Gibbs: Sestak not offered spot on intel board

posted at 9:30 am on June 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama White House continued to box itself into a corner on the scandal surrounding Joe Sestak and the attempt to push him out of the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania.  Robert Gibbs denied yesterday that the unpaid position offered the former admiral was on the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), but refused to specify what position Bill Clinton offered Sestak on behalf of Barack Obama.  At stake was the argument offered by White House counsel Robert Bauer that no laws had been broken because the offer did not involve a job with a salary:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Tuesday that Rep. Joe Sestak was not offered a spot on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board but refused to say what was dangled in front of the Democrat in an attempt to remove him from a Senate primary.

The spot offered to Sestak, Gibbs said to reporters at the White House, “didn’t constitute a lot of what you’re hearing.”

But Gibbs refused to clarify what Sestak, who won the May 18 primary and is now the Democratic nominee for Senate, was offered. …

White House counsel Bob Bauer said Friday that Sestak was offered a spot on “a presidential or other senior executive branch advisory board.”

However, Sestak would have been ineligible for such a post. Sestak and the Obama administration both said the congressman would have kept his seat in the House if he took a spot on the PIAB. But the PIAB is comprised of individuals who are “outside the government.”

Gibbs confirmed Tuesday that Sestak could not have served on the PIAB.

Well, where exactly would they have put Sestak, then?  The only other standing presidential advisory board is on the economy, the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) headed by Paul Volcker.  However, like the PIAB, the PERAB also explicitly requires members to be from “outside the government,” as well as having experience in economic issues.  Given that the PERAB has a much lower profile than the PIAB and is well outside of Sestak’s competence, it seems extremely unlikely that Obama would have offered Sestak a PERAB position — and that Sestak would have seen that as a good trade for ending his political career in Congress.

Republicans also pounced on another inconsistency.  Sestak’s statement indicated that his contact with Clinton on the offer came on one occasion only, and lasted no more than 60 seconds.  However, Bauer’s memo notes “efforts” — plural — that transpired in June and July of 2009.  Unless that 60-second conversation took place at 11:59:30 PM on June 30th, 2009, it appears that Sestak may not be telling the entire truth about the offer and his consideration of it.

Byron York noticed the discrepancy, too, and reports that Gibbs supports the Bauer version of events — to the extent he answered anything at all:

Tuesday’s White House briefing was Gibbs’ first since the report, prepared by White House counsel Robert Bauer, was released on Friday.  One big question about the report concerns Bauer’s statement that, “Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board…”  The plural “efforts” and the specific mention of June and July suggest that the White House plan involved more than one approach to Sestak.  Yet Sestak says he received just one call, from former President Bill Clinton, the White House intermediary in the effort.

This apparent contradiction raises obvious questions. And so a reporter said to Gibbs Tuesday, “The counsel’s memo on Friday said that efforts were made in June and July of 2009.  Were there multiple efforts and were all those made by President Clinton?”

“Whatever is in the memo is accurate,” Gibbs said.

“Okay, but, I mean, with regards to June and July, I mean, were all those President Clinton, or — ”

“I think the relationship on how that happened, yes, is explained in the memo,” Gibbs said.

But that wasn’t explained in the memo at all.  The reporter continued: “Joe Sestak said he had one conversation with President Clinton.”

“Let me check,” said Gibbs.

Quite obviously, the stories offered by everyone don’t add up.  The notion that anyone would insult the intelligence of a retired Admiral and sitting House member by offering him an unpaid job that would require his retirement from politics in order to give up a Senate bid is nothing but pure fantasy.  This administration couldn’t even build a cover story that works and get its fibs straight.  Small wonder that Kirsten Powers, an Obama supporter, blasted the Obama administration for change she can no longer believe in:

Ironically, it was Barack Obama who helped usher in these changes, tapping into a disgust with Washington ways and promising an end to those “politics as usual.”

In his campaign announcement speech, Obama highlighted his lack of Beltway experience: “I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”

Or not. …

Obama promised to change Washington’s culture. Instead, his White House counsel justified the White House move by pointing out that past White Houses have done Sestak-type deals, though he offered no examples.

Change indeed.

Charlie Cook, analyzing the current political environment, pointed out in a recent report that, “long-serving Democratic members of Congress identified as having ‘gone Washington’ are especially under threat.” Presumably, the same holds for short-serving Democratic presidents.

It’s not just that nothing’s changed, it’s that Obama is also completely inept at business as usual, too.

Update: Gary Gross offers another explanation of the inconsistency between Sestak and the White House on number of contacts between them, by suggesting that Clinton wasn’t the only one making offers.

Update II: Byron York e-mailed me earlier to note that Gibbs’ remarks aren’t a categorical denial that the offer involved the PIAB — just an acknowledgment that Sestak wouldn’t have qualified for it.


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This is starting to grow legs, like one of those Darwin fishes. Run little fish, run!

Mr. Joe on June 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The Obama White House continued to box itself into a corner

Let’s not box ourselves into a corner by neglecting to investigate whether Sestak had conversations with other representatives of the White House besides Clinton.

itsnotaboutme on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Maybe it was The Secretary of the Navy position.

kingsjester on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Just answer the damn question, you fat fack.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Every Republican should be demanding a special prosecutor every day. All day long.

Mr. Joe on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The thought plickens…

drip

drip

drip

singlemalt_18 on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

kingsjester, maybe? Sestak was an admiral, so yeah it was probably Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Joe on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

What I thought was amazing is one of the talking head spin doctors was on one of the FoxNews shows last week and actually said something along these lines:

We don’t need a special prosecutor about this because this is no big deal here. Once you bring a special prosecutor into the mix, people start to get prosecuted on faulty memories of conversations that were held long ago.

Isn’t that EXACTLY what happened to Scooter Libby?

Liberals are such hypocritical lying douchebags. And my apologies to douchebags everywhere!!

karenhasfreedom on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

If only Sestak’s last name was Palin, then the MSM would be investigating this incident with every resource at their disposal.

Any trolls want to comment?

Bishop on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Kingjester: agree with ya there….

Major fubar for dear leader

cmsinaz on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

What did the Obama White House know and when did they know it?

What did Bill Clinton know and when did he know it?

What did Joe Sestak know and when did he know it?

What did Rahm Emmanuel know and when did he know it?

What did David Axelrod know and when did he know it?

See, the media KNOWS that these are the kinds of questions they need to be asking publically, every day, at every presser, in perpetuity, in order to create an actual scandal for the Administration and to (GASP) hold it to the same standard they held Bush to.

But they won’t. And they’re not looking into it on purpose (or are treating it like they treated the ACORN story – with kid gloves, because the fallout would hurt Democrats politically and would even expose some Democrats to criminal prosecution).

They’re not asking these questions – hell, they’re not even picking up the phone and making phone calls – to get to the bottom of this because THEY DON’T WANT TO KNOW what happened. They want it to go away because they voted for this clown and his band of thugs.

Good Lt on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I think Sarah’s fence is getting more press than this possible impeachable offense here.

karenhasfreedom on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Gibbs should assert his right to remain silent.

Akzed on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Unless that 60-second conversation took place at 11:59:30 PM on June 30th, 2009, it appears that Sestak may not be telling the entire truth about the offer and his consideration of it.

This isn’t a stretch for someone who parses the meaning of “is” and the non-sex nature of a “BJ”.

forest on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Every Republican should be demanding a special prosecutor every day. All day long.

Mr. Joe on June 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The “most ethical Congress evah” should be asking for a special prosecutor every day. I won’t hold my breath though.

truetexan on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

The notion that anyone would insult the intelligence of a retired Admiral and sitting House member by offering them an unpaid job that would require their retirement from politics in order to give up a Senate bid is nothing but pure fantasy.

Anything of value. Offering anything of value for political action is a crime. Either 1) Dear Liar’s administration is stupid enough to think that a valueless position is enough to get Sestak out off the race or 2) the position is not valueless, meaning that they are corrupt liars.

So are they 1) incompetent or 2) liars.
Or 3) they offered another position and are using 1) as a pathetic coverup, meaning they are corrupt but incompetent in their coverup.

Incompetently corrupt.

rbj on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Lil’ Bobby Gibblets better watch what he says here. Because sooner or later, B.O. is going to throw someone under the bus for this, and Gibblets may be a prime candidate to end up kissing undercarriage.

pilamaye on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

All this story needs now is a -gate suffix.
Just saying.

stevezilla on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

George W Bush tricked him into asking for a non-paid position that he’s ineligible for.

rightside on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

What did the Obama White House know and when did they know it?
What did Bill Clinton know and when did he know it?
What did Joe Sestak know and when did he know it?
What did Rahm Emmanuel know and when did he know it?
What did David Axelrod know and when did he know it?
Good Lt on June 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

This won’t come out in a press conference, but could come out if and when these people are placed under oath.

Akzed on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Quite obviously, the stories offered by everyone don’t add up.

The noose tightens!

donh525 on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I think what happened is, the actual go-between (not Bill Clinton) was unwilling to throw himself under the bus, take all the responsibility onto himself, and so Obama had to go to Plan B, which was convincing Clinton and Sestak to agree on the phony story about offering an unpaid job, and then stick to that story for dear life.

RBMN on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

“Hey we just ain’t got time to give you guys a solid cover story , just spin it for us as usual , right.”

the_nile on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

As much as I am anxious to get to the bottom of this story, I must admit reveling the administration’s squirming under the steady drip, drip of their bungling any coherent response. It seems the Denver Post has come out of its self imposed hibernation on the Romanoff angle as well.

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_15205856

The timing is simply exquisite.

Archimedes on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

What “position” was he offered, then?

The same one we’ve all been offered — missionary.

Mr. D on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Saw this morning Bubba ran off to Haiti.

Marcus on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

This has to be the most incompetent administration in our country’s history. Since the Buffon-in-Charge doesn’t have a clue, what else could be otherwise?

volsense on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM

It ain’t the crime….it’s the cover-up that destroys you.

~R. Nixon, 1973

BobMbx on June 2, 2010 at 9:44 AM

All this story needs now is a -gate suffix.
Just saying.

stevezilla on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Too late….I used it last week. However, the world has once again ignored my superior intellect.

BobMbx on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Uh-oh… the Pillsbury Doughboy is stuck in the goo yet again…

ErinF on June 2, 2010 at 9:46 AM

These guys badly need a union. The International Brotherhood of Lying Retarded Clowns comes to mind.

Bugler on June 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM

For the first time, I really want another prime-time Obama press conference.

Give the people what we want, Barry!

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

These guys badly need a union. The International Brotherhood of Lying Retarded Clowns comes to mind.

Yes, but we need to think of a name with a really appropriate acronym. Like the “Film Actors Guild” in Team America.

ErinF on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

All this story needs now is a -gate suffix.
Just saying.

stevezilla on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I hope it turns into hellgate for this

Incompetently corrupt.

rbj on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

administration!

donh525 on June 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM

The Obama White House continued to box itself into a corner on the scandal surrounding Joe Sestak and the attempt to push him out of the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania.

I hate to be a contrarian, but I actually think Obama probably didn’t offer him a serious position at all. My guess is that Bill Clinton called him, half-sneaky-offered him some token thing as a carrot, and left it at that. Sestak probably wanted to claim underdog status to help his primary chances and so he ran out, for political expediency, and said “oh, I was offered something realllllllly valuable to walk away, but gosh darnit, I’m staying in for Pennsylvania’s working families!!” Sestak probably didn’t realize the severity of what he admitted to.

Of course, there’s one huge hole in my theory: the fact that the White House, after spending days coordinating with everyone from Bill Clinton to Sestak’s brother, can’t get its story straight. It’s starting to look like an episode of Cops. “No, officer, the pot in my pocket isn’t mine because these pants are my cousin’s… I mean… my brother’s.. I mean… that guy down the street…”

Outlander on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Any trolls want to comment?

Bishop on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Any trolls want to repeat their earlier comments about it being an unpaid position so it doesn’t rise to a crime?

barnone on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

So are they 1) incompetent or 2) liars.
Or 3) they offered another position and are using 1) as a pathetic coverup, meaning they are corrupt but incompetent in their coverup.

Incompetently corrupt.

rbj on June 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I see no need to choose one over any other. All of the options are in play.

Remember how the left accused Bush of being both incompetent and an evil genious simultaneously? Here we have the diametrically opposite. An intellectual ignoramus.

In other words, the country elected Cliff Clavin as POTUS.

BobMbx on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I think Sestak is telling the truth about talking to Clinton only once for 60 seconds. That was to get their stories straight. What he isn’t telling the truth about is all the other people in the White House he spoke to.

sandee on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 AM

This really is starting to become too funny. If these people were not in positions of authority, I would be ROFL. Instead, I just cry that are country is in the hands of these clowns.

EliTheBean on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 AM

My guess is that Bill Clinton called him, [And offered him a weekend with Massa]Outlander on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

FIFY

In the navy…

barnone on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Remember Scooter! No slack, no quarter, no prisoners.

motionview on June 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM

They seem to be taking the “hang together or hang separately” option here.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Don’t worry. The free press will get on this with a hardball question like, “Mr. President, are you divine, or are you simply magnificent?”

Daggett on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Well, no prisoners in the not accepting fake surrender sense. More prisoners in the perjury sense.

motionview on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Was this the statement Obama promised during the presser that would come shortly, as in “in days, not weeks or months”???

hoosiermama on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Just answer the damn question, you fat fack.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

He really is infuriating, isn’t he?

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Outlander on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

See, I’d like to believe that, that Sestak is the one who blew the thing out of proportion (or lied… which isn’t the case now), but the veil of secrecy surrounding the affair is the crucial point.

If Sestak was in the wrong, why the run around/cover up? The stories are not lining up. Obama (and administration) probably would like to dump it on Sestak (if not Clinton… which would probably be more ideal for them), but why aren’t they? To save Sestak in November??? Really?

I just can’t buy it.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:58 AM

He really is infuriating, isn’t he?

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I try not to hate people.

But I hate him.

Maybe the worst person in Washington.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM

kingsjester on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

+ One trillion. With each passing day the benefits of an Ivy League education and being labeled as brilliant loses it’s luster.

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I think Sestak is telling the truth about talking to Clinton only once for 60 seconds. That was to get their stories straight. What he isn’t telling the truth about is all the other people in the White House he spoke to.

sandee on June 2, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Yep. Lies by omission. I’ve kind of gotten the impression that Sestak was one of the most hated brass in the Navy, while serving, so may be of the Wesley Clark flavor.

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM

He really is infuriating, isn’t he?

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM

If Obama were to get rid of him, and get someone even half-likable, his poll numbers would go up 5-6 points overnight.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Unless that 60-second conversation took place at 11:59:30 PM on June 30th, 2009, it appears that Sestak may not be telling the entire truth about the offer and his consideration of it.

Sestak? Do you mean Gibbs, Clinton, anyone in the Obama administration? Sestak has been fairly consistent in his blabbing, when he talks. Obviously he isn’t being forthcoming for a reason (he likes his kneecaps). It’s the Obama team that keeps changing their story.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Of course, there’s one huge hole in my theory: the fact that the White House, after spending days coordinating with everyone from Bill Clinton to Sestak’s brother, can’t get its story straight.

Outlander on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

The other hole in your theory is that there would have been nothing stopping the Whitehouse from hitting Sestak for his lies prior to the primary election, an election they wanted Spectre to win.

We would have to believe under your theory that Sestak was lying and the Whitehouse issued some faint half-hearted denials when they could have said much more and torpedoed Sestak’s candidacy.

No, the only theory that fits the facts is that they offered Sestak something of value (like Sec. of the Navy) and the big dummy spilled the beans about it. Now they’re all lying their a**es off trying to come up with a cover story that explains the facts and leaves them off the hook. But since no such story exists, it’s all blowing up in their faces. Their only hope is that this goes away with no more inquiries. Time to stonewall and hope that they can retain control on the House and Senate.

PackerBronco on June 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Don’t worry. The free press will get on this with a hardball question like, “Mr. President, are you divine, or are you simply magnificent?”

Daggett on June 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Or maye he’s just too damn intellectual for us to understand?

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Gotta love Larry Kane. Never expected him to find something like this. Maybe he should replace one of those dem operatives masquerading as journalists, ya know like Gregory, Steffi, Matthews or the Cuomo boy.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Just answer the damn question, you fat fack.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Hater.

Gibbs is on the front page of my three page list of Democrat scum. He’s not worse than O’Bonehead, but he’s close.

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I wonder if Sestak didn’t get the position he really wanted, and decided to make good on his offer of outing the back room deal.

I have yet to hear any explanation about why Sestak made this deal public. What was his motive?

Typical liberal. “I didn’t get what I wanted, so I’m gonna screw everybody. I’m entitled to the job I wanted.”

BobMbx on June 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Yep. Lies by omission. I’ve kind of gotten the impression that Sestak was one of the most hated brass in the Navy, while serving, so may be of the Wesley Clark flavor.

a capella on June 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Let’s just say that Admiral Sestak was more of a “political” officer than he was a Fleet kinda guy. Not well liked or respected much either.

Johnnyreb on June 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

They are lying.
It is no different this week, than last week and will be no different next week.

ORconservative on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I liked seeing Gibbs sweating like a nervous guiltball yesterday. He must be on the verge of a breakdown.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM

This administration couldn’t even build a cover story that works and get its fibs straight.

It’s not just that nothing’s changed, it’s that Obama is also completely inept at business as usual, too.

…..

..look Captain…asking for honesty,integrity,and transparency from the Obama administration is going to far…

……..Sir Paul McCartney said so himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcJ7sRpp1qQ

..JUST LEAVE OBAMA ALONE!!!!!
(Okay,that was not Paul but it sounded a lot like him)

Baxter Greene on June 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM

It seems rather clear to me that Sestak was illegally offered a high-ranking administration job in exchange for withdrawing from an election. I guess we probably all agree on that.

The D.C. insider cabal is startled that anyone cares, and assumes that we all know this goes on all the time. I don’t. But if it is true, then the Tea Partier position that we should gut Washington like a fish is spot-on. I’m all for it.

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM

President Obama has no skill set with which to manage, no knowledge base with which to lead, and no ideological base that is consistent with a republic and capitalism.

An now we are shocked to find out the he is incompetent to boot. What a surprise…

PatriotRider on June 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I think Sarah’s fence is getting more press than this possible impeachable offense here.
karenhasfreedom on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Indeed. The press has their priorities.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Ok, let’s clear this up…

Bill Clinton: Ok, y’all, this has gone on long enough. No law was broken!

Reporter:
We want to believe you, but what about that job?

Clinton: Look, it depends on what the definition of ‘job’ is.

Reporter:
Ooh! OK…I think I get it…go on…

Clinton: (turning to young hottie next to him) This is my uh, intern, ahh, honey, why don’t you explain to the press just what kind of ‘job’ I sent you to offer congressman Sestak?’

cartooner on June 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM

McCartney as his new press secretary and James Cameron in charge of cleaning up the oil spill? Is Obama desperate or psychotic?

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 10:11 AM

He’s not worse than O’Bonehead, but he’s close.

Jaibones on June 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM

In my opinion… he is. There are a few of them ahead of Barack on that list.

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 10:11 AM

HMMM? Maybe he was offered “Secretary of State”!
Obama says he would rather be a great one term POTUS instead of a mediocre two term POTUS.

Biden wants out and is a lune.

First women VP (Hillary) makes history.

Billy C was involved.

Hillary hates her job.

Sestak was an Admiral.

What else do you need to paint this picture?

AnthonyK on June 2, 2010 at 10:11 AM

In fairness to The Won, it was Slick Willy that offered to get Sestak a “job”:

“Monica, my friend Joe wants a ‘job’ too”.

nuff said.

Laura in Maryland on June 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Indeed. The press has their priorities.

conservative pilgrim on June 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM

But you’re losing sight of the fact that he daughter went out to a nightclub. A NIGHTCLUB, people!

Laura in Maryland on June 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Time for some sworn testimony and the announcment of the Scooter Libby award winner for 2010.

Wind Rider on June 2, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Three months preparation by twenty lawyers and all they came up with was “Bill did it”.

Incompetent to the power of 100.

fogw on June 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Abby Adams on June 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I miss Tony Snow.

ladyingray on June 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Laura in Maryland on June 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM

+100

ladyingray on June 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Ironically, it was Barack Obama who helped usher in these changes, tapping into a disgust with Washington ways and promising an end to those “politics as usual.”

Powers is a nitwit. Obama’s actions have always demonstrated that his words were nothing but lies. Look at the way that POS conducted himself on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Roberts and Alito hearings.

Our current POTUS is a lying SOS.

BuckeyeSam on June 2, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I wrote here that I believe that Clinton talked only once with Sestak about the job offer.

I think that because I think the White House made seperate calls with a real offer for a real job.

LFRGary on June 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Malia to Obama: “Screw the hole in the Gulf, Daddy. When are you going to plug the d**n holes in your Sestak story? This is getting ridiculous.”

BuckeyeSam on June 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM

What “position” was he offered, then?

Missionary.

C’mon, these are too easy…

mojo on June 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM

It’s not just that nothing’s changed, it’s that Obama is also completely inept at business as usual, too.

Yes. Corrupt and incompetent is a recipe for disaster, for the smartest administration evah and for the rubes and marks out here in flyover country.

Obama and the crew of liberal “intellectuals” he swept into power are proving what most of us have understood all along: Raw intelligence and higher education mean nothing if not tempered by common sense and real world experience.

When your templates don’t fit the realities, and you can’t separate your ego needs from your analysis, you might as well be stupid.

novaculus on June 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM

It’s funny that the Juan Williams’ et al. on the left will defend this politicking behavior and horse trading as “this is how it’s always done in Washington” when it completely goes against the “Change” mantra that the kool aid drinkers beat the drum about. I guess “change” has morphed into “Same”.

ted c on June 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

If they keep having to talk about it, the chances are greater that they will say something that is not true. Oh, well, they’ve already passed that point. Seems to be more of a circular firing squad than leaders of the free world.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Heh, buckeyesam nails it. Not only can’t he plug holes in golf courses, he can’t plug them in the gulf, nor in his Sestak story as well.

I guess it’s just perfectly consistent. It’s hard to plug any hole, when you’re the world’s biggest a$$hole….

ted c on June 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM

My guess is they offered him every position, paid and unpaid, early and often.

Maybe they thought he could replace Biden.

So many twisted lies, so little time.

petunia on June 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM

The sticking point is the offering of something of “value” in exchange for political consideration.

Clinton should simply say he offered Sestak a boxed set of DVDs containing all of Obama’s speeches.

This clearly would NOT violate the statute, since those speeches have NO VALUE!

Justrand on June 2, 2010 at 10:34 AM

This is starting to grow legs, like one of those Darwin fishes. Run little fish, run!

Mr. Joe on June 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I like it. :)

sisterchristian on June 2, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I liked seeing Gibbs sweating like a nervous guiltball yesterday. He must be on the verge of a breakdown.

clnurnberg on June 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Yes, they all act very guilty.

And these are people who lie regularly. The fact that the lies are so obvious this time must mean the truth is really really bad for them.

They are all nervous.

What gets me are the people saying this is nothing! It is hard to believe that this kind of “horse trading” would be overlooked if a Republican had done it.

They really are the biggest hypocrites I’ve ever seen.

petunia on June 2, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Is Robert Bauer really that incompetant?

He is a so-called “high power lawyer in Democratic circles”

And this is what he comes up with??? Is this a joke???

Hey Gibbles – you may want to stop referring to the “memo” written by this idiot. Or – keep referring to it and expose the crime that occurred.

Odie1941 on June 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Odie1941: he is married to anita dunn..

cmsinaz on June 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM

The problem that serial liars have is that they eventually forget which lie they told to which person. Where there is this much spin, there is something that they do not want to see the light of day.

kingsjester on June 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Gibbs never took the time honored advise from Dean Wormer. “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

Alden Pyle on June 2, 2010 at 10:47 AM

The more that comes out about this, the more it seems that Sestak was, in fact, offered a high-level position such as Secretary of the Navy.

A likely scenario, which needs to be verified:

Sestak might not have been aware at the time that such an offer could be illegal and cause trouble for the White House, so he was eager to go public with the “look what I’m giving up to serve PA as your Senator” meme.

Then, somewhere along the line, Robert Bauer drafts the memo about “efforts (plural) in June and July” to interest Sestak in an “advisory board” to counter suspicion that Sestak might have been offered a high-level paid position, which could be illegal and cause trouble for the White House. The White House hopes that Sestak will lose the Senate primary AND his House seat, then they can hire him LEGALLY.

But when Sestak WINS the primary and is now the Democrat nominee for Senate, he needs some political cover for his earlier statement, because neither Sestak nor the White House want Republican Pat Toomey to win the Senate seat, and Sestak can’t afford to have accused the White House of doing something illegal.

So Bill Clinton, former Liar-in-Chief who has nothing to lose right now, approaches Sestak to agree on a story of an innocent-sounding offer of an unpaid position that Sestak dismissed within 60 seconds, and possibly neither Clinton nor Sestak knew about the Bauer memo.

But this is where the intrigue might begin, although there is no proof of this. After all the intricate legal battles around the Travelgate, Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals, Bill Clinton is intimately aware of how to manipulate the White House legal system, and he may be secretly bitter about Hillary’s loss in the 2008 primary, and looking for a way to bring scandal to the Obama administration so that Hillary can be a “white knight” candidate in 2012. What if Clinton knew about the inconsistencies in the Bauer memo, but Sestak didn’t? Is Bill Clinton using Sestak as a way to bring down the Obama administration, to prepare for President Hillary in 2012?

Steve Z on June 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Gibbs is squirming hard nowadays, as he should be. Consider that a few months back, he was Mr. Funny Guy up there with all his joke cracking and arrogance, it’s great to watch that punk etch his name into stone as the press secretary that laughed his way into his boss’ impeachment.

ted c on June 2, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Squid Pro Quo…

would love to see Ed use that as a headline title.

ted c on June 2, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Odie1941: he is married to anita dunn..

cmsinaz on June 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Due to your reminder, you now owe me a ham and green pepper omelette and 1 cup of 8 o’clock coffee…

Wait… let me add the chili from last night…

Odie1941 on June 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The same one we’ve all been offered — missionary Greek (receiver).

Mr. D on June 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Hope you don’t mind but I fixed that typo for you. ;)

VelvetElvis on June 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM

This won’t come out in a press conference, but could come out if and when these people are placed under oath.

Akzed on June 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

THis.

These people will continue to tell stories all day long. Put em’ under oath and I’ll just bet the story will change.

Well, except for Slick Willie…anyways.

BigWyo on June 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM

“You Lie!”

maverick muse on June 2, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I don’t like obama, but I’m having trouble condemning him for this when Reagan did the exact same thing.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2010/05/28/127238959/this-just-in-sen-hayakawa-rejects-reagan-offer-to-drop-out-for-job

HeroesforGhosts on June 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM

If only Sestak’s last name was Palin, then the MSM would be investigating this incident with every resource at their disposal.
Bishop on June 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The msm is too busy checking the Palin’s fence for building code violations.

LASue on June 2, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Odie1941: lol…..put it on my tab
:)

cmsinaz on June 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM

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