Robert Gibbs is always cringe-inducing, of course, especially when he’s trying to be funny:
This has to be a new low for the Obama White House. Is this any way for the Press Secretary, a man who represents the President of the United States, to behave? Can you imagine any White House spokesperson up until now engaging in such puerile behavior?
Did one of Obama’s teen-aged speech writers put him up to it?
What’s worse, Obama had apparently paid today’s press briefing a surprise visit, and called for an end to “petty politics”:
“The people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics,” Obama said afterward, making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room.
Actually, a good many of the people who sent you all there are suffering from a serious case of voters’ remorse.
The “Hope and change” idiocy is the last thing they should be reminding duped voters of.
The American Thinker: I Was A Teenage President
Slublog at AoSHQ agrees:
Sarah Palin may be a public figure, but she is technically a private citizen. It doesn’t matter who is being targeted, this sort of mocking is unbecoming and displays a juvenile mindset on the part of the press secretary that does not reflect well on the president.
The AP also found it to be a bit much:
Many in the room, where President Barack Obama had spoken just moments before about the need for bipartisanship, groaned at the political shot.