Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Question: Do we have a White House administration, or do we have a kindergarten class? Robert Gibbs, the president's press secretary, found it necessary to mock Sarah Palin, a private citizen? This is so pathetic that even people who support the Obama administation have stated that such behavior is unacceptable and not becoming of the president's staff. Major Garrett summed it up when he said the Obama White House continues to be obsessed with Governor Palin. I am absolutely appalled by Robert Gibbs' writing his "grocery list" on his hand.
The sad thing for them is they've missed something they need to catch. Governor Palin jotted down a few words--something no one who has ever had to speak in front of a crowd should find strange. President Obama, on the other hand (excuse the pun), relied on a teleprompter for a word-for-word script of a speech to a group of elementary school children. Governor Palin made note of some points she wanted to be sure to highlight. President Obama once repeated what he already said at the beginning of a speech when he lost his way with his teleprompter--and it took him some time to realize he was restating his opening acknowledgements.
“In addition to John – sorry, the – I just noticed I jumped the gun here,” Obama said. He then paused for a couple of minutes, looking at the telemprompter. “Go ahead. Move it up. I had already introduced all you guys.”
Does the Obama administration really want to get into this kind of battle with Governor Palin? Let me give them a piece of advice from a famous Rocky IV line: "You can't win!"
By the way, instead of making fun of the fact that Governor Palin wrote the word "budget" on her hand and then crossed it out, Robert Gibbs should have written "uh" on his hand and then crossed that out, reminding himself not to say it! He racked up the "uhs" even while reading his palm! Even with notes on his hand, he is as painful to listen to as President Obama is without his teleprompter.
If I were the president or his staff, I would stay away from trying to mock Palin. It only makes them look like they sit around watching tape of her, like coaches studying the plays of a rival coach. And frankly, mocking a private citizen really is beneath the highest office in the land.
Here is the pathetic display: