Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Robert Gibbs does the puppet dance

Washington Examiner:

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs declined to answer questions about the president's campaign commitment to hold health-care negotiations on C-Span. Gibbs said he had not seen a letter from C-Span's Brian Lamb to congressional leaders requesting the coverage and thus could not comment on it.

On Wednesday, Gibbs was asked again about the C-Span commitment. The story had gotten pretty big in the intervening time, and presumably Gibbs had had a chance to familiarize himself with it. So reporters tried for a second day to get him to comment on the president's commitment to holding televised health-care talks. Gibbs' answer? "We covered this yesterday." Gibbs referred reporters to the transcript of Tuesday's briefing and said, "The answer I would give today is similar."
If Robert Gibbs is going to do a song and dance I would kindly suggest that he don a top hat and tails and class it up a bit. 

Let's face it, politicians say all manner of crap when they are out on the campaign trail.  Nobody believed Obama when he said during the campaign that he had never heard the good Rev. Wright's anti-American rants, why for pity sakes did anyone take him serious when he said (repeatedly) that the health care debate would be covered on C-Span?  He was lying.  Instead of hectoring Obama's personal Pinocchio Robert Gibbs the press should jst go with the following lead:  In the absence of any explanation, plausible or otherwise, for why President Obama refuses to keep his campaign promise and allow C-Span to cover the health care debate, we have concluded that President Obama is a liar.  See how simple that was?

On the other hand if Democrats in the House and Senate bought the president's shtick that they would be worse off with the voters if they didn't pass health care, then shame on them.  To have dips like Lincoln and whores like Nelson singing the blues now is just pathetic.  Had they listened to their constituents instead of a president who is all about being "historic" they wouldn't be in this mess.  (Hint:  the sinking of the Titanic was historic; the massacre at Little Big Horn was historic)

What a sorry bunch of self serving, delusional wastrels we have in Washington.  We'll be much better off once they all decide that now is a good time to retire.

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