>This story comes from NewsBusters. Since it is largely a recording of a public meeting and that material not under copyright, we are publishing it here. This story proves only one thing: that Obama has no respect for the American people, public opinion, professional journalism and journalists. We wonder when Gibs will get the ax for looking so bad as he avoids answering hundreds of questions honestly. His schtick is akin to soft shoe dancing, posing, messing with people like Helen Thomas. In this dancing from questions farce, he is much like the mating Albatross who puts on quite a show to woo a willing mate.
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By Mitchell Blatt July 1, 2009
The story was printed before in News Busters and elsewhere and reports on a Robert Gibbs press conference which looks more and more like a non event as each day passes. The thing that is little understood is that Gibbs was a former professional wrestler named Bobo, for Bob. While he only won four of fifty bouts, he is both feared and hated by the press corps because he refuses to tell the truth, even when Helen Thomas takes him to the mat as she did in the following press conference.
Is the press corps starting to tire of the Obama Administration?
The above title is the question all America is asking. There is an air of arrogance about Gibbs, though we can’t understand why because of his simpleton answers. He never directly answers anything, between the stammering and “uhs” except when he is lying and that is most of the time.
First Reid asked why the questions for Wednesday’s town hall on healthcare were being preselected. After Gibbs tried to dodge that question a few times, Thomas became involved, saying, “We have never had that in the White House. I’m amazed that you people … call for openness and transparency.”
Thomas said that the administration was trying to control the media, and she pointed out how they coordinated questions with the Huffington Post at a press conference.
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Thomas is not the first journalist to question the White House’s coordination with the Huffington Post. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank also took the White House to task for the coordination.
Wednesday’s press conference was also not the only media event that was in some way coordinated. Previous town halls have featured Obama campaign supporters and Democratic politicians lobbing softballs at Obama.
As Thomas noted, “[Obama’s] formal engagements are prepackaged.”
After Gibbs continued to dodge questions, Thomas said, “Of course you would, because you don’t have any answers.”
Before the exchange ended, Reid asked Gibbs to pass along this question to Obama: “Is he going to support a tax increase on the middle class?” Afterwards, Thomas told CNS News that Obama’s grip on the media is even greater than that of Richard Nixon.
The full exchange between Thomas and Gibbs is below: