An amusing exchange between the press and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
FYI, Google search the White House website for the term “overexposed” can be found here.
MR. GIBBS: Yes, ma’am.
Q When is the President going to hold a news conference? Not that you’re not adequate.
MR. GIBBS: Well, I appreciate that. (Laughter.) Chip asked this question on Friday –
Q Yes, but she’ll get an answer. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Well, she is nicer than you, Chip. (Laughter.)
Q I mean, he’s gone an obscenely long time, not holding one.
MR. GIBBS: But again, not the word “adequate.” (Laughter.)
I don’t see one on the schedule at least in the short term, which is precisely what I said –
Q Is he avoiding us?
MR. GIBBS: No. Again, the last time we had this conversation here about the President’s media strategy I was informed by many of you that the President was overexposed.
Q But you don’t have a good reason for not holding one.
Q Who in this room said that the President was overexposed? One person in this room that said he was overexposed.
MR. GIBBS: No, we had a whole round of questioning on that.
Q Let’s take a vote.
Q Seriously. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Okay. Who at some point –
Q Raise your hand if you do not believe he’s overexposed. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Okay, so that’s one.
Q That was very confusingly phrased.
MR. GIBBS: No, that was actually quite well-phrased and one person –
Q And that is not the answer. The answer is accountability.
Q Who wants a news conference? (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Right, who wants to win the lottery?
Q Are you saying our chances are just the same?
MR. GIBBS: Scratch and win, Major. Scratch and win.
Q Seriously, one person in this room that said he was overexposed, just one.
MR. GIBBS: That’s not true.
Q Just name one person who said he was overexposed.
MR. GIBBS: I will go back and look at the transcript and we can –
Q Well, we have questions about pundits. But we’re not pundits; we’re reporters. There are pundits out there who were saying — (laughter) –
MR. GIBBS: Do you have a question or an opinion, Mr. Pundit?