Radio Gifts Rain Down on Gibbs
By Michael A. Fletcher
It's raining radios at the White House.
Responding yesterday to questions about the verbal barbs the Obama administration has hurled at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs commented, "I wish I had a radio."
Well, now he does. ABC News Radio's White House correspondent Ann Compton delivered a radio to the radioless Gibbs today. It was reportedly accompanied by a note from network Vice President Steve Jones, saying: "You can join the 235 million people weekly that listen to the radio."
That gift was followed by a similar one from the HD Digital Radio Alliance, which, after hearing Gibbs's comments, sent him a radio with an iPod dock.
Those two were capped by a present from WTOP radio analyst Mark Plotkin, who approached Gibbs at the close of today's press briefing to give him a third radio. " I have something you don't have," Plotkin said, handing over the gift. "Here, enjoy the miracle of radio."
Plotkin said the HD radio is tuned to WTOP, presumably so Gibbs could listen to Plotkin as he pushes for a vote in Congress for the District. After giving Gibbs his gift, Plotkin asked whether President Obama plans to speak out in favor of the D.C. vote, at least by having his presidential limousine bear the license plate "Taxation Without Representation." Gibbs provided no answer, saying his office would have to get back to Plotkin on the question. The effort toward giving D.C. a voting representative, which recently seemed to be on the verge of approval, is currently stalled in Congress.
"He's a constitutional lawyer, a community organizer," a frustrated Plotkin said about the president. "He should be speaking out on this."
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