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  • Democrats say White House won’t delay Obamacare employer mandate again (penalty “integral”)

    04/06/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/06/14 | Adam Edelman
    Democrats fought back Sunday against claims from a former Obama aide that the White House might delay Obamacare’s employer mandate. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called the mandate, which requires businesses with between 50 and 100 employees to provide health insurance for workers or face a penalty, “integral.” “Of all the things I want to say about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Gibbs' opinion, I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is, but we are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up,” the California Democrat said on CNN’s “State...
  • 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...
  • Pot/Kettle: Ex-Obama Spox Says Christie Can't Claim He Didn't Know What Was Going On

    02/10/2014 5:31:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Dems wanted to find someone to attack Chris Christie's credibility for claiming he didn't know what was going on in his administration, couldn't they have found someone better than Robert Gibbs? After all, Gibbs served as spox for Barack Obama, the man who has made an art form out of claiming he only found out about his admin's latest scandal when he read about it in the paper. But there was Gibbs leading with his chin on Morning Joe today, asking "how many times can [Christie] play the card of 'I had no idea this was going on in...
  • Gibbs: Hey, maybe the White House will start being honest about ObamaCare now

    12/02/2013 7:13:26 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Has the White House learned a lesson yet from the fallout from ObamaCare? Former press secretary and Barack Obama campaign guru Robert Gibbs certainly hopes so. Gibbs tells Morning Joe today that the use of foggy metrics like “works for a vast majority of users” has left the Obama administration open to scathing criticisms of its honesty and competence while many users see the site fail to process their requests. At least, Gibbs hopes that the White House will deal more honestly with their failures to get the back end of the infrastructure — that which actually enrolls and subsidizes...
  • Scarborough: Obamacare Site Like A Hollywood Western Set—Nothing Behind the Facade

    12/02/2013 5:41:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Potemkin Village, anyone? Joe Scarborough has offered a scathing simile for the new-'n-improved Obamacare website. On today's Morning Joe, he likened the site to the set of a Hollywood Western--pushing back the facade reveals that there's nothing behind it. Even former Obama spox Robert Gibbs—proudly sporting an Auburn jersey—acknowledged that big chunks of the system, including the payment mechanism for subsidies, haven't even been built yet. So people can go to the site, receive the illusion that they have obtained coverage, only to find that there is no follow-through. View the video here.
  • Former White House mouthpiece admits Obama Regime lying about ObamaCare website disaster

    11/02/2013 1:12:56 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/2/13 | Doug Book
    Former Obama/White House spokesman Robert Gibbs admits Barack Hussein’s HHS minions are lying when they claim that no one in the Department knew that the Healthcare.gov website did not work properly and would lead to a rollout disaster. “It’s not believable,” said Gibbs. As a professional liar himself...
  • Obama’s Valerie Jarrett: Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged

    10/27/2013 8:39:16 AM PDT · by opentalk · 90 replies
    national review ^ | October 24, 2013 | John Fund
    <p>President Obama's aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers.</p> <p>Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as “Rasputin” on Capitol Hill, a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.</p>
  • Valerie Jarrett´s Daughter and Son-in-law work for company that receives $653 Million for Obamacare

    10/27/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    http://yourtubenews.ning.com ^ | 10/27/13 | UnSlave Me
    At this point this is still speculation with little confirmation, however it is highly suspect. I urge anyone to look further into this for more info. *Note Balkisson is not the PM's son, as written below, but rather an MP's son. ... B. Facebook Page: Now we know why a company in Canada got the contract for Obamacare:::::: "Michael D. Harbison via Dutch Valkema Dutch Valkema
  • Revealed: New book lifts lid on how top Obama adviser David Axelrod was pushed out by civil war....

    09/14/2013 12:55:13 PM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 13, 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    •Axelrod wanted campaign manager Jim Messina fired, but he wound up the odd man out himself• Palace intrigue led 'Axe' to refer to Messina and White House messaging chief David Plouffe as 'two strongmen running the Kremlin'• The two men resented Axelrod for getting rich by taking a percentage of the hundreds of millions spent on campaign ads •An aloof Obama stayed out of the way as his inner circle fought a political gladiator game that pushed out Axelrod and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs The man most responsible for getting Barack Obama to the White House – the man who...
  • Wow! Andrea Mitchell Accuses Obama Of 'Bungling' Syria

    09/04/2013 5:11:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Well, there was a Blue Moon just last month, so maybe the time was right for some rare criticism of President Obama by Andrea Mitchell. Mitchell didn't hold back on today's Morning Joe, accusing the President of "bungling," being "ambivalent," and of undercutting his Secretary of State and Vice-President. For good measure, Mitchell suggested that in his heart of hearts, fellow panelist and former Obama spox Robert Gibbs agreed with her acidulous assessment. View the video here.
  • 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...
  • Fox News Fossil John Bolton: President Wages War While Congress Just Declares War

    09/01/2013 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was watching Fox News last night, and John Bolton (R-GOP-e) was asked to give a reply to a previously recorded clip from Rand Paul, and Bolton seemed to be acting as if the president (Obama) is the one who gets to wage war, while Congress just gets to merely declare and/or authorize it. As if the president (be it Nixon, GHWB, or Clinton) sits on the throne and Congress' job is to merely place the crown on their heads and the scepter in their hands. Once again, it seems as if another Republican goes to bat for Obama (like...
  • Gibbs & Mitchell Agree: NBC Hillary Series 'A Bad Idea'

    08/08/2013 12:40:45 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    First Chuck Todd, now Andrea Mitchell and even former Obama spox-turned-NBC-analyst Robert Gibbs agree: NBC's decision to produce a miniseries about Hillary Clinton is a "bad idea." Gibbs and Mitchell lamented the series on Andrea's early-afternoon MSNBC show today. View the video here.
  • Robert Gibbs Rips Obama On 'Exceedingly Passive' IRS Scandal Response

    05/14/2013 1:02:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Et tu, Roberto? It was bad enough for President Obama to have Andrea Mitchell jump ship this morning. But now someone who is—arguably—even closer to home has taken a resounding shot at the President's mishandling of the IRS scandal. Appearing on Mitchell's MSNBC show this afternoon, former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs condemned the president's "exceedingly passive" language in discussing the scandal. Obama had said there'd be consequences "if" wrongdoing were found, and spoken of "losing patience." Gibbs was scathing: that's what "I do with my nine-year old." Ouch! View the video here.
  • Robert Gibbs: I was told not to 'acknowledge' drones

    02/25/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/25/2013 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he was instructed when he joined the administration not to “acknowledge” the existence of America’s drones program. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” he said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.” Gibbs, who stressed that he was speaking only for himself, called that dynamic “crazy” and said that the lack of transparency surrounding the drones program “undermines” broader confidence in government.
  • CNN Critical of MSNBC’s Hiring of Axelrod, Gibbs (video)

    02/24/2013 12:15:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 17 replies
    CNN’s Reliable Sources was critical of MSNBC’s hiring of former Obama officials David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, calling it ‘propaganda.’
  • Former Obama Spox Robert Gibbs: I Was Told Not To Acknowledge Existence Of Drone Program

    02/24/2013 7:00:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As press secretary to President Obama, Robert Gibbs was often in the obfuscation business. Now that he's been freed from that role and become a news analyst—albeit at MSNBC—Gibbs has become considerably more candid. Readers will recall, for example, that he described Chuck Hagel as "unimpressive and unprepared" at his Senate confirmation hearing. Today, Gibbs took that frankness a significant step further. On Up With Chris Hayes, Gibbs stated that as press secretary, he had been ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. View the video here.
  • MSNBC boldly moves to plug its one remaining hole--hiring Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod

    02/21/2013 8:39:27 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 19 February 2013 15.12 EST | Glenn Greenwald
    A Pew poll found that in the week leading up to the 2012 election, MSNBC did not air a single story critical of the President or a single positive story about Romney - not a single one - even as Fox aired a few negative ones about Romney and a few positive ones about Obama. Meanwhile, Obama campaign aides who appeared on MSNBC were typically treated with greater deference than that shown to the British Queen when one of her most adoring subjects is in her presence for the first time. Surveying this assembled data, one does not need to...
  • Video: Gibbs Can't Explain Why Obama Will Meet 'The View' But Not World Leaders

    09/24/2012 10:48:12 AM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/24/12
    On "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace asks Robert Gibbs why Pres. Obama isn't meeting with other World Leaders, but is finding time to appear on the "View".
  • Robert Gibbs: ‘Angry’ night ‘full of insults’

    08/29/2012 8:39:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 75 replies
    Robert Gibbs: ‘Angry’ night ‘full of insults’ By: Kevin Cirilli August 29, 2012 12:06 AM EDT In Tampa to lead the pushback for President Barack Obama’s campaign, top adviser Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that the first night of the Republican National Convention was “angry” and “strange” and “full of insults.” “I’m kind of flabbergasted at the whole night,” Gibbs said on MSNBC after Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote speech. “It seemed first and foremost like this was a very angry convention tonight full of insults.” He said that the night’s speakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, did not capture the struggles...
  • Gibbs Refuses To Criticize Romney-Responsible-For-Woman's-Death Ad

    08/08/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In one of the more loathsome displays of this election season, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, appearing on today's Morning Joe, refused to criticize an ad from an Obama-endorsed Super PAC that accuses Mitt Romney of being responsible for a woman's death from cancer. The former Obama press secretary used every tired dodge in the book to evade criticizing the commercial. Gibbs variously claimed that: he hadn't seen the ad; wasn't familiar with the specifics of the woman's case, and didn't want to announce a general policy on denouncing false Super PAC ads. His evasions were too much not only...
  • Gibbs: "Have You Ever Seen Anybody Go To Such Great Lengths To Not Put Something Out?" (video)

    08/05/2012 9:00:16 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 64 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 5, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Gibbs: Again, put the tax returns out. Put this whole thing to rest. Candy, have you ever seen anybody go to such great lengths to not put something out? And when you generally don’t put something out, isn't it because you’re generally hiding something? "I've never seen anybody jump through more hoops to say, a, somebody is lying, but also not put out a document that would prove what the real truth is," Gibbs also said.
  • CNN’s Candy Crowley Grills Obama Advisor Over Anti-Romney Attacks Rated False

    07/08/2012 9:17:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/8/12 | Josh Feldman
    On CNN’s State of the Union today, Candy Crowley grilled Obama campaign advisor and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on a recent attack ad released hitting Mitt Romney for outsourcing. Crowley ran the ad, pointing out that The Washington Post rated it false (“four Pinocchios”), and challenged Gibbs to explain why this is still being used as a line of attack against Romney. RELATED: Romney Seeks Formal WaPo Retraction For Bain Capital Outsourcing Story (UPDATE) Crowley also cited a more recent ad where the Obama campaign cites a Washington Post article on the claim that Romney outsourced jobs...
  • Robert Gibbs: 'We have a srtrong foreign policy...'

    04/29/2012 6:24:32 AM PDT · by Milagros · 14 replies
    Robert Gibbs on Meet The Press,' responding to Ed Gillespie... We have a strong foreign policy... most severe sanctions on the regime in Iran... it wouldn't be possible under Bush... (Just now on NBC).
  • Robert Gibbs concedes attack on left was "inartful"

    08/10/2010 10:11:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2010 | Greg Sargent
    Robert Gibbs, under fire for his attack on the "professional left," sends over a statement walking it back, conceding it was "inartful," and clarifying that the views he expressed frustration about are not widely held: I watch too much cable, I admit. Day after day it gets frustrating. Yesterday I watched as someone called legislation to prevent teacher layoffs a bailout -- but I know that's not a view held by many, nor were the views I was frustrated about. So what I may have said inartfully, let me say this way -- since coming to office in January 2009,...
  • White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’

    08/10/2010 5:46:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’ By Sam Youngman - 08/10/10 06:00 AM ET The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity. During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough. “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” The press secretary dismissed the...
  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • New book: Michelle Obama clashed with W.H. advisers

    01/06/2012 8:28:02 PM PST · by mcenedo · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    So, Jennifer Epstein wites a breathless puff piece about a breathless puff piece written by Jodi Kanter about the magnificent Michelle and the God like Obamas. New York Times "reporter" gets 7 figure advance to write this drivel, after one interview with the Obamas, to come out just in time for the election season.
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/06/2012 9:32:26 PM PST · by STARWISE · 81 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1-6-12 | Jodi Kantor
    *snip* “She feels as if our rudder isn’t set right,” Mr. Obama confided, according to aides. Rahm Emanuel, then chief of staff, repeated the first lady’s criticisms to colleagues with indignation, according to three of them. Mr. Emanuel, in a brief interview, denied that he had grown frustrated with Mrs. Obama, but other advisers described a grim situation: a president whose agenda had hit the rocks, a first lady who disapproved of the turn the White House had taken, and a chief of staff who chafed against her influence.
  • Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady

    01/07/2012 7:53:16 AM PST · by LRoggy · 63 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/7/12 | Jodi Kantor
    Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president’s team, but also at her husband. In the days after the Democrats lost Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat in January 2010, Barack Obama was even-keeled as usual in meetings, refusing to dwell on the failure or lash out at his staff. The first lady, however, could not fathom how the White House had allowed the crucial seat, needed to help pass the president’s health care legislation and the rest of his agenda, to slip away, several current and former aides said.
  • Book depicts tensions between first lady, aides

    01/07/2012 7:54:03 AM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 88 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | January 7, 2012 | By JIM KUHNHENN
    New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, in a book to be published Tuesday, portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs. Among the book's most provocative anecdotes, Kantor recounts a scene in which Gibbs, frustrated after tamping down a potential public relations crisis involving the first lady, exploded when presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett told him the first lady had concerns about the White House response to the flap. The initial commotion had been over an alleged remark by Michelle Obama...
  • Michelle Obama 'raged against Rahm Emmanuel and White House advisors'

    01/07/2012 12:19:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-7-12 | Raf Sanchez
    The First Lady reportedly believed that Mr Emmanuel's willingness to cut backroom deals during the battle over health care reform was tainting Barack Obama's image as a new kind of American leader. The Obamas paints a picture of a presidential inner circle divided between Mrs Obama's idealistic belief in what the administration could achieve and the grittier pragmatism of Mr Emmanuel. The book, written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, claims that the chief of staff refused to allow the president's wife into high-level morning meetings, leading a brooding Mrs Obama to berate other senior advisers by email. She...
  • NBC's Matt Lauer Urges Obama to Prevent Unfair 'Income Distribution'

    10/27/2011 2:38:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-27-11 | Kyle Drennen
    In an interview with former White House press secretary and Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over a report showing "the rich are getting richer" and pleaded: "So what responsibility does President Obama have in terms of dealing with income distribution in this country?" [Audio available here] Lauer began his push from the left by explaining: "Some of these young people are the same young people who are occupying parks across the country and they're out there protesting Wall Street. They're also protesting the White House."
  • 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.
  • Gibbs: 'We're not running against George W. Bush'

    08/16/2011 6:37:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Gibbs: 'We're not running against George W. Bush' By Michael O'Brien - 08/16/11 08:24 AM ET President Obama's reelection campaign isn't running against the specter of former President George W. Bush, said a top voice for the president's 2012 campaign. Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary-turned-campaign surrogate, accused the field of Republican presidential candidates of reviving the policies that caused the current economic difficulties. But that doesn't mean the Obama campaign's running against Bush, Gibbs maintained. "We're not running against George W. Bush," he said on MSNBC, explaining that it's just many of the policies of Bush "But...
  • 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

    03/28/2011 6:05:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 28, 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. The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made, these people said, adding it remained possible that the discussions could collapse.
  • 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...
  • Gibbs: U.S. supports Egyptians' right to demonstrate

    01/27/2011 3:09:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2011 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    The Obama administration on Wednesday voiced its support for the Egyptian people’s rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as a second day of protests in Cairo saw police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to say whether the U.S. still supports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, reiterating only that Egypt remains a “strong ally.” “We have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the...
  • Gibbs: Obama still hasn't called Egyptian leader as protests rage

    01/28/2011 1:25:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/28/11 | Sam Youngman
    The administration tried to strike a cautious balance Friday between backing a longtime U.S. ally and supporting pro-democracy demonstrators as violent protests against the regime in Egypt spiraled out of control. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called for restraint in Egypt as protesters there continue to square off with government forces. Gibbs said President Obama still has not spoken with endangered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, but he said U.S. officials have been communicating to Egyptian officials American displeasure with the situation. "We have throughout the process, our ambassador and others...
  • D'OH: Gibbs Unsure If Obama Has Spoken To World Leaders About Egypt (video)

    01/28/2011 12:46:31 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 29 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    The answer seems to be 'no.' "I don't have an up -- an updated list of calls," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told the press when asked if President Obama has spoken to any world leaders about the deteriorating situation in Egypt.
  • 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.
  • President Obama, Robert Gibbs, and the public sector pay debate

    01/06/2011 8:04:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies
    Wapo ^ | 01/06/11 | Ed O'Keefe
    When President Obama thanked Robert Gibbs for his service on Wednesday, he suggested it made sense for his outgoing press secretary to want to go earn big money. "He's had a six-year stretch now where basically he's been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay," Obama told the New York Times. But at a time of persistent unemployment and a sagging economy, Obama's comments begged a question: Is a six-figure government salary really "relatively modest"? Opponents may see his thoughts on pay as red meat for the growing fight regarding public sector compensation. Mayors, governors and lawmakers of both parties are...
  • 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,...
  • Gibberish Bails!

    01/05/2011 8:37:11 AM PST · by jazminerose · 11 replies
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 1/5/11 | Joy Tiz
    It’s a day of both celebration and mourning for conservatives as the 112th Congress moves into DC, we must say goodbye to one of our favorite punch lines, White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs. The charisma challenged buffoon was always good for a few laughs. But, what is overlooked is how spectacularly good he was at his job–assuming that you understand what his job actually was. Gibberish protected his president. The job, as he saw it, was to divert and deflect attention away from Obama’s outrageous behavior and disastrous policies. Never give a direct answer to a question. Dodge, weave...
  • 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...
  • 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.