March 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
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Gibbs takes aim at GOP budget

 Gibbs took a swipe at the GOP's budget proposal Thursday.
Gibbs took a swipe at the GOP's budget proposal Thursday.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed House Republican's newly unveiled budget proposal Thursday, saying the 19-page document lacks any specifics.

"It took me several minutes to read it," a sarcastic Gibbs said at the White House Daily Briefing. "I will note that there is one more picture of a windmill than there is of a chart of numbers. Just for your knowledge there is exactly one picture of a windmill."

"It's interesting to have a budget that doesn't contain any numbers," Gibbs added. "The party of no has become the party of no new ideas."

The comments came hours after House Republican leaders unveiled the document and pledged to introduce more specifics next week.

"We're going to show a leaner budget, a budget with lower taxes, lower spending and lower borrowing," said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

House Majority Leader John Boehner called Obama's record $3.6 trillion budget "completely irresponsible" and pledged the GOP plan "curbs spending, creates jobs and cuts taxes, while reducing the deficit."

Boehner would not say where the spending cuts might come from. "We'll wait and see next week," he said.


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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. nom deplume, esq.

    I LOVE THIS GUY. He is so snarky, condescending, puerile, and elitist in his attitude and body language. He plays to the base very well. He is a great recruiting tool for the GOP. I hope he stays right where he is and ratchets up the Olbermann-wannabe routine.

    March 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. ib

    Gibbs is nothing more than a hatchet man for Obama. He is the worse excuse for a press secretary I have ever seen.

    March 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. annie s

    It took 19 pages to say increase military spending and give bigger tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations? Oh, and of course, drill baby drill.

    The Republicans haven't had an original – or successful – idea in 20 years, and I don't expect them to have one now.

    March 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Tom

    Not surprisingly, the Democratic National Committee pounced on the GOP's budget - or lack thereof. "After 27 days, the best House Republicans could come up with is a 19-page pamphlet that does not include a single real budget proposal or estimate," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. "While there had been talk that House Republicans were overriding their Senate counterparts to offer a budget alternative, it's clear after this announcement that neither of them have anything to offer but criticism."

    March 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Revolution

    So nice that the DEM just keep laughing about the problems in the US.
    Obama laughs on 60 minutes, Gibbs laughs at REPs.
    Yeah it all real funny, just keep laughing as you walk down the street and see all the unemployed, and homeless. Just keep laughing as people life saving are sucked into BIG GOV. bottomless pit.
    Yeah it real funny.

    March 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. bill

    boehner verses obama and gibbs.well boehner just lost another one.this guy is a complete idiot.where was he last eight years.SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER .WHERE WERE YOU REPUBS WHEN BUSH STOLE AMERICA.

    March 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Michael

    Makes himself look stupied. He knows this is just a blue print or outline and the specifics are comming next week. Makes comments like this is the final version and repeats the party of no new ideas. This is not the bipartisain and honest politics Obama promised. This is not the more civil Washington Obama promised. In a few short weeks Obama has divided this country more than Bush did in 8 years. I know no Republicans that can even stand the sight or voice of Obama or Gibbs for that matter.

    March 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    Boehner would not say where the spending cuts might come from. "We'll wait and see next week," he said.

    Yea becasue they really don't have a plan other then more tax cut and not fix the health care.

    March 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Independent

    what?????? only 19 pages. What a bunch of lazy people. how can Obama consult and get some ideas from you guys.

    March 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. John from California

    Typical republican plan long on wind short on specifics and after the plan becomes more specific we'll see more tax breaks for the rich and a good does of "trickle down".

    No thanks guys we voted on that last November.

    March 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. J.S.

    Why the sarcasm? Isn't it worth trying to save years of debt for us, our children, and grandchildren? Why not have hope that their change might work and cost less?

    March 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. vicki

    Budget without numbers. Why am I not surprised by Republicans?

    March 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Morgan

    A budget without numbers, really? I didn't believe that line until i took 5 5minutes to read the budget and found it to be true. Lots of fancy diagrams and large text, but not a lot to the GOP "budget". It reads more like a glorified way to say we don't like the budget and we think the opposite. It has no real detail or substance. Isn't that what they complained about Obama doing?

    March 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Nick Matt

    The Font Size of GOP budget document is 100, and the three words used to desribe the budget are [ "NO" "TO" "OBAMA" ]. what a nice budget, this is the silver bullet that will get us out of the current mess, what a joke. I really believe the GOP are in Sane and need some medical attention and some rehabilitation.

    March 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. John

    GOP budgets are always short and simple:

    * Keep borrowing and spending on foreign wars, for 100 years if necessary.
    * More tax breaks for the wealthy.
    * Increase unconstitutional domestic surveillance.
    * Public services neglected.
    * Environment ignored.

    Any questions?

    March 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. New Day

    "GOP leader on budget: 'Here it is, Mr. President'"

    hehehehe except, it's not really a budget. Its a vague idea with no teeth, just rhetoric. Good Job, guys!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Missy

    I think Gibbs is great!!! When I saw the picture of Boehner holding that Republican budget up and thought it looked mighty thin. Now it's been confirmed by Robert Gibbs. 'Here it is Mr. President?' There aren't even any numbers in it. HAHAHAHAHA!!! The hits keep coming.

    March 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. DAVE

    What a perfect example of the dem party
    The most childish smart as* on the block
    How can this great president continue to allow this man to run his mouth and choose his words as poorly as he does.
    Change and hope. bs
    No wonder no one on these blogs can talk constuctfully.
    The if you dont agree with them your an &*(%%^^&&*%%^&
    Come on lets hear the hate now.
    Im sure you can all prove me right

    March 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Marianne

    Mr. Gibbs should not laugh. 19 Pages is a good thing. The stupid Democrates, including the prez, will be able to read this and maybe understand how they are giving away of our money. God knows not a single stupid democrate, and this includes Obama, read the last document they voted for a signed and then had the nerve to lie to the American public about not knowing about the bonuses they signed on for. I think 19 pages may even be to much for this crew. Maybe the Republicans can dumb it down even further for the democrate morons in Congress and the Senate. I think maybe 5 pages tops for this crew.

    March 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Bruce

    How can you have a budget with no numbers, ridiculous. I guess they made the announcement a little prematurely. They will probably be working on it all this weekend. I can save them the time: 100 billion for big oil, 100 billion for big business, 100 billion for the rich, tax cuts for big business, everyone else, fin for yourself. Done, we saved the taxpayers 110 billion.

    March 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. MORE OF THE SAME! NO THANKS

    Ok GOP, lower taxes, FOR WHO THE RICH? SOUNDS LIKE MORE OF THE SAME SAME UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. And why are we in the position we are in? Does it have anything to do with the way our country was run the last 8 years? No thanks, I am willing to take my chances with the current administration who is trying to undo the disaster caused by the past administration's policies. He is trying to keep us out of a full blown DEPRESSION. All you good ol boys in the REP party have totally turned a blind cheek as to why our country is in the state it's in. Less spending, please who handed out $350 billions $s before the end of the prior administration? And you all did it without knowing or caring how it was spent.

    March 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. What??

    If ever Americans needed to see a "knee-jerk" reaction that proves politcal affiliation over country need, this is it!! Despite being invited to participate in budget discussions, the Republicans would not do so until they were openly chastised–then they prepare their own budget–one without numbers or in-depth detail. Wait until next week for the details–what nonsense!! Smacks of playground antics–"I'll show YOU". What childishness–and this from supposed "governing adults"?????

    March 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Alex_58

    Its not sitting well with me that Gibbs is so disrespectful to the GOP. I understand that he's feeling giddy to be the mouthpiece of the party in charge, but I'd like to see more respect and less sarcasm.

    Once his boss really fixes the economy and health care and the drug problem and (insert problem and repeat until done) then I will be able to tolerate his tone a bit more.

    I'm not DNC or GOP, just an American that doesn't like to see this type of attitude from the White House. We had a lot of that from the previous administration and I thought that was supposed to stop.

    March 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Paul, Riverside CA

    I don't think Boehner could have done more to make the President look good, than by what he did today. Just the other night the President said that he has yet to see a budget from the GOP, well looks like the rest of America is in the same boat. The worst part was how pathetic Boehner looked today trying to defend and empty booklet.

    The GOP, at least we can laugh at them.

    March 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Lisa P

    Boehner would not say where the spending cuts might come from. "We'll wait and see next week," he said.

    Gosh, that Boehner, he's so cagey. Never misses a trick, that one :-D

    March 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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