Gibbs: Um, maybe Ahmadinejad isn’t the “elected leader” of Iran after all

posted at 3:32 pm on August 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

What was the euphemism The One’s team used last year whenever someone on their side said something mind-blowingly stupid and then had to walk it back the next day?

Ah, that’s right. “Inartful.”

On Air Force One today, Gibbs told reporters that he wanted to “correct a little bit of what I said yesterday. I denoted that Mr. Ahmadinejad was the elected leader of Iran. I would say it’s not for me to pass judgment on. He’s been inaugurated, that’s a fact. Whether any election was fair, obviously the Iranian people still have questions about that and we’ll let them decide that. But I would simply say he’s been inaugurated and we know that is simply a fact.

Asked if the White House recognizes Ahmadinehad as the leader, elected fairly or not, Gibbs said it’s not “for us to denote his legitimacy, except to acknowledge the fact.”

Does the White House think the election was fair?

“That’s not for us to pass judgment on,” Gibbs said. “I think that’s for the Iranian people to decide, and obviously there are many that still have a lot of questions.”

Today in Kenya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of Ahmadinejad, “we don’t always get to deal with the government that we want to…We take the reality that the person who was inaugurated today will be considered the president.”

Note how much slicker Hillary’s statement is than the one given by her boss’s paid professional mouthpiece. A few lefties were trolling me on Twitter last night insisting that Gibbs merely “misspoke” and never meant to imply that Ahmadinejad was fairly elected. Watch the clip; the whole point of the question was about Dinnerjacket’s legitimacy, with Gibbs rambling about Iranians “choosing their leadership” before capping the exchange with a concession to the fact that he’s the “elected leader.” If he can’t figure out a way to say “you play the hand you’re dealt” without stumbling into a gaffe so spectacular that it was picked up by Iranian state media then he’s not cut out for this job. Exit question: If it was just a slip of the tongue that Gibbs never intended, why didn’t they issue a statement to correct the “mistake” immediately after he made it?

Update: It’ll all be worth it if Iran “unclenches its fist,” though, right? A progress report:

Visibly angered by the slight, Mr Ahmadinejad struck a characteristically defiant note despite hundreds of protesters chanting “death to the dictator” almost within earshot.

“We heard that some of the western leaders have decided to recognise but not congratulate the new government,” Mr Ahmadinejad said in an acceptance speech before the Iranian parliament. “Well, no-one in Iran is waiting for your messages.”

“The Iranian nation neither values your scowls and threats, nor your smiles and greetings.”

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“The Iranian nation neither values your scowls and threats, nor your smiles and greetings.”

Dinnerjacket for once tells the truth.

– The Cat

MirCat on August 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

What a tool…

Khun Joe on August 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Meanwhile…over at the Huffington Post…Hot Off The Press! Robert Gibbs’ Easy, Breezy Summer Suits (PHOTOS)

Joe Caps on August 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I have a feeling Gibbs flunked acorn 101.

christene on August 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM

I would say it’s not for me to pass judgment on.

You are the White House spokeswhore, Skippy. You don’t have the right to an opinion in your job. You represent the filthy liar in the White House and his agenda. It’s not for you to do anything more than that although you are constantly interjecting your own opinions into the mix. You should be fired for your incompetence.

highhopes on August 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

The most interesting part is that Hillary is in Kenya. Bet she can come up with that original birth certificate if anyone can.


Buford Gooch on August 5, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Bestest, most intelligent, most efficient, most effective administration, EVER!

GarandFan on August 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM

First there is a tyrant. Then there is no tyrant. Then there is….

Foreign policy by Donavan.

NCC on August 5, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Even Silly Putty isn’t this flexible. damn

johnnyU on August 5, 2009 at 8:12 PM

“If there was one pile of dog crap in the world, Gibbs would step in it.”
And blame Rush Limbaugh.

TexasJew on August 5, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Step in it???? Come on dude he works for it!

proudteadrinker on August 5, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Waitaminut! Wasn’t the Democrat party all up in arms with Bush dealing with tyrants and dictators in other countries?

Now, “we don’t always get to deal with the governments we want to?” What happened here? Where’s the outrage?

The Dems are now in power? Oh, nevermind.

AZfederalist on August 5, 2009 at 11:07 PM

I wonder how long this bubble headed idiot is going to last. December maybe?

On that note, I wonder how long it’ll be before things get SO tight for the fascist in chief that he finally throws the commie Rahm under the bus.

(Hope it’s a low riding bus with spikes on the underbody and a super heated exhaust system, maybe a flail cutter at the rear bumper just for good measure)

Spiritk9 on August 6, 2009 at 1:21 AM

“The Iranian nation neither values your scowls and threats, nor your smiles and greetings.”

Does this mean dinnerjacket wouldn’t piss on Ochimpy if he were on fire in the middle of the street?

csdeven on August 6, 2009 at 7:50 AM