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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. AP Photo by Charles Dharapak

What better way to jump back into the political fray after a few weeks off than a live twitter of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs press briefing today at 2 p.m.?

Gibbs will, undoubtedly, be barraged with questions about what President Barack Obama will tell Congress tomorrow night in his highly-anticipated address to Congress tomorrow night. What, if anything, will he reveal?

Make sure to tune in at 2 p.m. You can either sign up to follow our live twitter at "The Hyper Fix" (great name, no?) or scroll down in this post for the ten latest tweets from Gibbs-a-palooza.

See you at 2!

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    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

    And, you get to stay too (albeit under a different name ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

    Every post by JakeD.

    CC- see what happens when you let an obnoxious troll with no life take over your blog?

    ==

    I think CC only cares about the hit count, not the quality of the postings. Between the two trolls we have over half the posts in the new threads, a big fat stinking dump left right in the middle of the blog, drowning out attempts at actual discussion.

    But hey, the hit count is elevated and the sewages matches the "gracious host's" ideology, so it stays.

    Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

    DDAWD:

    Take a look at this thread (I don't mind simply live-blogging Cillizza's twitter feed ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/09/a_bad_day_for_the_public_optio.asp

    At today's press briefing, Gibbs paid lip service to the "public" option as a "very valuable tool," but danced around the question about liberal anger about Obama's increasingly tepid support for it.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

    It's done (thank God)!

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

    Did Gibsy answer the question?

    QUESTION: There's a story on Politico based on a speech that Steve Hildebrand, one of the president's former campaign advisers delivered a couple weeks ago over the recess in which he expressed a concern on health care and other issues. Among other things, he said that he believes the president needs to be more, quote, "more bold in his leadership" but he's frustrated with the lack of performance in Washington in general, not just the White House but Congress, as well. He specifically said, quote, "The problem is Obama isn't listening enough."

    How do you react to that kind of criticism from somebody who is a campaign insider?

    GIBBS: Well, look. We all know and love Steve Hildebrand. He was there for longer than the campaign. He was involved in the president's decision-making on whether to run. I think Steve said in that article -- and it's true because he's talked to a lot of us -- there's nothing in there that we haven't all heard from him.

    But, look, I think Steve's frustration is the frustration of people not only in this town but a lot of people outside of this town -- and that is Washington's inability its big problems and get something done. That's what led the president to run for president. And that's what led him to fight for reforming health care.

    QUESTION: But he specifically saying the president's not being bold enough.

    GIBBS: Well, I'll e-mail Steve and tell him what which affiliate in Sioux Falls will be covering the speech so he can listen to the president. But, look, we -- it adds nothing that -- nothing that we haven't gotten personally from Steve on our e-mail before.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

    If Ari Fleischer had ducked questions this much, the press would have been in an uproar!

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

    Jake Tapper is my media hero (next to Chris Cillizza, of course ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

    Pink is the new black (as "in mourning" for Obamacare this year?)

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

    Laughter!!!

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

    Gibsy needs to take his eyeglasses in for a better fitting. Then he could stop fiddling with them and check off each talking point faster.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

    So, Obama will "clearly" state tomorrow whether the public option is in or out?

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

    Pink tie today, baby blue shirt.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

    Don't worry, Mr. Cillizza, I've got you covered. Gibbs is up right now.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

    What is that red ball with legs on the rafter?

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

    Here we go ...

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

    Almost time! I never noticed before that two of Obama's columns were brought into the WH Press Briefing Room from Chicago. At least they are recycling : )

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

    Perhaps everyone else is waiting for Gibsy to appear before posting.

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

    Not "every" post. The September 8, 2009 1:25 PM post was by "drindl" (engaged in name-calling, not the topic).

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

    Every post by JakeD.

    CC- see what happens when you let an obnoxious troll with no life take over your blog?

    Posted by: drindl | September 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

    When President George H.W. Bush delivered a similar speech on October 1, 1991, from Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington DC, the controversy was just beginning. Democrats, then the majority party in Congress, not only denounced Bush's speech -- they also ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate its production and later summoned top Bush administration officials to Capitol Hill for an extensive hearing on the issue.

    Unlike the Obama speech, in 1991 most of the controversy came after, not before, the president's school appearance. The day after Bush spoke, the Washington Post published a front-page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president's political benefit. "The White House turned a Northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props," the Post reported.

    With the Post article in hand, Democrats pounced. "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students," said Richard Gephardt, then the House Majority Leader. "And the president should be doing more about education than saying, 'Lights, camera, action.'"

    Democrats did not stop with words. Rep. William Ford, then chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, ordered the General Accounting Office to investigate the cost and legality of Bush's appearance. On October 17, 1991, Ford summoned then-Education Secretary Lamar Alexander and other top Bush administration officials to testify at a hearing devoted to the speech. "The hearing this morning is to really examine the expenditure of $26,750 of the Department of Education funds to produce and televise an appearance by President Bush at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, DC," Ford began. "As the chairman of the committee charged with the authorization and implementation of education programs, I am very much interested in the justification, rationale for giving the White House scarce education funds to produce a media event."

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

    Hopefully, one of the "unbiased" reporters will ask about the Democrats holding hearings into George H.W. Bush's address to schoochildren [SIC].

    Posted by: JakeD | September 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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