March 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Gibbs takes aim at GOP budget

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Gibbs took a swipe at the GOP's budget proposal Thursday."](CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed House Republican's newly unveiled budget proposal Thursday, saying the 19-page document lacks any specifics.

"It took me several minutes to read it," a sarcastic Gibbs said at the White House Daily Briefing. "I will note that there is one more picture of a windmill than there is of a chart of numbers. Just for your knowledge there is exactly one picture of a windmill."

"It's interesting to have a budget that doesn't contain any numbers," Gibbs added. "The party of no has become the party of no new ideas."

The comments came hours after House Republican leaders unveiled the document and pledged to introduce more specifics next week.

"We're going to show a leaner budget, a budget with lower taxes, lower spending and lower borrowing," said Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

House Majority Leader John Boehner called Obama's record $3.6 trillion budget "completely irresponsible" and pledged the GOP plan "curbs spending, creates jobs and cuts taxes, while reducing the deficit."

Boehner would not say where the spending cuts might come from. "We'll wait and see next week," he said.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The less money government takes away and spends the more money taxpayers have to spend and invest!

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    LIZ – take yours and your fellow rethuglican talking points and put them together to get your self some enlightenment. Unfortunately you won't be able to but atleast try, please.

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Eat the Press

    @revolotion "Just keep laughing as people life saving are sucked into BIG GOV. bottomless pit.

    Um...your life savings was taken away by greed on wall street. You invested it, you risked it. No guarantees. Or did your financial adviser or daytrading website or genius Rick Santelli not tell you that.
    You support your GOP and they de-regulate and wall street takes your money. Your own darn fault, my friend

    March 26, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Tom in Delaware

    How's that Rush Limbaugh strategy goin'??

    You fools just proved everything he said to be the truth last week.

    The jokes on you.

    March 26, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    Thank you Gibbs, keep after those rethuglicans, they are all full of hot air and we are tired of them. It's enough of them already!

    March 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Cristine C.

    To all you people who are saying that Barack can't do anything other than read from a teleprompter or think on his own, how do you explain the two LIVE press conferences he has held in which he fielded all sorts of difficult questions right on the spot? Huh?!

    March 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. Lynn

    I'll take the president and his team's endosements of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates over these morons. Aren't they the same people who called for Geirner's resignation when he gave his broad ovberview for his economic plans?? Perhaps it's time for these clowns to do the same thing. All you koolaid drinking Limvbaugh supporters make me laugh as you support a nonexistant GOP budget!

    CNN better push this socalled, detai;less budget as hard as you pressed Geitner with their headline: "should he resign or should he be fired?"

    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. newz4i

    A budget without numbers?


    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. NICK

    Gibbs may not be the best press secetary there ever was, but when something is a joke, it is proper to laugh... Like, ha ha a budget with no numbers.. I bet they used invisble ink.

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Blue, Esq.

    Gibbs was completely right...these Republicans are a laughable bunch! The party of No will continue to become marginalized in the 2010 elections, and maybe then they and all of the IDIOT DITTO-HEADS out there supporting them will finally get the undeniable fact that AMERICA HAS CHANGED (for the better, thank God!)...the old generation of divide and conquer, slash and burn, racism, bigotry, sexism, anti-gay, rigid conservatism (lack of progress), anti-intellectualism is FINALLY on its way out the door!

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. JJ12345

    Its not going to matter, the senate is not going to allow the republicians to have any input. Reid is going to use the reconciliation process to keep out debate on health care, cap and trade, etc. Hopefully at the least someone will read the budget before voting on it.

    As far as the republicians budget outline submitted, Obama and the democrats did the same thing before the legislative language was applied.

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. RepublicansHateAmerica

    Oh, this is just the beginning of the spanking. Way to go Gibbs! Keep the hammer down. We voted for Change and we demand Change.

    March 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. helloooooOOOO

    and I want to know HOW thier budget plan creates and puts people back to work ?????? where is the cost numbers ???????

    March 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. ray ray

    Gibbs has about HALF the social tact as Nancy Pelosi.

    Keep up the arrogant dismissive attitude... it reveals your contempt for any REAL bipartisan efforts.

    The failure of America will be 100% solely and completely YOURS!

    March 26, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Dylan from Minneapolis

    The only thing the Republicans can create are more problems. Get your budget out of here and flush it down the toilet.

    March 26, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. TIGIST

    After sleeping for the past 8 years and complaining ever since the new president took office, this is all the GOP can come up with, 19 pages with no can't get any funnier. Keep sleeping and your whole party will slip from right underneath you 🙂

    March 26, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Nathan

    Tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts...this is the problem for us Americans. Let's not forget that Bush's two large tax cuts with the start of two wars is a large part of our deficit problem. If we could all just accept the fact that for years our situation has been predicted and that we'll all eventually have to pay more taxes, the more of our problems can be solved. Americans voted Bush into office twice and I am one to say that I am ready to pay more taxes to solve our problems because I believe at the end of the four years Obama will reform our government enough to be worth paying more taxes. The Tax Cut Rhetoric from the Republican party, their silliness on laying claim that Obama is Sociliaist is just ridiculously archaic and stupid. Please dont' buy into it.

    March 26, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. jim - chicago, illinois

    To Marianne ~
    Your opinion would carry so much more weight if you actually knew how to spell:

    democrat NOT democrate
    "The stupid Democrates..."
    "God knows not a single stupid democrate..."
    "dumb it down even further for the democrate morons..."

    "Maybe the Republicans can dumb it down even further for the democrate morons in Congress and the Senate."

    Just for the record, if you're going to discuss the legislative branch of our government, you should know that "Congress" is the word that refers to both houses of the that branch. The House of Representatives and The Senate, make up the Congress.

    But please, keep talking and posting! You help us lilly-livered, bleed heart liberals make our job so much easier!

    March 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. WIlly Brown

    Gibbs is Baghdad Bob for the democrat White House.

    March 26, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. ody

    didn't vote republicans in office – don't want your budget./

    March 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Libs are Goofy....

    Gibbs is, without a doubt, the worst press sec this nation has ever had.... but isn't that typical for all BO appointments.

    March 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Tulsa L

    You bet Obama and Gibbs and the majority of this country are laughing, were laughing at you republicans, your Congress men and women your senators, your governors,thats what we are laughing at, do you know how obvious it is to all american that your GOP representitives do not have a CLUE, they have no IDEAS, they have no MORALS (after this last campaign) they bow down to Rush Limbaugh, you have a WOMEN in ALASKA that is blaming the whole country, media, and anyone else for her failures, do you want me to go on.....and all republicans in DC only know the WORD NO.......

    March 26, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. greg in fl

    i love it when republicans pretend to care about our children and grandchildren.... when they are the ones who sent thousands to die in a war based on lies and deciet for the profit of their cronies... hypocrites they are .... and now the rest of us are supposed to believe them .. this time.

    revolution comes from within, if the iraqis wanted freedom, the majority should have rose up against the minority leader, let them choose to give their lives for freedom, not our republican leaders choosing to give them freedom and get themselves a buck or two just at the cost of a few thousand american soldiers, who by the way are given squat by those same republicans when they leave the service.. that way they are more likely to stay in....

    so LIZ... quit acting like you care about our country's children or future.. if you really did, you wouldnt be a republican.

    March 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Libs are Goofy....

    @ jim – chicago, illinois ... " bleed heart liberals "

    ummmm...... maybe you should check your own post before you whine about others spelling.

    hypocrite loser

    March 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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