Robert Gibbs Thinks the Employer Mandate Is Doomed

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 7:51 am

One of President Obama former top advisors, Robert Gibbs, thinks the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act will never become a reality. From benefitspro: “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” he [...]

Robert Gibbs, Valerie Jarrett Subpoenaed to Appear in Dan Choi Tar Sands Hearing This Wednesday

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:12 am

This Wednesday at 11am there will be a pre-trial hearing in DC Superior Court to determine whether Choi can offer a defense of selective prosecution by the government, and First Amendment protection for his right of free speech.

Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had been avoiding subpoenas, but over the weekend he was served at his son’s baseball game. Last week the Department of Justice accepted service for Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President.

Obama Has a Serious Tax Credibility Problem

By: Monday July 9, 2012 10:08 am

This weekend on CNN Robert Gibbs, a surrogate for President Obama, said Obama was 100 percent committed to letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those making above $250,000 a year. Given Obama’s track record on his tax related campaign promises, I have a tough time believing his team on this issue, and I’m likely [...]

Quantico Brig Commander Continues to Abuse His Authority and Defy Medical Experts In Bradley Manning Detention

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 10:50 am

Last night anonymous military officials admitted to NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski that Quantico Brig Commander James Averhart placed Bradley Manning on suicide watch as a way to punish him for failure to obey an order.

The admission comes after Manning’s friend David House was detained by military police and prevented from visiting him at Quantico last weekend. Jake Tapper of ABC News asked Robert Gibbs about the incident yesterday during a White House press briefing, and if the administration is concerned about the way Manning is being treated. Gibbs referred him to “the authorities that are holding him [Manning].”

Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?

By: Friday January 7, 2011 9:01 am

Toby Harnden at the Telegraph says John King says that Gibbs got the boot because Daley didn’t want him around. I think I was one of the first to report on the pending White House shake-up back on December 9 on MSNBC, and again on FDL on December 20. But you didn’t have to be exceptionally wired in to see that the President had lost confidence in Gibbs.

DADT: Change Shouldn’t Have Been This Hard

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:24 am

It is with great joy that I note the Senate passage and today’s signing by President Obama of a bill that should lead to the eventual repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy was pure discrimination, and has no place in a fair and equal society. But the events of the last few days [...]

Barack Obama and the Art of Negotiation

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:58 am

If, as Robert Kuttner says, Obama is negotiating a a “grand bargain” with the Republicans that includes cuts to Social Security benefits, the GOP is running a successful trap for him once again. White House strategist apparently believe that this will “give Obama ‘credit’ for getting serious about deficit reduction.’”

Grayson Blasts Gibbs: “He Knows Fox Talking Points and Little Else”

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 7:29 pm

The Canadian health care system is now on the receiving end of derision and mockery from Robert Gibbs, and White House courtier Roger Simon tells us Gibbs speaks for Obama. Remember when the White House had the JournoList set fan out and tell everyone the Bernie Sanders amendment to the health care bill was the [...]

Glenn Greenwald, Dylan Ratigan & Me on the “Professional Left”

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 2:23 pm

On MSNBC today, I talked about the “professional left” with fellow Robert Gibbs-irritants Glenn Greenwald and Dylan Ratigan. Gibbs, with his contempt for the “Canadian health care system,” is merely reflecting the attitude of a White House that marched into the health care debate committed to giving corporate “stakeholders” everything they wanted in exchange for [...]

Video: Discussing Robert Gibbs’ Comments Today on ABC’s “Top Line”

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:20 am

I was on ABC’s “Top Line” today with Rick Klein and Yunji de Nies, discussing Robert Gibbs’ comment about the “professional left”: Twolf made up a card for me: Best post I’ve seen on why Gibbs went off is by Chris Bowers.  Also, read Dave Dayen’s post about the 20% turnout in the Connecticut Democratic [...]