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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/26/2010

Gibbs: Guantanamo not closing any time soon

By Aaron Blake and Rachel Weiner

Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.

CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Gibbs: Guantanamo not closing any time soon

It's "probably gonna be a while" before the prison at Guantanamo Bay closes, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. He suggested that the influx of Republicans in Congress could make fulfilling Obama's campaign promise more difficult.

"I think part of this depends on the Republicans' willingness to work with the administration on this," he said.

Obama hasn't smoked a cigarette in about nine months, Gibbs revealed. "It was a commitment that I think he made to himself at the end of the health care and with his two daughters in mind," Gibbs said. "It's really stuck."

Also on "State of the Union," Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano defended the government's anti-terror measures. Napolitano also said the use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs at airports around the country will not change for the "foreseeable future." New machines and procedures, she argued, picked up more contraband: "Everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment."

FOX NEWS: FOX NEWS SUNDAY - "No way" Coburn will run for reelection

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said the United States could be in the same financial crisis as Greece in the next three or four years. "That may scare some folks," Coburn said. "It's not intended to. ... If we don't take some pain now, we're going to take some apocalyptic pain." Coburn predicted a 15-18 percent unemployment rate and an 18-19 percent decline in the Gross Domestic Product, which would lead to printing money and hyperinflation.

Coburn also said there is "no way, no how" he would break a term-limit pledge and run for reelection in 2016.

NBC NEWS: MEET THE PRESS - Obama will leave Washington more

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama made more of an effort to reach out to Republicans during the lame duck session of Congress, during which Congress passed a number of bipartisan compromises. "I think what we saw after the midterm was a president who said, 'I'm going to reach out more, I'm going to try harder,' and they reciprocated," Jarrett said.

Jarrett also said that Obama will spend more time outside of Washington in 2011. The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington "bubble."

CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Gentry Collins defends resignation letter

Former Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins said Sunday that his brutal resignation letter was not meant for the press. "What I had witnessed over the course of the summer and fall is that members simply hadn't been given the facts," he said. The letter, he pointed out, "doesn't mention Chairman Steele" directly. Critics within the committee, he said, have not "been able to refute any of the facts that I laid out in that letter."

While he avoided a direct attack on Steele, Collins did take one subtle shot, saying, "I think a number of things that happened at the RNC argue that we need new leadership... that doesn't have as its first mission saying provocative things on news shows."

ABC NEWS: THIS WEEK: General says disability evaluation system needs fixing

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, said the methods used to screen returning soldiers for disabilities needs to be overhauled. "The disability evaluation system is a World War II relic. It was designed for a whole different force coming out of World War II," he said. "We need to understand that a volunteer army is totally different from the Army we had in World War II that it is a totally different kind of soldier in today's Army and throughout the services, and we've got to fix that system."

By Aaron Blake and Rachel Weiner  | December 26, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
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Comments


Knew that comment was coming and was not surprised. It is one of the smartest moves the White House has made regarding Gitmo. Thanks to the President for making a much needed decision.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/27/1989532/guantanamo-not-closing-soon.html#ixzz19MieoDts

Posted by: wilson0004 | December 27, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Knew that comment was coming and was not surprised. It is one of the smartest moves the White House has made regarding Gitmo. Thanks to the President for making a much needed decision.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/27/1989532/guantanamo-not-closing-soon.html#ixzz19MieoDts

Posted by: wilson0004 | December 27, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey pencil neck, Gibbs Have you removed your ballet slipper from the neck of BP? That was such an impressive move on your part. Go swimming and maybe one of your jellyfish cousins will sting you. You are a loser

Posted by: nomobarry | December 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

fury60,

None of what you say is Bush's fault!

Cheney's The One!

Posted by: kishorgala | December 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Gibbs: Guantanamo not closing any time soon"
========================================
Will Guantanamo be closing when nearing the 2012 elections?

Posted by: kishorgala | December 27, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It's the Washington hoodwink. And it don't matter which side of the Beltway you're going doen. Nether party really wants to do anything that is much more than a lick and a promise. Even window dressing would be going to far and for the most part the whitewash is so watered down neither the EPA nor the FDA can locate enough of it to list as a trace element. The only promise these guys keep seems to be, "This year we got the shaft and next year it'll be royal."

Posted by: glenglish | December 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama is going to spend the next lame duck two years of his failed presidency going on even more expensive foreign vacations, at the taxpayers' expense.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 27, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What a joke!! Another Bush policy that Odumba crapped on yet holds fast to.

Same with holding current tax rates (For the sheeple, the tax deal was NOT a tax reduction - it was a status quo "decision"...a no brainer decision for most. Odumba had a hard time with it due to ideology and his hate for the tax payer.)

Posted by: NO-bama | December 27, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

It's all George Bush's fault. . .

He broke Obama's promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.

He broke Obama's promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.

He broke Obama's promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

He broke Obama's promise to end earmarks.

He broke Obama's promise to not force Americans to buy health insurance.

He broke Obama's promise to cut spending.

He broke Obama's promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

He broke Obama's promise to make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America 's most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.

He broke Obama's promise to never allow Iran the ability to create nuclear weapons.

He broke Obama's promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.

He broke Obama's promise that 90% of the stimulus jobs created would be in the private sector.

He broke Obama's promise that that if you like their current health plan you can keep it.

He broke Obama's promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.

He broke Obama's promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.

He broke Obama's promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.

He broke Obama's promise to not increase taxes on families making under 250k

He broke Obama's promise to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter of last year.

If not for Bush, all of Obama promises would have been kept, the economy would be back on track, Iran would have stopped its work on developing a nuclear bomb and would be negotiating a peace treaty with Israel . North Korea would have ended its tyrannical regime, and integrity would have been restored to the federal government.

Posted by: fury60 | December 27, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Guess reality does not listen to rerick. Right Mr. Gibbs ...... but of course you will never admit that fact!!

Posted by: bkarpus | December 27, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Much to Obama's chagrin, he found out the main "Outrage!!!!! SHOCK!!!" about Guantanamo had come from loud noisy voices on the Left and the Progressive Jewish Media and the Euro Effete - who saw the whole "abuse of innocent Muslims" allegation as a great way to attack the hated Dubya.
He found to his own Outrage!! and Shock!! that the rest of the country wasn't especially keen on being "Enemy Lovers", didn't want them freed to kill American troops, didn't believe foreign terrorists deserved full rights and deluxe trials in the US - and a majority supported giving Islamoid terrorists tough interrogations if it saved lives.
Unlike the Euroweenies, the ACLU, the Progressive Jewish Media of JournoList, or the hard Left who would escape consequence - Obama knows full well the dead bodies of Americans linked to some crazed Islamoid he lets Holder spring from GITMO will be figuratively carried right to the Oval Office door.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | December 26, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

From the article:Jarrett also said that Obama will spend more time outside of Washington in 2011. The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington "bubble."

After all, the real American people have representation in Congress unlike the people the President lives among here in the District.

Posted by: Fabrisse | December 26, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

"Also on "State of the Union," Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano defended the government's anti-terror measures. Napolitano also said the use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs at airports around the country will not change for the "foreseeable future." New machines and procedures, she argued, picked up more contraband: "Everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment." "

____________

Is this woman's resignation on the presidents desk yet?

Everyone responsible for the repeated violations of law now occurring with impunity at our airports should be terminated.

What a huge mistake.

Why is there no leadership in the so-called Department of Homeland Security?

Abolish this poser of an agency and give the responsibilities back to Justice and DOD where they belong.

Posted by: aes7 | December 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the clown will go back to Indonesia or wherever he came from. We wouldn't miss the incompetent slug.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Obama spent an inordinate amount of time on the campaign trail. Every time he wanted to say anything, he had to fly to someplace. He never tried to speak to ALL the American people, only selected audiences.

Is it time to start campaigning for 2012?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 26, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Out of sight, out of mind. No chance.

Posted by: logicprevails | December 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"Jarrett also said that Obama will spend more time outside of Washington in 2011. The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington 'bubble.'"

What that means folks is that Obama will be on the campaign trail full force for the 2012 election - we need to get together between now and then to vote him, his cronies and as many donkeycrats as possible out of office.

I for one was really put out by all the coverage he was given in the 2008 election which over-polluted the airwaves - we do not nee to see his ugly, arrogant face any more.

Posted by: apdseal | December 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Only thing better than Obama spending less time in Washington would be if he spent less time in the US.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | December 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Valerie Jarrett says "...The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington "bubble."

That's rich!

When Obama says out of one side of his mouth that "jobs are my top priority" and says out of the other side of his mouth that he's going to "spend" more time out of DC.

Translation: Obama's going to go on the Presidential campaign trail in 2011 for his re-election and to heck with the unemployment and economic crisis.

What a guy!

Posted by: janet8 | December 26, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants to spend less time in DC? Who cares?

Posted by: shewholives | December 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

But where else will we torture patsy's until they "confess" to the false flag terrorism ?

Posted by: DJBALL604 | December 26, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

WOW, Democrats once again blaming republicans for their failures!

I thought Obama was going to move all of the GITMO prisoners to GITMO North, ourside of Chicago? Whatever happened to that plan?

It is so sad that Democrats lack the leadership ability to take any responsibility for their failures. Imagine your boss at your job pointing fingers at you for every failing of the company achieving its visions. Doesn't quite work that way.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | December 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to leave and not come back. Take San Fran Nan, Joe Biden, Barney Frank-hider and John Kerry with him.

Everyone that supports this passel of Marxist Criminals should go with them when they are run out of town.

Posted by: Etek | December 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"I think what we saw after the midterm was a president who said, 'I'm going to reach out more, I'm going to try harder,' and they reciprocated," Jarrett said."

Val,honey, what we saw after the midterm was a President who said, "Holy Cow, I am going to get run out of this town on a rail in 2012 if I don't at least give the impression of throttling back some of my redistribution of wealth policies."

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | December 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington "bubble.""

For a President who is so concerned about the environment, how about keeping the 747's grounded, the SUVs and limousines parked, and just phoning in the speeches. How much carbon is released flying halfway across the country and back for a fifteen minute speech?

Posted by: Ex-Fed | December 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Just a failure.

and he has a failure making excuses for him.

obama is a great shame on this nation.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 26, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"The president has expressed dismay that much of his first term has been spent dealing with the financial crisis, when he would liked to have spent more time with the American people and outside of the Washington "bubble."

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What a crock. He doesn't want to spend so much time in Washington? Where did he think the president lives? Here's an idea for him... go back to Indonesia or Kenya or wherever he's from.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 26, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love the way "Bobby Gibbs" blames the incoming Republicans for Obama not being able to close Gitmo? What about the past two years when the Democrats ruled? "Move along people, nothing to see. Go back to sleep".

Posted by: barrysal | December 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

What the checker players in the repuggie party can't see is that the U.S. has lost its' moral authority in one pivot. So when China and Russia and Cuba and Iran torture and hold Muslim prisoners indefinitely... well they will have to bite their tongue as that is what we do.

Posted by: WmLaney | December 26, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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