Obama No Longer “Overexposed”, Press Wants Press Conference (CC)


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?

 

 

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