It’s come to this: August wasn’t a setback for us at all, says Gibbs

posted at 5:56 pm on September 8, 2009 by Allahpundit

In which Beltway Bob channels Baghdad Bob. Despite a month of near-daily “Obama’s approval rating at new low” headlines and deteriorating numbers for ObamaCare itself, the spin oozes unceasingly forth, with Gibbs mindlessly asserting that the left is closer than ever to fulfilling its dream of the boondoggle to end all boondoggles. Er, closer than they were last month? Wasn’t the whole point of trying to ram a bill through Congress before the recess to avoid precisely the sort of inevitable grassroots backlash that stirred in August? I realize it’s Gibbs’s job to lie for his boss, but providing comic fodder for righty blogs with transparent garbage like this can’t be helping much.

At another point during the briefing, Tapper asked him what the big deal is about tomorrow night’s speech given that Obama’s been recycling the same rote talking points for months. Gibbs’s answer: Well, it’s a big forum. The correct answer, via Jay Cost: They’re out of moves. It’s Hail Mary time.

Why is the White House doing this? I think there are two answers that kind of relate to each other.

First, it has begun to believe its own spin that the President is good at giving game changing speeches. But he isn’t really. Nobody is. If the game could change because of a speech, the game would constantly be changing because lots of people can give a decent speech, especially when they have a TelePrompTer…

Second, it does not know what else to do. It looks like Congress is at something less than square one. There is no passable compromise that has been proposed – nothing that can win enough votes in the center without losing the left flank. But now the “Gang of Six” has basically broken up, public approval has tanked, moderates are scared, and if there isn’t bad blood on the Democratic side of the aisle there is at least a lot of finger pointing. If Humpty Dumpty breaks and you don’t know how to put him back together – why not give a speech and boldly proclaim how important it is to put him back together?

Right. Tomorrow’s speech in three words: “Do something. Anything.” The Standard’s counting heads in the House and finds 37 Democrats so far who’ve said publicly they’re opposed to the bill in its current form — which is dangerously close to the number needed to kill it. Progressives actually have 60 or so who claim they’ll vote no on any proposal that lacks a public option, but some of those are already starting to waver. Wednesday night’s message — do something, anything — is aimed squarely at them. Insofar as it’s designed to break them and force a compromise, it’ll probably be successful. Click the image to watch.


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Olby is just insanely jealous. We’ll he’s insane and jealous.

I love the irony of the ‘you, SIR, are a fasicst’ guy doing all he can to protect his Dear Leader. Olby is a fascist tool.

gwelf on September 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Why do I think Gibbs is telling the truth on this one?

If these guys are doing the smoke and mirrors thing, they do it very well as I’ve completely fallen for it. I truly hope that’s all it is.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

It takes a lot of effort to maintain that reality distortion bubble in the Whitehouse.

gwelf on September 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Baghdad Bob:

His last public appearance as Information Minister was on April 8, 2003, when he said that the Americans “are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks. They will surrender, it is they who will surrender”.

At that time, American tanks were patrolling the streets only a few hundred meters from the location where the press conference was held.

Potomac Bob:

August wasn’t a setback for us at all,

They didn’t have the votes to force Mugabecare before the recess now all of the sudden after these little socialists have been handed their assess in the townhalls they all of the sudden have the votes? Not.

elduende on September 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

This is very typical for the left. they think everyone is stupid and will parrot everything they say. Well, guess what, they are not, especially ha fans. This really is a gift that keeps on giving. What a behemoth FOOL.

rjoco1 on September 8, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Obama has nothing else. He has never done anything but talk.

The muttering about a WH plan was vapor. Neither he nor his staff have the depth to develop a plan of any complexity, and certainly nothing that will get them what they want.

Absent a new plan, which would just be a reshuffle of already tainted ideas, all he can hope for is to finally talk it through, like Davy Crockett grinning a bear to death. Except Crockett had a Plan B. Bama doesn’t, never did. He “won”, you see. All the toys are his now. He is a one-trick pony, and even Peggy Noonan is now finding him a bloody bore.

Maybe Hugo Chavez will send him some organizers, or Andy Stern should show Congress and the naysayers “the persuasion of power”. Bite off some more pinkies or thump some people…”take off the white gloves” as the Italian fascists used to say when they had the trains running on time. It’s a cinch Bama’s train is off-schedule if not getting ready to jump the tracks, lose some cars.

Bama didn’t look too happy at the AFL-CIO meeting. Could it be he hears hoofbeats approaching the fort, and knows they ain’t all his boyos from SEIU?

Harry Schell on September 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM

“August wasn’t a set back for us at all.”

Yer lying through yore clenched teeth, fat boy.

Lincoln Cadillac on September 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Gibbs would be a lousy poker player.

ElectricPhase on September 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Gibbs is such a total tool. People should pay attention to the chilling fact that they think can lie about anything they want. It says more than just channeling Bagdad Bob … as these are people doing it here.

OT:

Orly Taitz has been granted a hearing on the eligibility case (Barnett v Obama, SACV09-82) for Jan 26. Arguments for motion to dismiss and discovery are on for Oct 5.

progressoverpeace on September 8, 2009 at 7:01 PM

I know the press secretary’s job is to make the president and the white house look good, and to relay information to the press (Tapper, Garret … the rest are dead), but is it also his job to lie outright to the American people?

darwin on September 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Despite a month of near-daily “Obama’s approval rating at new low”

You got it all wrong. You have to believe the hopechange.

“Obama’s approval rating sets new record!”

29Victor on September 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Nope its not a game changer. Mr Jones is a game changer. Now almost everyone knows who Bozo really is thanks to him. The GOP will provide a response to Bozo afterward and if they are smart, they will report that the American people are dead set against ANY healthcare bill from the Obamunists.

See, Bozo cannot undo all the town hall video. Some one needs to compile that. Obamunist care is one of the most unwanted piece of legislation to come down the pike.

Obama has lost, he has failed. You are correct AP they just believe their own spin. They live in fantasy land.

dogsoldier on September 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Why does Gibbs in full denial remind of the Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf saying “There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!“?

Conservalicious on September 8, 2009 at 7:06 PM

This is perhaps a sign of desperation. Gibbs wasn’t trying to convince us – he’s trying to convince the rabid liberals who are angry that unicorns and universal healthcare haven’t descended from the heavens yet.

gwelf on September 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM

ElectricPhase on September 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Yes… and the most notable tell here was at 46 sec…
He wagged a bit like the woman in the enzite(sp)commercial… lol !

jerrytbg on September 8, 2009 at 7:09 PM

It’s come to this.

{rolls eyes}

Cuffy Meigs on September 8, 2009 at 7:10 PM

If lies and speeches from this administration could somehow be converted to rise in GDP…we’d all be $hitting in tall cotton.

BigWyo on September 8, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Gibbs is wearing his ruby slippers and clicking his heels three times.

obladioblada on September 8, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Tomorrow’s speech in three words: “Do something. Anything.”

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter!”

lovingmyUSA on September 8, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Nothing but a scratch, Tis but a flesh wound. August was!

Geochelone on September 8, 2009 at 7:17 PM

….and the sky is colored purple and yellow with pink polka dots. Oh and by the way, have you seen Peter Rabbit? He’s the new undersecretary of eggs.

In new business, we have legislation presented by senator Wiley Coyote proposing a speed limit on road runners and access to products from ACME, Inc. is to be by special permit only.

What? August? No problems at all for us. Nope.

Spiritk9 on September 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

This is very typical for the left. they think everyone is stupid and will parrot everything they say. Well, guess what, they are not, especially ha fans. This really is a gift that keeps on giving. What a behemoth FOOL.

rjoco1 on September 8, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Sorry, I disagree. Everyone on the left IS stupid, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the left.

Spiritk9 on September 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

My wife is from a foreign country, and SHE CAN’T STAND GIBBS. Makes me turn the channel every time he comes on… Amazing…

Khun Joe on September 8, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Gibbs would be a lousy poker player.

ElectricPhase on September 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I’d send a limo to get a tool like Gibbs into a poker game… Oh, baby, a stretch limo…

Khun Joe on September 8, 2009 at 7:29 PM

My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all. Our initial assessment is that they will all die. I blame Hotair – they are marketing for the reactionaries! About Allahpundi and Ed Morrissey: Those two only deserve to be hit with shoes.
- Baghdad Gibbs

MB4 on September 8, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Can you imagine what it must be like to be Gibbs? Can you imagine that your going to go to work today and hopefully do a good job lying for your boss to 320+ million people? This guy is an absolute crap weasel deluxe and, as such, is perfect for this position. I sincerely hope he gets to keep his job for the next 3.3 years because he does it terribly.

johnnybgood on September 8, 2009 at 7:35 PM

You can go and visit those places where protest are supposedly taking place. Nothing there, nothing at all. There are SAIC and ACORN checkpoints. Everything is okay. Just look carefully, I only want you to look carefully. Do not repeat the lies of liars. Do not become like them. Once again, I blame Hotair before it ascertains what takes place. Please, make sure of what you say and do not play such a role.
- Baghdad Gibbs

MB4 on September 8, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I almost feel sorry for the man.

It’s like the old joke about the guy hired to follow the circus elephants with a shovel.

katy the mean old lady on September 8, 2009 at 7:42 PM

They are effing crapping in their pants!
I’m L-O-V-I-N-G it!

Chewy the Lab on September 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Geochelone on September 8, 2009 at 7:17 PM

That was great! I will never look at Baghdad Bob Gibbs the same again and I thought Dingy Harry had a corner on the Baghdad Bob monicer since his “the war is lost” bluster.

As for Pinnochio:

ITS JUST WORDS, JUST SPEECHES!

dhunter on September 8, 2009 at 7:47 PM

The Mother of All Fails!

ronsfi on September 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Here is to a just as successful September

CWforFreedom on September 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I actually saw this part of the presser on C-Span while eating dinner. I nearly choked when he started in on his claims that August was a good month for Team Filthy Liar. Especially when he channeled nameless Republican politicians.

highhopes on September 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I almost feel sorry for the man.

katy the mean old lady on September 8, 2009 at 7:42 PM

I have no sympathy for a man who would go on national television wearing a pink tie.

highhopes on September 8, 2009 at 8:00 PM

What’s this headline I see on Drudge about Pelosi and Reed telling The One to hurry because they “Have the Votes“??!!

Al-in-Baja on September 8, 2009 at 8:01 PM

“Give me warp 5, Scotty!”

“But Cap’n, I cannae do that! I’ve got all th’ power to th’ shields and she’ll no take any more! Dinnae ye ken, she’ll fly apart?”

VoyskaPVO on September 8, 2009 at 8:12 PM

What’s this headline I see on Drudge about Pelosi and Reed telling The One to hurry because they “Have the Votes“??!!

Al-in-Baja on September 8, 2009 at 8:01 PM

It’s either a bluff or pure delusion. Once the details get out into the public there will be pure chaos in the White House and Congressional switchboards. The fact that there will be federally-funded abortions alone will melt phone lines. And there, of course, will be some plot to backdoor the single-payer system.

highhopes on September 8, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Al-in-Baja on September 8, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Hell they just left the WhiteHouse after meeting with the Puppet and the Ballerina what would you expect them to say. Dingy Harry is toast, livin his last days out in the Senate, Pelosi is just an idiot from an idiot Gerrymandered district

The Good News I just heard on the Radio John Mccain saying coops, Single payer, government option or if you call it bananas all the same, a giant Government intrusion into private lives and healthcare.

I hope this means he’s not going to get all Bi-Partisany. I haven’t heard anything from my Senator Grassley!

dhunter on September 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

“..force a compromise, it’ll probably be successful. Click the image to watch.

Pass, thank you.

VoyskaPVO on September 8, 2009 at 8:18 PM

I wish that idiot OReally would stfu and let Mary Katherine Hamm talk she gets it way more that he.
OReally had to question Beck if the Obama administration was really a communist leaning organization I swear this egomaniac just loves to hear his own voice almost as much
as Pinnochio

dhunter on September 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM

It really is Hail Mary time when you have to rely on a speech given with Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi as background.

exdeadhead on September 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Denial – not just a river in Egypt; modus operandi of liberals.

IrishEyes on September 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Tomorrow night will be something new – he needs to create a new enemy.

Obama cannot function without an enemy – this is how he campaigns and campaigning is all he knows.

Will the new enemy be doctors? The crazy right wingers? Bush again? The Cambridge police? Wall Street? Can’t wait to see who he picks!

Rockygold on September 8, 2009 at 9:09 PM

He’s a Liar.

If it was snowing outside and the blame was on Obama Gibbs would say it’s sunny and the snow is just a fabrication of silly idea from the right wingers at the Weather Channel.

Tapper and the other Bootlickers in the WH No-Press Corps would dutifully report that there was no snow outside only sunshine. Olberman would ask for dirt on the Weather Channel Right wing Nazis and Krauthammer would blame Palin for the misunderstanding.

Pelosi would demand an investigation of the Weather Channel to see if those were really swah-stikkkas on their sleeves (it was just digital problems with the signal).

It’s all just a bunch of lying politicians.

THROW THEM ALL OUT.

PappyD61 on September 8, 2009 at 9:10 PM

That has to be the Ugliest Tie I’ve ever seen from Gay-Mart.

ronnyraygun on September 8, 2009 at 9:49 PM

bucsox79 on September 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Please do not post DKommie sh*t on this excellent site, as the very sight of that place makes me want to positively puke my guts out.

NewsBuster’s Noel Sheppard wrote a great article about Kreep Olbermann’s flip-flop here:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/09/08/olbermann-flip-flops-asks-kossacks-not-dig-dirt-beck

Dave R. on September 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM

In which Beltway Bob channels Baghdad Bob.

I was half expecting him to reach behind his ear, pull off a latex mask, and start spouting things like ‘we will roast there bellies in Hell.’

I used to think that no-one would out BS Baghdad Bob, but folks we’ve got a real contender!

Onus on September 8, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Well Gibbs was speaking in a relative term.

Compared to Judge David Carter’s ruling to actually HEAR THE ELIGIBILITY CASE of Barack Hussein Obama, August was a freaking GLORIOUS month for Zero.

Obama will now have to PROVE HIS ELIGIBILITY in a federal court.

Of course, HotAir can’t report on a ‘birther’ victory. Allah is only interested in smearing those who question Zero.

When birthers win he can’t make the funny – and once again it proves his credibility is falling faster than Obama’s approval rating.

Mr Purple on September 9, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Of course I won’t be watching that self-serving jug-eared blowhard speak. It would interfere with Ghost Hunters.
Besides, I can log on to Hot Air in the morning and get the straight skinny on the “event”. As a bonus, there will probably be some AP snark thrown in for good measure.

SKYFOX on September 9, 2009 at 9:12 AM

This is where I am I completely broken up on this issue, I want it to pass exactly as written so they don’t win another election except in CA and NY of course for the 100 years. But then I think hey I am a young man and would probably get thrown into a 700 person waiting list if I got hurt and needed medical attention. No one will ever have private insurance because competition will be impossible.

Tremmy on September 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Why does this turd continue to lie, when there is no reason for it? BO has his lapdog trained well, I guess.

la.rt.wngr on September 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

This hapless idiot has an impossible job. Yet he continues to let himself get ridiculed for the tool he is. He is not very smart.

kens on September 9, 2009 at 1:26 PM

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