Gibbs: LaHood Comments on Gas Tax Not Administration Policy
By Michael D. Shear
If you want to know what a presidential slap across the face feels like, just ask Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
LaHood had told an Associated Press reporter that the transportation department was
thinking of changing the way that gas taxes are calculated from a per-gallon measure to a per-miles-driven measure.
Is that the policy of the White House, a reporter asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs?
"I can weigh in on it and say that it is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration," Gibbs said, an unusually sharp answer.
The reporter continued, prompting an exchange that made clear that LaHood has received new marching orders from the White House.
Here's the exchange:
QUESTION: So was Secretary LaHood speaking out of turn here? Was he...
GIBBS: I would direct you to Secretary LaHood on that.
QUESTION: Well, we actually interviewed him. So that...
GIBBS: Well, call him back.
Posted at 4:04 PM ET on Feb 20, 2009
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