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Incoming WH Press Secretary Gibbs Prepping for His New Job

By Anne E. Kornblut
Robert Gibbs, the incoming White House press secretary, is reportedly taking the job very seriously -- so seriously, in fact, that he is doing press secretary prep work during the transition to be ready for his first day at the podium.

Gibbs is conducting practice briefings and studying up on issues, Obama aides said, with the help of Anita Dunn, who was a senior communications adviser during the campaign. He is far from the only one doing homework: appointed Cabinet secretaries, from Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton to Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, are preparing for their upcoming confirmation hearings.

But the stakes are especially high for Gibbs, who still has to prove his grasp of the issues before a press corps that has gotten to know him mostly in a political setting. Gibbs did not immediately respond to an inquiry about his prep work (a sign, perhaps, of how burrowed in he is?). Democratic consultant Jim Jordan, who threw a party for Gibbs in Washington last week, said he was unaware of the tutoring sessions but described them as "very smart."

Gibbs also has plans to shadow current White House press secretary Dana Perino before Obama takes office.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 8, 2008; 5:01 PM ET
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Are you still around?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Be my guest: (916) 874-5522 (also public record ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight - you dug the personal address and phone numbers of people out of certificates of service and posted them on a public website in order for people to call and harass them at home instead of dealing with them on professional basis at their workplace? And your incredible reasoning is because it was done to people during the Bush election? This is the logic that you use to justify your appalling lack of sense? I don't know if it is legal what you did, but I do know that you are utter and complete a$$. I may give a call to the Superior Court clerk's office to see if your use of this information in this manner is appropriate. You are sad...

Posted by: LABC | December 9, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

BTW: Sore Losermans posted Bush-Cheney electors' addresses and phone numbers in 2000. Did you complain about that too?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, JakeDuh - what court documents do that? The filing only lists the names and the titles, not the personal addresses or home phone numbers. I don't know what law school or legal background you got, but I think you really need to think real hard before you post people's home addresses and phone numbers. The state elections web site does not give out that information either.

Posted by: LABC | December 9, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse


It's public record who the Obama-Biden electors are, and court documents provided the addresses. So, be sure to include the "Clerk of the Sacramento Superior Court" in your lawsuit.

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

JakeDuh, putting a black face (and a crazy one on that) will never absolve you of that allegation. We know you are - you are working too hard for it to be anything else. You might want to be careful giving out home address and phone numbers of people, unless you like joining a harrassment suit.

Posted by: LABC | December 9, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's another phone #:

Greg Warner
5987 Burgundy Ave
Alta Loma, CA 91737
(909) 989-1169

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If you would rather try to reach the electors at their home, try:

Karen Waters
9617 S. 5th Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90305


Silissa Uriarte-Smith
437 9th St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL! At least we can't be called "racists" anymore for supporting Alan Keyes ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

AJAX, you can also contact the folks at Desperate A**holes for Change that is White Only at 1-877-666-6666 or at If you call and say "Alan Keyes is my hero", you will get a free tinfoil hat.

Or you can harass a person with a legitimate job.

Posted by: LABC | December 9, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Gwen's work # 1 (562) 439-2333

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse


Don't be discouraged. You can also try contacting the electors directly, for instance, Gwen Moore at 1087 Redondo Blvd., in Los Angeles, CA 90019.

LABC and RightDowntheMiddle:

Don't worry, I am golfing tomorrow ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ, JakeDuh - can you go golfing already, or go again? Every day with the same smirky, bullsh*tty "hypothetical" - trust me, you will be sitting on your couch, blubbering over your signed picture of your new hero, Alan Keyes, on Inauguration Day. If you worked this hard on something honorable, you would make a difference in the world. But I guess that is not what folks like you are about...

Posted by: LABC | December 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse


I gotta question for you...

Are you simple or something?

Do you realize how dumb you and your kind sound trying to challenge Obama's birth place?

And did you really reference anything that Alan Keyes has done?

Alan freakin Keyes is who you are relying on for hope?'re embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | December 9, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

FedEx Members of The Electoral College

Last chance to lobby for Constitutional eligibility standard

Despite receiving more than 60,000 of our letters last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it had refused to review one of the cases challenging the President-elect's eligibility to hold that office.

That leaves it up to the Electoral College. If you want to do everything you can to see that the letter and spirit of the Constitution are upheld in this election year, this may be your last chance to weigh in before Inauguration Day. I urge you to send letters to members of the Electoral College.

With the new "FedEx the Electoral College" program, you can reach all 470 with a one-page pre-written letter, with your name and address attached, delivered overnight for less than it would cost you to FedEx one member - if you had the address.

Through Thursday at noon Eastern, is providing an opportunity to Americans who would like to contact electors of the next president before they vote Monday to send Obama to the White House.

Remember, the Electoral College convenes Monday, Dec. 15, to determine who the next president will be. After that, nothing stands in the way of a Barack Obama presidency -- and another nail in the coffin of literal interpretation of our Constitution.

Posted by: AJAX2 | December 9, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

LOL! I simply asked a question, so there's nothing to wager on (even if Internet gambling wasn't illegal). Take a look at my full position on the other thread. Alan Keyes DOES have standing for his lawsuit. I didn't think these private citizen lawsuits would prevail. Also, after Biden officially becomes Vice President-Elect, he would be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009 should anything happen to Obama before that. That would at least be better than a President Pelosi.

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

If by "shadowing Dana Perino", you mean Gibbs is watching everything Perino does and then plans to do the complete opposite, then I guess that's a good thing.

Posted by: Reader18 | December 8, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Jake D-I assume you heard that the Supreme Court deferred on this issue. I know you think you know more about the constitution than the justices. Lets make this interesting. I will place a large (six figure) wager that you are wrong. Respond above if you are up to putting your money where your mouth is.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | December 8, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake D. What do you hope to accomplish with your ridiculous conspiracy theory.
You know, even IF it was true and Obama proved ineligible, do you know who would then become president in his place?
Not Biden, he is not sworn in.
It would be the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Now, I know you are just dying to have a President Pelosi, but, the fact is that Obama will be sworn in on Jan. 20th.

Posted by: vwcat | December 8, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Not yet (and I'm registered Independent, not Republican). As I stated on that other thread, I suspect the reason McCain didn't bring it up was because it didn't poll well internally. That, and McCain had his own "natural born" citizen issue. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Jake D, seriously, don't you think your fellow Repugs would have pursued the "Obama citizenship" story during the campaign if there were any truth to it at all? Of course, it's not like "truth" ever meant much in the way of criteria to your camp when it came to dirty campaign stunts. But consider that W's White House press secretary Dana Perino admitted ON TAPE that she doesn't even know what the Bay of Pigs is. As an American -- party having nothing to do with it -- that's a shame and a disgrace. You should feel the same. Stop getting all worked up yelling "Hussein" and be glad we now have a thinking president.

Posted by: SkepticalinLA | December 8, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a treat! JakeD is on this posting too, spreading his innuendo and hate. What a genuine joy!

I wonder why people aren't more receptive to good old Mr. JakeD????

Posted by: htruman | December 8, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

4 long years of competence, intelligence and recovery sounds wonderful.

In fact, I'd love 8 long years of it.

After the Bush/Cheney disaster, it will take us a while to recover our footing....but With Obama at the helm, I suspect it will be much sooner than later.

Here's to the upcoming 8 long years of great leadership!

Posted by: wpost4112 | December 8, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it is going to be a long four years for ALL of us ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

JakeD- It will be a long 4(or 8) years for you and your ilk!

Posted by: abiodunaodeleye | December 8, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - were you born an @$$ or are you still in training?
Don't you think, that IF there was ANY doubt about his birth that HRC would not have pulled it out during the primaries??

Think about it!!! Just a bunch of poor losers grasping at straws, nothing more.

Posted by: lvdragonlady | December 8, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be better for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to prove he is a "natural born" citizen before Gibbs does anymore practice briefings and studying up on issues?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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