Boy, talk about legitimizing a book that the White House had already dismissed as tripe.

Usually the official approach is to ignore these kinds of claims so they go away faster, but now I’m wondering if Robert Gibbs, Valerie Jarrett, et al, are getting royalties for vouching for the book’s veracity:

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized Monday for insulting First Lady Michelle Obama during an explosive staff meeting where he also laid into Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. The scene is recounted in a new book, “The Obamas,” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor. Jarrett said the two have “worked through disagreements.”

“In any high-pressure work environment there are occasional arguments and disagreements and that is certainly true of the White House. I regret speaking in anger and regret that this disagreement became so public. But those moments pale in comparison to the important issues facing our country and will not overshadow the vital work Valerie and I will do together as part of a team in 2012,” Gibbs said in a statement.

Said Jarrett in a statement, “Since 2004, Robert Gibbs and I have worked together on campaigns and in the government, and he has been a valued advisor and Press Secretary to this President and a key member of the Obama team. Like any colleagues, we’ve shared some laughs and we’ve shared some words over the years. But we have always worked through any disagreements out of mutual respect and in our shared commitment now and in the future to President Obama.”

Oh well… Robert Gibbs always did refer to the New York Times as if it were an extension of the White House press office, so maybe he figured a denial of claims in a book written by one of their reporters would have been counterproductive. After all, this year, Team Obama is going to need the NYT on board more than ever.


18 Responses to “Robert Gibbs Apologizes for FLOTUS Flap”

  1. backwoodsconsr on January 10th, 2012 1:19 pm

    I expect rebuttal from the White House to be in a "Robert Fibbs" statement.

  2. Pasadena Phil on January 10th, 2012 2:27 pm

    All problems on Team Obama seem to center on having to clear everything through Valerie Jarrett and MO. The entire economic team left because of issues of access to the president. A true mafia presidency.

  3. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:15 pm

    It`s just my personal opinion that the Chief of Staff announced his departure precisely because HE can`t run the WH like a mafia operation ! He barks orders, too many ignore him ! Or something along that line !

  4. backwoodsconsr on January 10th, 2012 3:17 pm

    Nah, he just got tired of listening to Robert's Fibbs.

  5. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:37 pm

    Are you saying, Fibberty Gibbs may have left the WH, but he was never really "gone" ?

  6. Truesoldier on January 10th, 2012 3:38 pm

    More like he did not like haveing everything go through Valerie Jarrett and MO.

    Anyone else notice that in the NH GOP primary Obama is getting votes. Normally this would be a no big deal because obviously it is just some dems who are voting in the open primary (just another reason I hate open priamaries), but there is something to keep in mind. Due to the change of the primary date in NH the primary is not a winner takes all the affair. Instead, the delegates will be on a proportionality set up. Could this mean that if Obama were to get a certain amount of votes he could actually have a delegate at the Republican Convention?

  7. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:51 pm

    That`s part of my point; Daley didn`t have the power of the king ! – the last word !

    The RNC needs some "behind the woodshed time" for allowing open primaries. And the election committees need to change the rules to prevent party affiliation changes just before a primary and then a quick return !

    Obama delegates at the RC ? Hmmmm, food for thought !

  8. backwoodsconsr on January 10th, 2012 4:01 pm

    John McCain was at the last one. That was pretty darn close.

  9. Truesoldier on January 10th, 2012 4:47 pm

    Another thing about these primaries. Why in the hell does NH have to be so soon. I mean just look at whom the "republicans" in NH are voting for Romney and Huntsman….

    If they do not want to have just one big super Tuesday then i would propose this type of set up for a primary/caucaus schedule. The order of states would be based on the per capita percentage of votes for the Republican candidate. This way you reward states that go in the R column in the presidential election.

  10. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 8:04 pm

    I`m for the All-On-One-Day primaries as long as we maintain the vetting process through caucus type events. I`d like "everything" to start later and proceed a bit faster with the Super-Tue. nationwide primary occurring no earlier than the first Tue. in Sept. Enough of this 2 yr. + campaign season (I know, it`s more like "never-ending").

  11. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:16 pm

    Baghdad Bob: "I did not cuss at MO and VJ and I certainly won`t do it again !"

  12. backwoodsconsr on January 10th, 2012 3:26 pm

    I'm glad we cleared that up!

  13. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Yep, MUD should be so clear !

  14. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 3:52 pm

    Somehow, Lord Darth Helmet can`t look tuff even with a light saber !

  15. PortiaElizabeth on January 10th, 2012 4:11 pm

    Until a few months ago I lived in NH, so I can assure you that, unless they lied, Dems cannot vote in the Repub primary. When you enter the polling place, you're asked your affiliation and given a list of the candidates in your party's election only. There is some crazy guy who calls himself "Vermin" who is challenging Obama in the Dem. primary in NH, so any votes BO is getting are from registered Dems.

  16. SignPainterGuy on January 10th, 2012 4:27 pm

    Thanks PE, where are you now ?

    Here in NC, Indies and unaffiliateds can vote in R primaries, and more disgustingly, it`s legal to change your affiliation up to 6 weeks prior to a vote and then back shortly afterward.

    You should not be allowed to switch back (to Dem in this case) until after the general election. That would have no effect on your voting in the general, but would prevent the DNC from counting you in their numbers. More thought food !

  17. Truesoldier on January 10th, 2012 9:08 pm

    Thanks for the clarification on that. With the way the Iowa caucaus was setup (being allowed to register as a republican at the caucaus event) and how some state primaries are open, it wouldn't have suprised me to find out that Dems were crossing over to vote in the GOP primary. Glad to hear that is not the case.

  18. Obama bin Biden on January 10th, 2012 8:07 pm

    It's hard to believe a boot licking slimebag like Gibbs would offend Chairman Maobama's wife.

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