White House addresses Michelle Rhee's departure
Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs addressed questions about Michelle Rhee's departure from the D.C. Public Schools during a White House press gaggle earlier today. From a wire transcript:
Q: On education, D.C. school Chancellor Michelle Rhee stepped down or announced her resignation today. Given the fact that education's been such a priority for the president and, you know, the fact that he met with the "Waiting for Superman" kids earlier this week, does he have any regrets that he hasn't -- wasn't more vocal during Mayor Fenty's campaign?
MR. GIBBS: No, because -- look, this is a -- I'm not -- I don't think the president has any regrets about not getting involved in a mayoral race. Obviously, the president's -- the president is spending a lot of time with Arne Duncan and with others in instituting some of the most sweeping and dramatic educational reforms that we've seen in a generation. Fights that used to be had about whether or not we were going to have some agreed-upon standards that people looked at as important in measuring the educational progress of our students are now being implemented across states throughout the country, not the least of which is because incentives -- there's incentives to do that. So look, obviously, the important work of people like Michelle Rhee and Arne Duncan and others has to -- has to continue, regardless of the outcome of elections, because we understand the fundamental place that education plays in creating the jobs of tomorrow, and creating a foundation for new industries and new technologies and keeping us at the forefront of economic competitiveness.
Q: The president could have swung that race, though.
Q: The president could have swung that race for Fenty. I mean, Jim Gray (sic) said that.
MR. GIBBS: I appreciate the (punditry?).
And, no, I don't think we're talking about that Jim Gray.
UPDATE, 4:40 P.M.: Apparently "Jim Gray" is Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, who told the Daily Caller, "I think the president could have won the election for Adrian. ... I know it would be the president of the United States interfering with a local election in the capital of the United States. But I think he could have found something." (h/t @vdavez)
| October 13, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
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