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Gibbs Quits To Help Obama’s Re-Election

From a tear-soaked New York Times:

Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary

By JEFF ZELENY
January 5, 2011

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary and close confidante to President Obama, said Wednesday that he will step down and become an outside political adviser to the president and his re-election campaign.

Mr. Gibbs said that he intends to leave the podium in early February. His successor has not yet been decided, he said, but will likely be announced within the next two weeks.

President Obama, who is in the midst of making final decisions on the first major reorganization of his administration, said in a brief telephone interview on Wednesday that Mr. Gibbs would remain a close adviser and “will continue to shape the dialogue politically for many years to come.”

Well, look how much Mr. Gibbs has shaped the political dialogue over the last two years. He has also elevated smirking to an art form.

“We’ve been on this ride together since I won my Senate primary in 2004,” Mr. Obama said. “He’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay. I think it’s natural for someone like Robert to want to step back for a second to reflect, retool and that, as a consequence, brings about both challenges and opportunities for the White House.” …

Mr. Gibbs makes $172,200 a year, plus benefits, as a White House spokesman. Funny how that is "modest pay" when Mr. Obama is talking about his pals. When it is a Republican that is "rich."

But, yes, Mr. Gibbs now has the rolodex to go out and make a fortune in the famous Democrat tradition.

The leading potential replacements for press secretary include Jay Carney, a spokesman for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., along with Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, who work as deputies to Mr. Gibbs. Other candidates also could be considered, an administration official said

Mr. Carney would seem to be an apt spokesman, just based on his name alone. Mr. Earnest — not so much. Though Josh seems right.

But why not get the original ‘Baghdad Bob’ (Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf)? According to his Wikipedia entry, he is available.

Mr. Gibbs will remain part of the president’s inner circle of political advisers, along with David Axelrod, a senior adviser and Jim Messina, a deputy chief of staff, who also are leaving the White House to focus on the president’s re-election effort.

So yet another top White House aide is leaving to work for Obama’s re-election campaign. You see their priorities here. Re-electing Obama is obviously far more important to these people than doing the work of the nation.

Mr. Gibbs will defend Mr. Obama on television – and will expand his presence on Twitter and other Internet platforms – as well as beginning to define the field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates

Because there are so few people defending Mr. Obama now on TV and the internet.

Mr. Gibbs, who has worked in political campaigns, on Capitol Hill or at the White House for his entire career, said he also plans to try out the speaking circuit this year.

Hence the need to get on TV and drive up his ‘Q’ and thereby his speaking fees.

He has no immediate plans to write a book – “there are too many books out there already,” he said – but he will be represented by Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer who negotiates book deals and speaking engagements for a range of clients that include Mr. Obama, Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin…

Will Mr. Gibbs be excoriated and dismissed for quitting half way through his first term like Ms. Palin? — Just kidding. Of course he won’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Gibbs Quits To Help Obama’s Re-Election”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Hence the need to get on TV and drive up his ‘Q’ and thereby his speaking fees.

    Well, it certainly won’t help drive up his I Q. (And I’m not saying it like it’s a bad thing.)

    ““there are too many books out there already,” he said ”

    Yes, just like there comes a time when “you’ve made enough money”.

    “He’s had a six-year stretch…”

    Funny how he put it in terms most often used in reference to prison sentences.

    • NoNeoCommies says:

      People pay to hear “um, er, um, um…”?
      Really?

    • River says:

      Baghdad Bob Gibbs has so much to offer the Obummer campaign! We just haven’t seen enough of him, and he’ll do such a good job of “getting the message out to the people.” I hope he pitches in right away and gives it 110% .

  2. proreason says:

    What a surprise that they would sack Mr. Smirk just as the reelection campaign is swinging into high gear.

    The damage he can accomplish on MSLSD is infinitely less than as Press Secretary.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Lucianne.com had the perfect quote on the Occasion …

    Gibbs Departing? Then Who Will Fail to Answer Our Questions?

    • artboyusa says:

      From the 2009 Artboy Archives… its World President Barack “Buzz” Obama and Press Lackey Robert “Buddy” Gibbs, together in “Media Matters”!

      “Hey Mistah President! Hey Mistah President! You want Numbah One boom boom? Ooooh me so horny Mistah President! Me love you long time!”

      The President gestured for silence from the clamouring Press Corps. “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen…”

      “Mistah President! You want sucky sucky?”

      “Now let me make this perfectly clear;” admonished the President. “At the end of the day I enjoy sucky as much as any red-blooded Indonesian, more even, but any such activity at this time and in this place, however welcome, would be, frankly, inappropriate and unhelpful”.

      “Awww rats” mumbled a disappointed Helen Thomas, pushing her dentures back into place.

      “To return to the business at hand” said the President, tilting his chin skyward in that familiar Mussolini-esque way of his, “I have just returned from a vist to Kabul to meet with President Karzai and our forces in the field…”

      “Mistah President! Me got sistah! She cherry girl! You likey her!”

      “I’m sure I would Brian and I thank you for the offer but if I may continue? During my visit I was again impressed by the courage and self-sacrifice of our service persons and by…”

      “Mistah President! Numbah One boom boom for you! Numbah One!”

      “I see the crew from 60 Minutes are here – good to see you again, Steve. Now, as I was saying…”

      “Mistah President! Sucky sucky! Boom boom! Sucky! Long time! Oooh Mistah President…!”

      “You know, Bob” muttered the president to his Press Lackey Robert Gibbs “There may be such a thing as a media that’s too tame”.

      “Yes sir, Mr President” answered Gibbs. “You want sucky?”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Mr. President:
      “Damn Bob……..you numba 10!!”

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Take note of #15, 20, 21 in the above context

    This is a quote from a book discription by a former FBI agent Cleon Skoussen:
    “In 1958, Cleon Skoussen, former FBI agent, revealed in his book, THE NAKED COMMUNIST, the long term goals of the communist agenda. This information is also contained not only in the Congressional Record (August 1963), but also in the Communist Manifesto itself.”

    Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35
    January 10, 1963

    Current Communist Goals

    EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Thursday, January 10, 1963

    Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

    At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

    [From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

    CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

    1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

    2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

    3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

    4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

    5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

    6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

    7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

    8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

    9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

    10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

    11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

    12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

    13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

    14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

    16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

    18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

    19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

    20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

    21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

    24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

    25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

    29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

    33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

    34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

    38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

    39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

    40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

    41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

    42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

    43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

    44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

    45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Scary.

      Much of this has already happened and is happening now.

      Kind of makes me wish I had a free country to go move to. But if it comes to it, I’ll defend this nation to my dying breath.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      This same list is reproduced in one of the chapters of Glen Beck’s “Real America” (if I recall correctly), a copy of which was given to me by my father. When I read it for the first time I noted my father’s little pencil check marks beside the list in the margins. Nearly every one had said check mark. What does it say about our culture that this list would once have seemed incredible and immensely frightening and today it’s nearly complete and ever present? The strategy by the communists in this country has always been to paint these types of allegations against them as utter nonsense, a radical right wing doomsday prophecy, or a boogie man story used by the old right wingers to keep the free spirited young rebellious kids in check. The really frightening thing is that this list of goals is clearly developed to work in the American culture, and it has done so beautifully.

      This is not a politcal fight to save our country any more. What good is it to replace a Senator who wishes to enact some pork filled unconstituional law when his electorate is in fact asking him to do so? Is he not doing his job by serving the will of the people? Very few of those communist goals were strictly politcal, and indeed many were entirely cultural goals. They have not just infected the government they have infected our fellow citizens, and that fight will bethe most difficult of all, espescially under the constraints of what is now called “constitutional law”.

    • hushpuppy says:

      GetBackJack: it’s almost a complete list, sadly…

      Could you give me an URL for the pdf or the audio book. I’ve looked around and can’t find anything.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    I have lowered my standards for WH press sec. from relative honesty to the mere ability to string words together without embarrassing pauses and non-word fillers.
    Goodbye Mr. Um, Er, Uh!

  6. canary says:

    First Axelrod Now Gibbs.

    So. Why would Axelrod give 2 interviews on FOX in 1 week and say he was taking off time for Obama’s re-election and complaining about his wife complaining he’s neglecting his family.

    “She was having a hard time understanding why I was living in Washington and not home.

    And she would say, ‘How come Barack Obama needs so much help?’”

    He’s just like Obama. Both have blamed their wives for complaining they neglect their families.

    answer: Axel Rod likes his mug on TV and shooting his arrogant mouth off. Who can forget when he slapped Obama on the back comforting him, that he got the press to not to leak his poor voting record.

    CBS Schieffer Smacks Down Axelrod’s Foreign Money Accusation Oct 10, 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJWclx7H2tg
    On David Letterman Oct 2010 (not one of the 500 speeches he brags about)


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