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

Obama press secretary chronically tardy

Robert Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone.

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.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. TCM

    @ KRISSY –


    Again, another liberal talking out their rear end.....
    if running up the debt 10x in 5 months, endangering our troops and homeland, causing unemployment to skyrocket and taking over firms at taxpayer expense is "doing something,...." Perhaps Obama should do nothing....King Midas, he's not....

    June 18, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. jimmy combs

    Well when you have an administration where NOBODY knows what the response should be, its like children playing hide and seek...

    June 18, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. VL- Chicago

    Gibbs is a pompus jerk. He puts that fake southern folksy accent to him, but he's obnoxious. He is typical of the worst administration since Nixon.

    June 18, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. TCM

    @ Will-o –

    Exactly...as the "do-boy," for the messiah, he acts as if he's some kind of royalty....what's classic is the clip when the cell phones start ringing....Gibbs takes one guy's phone –
    then another rings. The second guy totally blows off Gibbs, gets up, talking the whole time, and walks out on him....what a face slap for the babbler! It's definitely a sign of discourse in the White House....trickle-down incompetence.

    June 18, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. VL- Chicago

    Why do the obama nuts go on here and say "so what" "not news" if it wasn't news, why did you click on the story?
    I am confident Obama is paying people to go on these blogs and rip anything against him...or anything even debating King Obama's flawed plans.

    June 18, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Doug Malott

    Fire him. If he is that incomprtent it's pathetic. But then again there are a lot of pathetic characters in this administration. Yoy haven't seen anything yet.

    June 18, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ VL- Chicago

    I guess VL stands for Very Lame. I'd rather Gibbs be late and informed than be on time and answer half ass questions. Get a clue!

    June 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. TCM

    @ Lee W. in Raleigh, NC

    @ Sniffit

    Keep dreaming boys....smile and wave......Gibbs is a poster child for
    "trickle-down," Obamanomics; otherwise known as a self-inflicted "dumbness," wound....
    Although not fatal, extremely irritating to rational, hardworking, lawabiding conservatives....both dem and repub.

    June 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Get a grip CNN

    Common CNN....is this news

    June 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Pat, CA

    Hey, don't pick on him - he "won," remember? When you "win" you can do whatever you want. It's only when you're trying to win that you have to "appear" to be considerate of others.

    June 18, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. TCM

    @ Proud Member..Party of No –

    Dang, I have an answer for everything, but you've stumped me with that one!

    June 18, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. John Q Adams

    Late? Heck.....GW never even showed up for his Presidency

    June 18, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. TCM

    Come on, Dutch....

    You should admit that he needs speech therapy, at a minimum....

    June 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    Cut the guy some slack. It takes time to figure out how to put a positive spin on socialism.

    June 18, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Carole

    Given that Bush was being told only what he wanted to hear in meetings, , without vigorous debate and from only one person, his press secretary didn't have a reason to be late. He knew the party line and could spit it out. Look what that got us into.

    Someone commented on Gibbs fake Southern accent....he is from Auburn, Alabama. No shame in that.

    June 18, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. seebofubar

    What are you smoking, Obama has done absolutly nothing! Look closely at the facts, use your head. The only thing he has accomplished is creating the deepest division among Americans that I can remember. Spent money like a drunken sailor (actuallyu the money was wasted not spent), done nothing for the economy, nothing to end the wars, nothing to help common people, appologized to the world for america when it's mostly our doings that have kept the world safe from tyrants like Hitler, and now wants to destroy the best healthcare system in the world. THINK, he is a sham and we were all fooled.

    June 18, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Too True For You

    Tardniess is not excusable, but obviously he actually has something to prepare and say. Obama has done more good for this country in a few months than republicans did in the last 28 years, and that takes some keepig up with.

    It is easy under republican briefings. All you have to say is "No comment" , or "We can't divulge anything", or "That is privileged information" and so on. Takes no prep whatsoever representing the party of "No". "No progress, No Policy, No Comment".

    By now the Bush administraton would have gone through at least two press secretaries. They got worn out so fast trying to keep up with all the lies, censorship, and hostility to the press that they burned out quickly. By contrast Gibbs is relaxed and at home with the truth and the reporters. Maybe too relaxed, if he is tardy this much.

    June 18, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. hadelaide

    So what??? You want the briefing, you wait for the briefing. Bush White House briefings were only rarely delayed because they got their TALKING POINTS the day before from Rush. If there was anything new happened during the day, they made stuff up.

    June 18, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Good one.

    "Late? Heck…..GW never even showed up for his Presidency"

    * * * *

    June 18, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. TCM

    @John Q Adams –

    I'm not overly excited about Bush, however, he was there, did the job and protected this country....was a professional....made mistakes, made some good decisions......

    what can we possibly say about Obama, that's been positive for the majority of the country, and hasn't pandered to fringe, deviants, or minority group interests?

    (crickets chirping........)

    June 18, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Becky

    @ Pat

    "Hey, don't pick on him — he "won," remember? When you "win" you can do whatever you want."

    You're talking about Bush, right?

    June 18, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. mike

    Press secretary- Tardy
    Vice President- lot of screw up in statements.
    Speaker of House- Tell her own staff they are liar
    Tresaury Secretary- Don't pay tax
    I think bush team was better.

    June 18, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. sick and tired


    You know with all the hate you have you should put it good use. Maybe you should set up a ballon stand outside of your trailer and sell hot air ballons, moron

    June 18, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. chris

    thats the liberal media for you... always supportin the liberals and never saying a bad thing about them

    June 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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