THE GREATEST PRESS SECRETARY EVER
Posted by Andrew Roman on December 8, 2009
Rush Limbaugh has called him the greatest White House Press Secretary in the history of this nation. Robert Gibbs may, indeed, be the brightest, most astute homo sapien – outside of President Obama – ever to take in air at the White House (and he’ll probably tell you so), but I’ve always found it difficult to slap a “greatest ever” label on him. Sure, over the last ten years, I’d probably rank him somewhere among the top six or seven White House press secretaries we’ve had, but the number one slot was a tough one to agree to … that is, until today. I now humbly concede that he may be the greatest press secretary of any house – white or otherwise – in all of recorded human history.
It’s hard to comprehend that Robert Gibbs – a man who exudes condescension, radiates arrogance, and reeks of superiority – could out spike himself on the superciliousness meter, but he has. Recall last week when Gibbs chastised a reporter, April Ryan – who was actually doing her job when she queried Gibbs about whether or not White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers invited herself to the White House state dinner two weeks ago. She kept at him until her frustration started to show. The payoff came when Gibbs told her she needed to calm down. He said she was throwing a temper tantrum, much like his son is wont to do sometimes.
Lucky for him, the slope of his nose is at the perfect angle so as not to be a strain on his eyes when he peers down it’s regal slant to exchange words with the peasants.
However, as tasty as his exchange with Ms. Ryan was, it wasn’t until today that he finally won me over.
With the president’s approval numbers slipping to a paltry 47% in the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll – one of lowest first-year December approval ratings for a president in recent history – Gibbs was asked to comment .
I tell you, if I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I’d visit my doctor … If you look back, I think five days ago, there was an 11-point spread, now there’s a 1-point spread. I mean, I’m sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that. I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend.
A six-year old with a crayon?
He couldn’t just say that the White House doesn’t put a lot of stock in polls? He couldn’t muster just a touch of dignity and say that polls are not this administration’s biggest concern? Did he have to go through the whole “EKG” analogy to make his childish point? Was it necessary to call the work of Gallup something a six-year old might come up with?
And is everybody at this White House a damn narcissist? Note how Gibbs said he doesn’t put a lot of stake in polls … and never has.
It was a classic case of taking a gun to the messenger while dismissing what’s in his carry bag.
The sad thing is … he is probably telling the truth. The White House doesn’t give a damn about the polling numbers. If they did, they wouldn’t be trapsing down the liberty-destroying path they’re on.