Washington (CNN) - A Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is a "monumentally terrible idea," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
The "hateful" and "offensive" act would be a "recruiting bonanza for al Qaeda," would endanger U.S. troops and "goes against every one of our values," he said.
Gibbs said there are discussions inside the Obama administration about intervening with the Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of Gainseville's Dove Center, which is organizing the planned Quran burning.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Thursday it is possible that a senior administration official will call Jones.
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is standing by his critique of what he called the "professional left."
"I think I have both my feet firmly planted on the floor and nothing in my mouth to speak of," Gibbs said Wednesday during his daily briefing, after being asked if he had put his foot in his mouth.
In an interview with The Hill newspaper earlier this week, Gibbs went public with his private frustration over harsh criticism from his party's base.
"I hear these people saying he's [Obama's] like George Bush," Gibbs told the paper. "Those people ought to be drug tested."
(CNN) - The White House is tamping down recent statements from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that targeted the "professional left" for not giving President Obama a sufficient amount of credit for the administration's accomplishments.
"I think what Gibbs was doing was having one conversation with one reporter and in response to questions about frustrations he answered honestly and it shouldn't be read anything more than that," spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Tuesday.
But Burton, who was filling in last minute for Gibbs at Tuesday's White House briefing, didn't deny the president himself grows frustrated at times with criticisms from liberal commentators.
Washington (CNN) – It's the phrase on the tip of every Washington journalist's tongue Monday – "The Pentagon Papers."
The whistleblower website WikiLeaks published Sunday night what it says are about 76,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year, a release that immediately drew comparisons to the Pentagon Papers.
It's a convenient analogy, but is it accurate?
In June 1971, the New York Times began publishing a series of articles that became known as the "Pentagon Papers," a set of raw documents that revealed the true depth of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, and the ways in which the public had been misled by the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Washington (CNN) - Classified military documents posted by WikiLeaks contained no major new revelations, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
"In terms of broad revelations, there aren't any that we see in these documents," Gibbs said.
However, Gibbs said the public posting of names of military personnel and their sources, as well as details of operations, could do harm.
Washington (CNN) - White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Shirley Sherrod is "owed an apology. I would do that on behalf of this administration."
"A disservice was done. An apology was owed. That's what we've done," he told reporters at the White House.
"Decisions were made based on an incomplete set of facts," Gibbs said. "Members of this administration, members of the media, members of different political factions ... have all made determinations and judgments without a full set of facts."
Gibbs said that "we live in a culture (in which) things whip around, people want fast responses, (and) we want to give fast responses."
"One of the great lessons you take away from this is to ask all the questions first," he added.
Washington (CNN) - As President Obama heads behind closed doors Wednesday evening with House Democratic leaders for a key election-year strategy session, senior party officials said that top lawmakers are privately still fuming about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' declaration this weekend that Republicans could take control of Congress in November.
The senior officials said that at a private Capitol Hill meeting on Tuesday night, a string of House Democrats - including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - expressed deep frustration that Gibbs had played into Republicans' hands by answering a hypothetical question on NBC's "Meet the Press" about whether Democrats may lose their grip on power.
In a statement that senior White House officials maintain was blindingly obvious and really not newsworthy, Gibbs said on Sunday, "I think there is no doubt there are enough seats in play - that could cause Republicans to gain control."
Washington (CNN) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has clarified his recent remarks about the possibility that Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in this November's midterm elections.
Asked Sunday during an NBC interview whether the Democratic majority in the House was in jeopardy, Gibbs acknowledged what many observers see as a political reality four months before Election Day.
"I think there is no doubt there are a lot of seats that will be up, a lot of contested seats," Gibbs told NBC. "I think people are going to have a choice to make in the fall, but I think there's no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There's no doubt about that."
The Obama aide's comments caused a firestorm, with Republicans seizing on the remarks to bolster their standing as they focus on the midterms and with leading Democrats openly disagreeing with Gibbs.
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Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Gibbs explained his remarks.
"I think I said that there are enough seats in play and I think that's true," Gibbs said when asked whether he regretted saying Democrats might lose the House.
He added, "I think we'll retain the House. I was asked if there's enough seats in play and I think there are."
To achieve a majority in the House, Republicans need to pick up 39 seats in November's elections.
–CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.