September 9th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
4 years ago

White House blasts Florida church's plan to burn Qurans

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.

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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • White House
August 11th, 2010
07:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs stands by his words with feet on the ground and not in his mouth






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."

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Filed under: Democrats • PCCC • Robert Gibbs
August 10th, 2010
02:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs walks back criticisms of 'professional left'

The White House on Tuesday walked back Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' recent statements that the 'professional left' is not giving President Obama enough credit for the administration's accomplishments.
The White House on Tuesday walked back Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' recent statements that the 'professional left' is not giving President Obama enough credit for the administration's accomplishments.

(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.

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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • White House
July 26th, 2010
04:58 PM ET
4 years ago

'Pentagon Papers' back in the Washington lexicon

Daniel Ellsberg, who played an instrumental role in the release of the Pentagon Papers, is pictured in this file photo.
Daniel Ellsberg, who played an instrumental role in the release of the Pentagon Papers, is pictured in this file photo.

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.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Robert Gibbs
July 26th, 2010
01:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: No new revelations in leaked military documents

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.


Filed under: Department of Defense • issues • Robert Gibbs
July 21st, 2010
02:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: Sherrod is owed an apology

Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.
Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.

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.


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Shirley Sherrod
July 18th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
July 14th, 2010
07:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Analysis: Gibbs' midterm comments had effect on Twitterverse

(CNN) – An analysis of tweets in the days around White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' comments about the midterm elections suggest the White House press secretary's words did have an effect in the Twitterverse.

On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Gibbs answered a question on whether Democrats might lose their grip on power in Congress: "I think there is no doubt there are enough seats in play - that could cause Republicans to gain control."

In the days before Gibbs' comments, tweets that supported Democrats in the midterms were higher than those that supported Republicans, 57-47 percent, according to Crimson Hexagon, which analyzes social media chatter.

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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Social Media
July 14th, 2010
02:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats still fuming over Gibbs comments

Robert Gibbs is under fire for saying that Democrats might lose control of the House.
Robert Gibbs is under fire for saying that Democrats might lose control of the House.

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."

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Filed under: Democrats • Nancy Pelosi • Popular Posts • Robert Gibbs
July 13th, 2010
08:25 PM ET
4 years ago

'I think we'll retain the House,' Gibbs says

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.

Related: Hoyer disagrees with Gibbs

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.


Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Robert Gibbs
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