During the White House briefing today, Major Garrett asked Robert Gibbs about the comments President Obama made yesterday in regards to the AARP endorsing the health care plan - for the record - they have NOT!
QUESTION: OK. Yesterday, the president said the AARP endorsed a plan. As you're aware yesterday, the AARP said it hasn't addressed a plan. Where on the information or disinformation scale would the president's remark fall?
GIBBS: Well, the president said -- well, AARP has said they are certainly supportive and have been for years on comprehensive health reform. I don't think the president meant to imply anything untoward. I think he discussed the notion that AARP is supportive of legislation -- or, I'm sorry, an agreement that would -- that would fund filling the doughnut hole for seniors as part of Medicare Part D, as well as additional savings for comprehensive health care reform.
QUESTION: The president is doubtless aware AARP hasn't even endorsed the House pending committee legislation...
GIBBS: Which is what I just said.
QUESTION: ... or the Senate legislation. Right. So he's aware of that. So he wasn't trying to mislead anyone?
GIBBS: No. No.
QUESTION: He just misspoke?
QUESTION: Is that something that can happen in this debate?
GIBBS: That people can misspeak?
QUESTION: Right, without intentionally meaning to mislead.
GIBBS: Sure. I don't know if it's happened on certain subjects, but yes.
QUESTION: OK. So it's within the range of this whole discussion something can be wrong, but not necessarily intentional misinformation, is what I'm getting at?
GIBBS: Yes. I think most of -- I think most of what the president has addressed, though, has been in many ways intentional misinformation.
QUESTION: That he's been trying to correct...