Thursday, February 11, 2010

Let's Beat Up On Gibbs Some More

The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency. But times have changed.

Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by "(Laughter)" being noted in the official transcript — occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs's briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

Chalk it up to the close of any administration's initial honeymoon — and the Obama administration's tough second half of 2009, as it wrestled with health care and saw the late Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat filled by a Republican.

"The tone is one reason for less laughter," says American Urban Radio's April Ryan. "There are lots of serious questions begging for serious answers. Those questions do not meld with laughter and light banter."

But there's also some frustration a-brewing among press corps members.

"There definitely aren't a lot of laughs around the briefing room these days," says Washington Examiner White House correspondent Julie Mason. "Robert's little digs and evasions have lost their power to amuse — particularly since we haven't had a presser since July."

Mason also reports frustration in the ranks: "Reporters know how close the press secretary is to the president, and yet the quality of the information we get doesn't often reflect that."

Truth is, I don't think this is about Gibbs at all.

Don't get me wrong, he's an idiot.

This is about Obama. His smoke and mirrors act is wearing out. A large part of the public, in the 46% range disapproval ratings according to Real Clear Politics lately, are already there. It has taken the smitten press a little longer but they are arriving too.

Reality is the rest of the country is realizing what a lot of us have long ago, there is no there there. Obama is an empty suit. He is grossly unqualified, he has surrounded himself with people who are grossly unqualified, and it is starting to show. They have no idea what to do.

Robert Gibb's job was never to dispense information from the President, there was never any to dispense. His job is, and has been from the beginning, to distract the press and public with his clownish and buffoonish behavior.

They're not buying it anymore.


Always On Watch said...

Truth is, I don't think this is about Gibbs at all.

Don't get me wrong, he's an idiot.

This is about Obama. His smoke and mirrors act is wearing out.


BHO's appeal is wearing thinner and thinner, even with the mainstream press corps.

And, of course, there's absolutely nothing funny about what BHO is trying to do to America.

Brooke said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Chuck.

People are beginning to see through the act and the throwing under the bus routine is getting worn.

cube said...

You are spot on, Chuck. It's not the advisors (although they are idiots), it's the Obama.

LASunsett said...

We've seen many different press secretaries over the years, some have been pretty dull in the wits. I don't know where they got this guy, maybe from a headhunter?

Chuck said...

AOW, people are finally getting it

Brooke, good point. He has even thrown CNN under for not toeing the line

Cube, like I said on another blog - he hired them

LA, it is stunning. You almost wonder if he has Obama's old school records or maybe his birth certificate

Karen Howes said...

Boy, Chuck, you've nailed it... Obama is indeed an empty suit.

Chuck said...

Karen, agreed

Z said...

LA...headhunter from KENYA? (smile)

Gibbs makes me grit my teeth even more than OBAMA, can you believe that? He's a Public Service for Republicans these days and one can't watch him 'joke around' and hear the kind of derisive "oooo" from the corps without knowing even THEY think he's WAY over the top. I like that!

Chuck said...

Z, more and more is coming out that he's turning into a bit of a joke with the press

Z said...

Oh, that's good, Chuck...what a smarmy sarcastic elitist creep

Chuck said...

Z, he's like a little weasel