Robert Gibbs to Professional Left: Talk to the Hand
Lots of hair-pulling on the Left.
5:50 PM, Aug 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Washington was hot today, and Democrats were tearing at each other's hair like a clatch of tween frenemies fighting for the front row at a Justin Bieber mall appearance.
First, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seemed to strike out of the blue, telling The Hill:
He wasn't done yet: "They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."
Understandably, those who would totally be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich were merely head of HHS were tweaked by the press secretary's mischaracterization of their position.
So, then FireDogLake was all, "So, you have to be on drugs to want a single-payer health care plan. Was Obama on drugs in 2003?" Oh, snap!
I know someone who's off the invite list for the "American Taliban" party.
Then, Robert Gibbs totally didn't even get to do the press briefing today because he was "sick," and was replaced instead by his younger, more placid deputy Bill Burton. Burton, as if to say, "Yeah we meant it, and we'll say it to your face again," maintained that the press secretary "answered honestly" when asked about the "professional left."
By that time, one liberal Congressman had already called on Gibbs to resign, and vowed never to sit at the same lunch table with him again:
And, Gibbs was busy saying, "Can't we all just get along?" Taking the tack of his boss, he blithely insulted a large segment of the voting population, blamed cable news, and then asked everyone to suck it up and make nice with him again, you know, for the good of the country and stuff. He called his words "inartful," forgetting apparently that his entire job is to find artful words in interviews with Hill reporters.
The White House assured Huffington Post the walk-back statement was undertaken "sincerely," which I'm sure made everyone feel better.