Warm and Fuzzy As Bushies Exit and Obamatons Enter
Despite all the campaign nastiness between the outgoing 43rd and incoming 44th presidents, Bush White House press aides and their Democratic successors are enjoying a holiday love fest.
Press aides to President Bush have been offering on-the-job training, White House tours and everyday common sense tips to the newly assembled press team for President-elect Obama. Robert Gibbs, who has been named Obama's White House press secretary, tells us his predecessor, Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, "couldn't be nicer."
Perino has given Gibbs a tour of the White House and offered to let him and his staff shadow her for a few days sometime closer to Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office and assumes the presidency. Gibbs, nearly gushing as he spoke of Perino, said he's "definitely" taking her up on that offer.
She also gave her successor, who is married with a 5-year-old son, a piece of personal advice to help keep things running smoothly on the home front as he begins a life of 18-plus hour days: unlist your home phone number, preserve your wife's sanity.
"Already done," Gibbs's wife, Mary Catherine, told the Sleuth last night at a party thrown for her and her husband by Democratic strategist Jim Jordan and others at the venerable Capitol Hill dive Hawk 'n Dove.
The home front advice from Perino, however, was a startling gut check for the job Gibbs is about to take. Perino's tip on unlisting the home phone number came in the form of an email sent at 4:30 a.m.
Lots of congressional and political aides (and reporters) showed up to "suck up" to Gibbs per the invitation's request. "Jim Jordan and the DSCC Class of 2002 Wish to Honor Robert and Mary Catherine Gibbs with Drinks, Laughs, some Humiliating Deference, Respect and Sucking Up," read the invitation.
There was also plenty of deference and sucking up to Bill Burton, who will be Gibbs' deputy press secretary at the White House.
Burton told us he, too, is being treated very well by the outgoing Bushies. He says Tony Fratto, the current deputy White House press secretary and all around nice guy, has been "extraordinarily helpful" to him. Fratto gave Burton a tour of the White House yesterday and Burton says they'll continue talking throughout the transition.
Mary Ann Akers
December 5, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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