen U.S. State Department documents by WikiLeaks bad boy Julian Assange, and how does the White House respond? Well, it does not respond through President Obama himself, who prefers to reserve his bully pulpit for weightier matters, such as the arrest of his friend Henry Gates by Cambridge, Mass., police. Instead, he trots out the ever-snarky Gibbs to present the administration's position. Or maybe Gibbs trotted...