Video: Gibbs writing on his hand now to mock Palin; Update: Photoshop added

posted at 4:11 pm on February 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

Imagine: He thought this joke was so good, he actually prepared it before the presser. MKH is calling him the Dane Cook of politics for ripping off a goof that’s already been done three times by national figures, including Palin herself, but it’s worse than that. The Daily Show did a double hit on it last night, first with Stewart reading off his hand and then Wyatt Cenac reading off his belly, so that’s five times at least. Which makes Gibbs — what? The Carlos Mencia of politics, maybe?

People will complain that this is petty and beneath the dignity of the office, but (a) Gibbs partly redeems himself by winking at the ubiquity of their moronic “hope” and “change” buzzwords, (b) Palin is an Al Qaeda accomplice, so she sort of had it coming, and (c) as we’ve discussed before, the White House press briefing is one of the lamest, most useless spectacles in American politics. How can this be beneath the dignity of an office that has no dignity to begin with? The only time the briefing’s worth watching is when Gibbs is forced to defend something especially stupid that Biden said, or when something bad’s happened in the Middle East that sets Helen Thomas up for a “question” about whether we maybe had it coming. Lacking either of those contingencies, if the guy wants to resort to some hackish partisan Mencia-esque schtick to liven things up, I say go crazy.

Update: Reader Derek kicks things off.

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Hey, Democrats. Talk to the hand!

Emperor Norton on February 9, 2010 at 4:12 PM

this will not help the WH at all. It only elivates Palin even higher.

ousoonerfan15 on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Total fakking douche. Bipartisanship his ass.

Abby Adams on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

This is not third grade. You stay classy Gibbs.

I predict another two point drop in approval in the next few days.

jukin on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The joke administration.

I just wish it weren’t such a bad, America-hating joke.

neurosculptor on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

He’s the spokesman for The President of the United States.

Remember that.

BadgerHawk on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

You need to work on your “backhand”, Gibbs. Your wrist is still too limp.

SKYFOX on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Go ahead and mock. That is one of the driving forces behind the surge in support for Palin and what she represents.

Join a conservative open forum at It’s About Freedom.

IronDioPriest on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

First “Death Panels” and now the “Hand”…..got to give her credit…..wonder what she has in store for these idiots next??

PatriotRider on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Evidently, the White House has already forgotten how Rush sliced them to ribbons, Beck tore them new orifices, Fox destroyed them, Palin beat them silly a couple of time already …

neurosculptor on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/obama-teleprompter1.jpg

Darth Executor on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Oh, that’s bad.

Hilarious, but so very bad.

KinleyArdal on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Sarah Palin should look left and right every 2 words at her next speech, then at some point say, “I’d elaborate on this point, but nobody programmed what to say in my teleprompter.”

Daggett on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

As MKH said, he’s now the fourth person to do this… Governor Palin did it the day after, then Andrea Mitchell, then Olbermann, and now Gibbs. If you’re following Olbermann, you know you’re in real trouble. They also tried to mock her about death panels, and we see how that helped Obamacare.

Further, I thought Obama called for an end of petty politics today at his little presser?

Governor Palin, living rent free in the minds of the Administration idiots.

Enoxo on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Gibbs should give up on the snark. He isn’t any good at it.

MarkTheGreat on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

How can this be beneath the dignity of an office that has no dignity to begin with?

Well said, Allah.

Norwegian on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Sarah hurt them bad with “Death Panels.” May have been the tipping point on saving our country.

jukin on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I think it’s funny. Obama was just out there talking how they have to be bipartisan and then Gibbs goes out and does this. Makes me laugh!!

deidre on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Palin should go Obama on them. Next speech two big jumbotrons on the left and right side of her.

Caper29 on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Gibbs is an indicator of the environment in the White House. What a joke!

d1carter on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Sarah Palin doesn’t just drive the national debate. Sarah Palin is the national debate.

Abby Adams on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I for one and so glad that Gibbsy gets to keep his job despite the fact that he has been the worst press sec. to ever “serve” in that position. He is the perfect embodiment of the Obama admin. – arrogant – incompetent – and obnoxious. I say full steam ahead Gibbsy!

johnnybgood on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

She is in their heads…

d1carter on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

“Gibbs Backhands Palin”

Is CNN advocating violence against women?

Johnson on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

B+.

GrannyDee on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

It would have been more funny if he’d used a teleprompter…

MeatHeadinCA on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Stay classy Dems.

Juno77 on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Sometimes I think that Bagdad Bob Gibbs is a GOP plant.

james23 on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I wonder what the reaction would be if Palin wrote Death Panels on her hand.

El_Terrible on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Yes, I’m being sarcastic!

GrannyDee on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Palin should go Obama on them. Next speech two big jumbotrons on the left and right side of her.

Caper29 on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Hahaha

Hahahahaha

+1000

MeatHeadinCA on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

What an immature boy. just like his boss..and his base.

bridgetown on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

How can this be beneath the dignity of an office that has no dignity to begin with?

There is still some dignity left in our Executive branch and it is one of the main goals of the Indonesian imbecile to remove that before he is driven from office. This is why he made a joke of the office by flying off to Copenhagen, in defiance of American tradition and character, in order to make a fool of himself and our institutions.

neurosculptor on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I wish the SNL skits would go after the teleprompter. The actor sits behind a desk, which Obama rarely does. They scored a light hit with the “jack and squat” skit, but the teleprompter is a real weak spot.

Wethal on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Some hand jobs are better than others. I know, I´m going to hell.

james hooker on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

OOOOOOOh Nooooooooo! Gibbs just wrote on Rosey Palm. Her five sisters are going to be awfully mad at him.

walkingboss on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Sarah Palin should look left and right every 2 words at her next speech, then at some point say, “I’d elaborate on this point, but nobody programmed what to say in my teleprompter.”

Daggett on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

LOL!! We can only hope.

jukin on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

No, I think that Sarah successfully turned this idiotic attack on her into a true joke.

Kudos.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Every time they react to Sarah Palin, it just proves that she’s in control of the narrative.

Daggett on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Palin should run with this. At every public appearance write other words on her hand that offend the Left: Liberty, Individual, Constitution, Life, Conservatism…

mjbrooks3 on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Palin living rent free inside their heads

unseen on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Liberals are children.

capitalist piglet on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

The entire administration is an embarrassment, like a spoiled bratty child the parents won’t discipline.

JustTruth101 on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

BadgerHawk on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Though I did laugh at the ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’. I thought the middle one looked like ‘Bush’ with a line through it, but someone else thought it said ‘bread’.

BadgerHawk on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Start picking out drapes, Sarah.

It looks like you’ll be living in their heads for quite a while.

CDeb on February 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

This is the most embarassing admin evah!

ORconservative on February 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Join a conservative open forum at It’s About Freedom.

IronDioPriest on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Dude, do you really need to shill for your website on every fricking single post?

(That’s the purpose of letting you hyperlink your handle, which you’ve also done. That’s a way of letting people know about your site without being annoying.)

notropis on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

He’s the spokesman for The President of the United States.

Remember that.

BadgerHawk on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Exactly right.

aquaviva on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

when something bad’s happened in the Middle East that sets Helen Thomas RON PAUL up for a “question” about whether we maybe had it coming.

Sorry… couldn’t resist.

mankai on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Sooo I guess we now know that the White House lives eats and breaths Palin. Every facebook post, every speech, every TV appearance of hers the WH has some type of comeback or answer too. this means that WH considers Palin the leader of the resistence

unseen on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Did the ink end up on his sweaty brow after wiping it, under the intense questioning and scrutiny of the white house press “corpse”?

cjtony97 on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

At the risk of being banned, I have to ask:
.
Is it possible that Gibbs is actually a lefty, got busted doing something very personal and very unattractive with a Sharpie, and, consummate politician and strategist that he is, is actually trying to establish plausible deniability?

Arbalest on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

So typical of this Admistration; Using their official office performing their official duties, to attack a private citizen.

Rush, Beck (and Fox News in general), private company CEOs, privately employed bankers, regular Americans exercising their 1st Amendment rights of free speech, assembly, and petitioning the government for redress of grievances, now Palin… I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot.

JamesLee on February 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Gibbs: “I know you are but what am I?”

jukin on February 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

“Gibbs Backhands Palin”

Is CNN advocating violence against women?

Johnson on February 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Indeed… where is NOW denouncing this.

Enoxo on February 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Certainly Unprecedented.

aquaviva on February 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Gibbs, entertaining the WH Press Corpse, yet again:

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/130/4/e/Peter_Griffin_Bird_Dance_by_deviousbeats.gif

PJ Emeritus on February 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

everytime they bring her up, it just empowers her….especially in the MTV dumbed down world we live in….keep it up guys…..

SDarchitect on February 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I’m convinced that Palin did the palm notes, and purposely made it obvious that she had some palm notes, just for the purpose of making the libs go off the deep end about it.

Buddahpundit on February 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Every time they react to Sarah Palin, it just proves that she’s in control of the narrative.

Daggett on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Yes, obviously, but that also goes for the GOP insiders. They seem to FINALLY be waking up.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I must disagree with Allahpundit’s nonchalant treatment of the cheapening of the Presidency that has been going on for more than a year now.

Ojesus can’t be bother with wearing a tie, and Gibbs, besides blatantly lying every other sentence, is a smug, arrogant ass who makes me miss the unparalleled Tony Snow every time his smarmy face shows up on the tube.

Maybe I’m just not “with it” and too old-fashioned in my beliefs, but that is me and I am not a bit ashamed of it.

A modicum of dignity would not be a bad thing.

hillbillyjim on February 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

At least the press corpse received it as the low blow that it was.

sybilll on February 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I suspect that stuff was originally written on Gibbs’ penis.

D2Boston on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

In order to further add to the dignity of the obama oval office, presidential spokesman robert gibbs should’ve sported a pair of high heels and a palinesque wig.

runner on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Unbelievable. The kids are flying the plane, and we’re all passengers.

Cicero43 on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I must disagree with Allahpundit’s nonchalant treatment of the cheapening of the Presidency that has been going on for more than a year now.

Ojesus can’t be bother with wearing a tie, and Gibbs, besides blatantly lying every other sentence, is a smug, arrogant ass who makes me miss the unparalleled Tony Snow every time his smarmy face shows up on the tube.

Maybe I’m just not “with it” and too old-fashioned in my beliefs, but that is me and I am not a bit ashamed of it.

A modicum of dignity would not be a bad thing.

hillbillyjim on February 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I don’t have a problem with clothing styles or even ties. I do see being “cool” and “glib” as pretty manipulative.

AnninCA on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

, the White House press briefing is one of the lamest, most useless spectacles in American politics.

It all depends on who’s the Press Secretary. How far we’ve fallen from the glorious days of Tony Snow.

Sowell Disciple on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I suspect that stuff was originally written on Gibbs’ wanker.

D2Boston on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

He’s the spokesman for The President of the United States.

Remember that.

BadgerHawk on February 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM

…and he says and does nothing without approval from the Oval Office. NOTHING!

thomasaur on February 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

There is a god… Because it is quite clear that he has answered Scott McClelland’s prayers…

phreshone on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

At least there was no lipstick involved unlike over at MSNBC.

meci on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

WOW – he is an “adult” right?

Wake me when we have an adult in the White House. Kiddie hour is embarrassing.

gophergirl on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

It’s just like we’ve been saying all along – Gibbs is a clown.

jaime on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

You can hear groans among the press corps after Gibbs defecating himself with this pathetic “joke”.

Norwegian on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Lacking either of those contingencies, if the guy wants to resort to some hackish partisan Mencia-esque schtick to liven things up, I say go crazy.

It’s all about distracting while these evil bastards continue to place the dynamite for America’s implosion.

I do have to give ol’ Gibby credit for the hope/change joke. That said, because he dared mock the savior, odds are he won’t live through the night.

RightWinged on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

The gubmint-media complex and the Donks in power got their hands full coping with this one woman who is fighting for her country.

Its mythic, David versus Goliath all over again. Us rabble rousers got a score to settle. No one screws over our country. We will make the founders proud with little old fashioned legal insurrection taken from the chapters of history circa 1773.

Geochelone on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Every move like this serves the cause of THE CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY.

jake-the-goose on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Maybe if somebody wrote “JOBS” five time on Obama’s hand, his administration wouldn’t be in complete free fall.

I noticed the press corp wasn’t exactly laughing too hard at Gibbs antics.

Gibbs = Scott Farkus

portlandon on February 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I guess it was kinduv funny. I have no problem with it, and I’m guessing Palin was a little amused by his skit.

sandberg on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Baghdad Washington Bob will come up with the tried and true “I’m rubber and you’re glue”, statement any day now.

Geronimo on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

He makes the top 10 on the list of “Who I’d like to bit@h slap on Capitol Hill”!

DougDavis on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Ha so funny, in other news Iran moves to finish its Atomic bomb.

rob verdi on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Sarah Palin to Democrats.

“All your palms are belong to us.”

Lily on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Further, after Governor Palin wrote “Hi Mom!” on her palm the day after the Tea Party Convention… she also wrote “Loggers Rock!” last night on her hand at a Logging Conference she was speaking at (a sell-out crowd again).

Enoxo on February 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Palin should run with this. At every public appearance write other words on her hand that offend the Left: Liberty, Individual, Constitution, Life, Conservatism…

mjbrooks3 on February 9, 2010 at 4:18 PM
________________________

I can’t wait to see “Conservatives Rule” on one hand and “Liberals Drool” on the other.

uknowmorethanme on February 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m sure all of the unemployed found this hilarious…

Seven Percent Solution on February 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Sarah Palin is in the heads of liberals. She scares them.

cubachi on February 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Obama’s hand has one word on it: JOB.

Created or saved being the only question.

profitsbeard on February 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Gibb’s Hand Says:

    ____________
   /            \
__/    _________/_______________
Have people pull this finger->  \
                   _____________/__
                                    \
                     _______________/
                                   \
                   ________________/
__                             \
  \____________________________/

WashJeff on February 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

founders Founders

*always capitalize that word, its a proper name*

Geochelone on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Putin can’t stop laughing.

Cicero43 on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

This administration has turned the “bully pulpit” into something that sounds rather similar (____ ____ing ____). Feel free to fill in the blank.

hillbillyjim on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The Question is: Who wrote that for Gibbs? He can write?

lavell12 on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Just when you think the administration could not go any lower, they find a way to lower the bar.

This crew is making a mockery of what it means to be the President of the United States.

Maybe that is their ultimate goal.

rukiddingme on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Next speech Sarah gives she should write a few notes inside of her bra.

Let’s see Gibbs mimic that. I’m sure Bawney has one or two he could loan him.

fogw on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

This stunt by Gibbs proves that the White House was behind this media hysteria all along. It also proves that Obama administration is just a bunch of frathouse sophomores with no concept of responsibility or dignity .

promachus on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

White House unexpectedly attacks Palin.

BobMbx on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

They have no regard for the distinction of that office. You know they are trashing the White House like rock stars on tour.

sherry on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

It’s come to this.

nico on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Can these idiots be any more childish and condescending????
And liberals wonder why Obama’s popularity is plunging…..

search4truth on February 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

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