Robert Gibbs, 'Minister of Spin'

A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Freeman Faces Foes

We reported Tuesday night that the man the Obama administration has picked to head the National Intelligence Council is stirring controversy. That man, Charles "Chas" Freeman, has declared his support for the 1989 Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square and until his appointment by the administration, ran an organization funded by Saudi King Abdullah to the tune of $1 million.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mr. Freeman's close ties to the Saudi kingdom are drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats alike, who say his cozy relationship with the Saudis might, you know, compromise his ability to be an honest broker of intelligence?

Tuesday afternoon, "minister of spin" Robert Gibbs was asked about the various criticisms of Mr. Freeman and he was caught, well, a little mealy-mouthed:


ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I've not read — I've not read those — I think that — anybody can look at what the president has said and what the president's views are enumerating from the very beginning of this administration the desire to be engaged actively in the Middle East region to ensure a durable and lasting peace is something that he said he would work on each and every day.


You know, I’m thinking that Mr. Gibbs displays his brilliance on such a regular basis that maybe we'll start bringing you pearls of wisdom from the Obama administration's “minister of spin” each and every night. Stay tuned.


In Wednesday night’s Liberal Translation, it's another classic moment from the "do as I say, not as I do" White House, courtesy of President Barack Obama who spoke to reporters earlier in the day:


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As we get our economy moving, we must also turn the tide on an era of fiscal irresponsibility.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: I'm doing my part. I've signed the most expensive spending package and proposed the largest budget in history.

OBAMA: So that we can sustain our recovery, enhance accountability and avoid leaving our children a mountain of debt.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Not a mountain, it will be more like a bottomless pit.

OBAMA: And that's why even as we make the necessary investments to put our economy back on track, we're proposing significant changes that will help bring the yawning deficits we inherited under control.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: My people tell me that doubling the deficit is the best way to lower it. You disagree?

OBAMA: We are cutting what we don't need to make room for what we do.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: So far we've decided to eliminate Bush's tax cuts and we've even found some room to raise taxes too.


Mr. President, just because you tell us constantly how responsible you are with our money, doesn't mean we're going to start believing you. Saying it doesn't make it so!

Major Momentum

With talk like that, it may just be that President Obama and company are sending voters running back into the arms of Republicans — at least that's what a couple of recent polls are suggesting.

The latest Fairleigh Dickinson Public Mind poll suggests that New Jersey Democratic Governor John Corzine — who's had a stronghold over that state since 2000 serving as a senator from New Jersey for six years before he became governor in 2006 — could be in trouble. The new poll released Wednesday shows Corzine trailing former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie 41 to 32 percent.

Not only that, but the latest Rasmussen poll of the Virginia gubernatorial race shows Republican Robert McDonnell leading all three potential Democratic candidates, including budding politician Terry McAuliffe, against whom he is showing a seven point margin. That's up from a five-point lead in December.

It's still early but could the Republicans be looking at an Obama bounce of their own? We will see.

Public Enemy

American toy icon Barbie is turning 50 next week, but there are no plans to celebrate the milestone in West Virginia. One Democrat there has decided to spend his time proposing a bill that would ban the sale of the doll in the state.

Jeff Eldridge, the assistant majority whip in the State House of Delegates says he wants the ban instituted because Barbie dolls encourage girls to worry more about their appearance than they do their education. According to the Charleston Gazette, Eldridge said, "I hate the myth around, if you're beautiful, you don't have to be smart."

Barbie has not yet responded to this blatant attack on her intellectual prowess. And as for Eldridge, he's going at it alone on this one as he was unable to find another lawmaker to co-sponsor the bill with him. Surprise, surprise.

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