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Is it time for Gibbs to move on?

By Scott Wilson

The truth hurts.

This may be something for the White House to consider as midterm fatigue sets in and personnel starts to churn. Are White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' recent bouts of truth-telling a sign he should move on?

For months, speculation has abounded that Gibbs will eventually move from his current post to become a less-visible senior adviser to President Obama.

He already essentially plays that role, sitting in on virtually every major meeting regardless of subject matter and receiving rare bureaucratic carte blanche within a disciplined West Wing to jump from policy lane to lane. After seven years with Obama, Gibbs is also one of the president's longest-serving advisers.

So is it time to make the move official? The trouble he keeps getting into for his increasing candor may suggest that it is.

A press secretary is always striking a self-serving balance between forcefully presenting the administration's view with a mix of selective facts and opinion - but not so forcefully that it alienates the wrong people, whoever they might be on a given issue. The term of art, of course, is spin.

First, Gibbs infuriated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) by acknowledging something that is true every two years - that the party in control of the House could lose control of it after the midterm elections.

Yes, the context this year is different, given the very real chance that angry voters will sweep away many incumbents this fall. And because the House has more Democratic incumbents than Republican ones, the risk of a change is higher than usual.

But Pelosi would have none of Gibbs's fact-based analysis, saying that she'd never met the man (which seems impossible to imagine given how often Gibbs is with Obama in meetings with Pelosi and during his visits to the Hill.)

Gibbs had to walk that one back by saying that, while it was possible, he didn't expect the Democrats to lose the chamber.

Then this week Gibbs unloaded on the "professional left" - that is, the cable television punditry disappointed that Obama has not lived up to their more-liberal-than-he-is expectations. In an interview with The Hill, he called for some of them to be "drug-tested."

Was he right, in his way, that the left has at times judged Obama's record more by its failures than its successes? Almost certainly, yes.

There was also some exaggeration. While some liberals have called for a single-payer health care system similar to Canada's, Gibbs went a bit far by saying that Obama's leftward critics won't be satisfied until the Pentagon is abolished.

But, given some of the in-house grumbling, the comments were a fair reflection of the administration's frustration over the gap it sees between its achievements and the credit it's receiving - especially from alleged supporters.

"Inartful," Gibbs later called his comments, acknowledging that they were the result of too much cable-television watching.

But not, necessarily, wrong.

Gibbs canceled his scheduled appearance at the regular White House press briefing Tuesday after the morning scuffle over his words. Aides chalked it up to a sore throat.

So his deputy, Bill Burton, took the podium, as he has with more frequency. He said there was "no danger" in Gibbs stepping down, but he clearly identified his boss's problem.

"I think what Gibbs was doing was having one conversation with one reporter and, in response to some questions about frustration, just answered honestly," Burton said.

Asked during Wednesday's briefing whether he should resign over the comments, Gibbs said (with a scratchy throat) that he's "not leaving."

"There's no truth to the rumor I've added an inflatable exit to my office," he said.

By Scott Wilson  |  August 11, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
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A-hole needs to apologize to liberals and progressives, right NOW.

Posted by: lilifreak | August 13, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It truth-telling is a 'sign to move-on' what does that say about his critics? PC trumps truth?

In any case, thinking that we will flock to Hillary because she is somehow better than Obama is laughable. Those two are cut from the same cloth. Obamacare started as Hillary-Care.

I think the county has had it with inexperienced 1-term Senators who want to be President. Especially one who waltz in to the senate on the strength nothing other than her husband was President...

Posted by: BlkRightieInLA | August 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"The President has complete confidence and stands behind Mr Gibbs."

Hopefully Gibbs will be the first name on Obama's "Rumsfeld list" after the midterms. Add Emmanuel and Geithner to the list and you'd be making a good start.

Posted by: lithium452 | August 12, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

You stay Robert. You're are one of my principal enjoyments of the day. Love those clown outfits, too.

Posted by: cathamby | August 12, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Robert is a nice & honest person, however, he does not represent a true projection of the White House or is he open eyed to what is really going on outside of the Washington Glass House.

We need a speaker that can relay the messages and have the American people informed & confident on what the Democrats are able to accomplish even after having the agendas watered-down by the Republican Conservatives and explain that to America.

Sorry, Robert, but you gotta go and so does the Moderate Democrats must come to an ending that continue to capitulate to the RC that FAILED America in the first place where those BLIND RepubliCON's that forget where & WHICH political party put the USA in such a CRUMBLING mode with 2008 ending with nearly $10 TRILLION in debt by Bush & GOP, BEFORE President Obama was elected and they also conveniently forgot that under GOP America has lost nearly 18 MILLION jobs to GOP Corporations outsourcing American jobs to get a higher unjustified SALARY INCREASE while American wages STAGNATED and are being shipped out via GOP PROFITEERS!

Wish you well rob Gibbs, but America needs a change, you just don't give me confidence in what you say on behalf of the WH or the Democrats accomplishments in this short 18 months.

Posted by: governmentcorruption | August 12, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs big mistake is he accidently slipped and told the truth, i.e. gaffe. The "professional left" is not just the leftwing cable news whackos like Olbermann and Maddow. It also includes the even more partisan leftwing blogosphere (the Kos Kiddies, Klein, Firedoglake, etc). Their authoritarian leftwing views are both radical and in the extreme minority and yet they expect to force everyone else in American to succumb to them. LOL.

There are a lot more moderates and conservatives than radical lefties and its Obama's responsibility to "govern", not "rule" as the leftists prefer. Centrist Democrats realize this and thus you end up with comments like Gibbs made. The problem with the "professional left" is that they don't realize they are primary cause for much of the problems facing the country today. The country would be better off just ignoring them.

Posted by: TomR4 | August 12, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Coolchilly, I'll tell you where the jobs are. or actually I'll let Bush43 tell you, 'cause in Feb/04 he said that sending jobs overseas would hurt us in the short run, but over the long term, it will get better. Maybe contact Bush and see when he thinks the short term will be over, cause obviously it's been six years and we're still waiting. And by the way, this was also around the time that he got the regulations about how big of a down payment for federally backed mortgages reduced to 0% down. oh and time for your pill, dear.

Posted by: katem1 | August 12, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Coolchilly, I'll tell you where the jobs are. or actually I'll let Bush43 tell you, 'cause in Feb/04 he said that sending jobs overseas would hurt us in the short run, but over the long term, it will get better. Maybe contact Bush and see when he thinks the short term will be over, cause obviously it's been six years and we're still waiting. And by the way, this was also around the time that he got the regulations about how big of a down payment for federally backed mortgages reduced to 0% down. oh and time for your pill, dear.

Posted by: katem1 | August 12, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Coolchilly, I'll tell you where the jobs are. or actually I'll let Bush43 tell you, 'cause in Feb/04 he said that sending jobs overseas would hurt us in the short run, but over the long term, it will get better. Maybe contact Bush and see when he thinks the short term will be over, cause obviously it's been six years and we're still waiting. And by the way, this was also around the time that he got the regulations about how big of a down payment for federally backed mortgages reduced to 0% down. oh and time for your pill, dear.

Posted by: katem1 | August 12, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Funny! You now have not one, but two liars in tandem. Trouble with liars is they soon begin forgetting their lies and when you have two going at it at the same time what you get is one will slip up and tell the truth accidentally and then will have to tell twice as many lies to make up. Meanwhile the "liar-mate" freaks out and the roach bed on the hill wants the lights turned out least the beam shine on them as well!
Ah the days of Jimma Carter: Remember what they said then? Jimma Carter won't lie to you, but Jody Powell will!

Posted by: TexRancher | August 12, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

http://www.prisonplanet.com/wave-goodbye-to-brand-obama.html
Similarly, as Robert Shapiro, former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton, made clear in a Financial Times article last month, a terror attack on the scale of 9/11 or the Oklahoma City bombing would do wonders to address Obama’s “growing credibility crisis” and reinstate Americans’ belief in his leadership.
Whether the string pullers behind Obama will make a late and desperate lunge to rescue his tattered credibility, or whether they will merely hand over the baton to another neo-con to continue the same globalist agenda, remains to be seen. But what we can now say for certain is that Brand Obama has been completely demolished, with the reality behind the facade exposed for all to see, and Obama’s political legacy being forever characterized by deceit, deception and misplaced hope.

The reasons why, we must vote out, Establishment Government Representatives, whether they are Left or Right - Incumbent or Candidate!

Make sure they do not belong to any of the Global Elitist Organizations: Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, Club of Rome, Skull and Bones, Canadian Council of Chief Executives,
Harvard Elite Players, Goldman Sachs, International Monetary Fund, The United Nations, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization.

The reason we must vote out Establishment Government Representatives whether they are Left or Right, Incumbent or Candidate is explained on this 2 minute News Clip below:

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Posted by: PaulRevere4 | August 11, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

It is the "Washington" Post but that shouldn't necessitate being insular. No one outside the White House press corp and the beltway fraternity of reporters cares about such minutia.
Americans are without jobs, they are struggling to keep their homes, stuck in traffic, uncomfortably hot and in no mood to be taxed a penny further.
Noise from a garbage disposal is less irritating than the clamor over a comment by the White House Press Secretary. Who gives a blip?

Posted by: meadowgold | August 11, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs should not be fired. He should be treated for mental illness.

Posted by: asullivan2

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What mental illness? It's obvious he's not a conservative - he's telling the truth.

Posted by: washpost18 | August 11, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs should not be fired. He should be treated for mental illness. It is clear in his case, he hasn't had enough drugs.

Posted by: asullivan2 | August 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is a classic Fruedian case of denial. The problem is: he didn't get enough drugs, and it might be healthy for the white house to give him drugs as a cure for his mental illness (not meaning any negative towards other mentally ill, who are by far saner than Gibbs is). Move on? The fool should never have been where he is in the first place.

Posted by: asullivan2 | August 11, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The far Left wants to abolish the Pentagon?
Come on, you mean privatize the whole Military?

That sounds more like what the extreme right of the Libertarians would want.

Gibbs should watch out from sounding like a Teapot.

Posted by: Glittbryt | August 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons would have been 100% better than Obama at implementing reforms.

One Word Rebuttal: Healthcare. How'd that go with Ms. Clinton's leadership?

I just had to point this out.

Posted by: RepuNoLonger | August 11, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"The trouble he keeps getting into for his increasing candor may suggest that it is. A press secretary is always striking a self-serving balance between forcefully presenting the administration's view with a mix of selective facts and opinion - but not so forcefully that it alienates the wrong people, whoever they might be on a given issue. The term of art, of course, is spin."

Columnists are weird. This one is arguing that the USA should have as the President's spokesperson someone who by definition is self-serving and dishonest. Someone who spins America and the world instead of giving clear signals of our executive's true views.

Robert Gibbs, he's what change looks like.

Posted by: RepuNoLonger | August 11, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are good at creating and exploiting great fissures in our society. Just because the left is disappointed that President Obama hasn't taken them on more than he has doesn't mean that we're ready to stay home and help republicans retake Congress. We're totally familiar with republican tactics and economic policies. We want him to take a far more aggressive strategy in refuting the right. At the same time we have to do our part and get out the vote to reduce the number of republicans in Congress. By November democrats will be ready and motivated to kick the tea potty into the faces of the divide-and-conquer republicans. Maybe then they'll be ready to face reality. They're neither Christian or American. We're climbing out of a deep hole - now is not the time to give shovels to republicans. If we want the President to fight republicans we have to be ready to help. Once more into the breach my friends! Vote in November!

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton years ended with a surplus and low unemployment a short 10 yrs. ago. Now we have Obama giving us stale bread and water and saying "Nothing is ever good enough for you people!" A lot of moderates like myself voted for change from the cronyism of DC and the banks,oil industry,insurance companies,etc. We've gotten just more of the same. 36% cap on interest rates,no cost control on health insurance,Medicare STILL unable to bargain on bulk drug prices,synthetic derivatives and proprietary trading still keeping the too-big-to-fails alive. [...]

Posted by: clary916

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Now take the time to go back into the legislative history of the attempted corrections and see where the pressure came from to protect business interests at the expense of US citizens. Surprise! It wasn't the Democratic leadership filibustering every attempt at reigning in the abusers...

Posted by: washpost18 | August 11, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton years ended with a surplus and low unemployment a short 10 yrs. ago. Now we have Obama giving us stale bread and water and saying "Nothing is ever good enough for you people!" A lot of moderates like myself voted for change from the cronyism of DC and the banks,oil industry,insurance companies,etc. We've gotten just more of the same. 36% cap on interest rates,no cost control on health insurance,Medicare STILL unable to bargain on bulk drug prices,synthetic derivatives and proprietary trading still keeping the too-big-to-fails alive. The day Geithner and Summers were appointed it started looking bad for changes in the crony capitalism that the American people are so angry about. And sure enough a year and a half later our hoped-for change is no where to be found. Very sad indeed.

Posted by: clary916 | August 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned below that California (equivalent of lefties, I guess) should secede. Don't know what that has to do w/ this discussion, but great idea!

Texas would become essentially the northern-most state of Mexico (indistinguishable politically, economically, socially, though less vibrant culturally;) the entire mid-west would become Canada's most impoverished province (though with crappier health care.)

We'd get to keep silicon valley, the production of all the movies and music the world consumes, the booming weed economy, etc, etc. and probably be the richest nation in the world. I guess our only problem would be fear of US invasion!

Posted by: mokai | August 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

He might as well go all the way and say 1.1 million green cards a year while unemployment is 15 million really is because ethnic cleansing of the White Race is the policy.
Posted by: OldAtlantic
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SIG HEIL brother!
you disgust me
Posted by: theobserver4 | August 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse
One of the stup1dest comments I’ve read. Thanks to theobserver4. Try visiting ANY OTHER COUNTRY. From your post it appears you’ve never set foot outside the US. Try getting a job in a foreign land. Protecting the jobs for the residents is one of the Gov. purposes. But you being the well traveled LIB id10t you are just haven’t caught on…..

And to think we spent our hard earned money educating simplet0ns like this?????? You disgust me……

Posted by: askgees | August 11, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

'AsperGirl | August 11, 2010 5:27 PM ' is 100% correct about Mrs. Clinton.

Posted by: jato11 | August 11, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Go get'em Gibbs--continue to


Keep it up Gibbs--I'm a LONG TIME DEM. and I say it's about time to "speak truth to power". It's about standing up for what you believe in and ALL DEMS SHOULD GET ON BOARD--God help the country if the Reps take over the congress. It is also
about time for Obama et all to fight back--take the gloves off and swamp the reps. and keep control of congress.


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Posted by: vergens2 | August 11, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse


Leftists eat their young.

Posted by: screwjob19 | August 11, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons would have been 100% better than Obama at implementing reforms.

I just had to point this out.

The radical liberal left wing was instrumental in dumping a centrist Hillary Clinton and hyping Obama. It picked the pie-in-the-sky rhetorical performer over the female who had more experience and a proven power base.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 11, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Forget Gibbs, get rid of Pelosi, Reid and Obama. Also, Queen Obama and her lavish vacation.

Posted by: farmsnorton | August 11, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

In the Obama administration, honesty is not a desired trait...and frankly, I see darn little honesty of Gibbs. He is just like his boss, you can tell he is lying when you see his lips move.

Impeach Obama

Posted by: JCM-51 | August 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully for Our' great Republic- both the Republicans & Democarts are on the way OUT! - The U.S. Citizen Patriots are Sick & Tired of "Turn-Coat" Traitors,- whom WE elect, and then they $screw us Royal!! -- -- When will the SUCKERS ever 'Wake-Up'? - WE-the-People are the Suckers,- and have been Lied to by both the RED & BLUE TRAITORS!! - The Controllers,- both Democrat & Republican, have suckered the U.S. Citizens into believing that they really care, and really are 'FOR' the People! ha!- JOKE to the MAX America!! -- - I voted for OBAMA, and for 'Real Change',- but now know that it was All a LIE!! - Neither Usury party care at all about WE-the-People - PERIOD!! -- So get over it SUCKERS! -- We need a new Patriot People's 3rd Party NOW!!! -- ENOUGH LIES, USURY, $DEBT, THEFT, ECONOMIC TERRORISM, & thr $Rich get Richer "CRAP"!!! -- WE must take Our' REPUBLIC back from these Globalist $BANKster Criminals!! -- Repeal the Federal Reserve Act NOW!!- Send those BANKster Cartel Criminals back to Europe where they came from back in 1911-1913!! -- END the Wealthy Elitist $GRAND THEFT of WE the Workers!!! -- Both RED & BLUE Traitors have invaded and controlled Our CONGRESS long Enough!! -- Our Founding Fathers would be SO Ashamed at how WE the People have been Suckered into Economic Slavery to these Globalsit $BANKster Criminals,--- under the so-called Federal-Reserve USERS!!
-- Our "FOUNDERS" would Never put up with this Criminal Traitor $BANKster Globalsit CRAP!! - PERIOD!!

Posted by: jward52 | August 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that these comments are accidents. He seems to think that dumping on progressives gives administration policies some kind of credibility. It was similar during the health care debates when Obama thought his proposals would look better after noting that the left is mad at him for ignoring single payer.
By now progressives are used to being ignored by the administration. It is new to be openly insulted. The question is, how does it expect to generate the excitement it needs for reelection when it continually disappoints its strongest supporters?

Posted by: mayatiita | August 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

you mean the successful Iraq War that joe biden says obama is taking credit for?
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COOLCHILLY:
Successful? The country has been reduced to ruble and is filled with people who hate the United States. Suicide bombers strike almost daily. What do you think that's all about - a victory celebration? China is taking the oil and Iran's influence in the region has been greatly enhanced. You live in an alternate reality completely bereft of facts where your conflicted "beliefs" reign supreme. Another definition is dementia.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Some people get their feelings scuffed easily, especially when they react too swiftly or too severely to a comment that is true, but the recipient doesn't want to hear it. Pelosi is scratching to keep her post and doesn't need Gibbs pointing out a possiblility that has a history of happening. Calm down, children.

Posted by: ronjeske | August 11, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

What he do wrong, doesn't everybody hate the Professional Left?

I mean they want Canadian Healthcare, and No Defense Department and auction off the Pentagon!

Posted by: theaz | August 11, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: teoandchive1 | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM

Part of the problem is that the left isnt challenging Obama about jobs. They are mad because he didnt come out with a rainbow tie after Prop 8 was deemed to be unconstituitional. Obama knows that the case will ultimately head to the Supreme Court, he would be foolish to issue a major decree of support. He said he was against Prop 8, that should have been enough, but some are never pleased. I have no problem with Gibbs, its refreshing to see that these guys arent all robots. People calling for his job need to relax, he didnt do anything wrong. Professional left and drug testing arent exactly deragatory terms so find something else to be offended over.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | August 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is fed-up with being the front man for Obama-land, painting the roses red. He is probably going to bail-out, period, so he's having some fun telling the truth for a change.

Posted by: fgoepfert1 | August 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer

Thug unions? The same unions that were responsible for keeping Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana factory workers with manufacturing jobs? The republicans let those jobs go to other countries and you want to villify the unions. Instead of accepting the talking points of your party, do some research and find out who is really to blame for the lack of manufacturing jobs before you go spouting ignorance.

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Dude your ideology has got you all twisted out of reality.

It was and is the unions that are responsible for losing manufacturing jobs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and every other major manufacturing states. Unions make American manufacturing costs prohibitive.

Posted by: Straightline | August 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The liberal left is deluded. It was deluded when it dumped on the Clintons and hyped Obama in the unrealistic expectation that Obama would be more effective in implementing a Democratic agenda. It's deluded now when it expects the young and naive Obama to do any more than he is doing right now.

Obama doesn't have the strategy and/or power base to take down the health care lobby or Wall Street insiders' power over Congress. He never did.

The left wing is unrealistic and they were unrealistic in 2008. Yes they are right that Obama isn't much better than Bush. But the fact they expected a young black President to pull of what they expected him to pull off makes them look crazy.

I agree with Gibbs that they are delusional and need drug testing.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Scott Wilson, forgive my inartfulness. I trust the Washington Post wouldn't hire a stupid man, though your inane commentary throws that assumption up for speculation.

Your assertion that the left is more preoccupied with Obama's failures than successes presumes the talking points of White House are credible ones. Yet, we know that Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" was one hell of a claim for him to have made in retrospect. Why anyone would vest more faith in this administration's definitions of what is and what is not success is beyond me.

Hey, don't believe "the left." You need only check the behavior of the stock prices of the health insurers to understand how the failure to deliver a low-overhead performance standard in the form of a public option completely overshadows any White House asserted success. Please explain how an Obama supporter holding him accountable by pointing out that fact is misplaced, and deserving of this perverse denigration from the very pulpit of the White House.

Likewise with respect to so-called banking industry "reform" that preserves too-big-to-fail and their stock prices: what kind of reform have we if they can (and will) be back, hat in hand, when they lose their gamble with our money again?

So yes, you, like Gibbs, can say that many are focusing on the failures, if that's the way you choose to spin it. But that hardly tells the whole story. Providing even a sliver of context would of necessity include the fact that, on balance, there's not enough success left to celebrate once the failures are debited.

Further, it is not our imagination that this White House is more fearful of the right wing's wrath than their own base. Don't believe us, ask Shirley Sherrod and the folks at ACORN.

Whooboy, pass me that bottle of champagne, please -- not to celebrate, but because I need a good, stiff drink.

When he was elected, he told all of America that that wasn't the end, it was merely the beginning. All we are doing is holding Obama accountable, as he claimed he wanted until he figured out we were taking him seriously.

We're watching, we're involved, and we're disappointed, with cause. It isn't the "professionals" that are the problem, it is the White House that gives those professionals such a wide and deep variety of subjects about which to complain, from Gitmo to Geithner.

We aren't on dope, we are not pajama wearing retards, and we are not going to tolerate being belittled to curry favor with a crowd of knuckle-draggers.

We would like to see Gibbs added to the list of people who need to be fired, that including Tim "AIG 100 cents on the dollar" Geithner, Larry "Financial Deregulation" Summers, Ken "Drill Baby Drill" Salazar, and Rahm "Pajamas" Emanuel.

It's not the "professional left," but these corporate stooges that will in the end cost Obama his re-election should he continue to heed their advice.

Indeed, the truth hurts.

Posted by: trippin | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Well it would be best if Gibbs goes, but only if he takes his boss along with him.

Posted by: leberk | August 11, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, let us take it easy on ol "Glibby" Gibbs. How fast would you hit flameout if your job was day-in, day-out, 24/7 having to defend and cover up for the incompetency, lies, deceits and constant failures of your boss? It is tiring. Let's send him on a trip to Spain. I hear the first lady has some wonderful tourist ideas she can share with him.

Not with the rest of us though, Michelle. You see we're hanging and hiding on to our pennies under the Obama regime until it starts sharing that wealth also with their brand, spanking new idea to spur the economy, TAX HIKES!

Posted by: dlgallagher1 | August 11, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse


Gibbs the gibbering nincompoop was fine with leftist WaPo hacks as longs as Gibbs was only attacking the GOP? Hmm?

Gibbs unleashes on leftist loons of whom E.J. Dionne and Ezra Klein fit the mold perfectly, and all of a sudden Gibbs has gone off the reservations?

You disingenuous worthless Wapo hacks.

Posted by: screwjob19 | August 11, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs, like his unaccomplished boss Odumbo, is in over his head.
Every now and then he forgets that he is liar in chief for the incompetent in chief.
They all need to go.

Posted by: LarryG62 | August 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

So let me understand this, he is being crucified for being honest "Are White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' recent bouts of truth-telling a sign he should move on?"

Are you kidding me? Have we lost our minds? Contrary to the famous line "I can in fact handle the truth" and I have no problem with Gibbs. The ones I have a problem with are the ones who expected to keep the President on their own leash and have him jump to their bidding and when they get called out for it throw a tantrum.

Posted by: Coodeh | August 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The only way California will get out of it's mess is because Repubs are in office. YOU ahole dems put yourselves there, you deserve everything you get. But alas, us repubs will have to save you fools again like we always do.
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liberal/basher:
I think I just pointed out to you that we have a republican governor. Can't you read English? Someone should check your papers. "The only state that should be secede from the nation". You should stick to cursing. It's grammar is a lot less taxing on your feeble mind.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The simple reality is that everyone's frustrated because the jobs aren't there. The government spent almost a trillion dollars to revive the economy and still the economy isn't generating enough jobs to keep up with the number of new entrants each month.

Instead of spending billions upon billions in Afghanistan and Iraq, how about throwing some of that money into the green energy sector? Rather than fighting with liberals on policy matters, how about fixing bridges and roads and pushing a more efficient infrastructure?

The simple fact is that until the jobs come, the left is going to challenge Obama and the right is going to challenge Obama.

Posted by: teoandchive1 | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Leftist journalist Brown, now cast as Dem advisor, cautions against too much honesty and transparency to help the white house and dems out?!?! LOL Beyond Obama running his campaign on the transparency theme (well, and beyond being transparently horrible as well) to the storied approval of liberals, and in an age of backlash against the executive branch holding back information, but much more-- against the entire premise of journalism - to reveal, dig and act as a counterpoint to the state, you now have Scott Wilson as stupid, trusting Obama lemming urging censorship versus his supposed role/charge as a watchdog for the people.

Posted by: jleibund1 | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs came on board as the state controlled media Propaganda Minister. He mow realizes that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken shix, and he's tired lying for this inept president.

Let's review: 14 million out of work, 9.5% unemployment, yet the president says he has saved and created jobs (Really?), billion dollar bailout for everyone, anti capitalist president with a socialist agenda, health-care that was rammed down our throats, and will raise taxes and premiums, half-ass financial reform, mismanagement of Afghan War, supposed post racial president, who invited only black players to his week long birthday bash & basketball extravaganza, & a president that is a pathological liar.

Like General McChrystal who gave unlimited access to a sleeze reporter, Gibbs knows exactly what he is doing. He is saying, like all those who jumped this ship of fools that I want out.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | August 11, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Leftist journalist Brown, now cast as Dem advisor, cautions against too much honesty and transparency to help the white house and dems out?!?! LOL Beyond Obama running his campaign on the transparency theme (well, and beyond being transparently horrible as well) to the storied approval of liberals, and in an age of backlash against the executive branch holding back information, but much more-- against the entire premise of journalism - to reveal, dig and act as a counterpoint to the state, you now have Scott Wilson as stupid, trusting Obama lemming urging censorship versus his supposed role/charge as a watchdog for the people.

Posted by: jleibund1 | August 11, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to blame bush. I want to put him in jail where he belongs - along with his lying side-kick cheney. Ask the families of the fallen in Iraq - you think they've forgotten?


Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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you mean the successful Iraq War that joe biden says obama is taking credit for?

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | August 11, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ohioan | August 11, 2010 4:33 PM

Thug unions? The same unions that were responsible for keeping Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana factory workers with manufacturing jobs? The republicans let those jobs go to other countries and you want to villify the unions. Instead of accepting the talking points of your party, do some research and find out who is really to blame for the lack of manufacturing jobs before you go spouting ignorance.

The unions are definitely over zealous in the pursuit of their goals, but no more than any other lobby on Capitol Hill. Cutting taxes wont result in more jobs. The tax cuts are in effect now, why arent these big companies hiring? There is no good reason. Yet they are working with the GOP to manipulate the voters into thinking by giving them a tax break would result in more jobs. If that was the case, hiring would be spiking right now. These companies are trying to wait out the elections to get what they want. As long as there are sheep like you, they will succeed.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | August 11, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the press secretary's job isn't telling the honest truth. Not easy trying to keep lie after lie straight. Truth is much easier....

Think Bobby will be deploying a slide, grabbing two beers, and exiting the flight?

Posted by: Spitfires | August 11, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is a tool. He should not be representing this country in any shape or form. If he decides to leave hopefully he'll take dictator Obama with him!

Posted by: inoc | August 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The only state that should be secede from this nation is California. They can take their progressive politics which leads to full moral and financial melt down and f off and die. And then I could use their grave as my personal urinal.
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Hey liberal/basher: You sound like a real moral guy. California has a republican governor and as soon as we get rid of him we'll be the first state out of this mess. Divert your dribble back into the teapot.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse
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The only way California will get out of it's mess is because Repubs are in office. YOU ahole dems put yourselves there, you deserve everything you get. But alas, us repubs will have to save you fools again like we always do.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | August 11, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs may not make it to the midterms and Emmanuel will skidattle shortly after the elections; the S.S. Odumbo is just about sunk.

Posted by: hared | August 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Replace Gibbs with Howard Dean or Olberman they are not likely to ever tell the truth which is what the Democrats need to suppress.

Posted by: quillerm | August 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

These are symptoms of much bigger problems.
Gibbs spouting off, Reid spouting off,
Michelle Obama taking luxury vacation in an Economic Crisis, Pelosi trying to shut everyone up, Pelosi Robbing Peter to Pay Paul to appease the thug unions...

Posted by: ohioan | August 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The only state that should be secede from this nation is California. They can take their progressive politics which leads to full moral and financial melt down and f off and die. And then I could use their grave as my personal urinal.
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Hey liberal/basher: You sound like a real moral guy. California has a republican governor and as soon as we get rid of him we'll be the first state out of this mess. Divert your dribble back into the teapot.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

These are symptoms of much bigger problems.
Gibbs spouting off, Reid spouting off,
Michelle Obama taking luxury vacation in an Economic Crisis, Pelosi trying to shut everyone up, Pelosi Robbing Peter to Pay Paul to appease the thug unions...

Posted by: ohioan | August 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Phrased yet in another way:

His so called "honesty" did not reveal to us the equivalence of Pentagon papers, secret files that shed the light that ulimately guided the conscience of America to vote for a different foreign policy.

His so called "candor" did not expose any burglary condoned by our president that threatened our democratic process.

His speaking of the "obvious" did not awaken many who voluntarily risked their lives in Iraq, to the void of intelligence supporting Bush's claim.

There was no secret divulged in any of his speeches at all.

Yet, he managed to create "Much Ado About Nothing".

Is that the reputation we want the world to know us by?
That we love dumb spokespersons to speak for our President, and for our country?

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

ibbs should be attacking the right.
Replace him with Keith Olberman.

Meanwhile, to the gentleman from texas who posted twice while stroking himself, please secede promptly.

Posted by: jimdim | August 11, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse
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The only state that should be secede from this nation is California. They can take their progressive politics which leads to full moral and financial melt down and f off and die. And then I could use their grave as my personal urinal.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | August 11, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

A press secretary who speaks freely and with candor... and you think he ought to RESIGN??? Criminy, Scott, what the hell's wrong with you? Have you lost your mind?

And the rest of you. I just gotta shake my head. I mean, we just automatically assume commenters like COOLCHILLY are nutjobs and ignore them. But some of the rest of you...

Posted by: chollynickabocka | August 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

CoolChilli, it will take 20 plus years to undo all of the damage done by the Bush Administration, and you want to impeach Obama after 18 months. You are nuts. Bush and the Republicans drove this economy off a cliff, engaged in a war with the wrong country, turned a surplus into a deficit (remember Cheney's "deficits don't matter?), trashed the Constitution, politicized the Justice Department, and gutted regulatory agencies. You should like someone who thinks Sarah Palin is the answer. She is - if the question is who can pop out the most rug rats.

Posted by: wrw01011 | August 11, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

CoolChilli, it will take 20 plus years to undo all of the damage done by the Bush Administration, and you want to impeach Obama after 18 months. You are nuts. Bush and the Republicans drove this economy off a cliff, engaged in a war with the wrong country, turned a surplus into a deficit (remember Cheney's "deficits don't matter?), trashed the Constitution, politicized the Justice Department, and gutted regulatory agencies. You should like someone who thinks Sarah Palin is the answer. She is - if the question is who can pop out the most rug rats.

Posted by: wrw01011 | August 11, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Leftist and liberals, appalled by the White House stiff middle finger in response to expressing your legitimate public policy and political concerns, have one major First Amendment weapon.

Change your voter registration, en masse, to Independent as a protest against the right-wing pandering of the Obama Administration.

Posted by: aahpat | August 11, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!!!!

THE STOCK MARKET IS DOWN 262.92 TODAY

HOW IS ALL THAT HOPE AND CHANGE WORKING FOR YOU?

OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS GIVING ALL OUR MONEY AWAY IS SURE DOING OUR ECONOMY GOOD, ISN'T IT?

WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOBS JOBS DEMOCRATS?

BLAMING BUSH STILL?

WE NEED TO IMPEACH THIS IMPOSTER OBAMA.

OBAMA: DO US A FAVOR AND QUIT.
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I don't want to blame bush. I want to put him in jail where he belongs - along with his lying side-kick cheney. Ask the families of the fallen in Iraq - you think they've forgotten?

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I truly hope Gibbs isn't reassigned from his press secretary duties. He may be an advisory wizard, but in my 45 years of political awareness he's the worst press secretary. Keeping him in that role is one of the best ways for Americans to see the ineptitude of the current White House mob.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 11, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Yes he should go & he gets a bonus if he takes Obama with him!

Posted by: mct1 | August 11, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes he should go & he gets a bonus if he takes Obama with him!

Posted by: mct1 | August 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Phrased in another way to make it clear.

If Gibbs personally believes in the stance that many people quoted him to justify, he would be big fat liar. From all other circumstances, he does not appear to be a liar.

As Sherlock Holmes used to say, when you eliminate all other impossible alternatives, the only remaining conclusion, must be the correct conclusion.

Mr. Gibbs frequently creates situations that directly contradict his true intention. He does not intend any of such controversies. He was not divulging any secrets that illuminate americans so that we can participate in the democratic process in a more informed manner. At least, I don't see any.

As for the discussion of "truthfulness", that's a smokescreen for those who love to see a person who can reliably be manipulated by the adversaries, and against one's boss.

Now America, all of us, are ultimately his boss. Do we want our spokesperson to be easily manipulated, his words taken out of context to manufacture influential propaganda against us, outside our country. If not, Gibbs needs to be fired.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!!!!

THE STOCK MARKET IS DOWN 262.92 TODAY

HOW IS ALL THAT HOPE AND CHANGE WORKING FOR YOU?

OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS GIVING ALL OUR MONEY AWAY IS SURE DOING OUR ECONOMY GOOD, ISN'T IT?

WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOBS JOBS DEMOCRATS?

BLAMING BUSH STILL?

WE NEED TO IMPEACH THIS IMPOSTER OBAMA.

OBAMA: DO US A FAVOR AND QUIT.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | August 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The right wing doesn't give a damn about the past or the future. They're all about distorting the present. They famously "don't study history - but make it." That keeps them busy trying to get everyone else to forget the history they make and fear the future it portends.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Keep Gibbs....time for Obama to move on!

Posted by: grcxx31 | August 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Robert Gibbs--
Don't you know that there is a recession on?
Look dude, the way it works in this town is that the White House press asks you questions and you respond with some gobbledy Gook answers and then a the reporter or another talking head gets to interpret what you said later on. If you continue giving concise and clear answers, the news organizations might get the idea that they don't need someone to interpret you and lay some more people off. Get with the program dude.

Posted by: rkerg1 | August 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse


OH! A Scott Wilson byline here....

usually we get from him...only the stories, second day, that Glenn Kessler or a Jerusalem correspondent is pushing.

Scott and his editor would like Ari Fleischer back perhaps? Or someone more friendly to Israel? To give everything THAT slant?

But dear Ari had to quit around the Scotter Libby thing...and his "non involvement" in the outting of the CIA agent. He and Rove just faded away for awhile.

Maybe BIll Kristol or Wolfowitz at the podium...or Geithner?

Posted by: whistling | August 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm no defender of Gibbs but it doesn't seem credible that you assume the left won't be happy until the Pentagon is gone.

You can find plenty of support for that notion out in the ether. And I'm sure Mr. Gibbs is on the receiving end of tons of email that you have no access to, with "recommendations" for the President.

The problem is the really wacky left thought Obama was their guy. After the election, he encouraged that notion with his various czar and czarinas. Then --- OOPS!! --- inconvenient truth --- there are these pesky things called "voters," and even worse, the Senate.

Wacky left has suggested doing away with the Senate. Why would it be out of character to suggest doing away with the Pentagon?

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | August 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs fell off the fantasy wagon. Big deal. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are still riding it with claims the economy and jobs are doing just fine. Gibbs was forced to face the truth based on real numbers and reality. Gibbs looked outside the socialist box this administration has been in since Obama was sworn in and he found out the world is round and things aren't as bad with this country like Obama says they are. Gibbs saw reality and it was a shock like the people who are smuggled out of North Korea and find out they have been lied to all their lives. That's what propaganda does to you. Gibbs is still in denial about the left. Obama is as far left as they come. It's Obama who wants our health care to resemble Canada's. It's Obama who wants from his mouth to law. No procedures. No debates. No House. No Senate. Obama is the professional left.Gibbs saw that and it shocked him. Gibbs only fault was he told what he saw.

Posted by: houstonian | August 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

tm13 said: "blah, blah, anger, blah, hate, blah, blah..."

Holy cats! Get a grip, dude! How long has it been since you were clean and sober?

I love the folks who rant here. For me, it is a constant source of amazement. How can nutroot liberals speak so adamantly of their beliefs, yet have such little real knowledge or understanding in what they say? Completely unhinged, to say the least.

You should chill, tm13, and hope that vein in your forehead doesn't burst soon. And, for the love of God, stop watching Olbermann!
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Are you trying to make a point of some kind? I mentioned facts - not beliefs. That's the domain of the wrong-wing. You believe you're right - come hell or high water.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs fell off the fantasy wagon. Big deal. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are still riding it with claims the economy and jobs are doing just fine. Gibbs was forced to face the truth based on real numbers and reality. Gibbs looked outside the socialist box this administration has been in since Obama was sworn in and he found out the world is round and things aren't as bad with this country like Obama says they are. Gibbs saw reality and it was a shock like the people who are smuggled out of North Korea and find out they have been lied to all their lives. That's what propaganda does to you. Gibbs is still in denial about the left. Obama is as far left as they come. It's Obama who wants our health care to resemble Canada's. It's Obama who wants from his mouth to law. No procedures. No debates. No House. No Senate. Obama is the professional left.Gibbs saw that and it shocked him. Gibbs only fault was he told what he saw.

Posted by: houstonian | August 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Apologies for multiple submissions.
It appears that each time I receive a "submission error" message, the message has actually gone through.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's start with the premise he has an impossible job; divining what the President thinks about the often inane or irrelevant questions asked by the, supposedly, "crack" White House press corp.

Complicating his problems is his "smartest guy in the room" demeanor and obvious disdain for some of the people he is supposed to be in sync with; Gibbs does not share the experience or work history of many in the room; empathy is not his strong suit by personality or work history.

As far as being too honest, he seems to be about on par for those who preceeded him. Where he can use facts and statistics to butress the Administration' postion, he does; where the fact are against it, he dissembles and deflects. Honesty, may be a virtue but it is, not necessarily, in his job description.

Is he burned out? Probably. Wouldn't you be after dealilng with Helen Thomas and Chuck Todd for a year and a half?

Let him move on and put another pinata in his place.

Posted by: bobfbell | August 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's start with the premise he has an impossible job; divining what the President thinks about the often inane or irrelevant questions asked by the, supposedly, "crack" White House press corp.

Complicating his problems is his "smartest guy in the room" demeanor and obvious disdain for some of the people he is supposed to be in sync with; Gibbs does not share the experience or work history of many in the room; empathy is not his strong suit by personality or work history.

As far as being too honest, he seems to be about on par for those who preceeded him. Where he can use facts and statistics to butress the Administration' postion, he does; where the fact are against it, he dissembles and deflects. Honesty, may be a virtue but it is, not necessarily, in his job description.

Is he burned out? Probably. Wouldn't you be after dealilng with Helen Thomas and Chuck Todd for a year and a half?

Let him move on and put another pinata in his place.

Posted by: bobfbell | August 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs has a tough and demanding job as does
the President. BUT, they are not paid to continue whining as opposed to solving some
of the serious challenges the US faces. Both are far too political in the conduct of the nation's business. How much longer to they think they can get away with blaming the Bush administration. The Bush adminisration was thrown out. HINT,HINT!!

Posted by: gone2dabeachgmailcom | August 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs should be attacking the right.
Replace him with Keith Olberman.

Meanwhile, to the gentleman from texas who posted twice while stroking himself, please secede promptly.

Posted by: jimdim | August 11, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Mr. Gibbs is not "his candor".

The problem is that as White House Spokesperson, he does not appear to possess the cognitive skills/ability, or the desire to develop wisdom in his speech. He seems to be unable to predict how his words can be taken out of context, to justify unjustifiable actions, and even prejudices. His style exudes a serious problem of lacking in foresight, leaving listening wondering what purpose could he personally have harbored in igniting controversy after controversy.

It seems obvious that he did not remotely intend any of the consequences of many of his most frequently quoted speeches, aired repeatedly on prime time. The results of his speech appear to be directly at odds of his personal preferences.

Speaking for the White House is, to foreign countries, speaking for America.

Fortunately, his major blunders are limited to the arena of domestic affairs. However, similar type of mindless speech and blunders can seriously damage delicate relationships with countries whom we rely on as allies. A person who seems easily manipulated to give a reliably mindless response, is potentially a serious liablity for America. At the wrong time, wrong place, and quoted out of context by the wrong people in the wrong country, he could ignite irreparable damages to our national interest.

Firing him then will be too late.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is an idiot just like the rest of the gang that can't shoot straight. Mr. Obama will keep him because he's one of many sycophants that the egomaniac needs.
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You should have to pay royalties to use the term "the gang that can't shoot straight". You've got amnesia or something?

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

There are far more respectable places for an honest journalist to be than shilling for a failed president.

Posted by: manicdrummer | August 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Resign? His kind is exactly what we need out of Washington; straight talk. Let the rest of those bums, the cheat and liars, resign or be thrown out instead

Posted by: likovid | August 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Mr. Gibbs is not "his candor".

The problem is that as White House Spokesperson, he does not appear to possess the cognitive skills/ability, or the desire to develop wisdom in his speech. He seems to be unable to predict how his words can be taken out of context, to justify unjustifiable actions, and even prejudices. His style exudes a serious problem of lacking in foresight, leaving listening wondering what purpose could he personally have harbored in igniting controversy after controversy.

It seems obvious that he did not remotely intend any of the consequences of many of his most frequently quoted speeches, aired repeatedly on prime time. The results of his speech appear to be directly at odds of his personal preferences.

Speaking for the White House is, to foreign countries, speaking for America.

Fortunately, his major blunders are limited to the arena of domestic affairs. However, similar type of mindless speech and blunders can seriously damage delicate relationships with countries whom we rely on as allies. A person who seems easily manipulated to give a reliably mindless response, is potentially a serious liablity for America. At the wrong time, wrong place, and quoted out of context by the wrong people in the wrong country, he could ignite irreparable damages to our national interest.

Firing him then will be too late.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

tm13 said: "blah, blah, anger, blah, hate, blah, blah..."

Holy cats! Get a grip, dude! How long has it been since you were clean and sober?

I love the folks who rant here. For me, it is a constant source of amazement. How can nutroot liberals speak so adamantly of their beliefs, yet have such little real knowledge or understanding in what they say? Completely unhinged, to say the least.

You should chill, tm13, and hope that vein in your forehead doesn't burst soon. And, for the love of God, stop watching Olbermann!

Posted by: duffmeister | August 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I've indicated before that, while I despise Barack Obama and his ilk, I despise Robert Gibbs even more, if that's possible. His every move reeks of sarcasm - and, quite frankly, I don't believe a word he says. I'm a Christian man, but I couldn't care less what happens to Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: rpcv84 | August 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Mr. Gibbs is not "his candor".

The problem is that as White House Spokesperson, he does not appear to possess the cognitive skills/ability, or the desire to develop wisdom in his speech. He seems to be unable to predict how his words can be taken out of context, to justify unjustifiable actions, and even prejudices. His style of rhetorics repeatedly represents serious a lack of foresight, with no real purpose for the controversy.

Fortunately, his major blunders are limited to the arena of domestic affairs. However, similar type of mindless speech and blunders can seriously damage delicate relationships with countries whom we rely on as allies. A person who seems easily manipulated to give a reliably mindless response, is potentially a serious liablity for America. At the wrong time, wrong place, and quoted out of context by the wrong people in the wrong country, he could ignite irreparable damages to our national interest.

Firing him then will be too late.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Mr. Gibbs is not "his candor".

The problem is that as White House Spokesperson, he does not appear to possess the cognitive skills/ability, or the desire to develop wisdom in his speech. He seems to be unable to predict how his words can be taken out of context, to justify unjustifiable actions, and even prejudices. His style of rhetorics repeatedly represents serious lack of foresight, with no real purpose for the controversy.

Fortunately, his major blunders are limited to domestic affairs. However, similar type of mindless speech and blunders can seriously damage delicate relationships with countries whom we rely on as allies. A person who seems easily manipulated to give a reliably mindless response that represent America, is potentially a serious liablity for America. At the wrong time, wrong place, and dealing with the wrong country, he could ignite irreparable damages to our national interest.

Firing him then will be too late.

Posted by: Joallen8 | August 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

As a right wing neocon I really hope Gibbs stays on, his progressive, obnoxious vitriolic demeanor typifies and exemplifies the disdain this administration/monarchy has for the American people and our constitution.

Posted by: DavidInTexas

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The Posting of the Day! Kudos to "DavidInTexas"!

Posted by: JAH3 | August 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

As a right wing neocon I really hope Gibbs stays on, his progressive, obnoxious vitriolic demeanor typifies and exemplifies the disdain this administration/monarchy has for the American people and our constitution.

Posted by: DavidInTexas

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The Posting of the Day! Kudos to "DavidInTexas"!

Posted by: JAH3 | August 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If Gibbs reflects the thinking in the Oval Office -- which you have to figure he does -- it is very troubling. That thing about shutting down the DOD is an egregious straw man argument. The DOD and the all that secret apparatus has grown like a cancer in the last 10 years. You could take just a fraction of the excess growth, just skim off some of the duplication and the redundancy, and devote that money to building up the State Department — diplomacy and friendly relations — and accomplish all kinds of things that violence and threats will never accomplish. But Obama is not even considering that. And yet he won the Peace Prize.

Obama winning the Peace Prize is like George Bush getting to be President while losing the popular vote. It's crazy cognitive dissonance ... and yet they never mention it. I guess if you're in that game, you can't talk about the elephant in the room. But Obama is a war president presiding over a hugely bloated defense establishment and he negotiates with nobody. You don't have to favor abolishing the Pentagon to see that we are indulging in a huge, irrational waste of resources. I'm not saying starve yourself, I'm just saying how about losing that last dozen donuts and the three milk shakes, you obese f---, and jog for about fifty steps once in a while.

If these people are really getting that rigidly defensive, they have a big problem. Characterizing reasonable criticisms of your stance as extremist and unrealistic ... that's really hiding from life. Forget about the politics -- are they locking America into a future of reflexive military reaction and no peaceful engagement with the world? Cause ... you can't waste that kind of billions and thrive. Mindless militarism and a neglect of the peacetime economy brought down the Soviet Union. It sure can't be good for America.

Obama may be the wrong guy to draw down the overgrown military, though. Like only Nixon could go to China -- maybe we need a military guy in there if we want to have a President who can face down the defense establishment and the Homedog Securitah Brothas.

Posted by: pressF1 | August 11, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

VOTE REPUBLICAN AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.
THINGS WERE MUCH BETTER BEFORE OBAMA.
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oh really? have you forgotten the Bush disaster already? The unnecessary invasion of Iraq. Lies about wmd. torture. Cheney and his need to feed Haliburton big fat contracts. The fact that the housing bust started under Bush. We were ATTACKED on Bush's watch... an attack he used to attack a country that had nothing to do with the attack.
Tax cuts to the RICH. (like they needed that)
Katina, religion shoved down our throats.
you get the picture.

Posted by: bozhogg | August 11, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is an idiot just like the rest of the gang that can't shoot straight. Mr. Obama will keep him because he's one of many sycophants that the egomaniac needs.

Posted by: Hairless | August 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if Gibbs goes we could get someone who has respect for the American people and is a clear stand-up guy who knows how to speak to and how to treat the press and the folks they write for -- like when 'W' was Precedent, ya know, our kinda guy.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | August 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, along with his boss.

Posted by: JAH3 | August 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with Gibbs. The dramatic deterioration in Obama's facial appearance is not a normal or even stress induced aging process. The American public should demand a full disclosure of Obama's medical records to include a current complete physical examination. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | August 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse


"Gibbs" is short for "gibberish," just as “liberal” has become a synonym for “liar.”

Posted by: Jerzy | August 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

What is with the Professional Left, are they that evil as we had thought?

Posted by: theaz | August 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad that the whole stinking lot will be gone in two and a half years, assuming we can survive them that long.

Posted by: eoniii | August 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The only good thing you can say about Gibbs is that he's not Ari "It's a sin not to tell a lie" Fleischer, or Tony Snowjob, or Dana "Queen of the Bimbos" Perino.

Then there was that all-time priceless Bush pick, Scotty "Watch Me Sweat" McLellan.

Hey, maybe Gibbs isn't so bad after all.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | August 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As a right wing neocon I really hope Gibbs stays on, his progressive, obnoxious vitriolic demeanor typifies and exemplifies the disdain this administration/monarchy has for the American people and our constitution.

Posted by: DavidInTexas | August 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an Undercover Republican, fool and One-term loser.

He still has some Democrat folks fooled, but most see this administration for what it is. Cowards and sellouts – first they lie to their base, next they disappoint their base and now they attack their base.

This sellout will be back in Chicago in 2012 wondering why his base didn’t buy his BS – after all Bush’s base brought his.

Well Mr. Obama, Bush’s base ain’t that bright – they actually vote against their own interest, like giving extremely wealthy folks tax-cuts while they suffer. They (Republicans) put people in office that ship they jobs overseas. They (Republicans) elect folks that let companies hire illegal immigrants and tell them to blame the immigrants (and they do). They (Republicans) let their politicians take money from their kid’s education budget to hire more and more police that harass them to bring in revenue. This moronic process is creating a nation of criminals. We do they get away with it? Because Republicans use racist code-words and statements to imply that they are on the side of bigots. But the bigots are too stupid to realize that they folks have corrupt souls and are only concern with their own agendas – not the bigots.

Hillary needs to resign now from the DoS and run again in 2012.

Posted by: question-guy | August 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sure, vote RepubliKKKan and take the country back...uh, to where?
How far back you wanna go...Nixon's 30,000 name 'enemies' list...
..Bush's war fought for the security of the Saudis...the Fed run by 'free-marketeer Greenspan...
Gee, it's just so hard to know JUST how far back we should go....pre-fire days?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | August 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Please don't let gibbs leave! He is the perfect face for obama :-)
He has done so much for the Republicans!
We will pay his salary :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | August 11, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an Undercover Republican, fool and One-term loser.

He still has some Democrat folks fooled, but most see this administration for what it is. Cowards and sellouts – first they lie to their base, next they disappoint their base and now they attack their base.

This sellout will be back in Chicago in 2012 wondering why his base didn’t buy his BS – after all Bush’s base brought his.

Well Mr. Obama, Bush’s base ain’t that bright – they actually vote against their own interest, like giving extremely wealthy folks tax-cuts while they suffer. They (Republicans) put people in office that ship they jobs overseas. They (Republicans) elect folks that let companies hire illegal immigrants and tell them to blame the immigrants (and they do). They (Republicans) let their politicians take money from their kid’s education budget to hire more and more police that harass them to bring in revenue. This moronic process is creating a nation of criminals. We do they get away with it? Because Republicans use racist code-words and statements to imply that they are on the side of bigots. But the bigots are too stupid to realize that they folks have corrupt souls and are only concern with their own agendas – not the bigots.

Hillary needs to resign now from the DoS and run again in 2012.

Posted by: question-guy | August 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Resign? Why should he resign? What is wrong with having a stammering idiot as the voice for the rest of the idiots he is paid to lie for?

Since day one, Gibbs' comments have been snide, aloof, arrogant, and happen to mirror exactly the Messiah's own disconnect with the American people.

It's hard to believe that being "too honest" would be considered a bad thing by the "most open and honest administration ever."

Posted by: duffmeister | August 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing right about the right wing. They were wrong about Iraq and everything else. They are the wrong wing of American politics. There's no easy way out, either on the economy or Iraq/Afghanistan. President Obama and Robert Gibbs need to realize who their friends are. Extend your hand in friendship to the right and they'll bite it off and leave you with a bloody stump. Their policies are dead wrong for this country and a proven, demonstrated fact. No wonder they're waiting for September to unveil their "alternative" policies. Why even bother? We already know what their policies are - tax cuts for the wealthiest, a huge bloated defense budget and still more unnecessary wars. They call Obama a socialist, yet oppose his privatization initiative for lift to LEO. They portray themselves as great protectors of the Constitution - except for those parts that they don't like - which apparently includes the First Amendment. An ignorant, fearful suits their purposes just fine. That explains their contempt and hatred of teachers and public schools. They fan the flames of prejudice and bigotry because it serves their interests to do so. They are so anxious to finish the job of destroying our government so that big international corporations can run everything. They want to make "ground zero" into another "holy" site. Any regrets regrets over the 4500+ American lives lost in the Iraq War? Nope. Not a bit. They don't care and want more of the same. These people worship money and that makes them about as Christian as they are American. Their Tea Potty is nothing but boiling cauldron of piss. President Obama needs to replace Robert Gibbs (and his Treasury Secretary) and pay attention to the people who elected him.

Posted by: tm13 | August 11, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yep and take Rahm with him.

Posted by: solsticebelle | August 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

By Professional Left are you refering to Bill Maher?

Posted by: Green10 | August 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs stays and "Sleepy" leaves, Hill takes over,perfect!

Posted by: harcohen | August 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs stays and "Sleepy" leaves, Hill takes over,perfect!

Posted by: harcohen | August 11, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares? Is this position really necessary? The White House press corps, no matter which president is holding office, is a bunch of poodles that, on most days, try to gin up stories where there are none. The WHPC sits around in their little mini-offices and desks, takes a briefing, makes phone calls, and generates 500-word stories and 5-minute news segments that no better capture the world in which we live than moths' wings can beat out a fire.

Posted by: Meepo | August 11, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Who really cares? Is this position really necessary? The White House press corps, no matter which president is holding office, is a bunch of poodles that, on most days, try to gin up stories where there aren't. The WHPC sits around in their little mini-offices and desks, takes a briefing, makes phone calls, and generates 500-word stories and 5-minute news segments that no better capture the world in which we live than moths' wings can beat out a fire.

Posted by: Meepo | August 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs should not step aside. He, like most of the others in the Obama administration, including Obama, are so lacking in background and experience for their present jobs, they are the best reasons to remove them from office come the next election.

Posted by: mfsinsd | August 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The fact that the right-wingers here on this blog are patting Gibbs on the back says all that needs to be said about whether he needs to stay. If he's appealing to them, and not the left, he's not properly representing Obama.

Posted by: mypitts2 | August 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

He should never have been given the job.

He has all the charisma, energy, enthusiasm and charm of a three-day-old piece of road kill.

He's the "face" of the Obama administration -- and it's time to acknowledge the ugliness and go for a transplant.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | August 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Ideologues on either side of the spectrum are hard to bear. You do get more angry with thae ideologues that are supposed to be on your "side" yet contantly carp about everything you haven't done while totally ignoring what you have done. It's like losing 50 pounds, earning a PhD and getting engaged all in a year, and when your family sees you, all they can say is that you're dressed like a bum and you need a haircut. And why are you still driving that crappy car? Democrats expect the right to be jerks, but the have a right expect the left to give them the benefit of the doubt. A constant professional leftist whine is "where were you tea partiers when Bush was in office?" They were supporting him--he may have been a jerk, but he was THEIR jerk. We could learn a little loyaly from them. Not that we have to be goosestepping locksteppers, but c'mon. President Obama and the Democratic majority have accomplished a lot under very difficult circumstances. Keep carping and you'll give us something( a Republican majority) to really carp about. The rights has enough power as itt is. Do we really want to add our voices to theirs?

Posted by: wd1214 | August 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

No fan of Gibbs, but you ought to watch the daily press briefings on the WH web site and you will see just how shallow the press corps is. They don't probe or asked good follow up questions...one example today when Gibbs was talking about all the saved teacher's jobs...no one asked how those jobs were saved when all the teachers were already on the job in all the schools---You see, school in most places has been going on for a week....maybe kids were sitting in class without a teacher....dud.

Posted by: tonyjm | August 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why should he resign or moved away from the spotlight? He told the truth. The professional liberals, and for that matter, the professional reactionaries need to grow up and stop having tantrums when they do not get what they want. Throwing the blame back is a cheap and childish thing, too. That's what the professional liberals are doing and Mr. Wilson has joined in.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | August 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Why should he resign or moved away from the spotlight? He told the truth. The professional liberals, and for that matter, the professional reactionaries need to grow up and stop having tantrums when they do not get what they want. Throwing the blame back is a cheap and childish thing, too. That's what the professional liberals are doing and Mr. Wilson has joined in.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | August 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole administration should pack it in. Either Time or Newsweek is running a story about Hilary Clinton as Obama's 2012 running mate. I think that idea should be scrapped; make Mrs. Clinton the Democratic candidate for President in '12, and the Democrats might stand a chance. But one thing is for sure - Obama and his pouty possee of foot-stomping, fist-shaking infants terrible should be given their walking papers asap. I'll happily wave buh-bye, even as they fling their juice boxes and cry 'Unfair! Unfair!!' all the way to their new book deals and cable newsertainment shows. Lets get some grown-ups to work here.

Posted by: seabelly1 | August 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

There is no change when Obama hired all of Junior Bushs Neo Conservative sleeper operatives and put them in key positions of power to manipulate policy decisions and stall and stymie any and all invstigations into the corruption and misdeeds of certain key individuals.

Posted by: CurtJ | August 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Leave Gibbs Alone!

Everyone one knows he's right about the progressives. They are dumber than box of rocks.

Only 12% of Americans are progressive and where else are those nutbags going to go? They can either worship Obama like their told or go start their own party. They could call it the Communist Party.

Posted by: robtr | August 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs can only take so much flip flopping and story changing. This administration is so wishy washy that they actually make Gibbs' job the most difficult in the entire administration. I mean Obama has it easy, he's played golf over 40 times since being in office........

Posted by: Jsuf | August 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It is Time for America to move on! - Our Founders would laugh at how Stupid & Naive the U.S. Citizens have become! --- --- When will the SUCKERS ever 'Wake-Up'? - WE-the-People are the Suckers,- and have been Lied to by both the RED & BLUE TRAITORS!! - The Controllers,- both Democrat & Republican, have suckered the U.S. Citizens into believing that they really care, and really are 'FOR' the People! ha!- JOKE to the MAX America!! -- - I voted for OBAMA, and for 'Real Change',- but now know that it was All a LIE!! - Neither Usury party care at all about WE-the-People - PERIOD!! -- So get over it SUCKERS! -- We need a new Patriot People's 3rd Party NOW!!! -- ENOUGH LIES, USURY, $DEBT, THEFT, ECONOMIC TERRORISM, & thr $Rich get Richer "CRAP"!!! -- WE must take Our' REPUBLIC back from these Globalist $BANKster Criminals!! -- Repeal the Federal Reserve Act NOW!!- Send those BANKster Cartel Criminals back to Europe where they came from back in 1911-1913!! -- END the Wealthy Elitist $GRAND THEFT of WE the Workers!!! -- Both RED & BLUE Traitors have invaded and controlled Our CONGRESS long Enough!! -- Our Founding Fathers would be SO Ashamed at how WE the People have been Suckered into Economic Slavery to these Globalsit $BANKster Criminals,--- under the so-called Federal-Reserve USERS!!
-- jward52 (join with the New-Heirs-of-Liberty- to establish the 'PPP',- the Patriot People's Party)

Posted by: jward52 | August 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

He should take a hike.

Since day one, Obama has started all negotiations just slightly left of center, and given away all his chips to a party that is through it's surrogate media partner, is rabidly trying to inspire his assasination.

Obama needs to put his heel on the throats of the american right the same way Bush did to the country for his his most destructive and criminal objectives.

Learn or be burned, dems. Nice guys don't finish.

Posted by: jfern03 | August 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

washpost18; easily deceived are we? just the kind of voter Obama loves.

Posted by: mmourges

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The first step to admitting you need help is to admit you have a problem. I'm glad to read you admit you are easily deceived. Now replace some of that Faux news with legitimate reporting, perhaps add a sprinkle of real life experience, and you can maybe become a productive member of society rather than remaining the partisan retard you currently are.

Posted by: washpost18 | August 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think that the intent of his statement is to say we wouldn't get anywhere if everyone had to fall into "lock-step" with the Republicans OR with the Democrats, whether they be Centrists or as far from center as you can get, nothing would get accomplished.

Here we've got bills passed for Healthcare, Stimulus, extension of unemployment and Financial Reform.

Are they exactly what the die-hard Republicans or Democrats wanted?

Of course not! But nothing would have been achieved if a bill was presented with all their desires and preferences.

I wonder what some people's marriages must be like today if not for a little give and take. Maybe that's why so many people are nasty.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | August 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are supposed to be the left-wing party. Why do they win rich Arlington, Marin, and Westchester by 2 to 1 and lose the poor and middle income whites (the red voters) by 3 to 2? It is not just cultural issues or Obama wouldn't mind raising the taxes of the top 25% (the rich), those over $100,000 family income. Gibbs is like Obama and Adlai Stevenson--anti-New Deal, anti-workers, anti-middle class whites. The left-wing party is supposed to be a tiny slice to the left of the center--the center being those with a family income of $60,000. That is all the professional liberals are saying. Obama's health care is to right of Nixon and his foreign policy is way to the right of it. When a professional liberal has to dream of Nixon, you know why the public is so angry.

Posted by: jhough1 | August 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are supposed to be the left-wing party. Why do they win rich Arlington, Marin, and Westchester by 2 to 1 and lose the poor and middle income whites (the red voters) by 3 to 2? It is not just cultural issues or Obama wouldn't mind raising the taxes of the top 25% (the rich), those over $100,000 family income. Gibbs is like Obama and Adlai Stevenson--anti-New Deal, anti-workers, anti-middle class whites. The left-wing party is supposed to be a tiny slice to the left of the center--the center being those with a family income of $60,000. That is all the professional liberals are saying. Obama's health care is to right of Nixon and his foreign policy is way to the right of it. When a professional liberal has to dream of Nixon, you know why the public is so angry.

Posted by: jhough1 | August 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

There is no change when Obama hired all of Junior Bushs Neo Conservative sleeper operatives and put them in key positions of power to manipulate policy decisions and stall and stymie any and all invstigations into the corruption and misdeeds of certain key individuals.

Posted by: CurtJ | August 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

washpost18; easily deceived are we? just the kind of voter Obama loves.

Posted by: mmourges | August 11, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I thought Joe Gibbs left a few years ago?

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

No keep him. He's the best thing that's happened to the REPS since Obama was elected.

Posted by: askgees | August 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The truth hurts any time the situation is not going well.

Posted by: vrytix | August 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

No. He needs to say and keep talking.

Posted by: mike9270 | August 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

A press secretary that speaks truth regardless of who might be inconvenienced by it? It's a shocker for many and a huge adjustment after the revolving door of compulsive liars the Bush administration paraded out for everyone but I say it's about time. Certainly qualifies as change I can believe in.

Posted by: washpost18 | August 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Professional Liberals" would not be so upset had Obama merely lived up to his campaign promises.

Posted by: deehoover | August 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It's not candor that gets him in trouble, but being a pompous ass! He's almost as poor a communicator as Tim Geithner, although that's a heavy burden to bear!

Posted by: 54465446 | August 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The MSM loves a good food fight more than anything else in the world so when the Whitehouse gratuitously trashes it's own base the story becomes irresistible.
If the Whitehouse doesn't think their "successes" are getting proper appreciation perhaps they should consider not clumsily stepping all over their own message. Even a barely competent press secretary should be capable of that.

BTW did Obama sign some sort of legislation yesterday? Didn't hear much about that.

Posted by: markswisshelm | August 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Chief propagandist gibbs now has TWO STRIKES against him from the lunatic-left:
1. Telling the truth that the lunatic-left d-crat socialists will bite the big one in November (with subsequent vicious attacks by crazy pelosi and other lunatics).
2. Telling the foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics to cool down their comments on their Messiah (with the predicable reaction - even MORE foaming).

I'm loving it!
If he keeps this up, SOMEBODY may actually believe something he says, which in the "You Lie!" hussein WH would be the exception to the rule.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | August 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Rats, sinking ship, etc....

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Will Gibbs grab a beer, pull the ripcord, and exit the White House via emergency inflating slide?

Posted by: j3hess | August 11, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama's time to enact change, be it good or bad is over. The republicans will take more than enough seats in both the house and senate to prevent anything the democrats propose from becomming law. The result, lame duck governmnet until at least February 2013. Then what? SOS.
What a country. LOL.

Posted by: dem4life1 | August 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Too much transparency... oh well.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Gibbs was chosen to deliver this particular message: There is an election coming and there are far worse things than not getting everything you want from the White House.

Posted by: owney | August 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sad when the White House, criticized for not being candid enough and being too cautious in giving out information, is now being pushed to sacrifice Gibbs. He was refreshing in his frustration-induced honesty. Gibbs spoke for a lot of us, no matter how inartful.

The progressive left eats its own. Why? Because Obama didn't take on every issue people care about at the same time? Because the base is made up of single issues and thinks incrementalism is a sell-out? Because he didn't tack far enough left as an opening gambit? Who knows?! But one thing is certain: broad-brush criticism and self-interest will restore Bush/Cheney anti-science, anti-intellectual, disregard-for-the-disadvantaged policies. To move the country forward, Obama has to have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And that won't happen if progressives continue to throw rocks and refuse to acknowledge his accomplishments.

Posted by: patr2 | August 11, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Bi BI Gibbs, you've been all used up. You and the whole administration need to be drug tested.

Posted by: marbie4me | August 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

He told the truth and caused two minor media flaps. The total number of people who actually bent out of shape by what he said is probably five. I think his jobs is safe if he still wants to do it. Perhaps he should take a vacation.

Posted by: skrut003 | August 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The first time gibbs ever told the truth and now the really loonie left want him out. I just love the left eating their own.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gibbs should now go and serve his country in Afghanistan and learn what it like to commit oneself rather than just be a smart arse and involve oneself.

Posted by: BrownShoeAirForcePilot | August 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gibbs shoiuld now go and serve his country in Afghanistan and learn what it like to commit oneself rather than just be a smart arse and involve oneself.

Posted by: BrownShoeAirForcePilot | August 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs needs to go, the Democratic party is coming apart,Obama needs to get a grip. Hillary is a better choice, less lies and keeps her word, Obama is just lying to both Progessives and moderates.

Posted by: Richie5 | August 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The problem isn't that he's too honest. The problem is the bubble that they want to live in. That this Administration hasn't underestimated its own policies and overestimated Republicans fidelity to this country or their sworn duty as legislators. They keep saying that there are philosophical differences, and Obama supported that talking point. The only real conviction they have is to oppose Obama.

They want tax cuts and get them, but they aren't happy. They claim to care about the deficit, but look at what they did while in power. Spent all kinds of money on nothing apparently, while reducing the revenue of gov't increasing the deficit like crazy. Look at who their interests really are. They are on the wrong side of just about every issue for thinking people. They pretend to cry about bailouts, but Bush started them. And they care sooo much, that they tried to block financial reform (though it doesn't go nearly far enough to clean up the messes on Wall Street). Can you believe they clamor about closing a tax loophole that allows companies to benefit while sending jobs overseas in this awful recession, still - while at the same time putting teachers down? WOW. Yeah, the big bad evil unions...wait, don't corporations have more power and money?

As a liberal, I have to say the Obama Administration has been a disappointment - not for what it's done, but for what it hasn't done. I didn't expect it all to change over night, and I didn't expect him to bring all kinds of jobs back - where's the private sector on that? Oh right, keeping their money to themselves and not hiring, even with all the bailouts, tax cuts, and various gov't help that Republicans pretend to be against.

The gov't didn't have to do more - it should have spent money more wisely. Cutting taxes as much as they have hasn't done a da_n thing - but you'd never know they were as low as they are, if Republicans had their say.

As liberal as they claim Obama to be, he certainly likes to cave in to the right when it comes to crafting his so-called liberal agenda. Meanwhile, these animals continue to call him every name in the book and he just takes it. It's Kerry-pathetic.

Posted by: fbutler1 | August 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

gibbs, like all pols, should remember that the last time we voted, we voted to reverse the disaster that the bush/cheney junta created.

less talk.

spank him.

and get back to the business of rebuilding this train wreck.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | August 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Gibb's has a good point that Fox has these paid Leftists - it's always 'Fox News Contributor'.

Everyone forgets it was under Bush Goldman ran rampant artificially skyrocketing the housing market- Paulson as Sec. of Tresaury ? X CEO of Goldman ? are you KIDDING ME ? Even doled out amonts $25 billioin to Goldman which they didn't even need ?

The housing sector is tanked folks- and Goldman pushed for it- coupled with front runner venues like Fox News promoted Countrywide ? Remember all thsoe Countrywide ads on Fox ? they were the #1 promoter.

This group at Fox wants to BREAK this nation- then restore it with 'proper Christian values'.

See it - or you're being taken for a ride.

It's not about race- indeed


It's about RELIGION.

This is WHY the entire 'terror' crapola scenario shows up - it's ALWAYS those Islamic terrorists

Telling you - this nation had a Christian theocracy in 2000 as a coup.

We may never recover.

Posted by: MrSun | August 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I'm too idealistic, but I find it sad that a reporter suggests the White House press secretary move on for being too honest. Might not such candor be (at least part of) the change people were hoping the Obama administration might bring to Washington?

I say hooray for Gibbs. Let's cut the crap and tell things as they are for a while, see if that gets us anywhere...

Posted by: rosefarm1 | August 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

no it's not time for him to go... we need more straight talk.

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VOTE REPUBLICAN AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.
THINGS WERE MUCH BETTER BEFORE OBAMA.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY
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you must be seriously brain damaged to not see the error in your thinking.

Posted by: bdubdc | August 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Barry should man up and hold a press conference....quit holding Gibbs responsible for transmitting the propaganda. Robert is just not good at it. He's a thinking man, not a confidence man.

Posted by: bandcyuk | August 11, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

He might as well go all the way and say 1.1 million green cards a year while unemployment is 15 million really is because ethnic cleansing of the White Race is the policy.

Posted by: OldAtlantic

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SIG HEIL brother!

you disgust me

Posted by: theobserver4 | August 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Its time Obama did a shake up of his entire cabinet. They have not seved him well and making some changes will signal that he is ready o try new tactics to fight the Party of NO as well as appease those to the Left who want something...anything...to point to that says he is at least partially in their camp. I have seen nothing yet.

Posted by: atroncale1 | August 11, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

He might as well go all the way and say 1.1 million green cards a year while unemployment is 15 million really is because ethnic cleansing of the White Race is the policy.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | August 11, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

No it isn't time to have Gibbs stand down. Give the man a raise!

This administration has done a hell of a lot in a year and a half and people who wished that electing Obama would have them farting out rainbows in a year's time do need to have their head examined.

Posted by: theobserver4 | August 11, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Gibbs..pack your bags.

Posted by: tonyjm | August 11, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Gibbs..pack your bags.

Posted by: tonyjm | August 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

OOPS! Gibbs did something that most liberal leftist democRATS don't do; He told the truth. DemocRATS can't stand hearing the truth.

Posted by: NO-bama | August 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The answer is YES!!!!! The guy's another Chicago BOZO. It's the economy/jobs stupid!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | August 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOBS JOBS OBAMA?
SAVINGS JOBS IS A REAL LAUGHER. LARGER AND LARGER DEFICITS EVERY DAY CAN BE BLAMED DIRECTLY ON OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS.

Imagine if you hired someone to fix a problem and every solution did not come close to resolving the problem and they said it was someone else's fault. Then said I did not realize the scope of the problem followed by I understand the problem and know what to do about it.

Every projection over the last year has been off by large margins. Every bit of bad employment, unemployment and GDP was not even near the predicted numbers and they always were far worse, always!

I think obama and the democrats believe if they blow enough smoke up your back side that everything will seem just fine.

VOTE REPUBLICAN AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.
THINGS WERE MUCH BETTER BEFORE OBAMA.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | August 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I love that his problem is that he's too honest.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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