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. Rick

    It's frightening to see that the Repubican leadership has turned over the responsibility for the budget proposal to one of their interns. Nothing new. Nothing coherent. Just another re-hashing of "Drill, baby, drill" and "lower taxes for everyone".

    Some of the more concrete recommendations –

    Drill in ANWR
    Squeeze the oil out of shale
    Turn Rhode Island into a windfarm
    Ask insurance companies to be nicer
    Ask banks to be smarter
    Ask Americans to not get sick
    Ask Wall Street to behave better
    Ask average Americans to spend their savings on lawn chairs and wine coolers
    Ask poor Americans to move somewhere else

    Watching Boehner waving the manuscript around like he was personally responsible for solving the worries of the world illustrates just how certifiably nuts he and the rest of his buddies have become.

    Another excellent argument for term limits.

    March 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Darrell

    The GOP once again has stone walled the American People with a so call budget that has nothing in it but dust. They whine like lttle piglets because they are out of power and they know that if President Obama turns this economy around they will have no chance to win back either chamber in congress and the White House in 2012. So let them cry and play politics they are the main reason we are in this mess now and they should be asham to even call themselves Americans. Just get on board and help fix the problems idiots instead of being a team of NO it is your mess so help fix it.

    March 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Tell me what holding a press conference and saying nothing does?

    March 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. AndyC

    For the curious, the Republican "budget" can be seen at GOP.gov. Makes good toilet reading, check it out.

    Seriously, this is just a slick political pamphlet. How much taxpayer money was spent in rushing this POS to the printers?

    March 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Derek

    John Boehner is the minority leader nor the majority leader.

    March 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Just Shut Up!

    Gibbs only exists as the distraction for people to attack instead of Obama. You want to solve the problem? You need to stop it at the source: Obama. Gibbs is no more than a fat junior high kid.

    March 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Arlette

    GOP legislators are being paid to do nothing at all. If they refuse to participate, why are they being paid. Personally, I think congress should agree to work for $1.00 per year until they fix this mess. Whereas I didn't vote for the Court Jester and the Village Idiot, I plead guilty to sending not 1 but 2 GOP senators back to congress. BUYERS REMORSE!

    March 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. magella

    How can they offer up their version of a budget and not have any detail, any idea where the money will come from to pay for programs or where the savings lie? They have a lot of nerve. If you're going to present an alternative to Obama's proposal, it should match in substance what his contains, with a similar level of itemization and accounting. Oh, and let's not forget the cost of all the wars we're fighting overseas. Funny how Bush failed to ever include those expenses in any of his budgets.

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Eva, VA

    I'm a true blue Democrabama, but I think this guy needs to wipe out some of that sarcasm.

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Di

    Gibbs and Obama think everything a big laugh! We are NOT LAUGHING!!! Americans are tried of their sarcastic remarks and irresponsible era spending! It's the economy and our country STUPIDS!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! STOP THE PORK!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    I guess the GOP is environmentally conscious afterall...they're trying to save on paper!

    March 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. michaelam

    Yeah, I read it prior to reading this article and laughed when I saw the windmill. Some P.R. guy probably adviced them that adding a windmill would whooooo those "alternative energy nuts" into believing that the Party of No (new ideas) actually favors other energy sources besides fossil fuel, coal and my all time favorite: Nuclear!

    The proposal lacks substance, specifics, new ideas.....it just lacks, period. It might cure insomnia.......but, no, that would cut into the drug companies huge profits.

    March 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. lib4

    Their budget is typical Republican formula of all style no substance. They call a big press conference to announce exactly what.... ummmm ummmm wait til next week??!!!???. Are you kididng me

    The American people dont have time to wait for them to come up with the same old tired Repbulican formula of tax cuts. When the republicans want to get serious and join this debate please let me know. Right now they are more concerned with winning a news cycle than coming up with viable solutions to the problems precipitated by their former leader.

    March 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. zago

    Give 25% of the budget to Rush Limbaugh
    25% to Bobby Jindal
    25% to Fred Thompson
    and the remaining 25% to all other GOP leaders who want to see the president fail and thereby America while they altogether have 0 new idea

    March 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Paul

    A quote from the 'budget': "Republicans propose a simple and fair tax code with a marginal tax rate for income up to $100,000 of 10 percent and 25 percent for any income thereafter, with a generous standard deduction and personal exemption."

    So, a maximum tax rate of 25%. The last time it was so low? 1925-1931. How'd that work out?

    March 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    All things reconsidered though...leave the saracasm and silly comments to us Gibbs. You're not doing Obama any favors by raising the GOPers hackles when they must already be ashamed of such a silly proposal. Let it speak for itself and let us speak about it. You just stick to being informative.

    March 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. wakeupamerica

    You gotta love Robert Gibbs! He speaks truth "The party of no has become the party of no new ideas." However, if they have some new ideas, with real numbers, "we'll wait and see next week" (not holding my breath) they should be considered. Then instead of "no" as the standard response, they might say "maybe".

    March 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. lt

    Apparently the Democratic plan for bi-partisanship is "make fun of everyone who disagrees with us. So much for change we can believe in!

    March 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. BS

    Mr. Gibbs - you are a breath of fresh air! I appreciate that you put the rethugs in their place. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a DUCK!
    The GOP does nothing but duck any responsibility for the mess we are in; but they bring nothing to the table for its solution! Since they couldn't read the President's 1000 page stimulus package; they felt the need to show us Americans how it's suppose be done with this 18 page advertisement looking brochure!
    They need to either put-up or SHUT-UP! I am so sick of these out-of-touch empty heads talking nothing but negativity about President Obama's plans to get the economy going. At least he has figures to throw-out-there!
    TERM LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. reydolf

    well gibbs is a press secretary not the treasury secretary.Wait for geithner's response he may have a more funnier response to this budget plan.

    March 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. michaelam

    The proposal that I read regarding the Republican's plan for health care involved allowing people "to cross state lines and shop for a plan." What? I am a little confused on that one. But, hey, I guess it is "offering" health care.

    March 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Adam

    House Majority Leader John Boehner? Really? Seriously CNN you need to hire more proofreaders. what's next President McCain Loves Senator Obama's budget!

    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. To RUSH and JINDAL: I do not want the levees in Louisiana or Florida to fail, just the policies of the Corp. of Engineers building them!!!

    "So nice that the DEM just keep laughing about the problems in the US. Obama laughs on 60 minutes"

    Wrong bucko, we are laughing at the Party of No and the empty mantra of "tax breaks" that the obstructionists submit as the answer to EVERY problem facing this country.

    Come to think of the Party of No has been reduced to being a punchline to a very bad joke.

    Just continue to hope "Obama fails" that is getting you LOTS of attention in the public arena!

    Bad publicity is better than no publicity or so they say! The test will come in 2010.

    March 26, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. JJ12345

    Whether you agree or disagree with the administration, this guy is the most unprofessional press secretary I have ever seen.

    March 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Val in MA FedUp with CNN

    Gibbs is the worst press secretary ever. He is an absolute joke – he puts journalists to sleep in the press room. Where is the constructive criticism Mr. Gibbs as your boss said about his critics? Why these vicious jokes?

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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