Washington (CNN) –We don't know the make or model of the car President Obama and Democrats say they've been trying to push out of the ditch, but at least we know what's on the bumper. "Look, there's, there's an Obama bumper sticker on the car. We get that," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs in response to a question from CNN.
Gibbs was attempting to illustrate that President Obama is taking responsibility for fixing the economy.
That new addition to a metaphor President Obama has repeated over and over again on the campaign trail to sharpen his economic message was akin to throwing a softball at Republicans. They quickly swung for the fences.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tweeted "classic admittance [sic: admission]….Um, that's been our point."
In an email sent around to reporters from the Republican National Committee, another jab at the top White House aide. "Robert Gibbs admits that the President's famous 'car in the ditch' has an Obama bumper sticker on it," read the message under a large bold title: "They said it!"
Republicans have argued it's the Obama administration policies that are keeping the economy on a dangerous course.
One top Republican said the White House needs to stop pointing fingers at the past and fix the economy, which is now the Obama administration's problem.
The ever morphing metaphor has a car driven into a ditch by Republicans, the President and Democrats trying to push it out, and Republicans either sitting in the back seat, standing around sipping Slurpees, fanning themselves or kicking dirt in Mr. Obama's face.
Asked about the danger of this campaign message sounding like a broken record, Gibbs replied that "the record of the last eight years was pretty broken."
"We don't want to walk away from that. That's what got us into this mess…I think the president will continue to talk about it," he said.