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Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs issues one eloquent dodge

February 17, 2009 |  6:40 pm

Robert Gibbs White House press secretary for president Barack Obama after the election before the inauguration

Folksy is always friendlier than flinty when you're the presidential press secretary.

And although Obama newbie Robert Gibbs has gotten some mixed reviews on his handling of the usually obstreperous press in his first month at the White House podium, Gibbs came up with a few rightfully relevant words in an exchange with reporters aboard a westward bound Air Force One today:

Q: Robert, can you just summarize for us to the extent that you can what the (housing) program he's announcing tomorrow is supposed to accomplish?

GIBBS: Reducing home foreclosures.

Q: Is the president --

Q: How?

GIBBS: Since I got 63 million votes less than the president of the United States, I'll wait 24 hours and let him do it.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo credit: Alex Brandon / Associated Press (Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, talks with reporters before the inauguration).