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October 26, 2010 2:33 PM   Subscribe

The Barack Whisperer. Robert Draper's in-depth look at Robert Gibbs, senior advisor and press secretary to President Obama, and his sometimes controversial relationship to the media.
posted by availablelight (16 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Journalists from little-known organizations such as Salem Radio, the Washington Examiner, and the Christian Broadcasting Network

Hah, CBN is many things, little known, it is not. Salem Radio may be little known in and of itself, but Bill Bennet, Hugh Hewett, Cal Thomas, Michael Gallagher, et al. are not, which makes this quite misleading. The Washington Examiner apparently lands on enough lawns that a hundred thousand people know about it, even if they don't read it.
posted by Jahaza at 3:18 PM on October 26, 2010


More wierdness:

Gibbs was present at the creation, the spring of 2004, when Barack Obama was a senatorial aspirant with a campaign staff of nine and a memoir that maybe nine people had read.

I guess this is hyperbole. The book came out in paperback, so it seems to have been reasonably sucessful when first published.
posted by Jahaza at 3:26 PM on October 26, 2010


Obama does reserve a certain respect for opinion writers such as Tom Friedman and David Brooks of The New York Times, Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal, E. J. Dionne of The Washington Post, and Joe Klein of Time.

That explains an awful lot. Does anyone else on this planet with two brain cells to rub together actually respect Tom Friedman?
posted by indubitable at 3:33 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


I do like this turn of words: "political communications today are a frantic, Hieronymus Bosch–like dystopia"
posted by el io at 3:33 PM on October 26, 2010


oh, and I then can't resist this...

Metafilter: a frantic, Hieronymus Bosch–like dystopia
posted by el io at 3:34 PM on October 26, 2010


and his sometimes controversial relationship to the media.

Its like Ari Fleischer never existed.
posted by Ironmouth at 3:54 PM on October 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


I was just thinking that Gibbs is nowhere near as good as Ari Fleischer.
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 4:04 PM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ever since the Gulf War, watching a White House press secretary do their thing has always reminded me of Tariq Aziz - who today was sentenced to death by hanging.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:27 PM on October 26, 2010


What does "Barack Whisperer" mean? Is the President a horse?

... or a unicorn?
posted by Corduroy at 4:44 PM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Its like Ari Fleischer never existed.

Not to mention Scott "The Thing That's Put Me in a Tough Spot" McClellan and Dana "Wasn't That Like the Bay of Pigs Thing?" Perino.
posted by blucevalo at 5:06 PM on October 26, 2010


If Barack Obama is a unicorn, does that mean he should be listed on that non-monogamy map?

Actually, wait, he's on there, under religious polygamy. because he's a secret muslim. and they're all polygamists
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 6:38 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Gibbs clevery fluffed one pundit at each major newspaper. Also notice they are bestselling authors who hit it big with the MBA set and middle America. Freedman is the head of that list. So he gets the oh your such a thinker call out from Gibbs.
posted by humanfont at 9:07 PM on October 26, 2010


> Ever since the Gulf War, watching a White House press secretary do their thing has always reminded me of Tariq Aziz - who today was sentenced to death by hanging.

No, Aziz was a deputy Prime Minister. You're thinking of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:14 PM on October 26, 2010


This Robert Gibbs? The one who is for Jobs, Health Care, and Progressive Values? Fuck him. And fuck Obama for hiring that sleazy piece of shit.

Gibbs's casual contempt for journalists seems to be one of those unpleasant facts of life the White House media have come to expect.

Like his casual contempt for the public, his own party, and democracy? Yeah, we've come to expect it, Gibbsy. But you're doing a heck of a job.
posted by rusty at 6:52 AM on October 27, 2010


Like his casual contempt for the public, his own party, and democracy? Yeah, we've come to expect it, Gibbsy. But you're doing a heck of a job.

Enjoy your new Mama Grizzly overlords.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:37 AM on October 27, 2010


Hey! You must have gotten the campaign strategy memo. Nicely done. I feel super-motivated now.
posted by rusty at 11:04 AM on October 27, 2010 [2 favorites]


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