April 29th, 2009
03:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama took 'seven seconds' to decide to endorse Specter

Gibbs made it clear he viewed the 100 day marker as an artificial one.
Gibbs made it clear he viewed the 100 day marker as an artificial one.

(CNN) – How long did it take President Obama to decide to endorse Sen. Arlen Specter's candidacy in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary?

"My sense is it probably took him less than about seven seconds," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One. "The President offered his support to Senator Specter and it's a commitment he'll keep. [Specter's] made a decision of how to best represent the people he represents in Pennsylvania and we're happy that he did so."

Gibbs also made it clear he viewed the 100 day marker as an artificial one.

"We're playing along with the game," Gibbs told the press about the administration's acknowledgement of the 100th day. "You guys create the wave and we'll try to surf it a little bit."

"I don't think he waits for some specific milestone in days to reflect on what he's faced or the decisions that he's made or what lies ahead. I think he does that on a fairly regular basis," the press secretary told reporters. "I think he's happy with what we have started to achieve, understanding that we have a long way to go, that the American people are more concerned with what we're doing each and every day, not simply what we're doing on the 100th day or the 101st."

President Obama participated in a town hall meeting Wednesday in Missouri and is set to hold a press conference later tonight.


Filed under: Arlen Specter • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. joe smith

    birds of a feather, and AIPAC stick together

    April 29, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Rick

    And this "seven second" decision is supposed to be a good thing? I would have thought that he would at least pause to consider what a weasel Specter is before deciding to endorse him. But I guess it's easy for one weasel to support another pretty quickly.

    April 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Dianna R

    Does this whole thing reek to anyone?? Is anyone questiong this? Why is it when George Bush voiced questionable alliances/practices everyone was up in arms, but when it's Obama, we have a "no questions" asked attitude?

    April 29, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Too True For You

    Specter has single-handedly transformed "The Party of No" to the "Party of Doh!"

    April 29, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Patriot Guy

    Thank God the republicans are rid of Arlen, the human sloth.

    April 29, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Oh wow – big treasure! The GOP didn't want him and he knew it. He saw the writing on the wall.

    April 29, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. J.P..

    "Obama took 'seven seconds' to decide to endorse Specter"

    And that was just to stammer through his uhhhhhhs and ummmmmms and errrrrrrrrs.

    I'm sorry. That was low. My apologies.

    It took seven seconds because that's how long it takes his teleprompter to boot up.

    All hail the Teleprompter Messiah! Bow to him, like he bows to tyrants.

    April 29, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Shadysider

    Looks like Big-Tent now applies to the Democratic Party in the new millenium. Good luck running on a platform of simply being anti-choice and against gay marriage, GOP.

    April 29, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. PB

    I have a real problem with a candidate being elected as one party (in this case as a Republican with conservative values) and then switching parties. I strongly feel Specter should resign and then run again as a Democrat and let the electorate decide.

    His jumping ship in mid channel is the ultimate in political incorrectness and no elected candidate should be allowed to do this.

    April 29, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Karen - Missouri

    Obama has been doing a great job and this 100 day stuff is just "fluff". The news media makes too much out of it...Bush took 8 years to destroy this country...the media was asleep at the wheel then.

    Congrats to Specter for being only one of maybe 3 Repubicans (now he as a former Republican) who actually care about the rest of the country. It's ok if he's concerned about elections in Pennsylvania...God only knows the die-hard Repubs in Washington have been putting Obama down since DAY ONE so they could, they THINK they could, get re-elected in 2010 and kiss their precious party instead of working for the people who put them there.

    And the Repubs argument about one-party doesn't hold any water. They created their own mess but refuse to see what they've done. There are Democrats who don't always vote with Obama, sooooo?

    Again congratulations to Obama for an excellent job for the first 100 days and to Specter for using his brains and conscious instead of the "Party"

    April 29, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Luke Brown

    Obama could have just welcomed Specter into the party and left it at that. However, it is still a good thing to have him switch over. I am sure others will follow.

    Extremists rule the GOP. Snowe and Collins should jump ship as well. They are powerless in the GOP ... even when it is in the majority.

    April 29, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. virginia nielsen

    I never trusted Republicans any way !!! Always looking for their special interests first !!! What is new !!!

    April 29, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Dem-founded

    Why wouldn't Obama like Specter – he is a man after his own heart. specter says certain things and then does the opposite. The same is true for Obama. Can we impeach this guy already?

    It's time for a true liberal. Liberals are not for big government or deficit spending. Obama is a puppet . . .

    April 29, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. No More Incumbents

    Which is 6 seconds longer than it took him to decide to give away all our kids money, hire tax cheats and lobbyists and French-Kiss Chavez.

    April 29, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. W Stewart

    Wow, how sorry does a party have to be to shed a life time republican?

    April 29, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Gene

    I don't see why everyone is up in arms and surprised by Specter's decision. When your party tells you that you have to vote their opinion and not your own, that's when you give your party the finger.

    You don't see the DNC chastising the representatives that didn't vote for Obama's agenda. But when a republican votes his opinion and his opinion is that he supports a bill that the democrats are pushing, the RNC launches a campaign to boot him out of office.

    Simply put.. if you're a republican, forget about having your own opinion. It's their way or the highway, and their way is becoming more and more intolerant by the day.

    April 29, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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