WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs delayed the start of his daily briefing Thursday - which is only remarkable for the fact it's so unremarkable.
The Bush White House briefings were only rarely delayed. Journalists covering the White House have now grown accustomed to waiting in the briefing room…at least so far.
Consider the numbers: Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone.
Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day - a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.
He was tardy for every one of the scheduled briefings he held that month: The shortest delay was just eight minutes, the longest was one hour and 41 minutes. The actual time Gibbs arrived at the podium to start the briefing took even longer - the time from when the briefing was originally scheduled to when it actually started accounted for a 13 hour and 46 minute total delay, or 43 minutes a day.
I'd rather he show up tardy and informed rather than on time to evade direct answers like Ari Fleischer.
Very unprofessional of Gibbs and a sign of dissaray in the White House. Shows arrogance in that Gibbs sees his time as valuable, the reporters time as less so.
No surprise at all. This President, more than any other in history, is all about careful, some may say deceptive, messaging and packaging in real time and very little on transparency and facts.
Someone has entirely too much spare time to calculate such inane numbers that no one, except perhaps the White House Press corp, will give a flying fig about.
Are u guys bored at CNN. This is not news. Time for a pay cut.
Lesser mortals will wait, that's the attitude. The attitude trickles down from top I guess.
I have continued thinking about your article and have come to conclusion that CNN should probably fire you. If you want to report on fake news I would suggest applying at the onion. I'm sure that they would be glad to have you and your incredibly informative reporting. Another thing you might consider is seeing how long you can keep a plastic bag over your head.
Well, you konw it wasn't because he was studying up on questions that may be asked of him. I don't think that he has actually answered anything since he has been PS.
Really, what do you expect.....He's a blundering idiot....Just like his boss.
How stupid is this story? So what if he is often late? Obviously he is very busy tending to numerous issues in the Bush mess clean up. And assumptively (word?) Bush's press secretary did less or had less to do. And shut up R-wingers...yes it's a big mess Bush created to clean up! And no I'm not a L-winger. I am a centrist Independent. So know what the hell you are talking about before labeling others. GOP = no solutions, just mud-raking. And yes, I do know what I am talking about.
Oh come on now, give the guy a break. It takes time to come up with good plausible cover stories.
CNN this is not NEWS... and silly to report on it
This is 'change' at its finest!
I see Randy Quaid as Peter Blunt in Caddyshack 2. Can't help it. And the buffoon type approach including being late plays right into it. I just can';t atake Gibbs seriously. He will be replaced within a year.
Another example of the self-importance and arrogance of this administration. This administration believes the solar system revolves around them. The media is so enamored with this administration, they are willing to overlook this unprofessional behavior. In any other company, an underperforming employee who is chronically tardy to their own scheduled meetings would be fired. Where is the new transparency and accountability of government that was promised by this administration during the campaign? This administration is quick to point out the speck of dust in corporate america, be critical of CEOs and corporations, yet this administration does not see the moat in their own eyes, they overlook their wasteful spending of our tax dollars with photo op fly overs of NYC and date night travels with Airforce One, and now a clear example of an overpaid underperforming employee in Robert Gibbs. The hypocrisy is hard to miss.
@ TCM who said
"I've never seen a public official, representing any branch or office of the government with worse speaking skills…and the hoot is, he was hired to TALK to the press…..he rambles, babbles, misquotes and generally is rude and sarcastic to members of the press."
That sounds alot like Sarah Palin and not Robert Gibbs.
Aha! Yet another sign the administration is dragging the country down to Socialism. Gibbs is surely ready on time, just sitting beyond the press room door reveling in the control he has over those press peons
This, along with Obama's implicit approval of citizens' lines to order food when he went for a burger, are the PROOF, comrades...
It definitely takes good preparations to wash the laundry.
Obama's press sec: tardy
Bush himself: tarded
I mean, who didn't see that coming?
Gibbs is closely involved with the President and is probably tied up with important meetings most of the time. Bush's press secretaries I understand were not at all involved and had to fictionalize as they went.
It is better late than never. However, I wish he improves. Lateness does not speak well of our beloved new Obama administration. Buckle up and be on time Gibbs! Love you.
I have a question: which comes first, the lobotomy or membership in the democrat party?
If I'm late for a total of 13 hours in one month, I'd be fired. I'd be fired for being late much less.
Wait, was he late for the time HE appointed?