You know what? I think I can.
I will continue to say what I’ve said before. You hear in this debate, you hear analogies, you hear references to, you see pictures about and depictions of individuals that are truly stunning, and you hear it all the time. People — imagine five years ago somebody comparing health care reform to 9/11. Imagine just a few years ago had somebody walked around with images of Hitler.
Two possible explanations: (1) Gibbsy was trying to say something else and it came out very wrong; (2) Gibbsy was in a deep, deep coma for much of the past decade. Either way, maybe “White House press secretary” isn’t the optimal line of work for him. I’m stammering at the moment myself from sheer frustration at deciding where to begin to answer him, but thankfully MKH has pulled the necessary links together to do the job. Just follow the link up top. Meanwhile, dare we ask: Did anyone in the press corps challenge him when he dropped that nugget? Tapper? Bueller?
While we’re on the subject of the idiocy of White House press briefings, here’s Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher asking Gibbs what he thinks of “V”. Which is an awesome question (and not the only one Christopher’s asked lately), and I mean that sincerely. Has any actual news ever come out of one of these briefings? They’re a lot of fun to watch, especially when Tapper asks something inconvenient and Gibbs gets that constipated look, but the actual news value is pretty much zero. (The morning gaggle, which takes place away from cameras, may be more useful.) Offhand, I can’t think of a single genuine scoop to emerge from them; the closest I get is that time Gibbs dopily called Ahmadinejad the elected leader of Iran during the protests, a comment he later had to retract. So why not ask him about “V”, or what he thinks of Windows 7 or whether the Saints are for real this year? Have some fun with it. Follow-up question for Tommy to ask on Monday: On a scale of one to 10, how hot does the president think the head alien in “V” is? (Answer: Fifteen.) Click the image to watch.