June 18th, 2009
03:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama press secretary chronically tardy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/20/art.gibbs.gi.jpg caption="Robert Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. "]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.

Filed under: Robert Gibbs
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. VL- Chicago

    Dutch Newz- Gibbs is defending policies that trample on freedom and the constitution.
    Quit worshipping Obama and read a history book...read about why Big Government is bad. Read about state rights. Quit being blinded by lib. news and have a thought. Then get a job.

    June 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    The Bush conspiracy folks are out in number today!! Must be kool aid day at the ESC....

    June 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. DL

    This is stupid, whats even dumber are some of the GOP rants, the same old tired arguments about socialism. Ever stop to think with as much as he has going on maybe there are times he needs to brief him on additional things to cover? I mean after all, he was left with a destroyed economy, 2 failed wars, a crumbling education and healthcare system, the entire world hating us...so maybe it takes a few minutes longer to brief......gimme a break.

    June 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Seriously . . .

    Why am I pretty certain I have BETTER job than VL-Chicago?

    June 18, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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