Posts Tagged ‘robert gibbs’

Sestak, White House deflect job-offer questions — Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Rep. Joe Sestak, the brand-new Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs each dodged questions Sunday about Sestak’s claim that the Obama administration offered him a job last summer if he would skip a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

When Is A Bow Not A Bow

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Politics Nation:

*Dodge of the day: Robert Gibbs denies that the president bowed to Saudi leaders at the G-20 conference, explaining that he simply bent down “to shake his hand.” As CNN’s Dan Lothian followed up, Gibbs sarcastically adds: “I can only imagine that this is a great cause and concern for many people struggling with the economy.”

Washington Post: Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama’s Political Capital

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Post:

President Obama’s apparent inability to block executive bonuses at insurance giant AIG has dealt a sharp blow to his young administration and is threatening to derail both public and congressional support for his ambitious political agenda.

Politicians in both parties flocked to express outrage over $165 million in bonuses paid out to executives at the company, demanding answers from the president and swamping yesterday’s rollout of his efforts to spark lending to small businesses.

The populist anger at the executives who ran their firms into the ground is increasingly blowing back on Obama, whom aides yesterday described as having little recourse in the face of legal contracts that guaranteed those bonuses.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, peppered with questions about why the president had not done more to block the bonuses at a company that has received $170 billion in taxpayer funds, struggled for an answer yesterday afternoon. He explained that government lawyers are “looking through contracts to see what can be done to wrest these bonuses from their recipients.”