Robert Gibbs Confronted on Federal Reserve

WeAreChangeChicago November 8, 2011

On October 20th former White House press secretary/Obama adviser Robert Gibbs hosted a press conference at Trump Towers in Chicago. We are Change Chicago reporter Tim Marszalik attended and asked the tough questions that the local presstitutes refused to ask.


Surprise: Obama’s Big, Specific Jobs Plan Actually Just an Outline

Overpromise and underdeliver: If Obama’s 2012 campaign had an honest slogan, that would be it.

Last Monday, President Obama made news by promising to give a speech in September detailing, “a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit.”

But has that “very specific plan” already been downgraded to an outline?

That is, at least, the impression I got watching Obama advisors Robert […]

FLASHBACK: Obama lifts ban on coverage of coffins

WASHINGTON — Families of America’s war dead will be allowed to decide if news organizations can photograph the homecomings of their loved ones, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

Gates said he decided to allow media photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families agree. A working group will come up with details and logistics.

The new policy reverses a ban put in place in […]

President’s father considered putting baby Obama up for adoption: book

President Obama’s father had made plans to have the future president adopted, according to a new book.

When Obama’s mother, 18-year-old Ann Dunham, was five months pregnant, Barack Obama Sr. had notified immigration officials they had plans to give “the baby away” to the Salvation Army.

“Subject got his [US citizen] wife [pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with […]

Obama Holds Economic Briefing — First in Over a Month

President Obama speaks during one of his first economic briefings on January 22, 2009. Also pictured are Vice President Joe Biden, then-budget director Peter Orszag, then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and then-Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers. (Pete Souza, The White House)

President Obama will be briefed by his economic team in the Oval Office on Wednesday, the first such meeting in more than a month.

The […]

Daily economic briefings disappear from Obama’s White House schedule

At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced at his own first daily briefing reporters that Obama asked for the daily economic briefing, described then as comparable to the daily intelligence briefing the president gets every morning.

“The president asked that this be added […]


President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will finally hit the links for a round of golf – and al fresco negotiation – on June 18, a White House official told POLITICO.

Obama’s offer — and Boehner’s acceptance — came six months after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs suggested the two could work out their differences on the course. Both men are passionate golfers; Obama prefers to […]

Telegraph: ‘For the public face of the White House to be someone so lacking in gravitas is a PR disaster.’

Oh, you weren’t talking about the president, but just his press secretary? My bad.

The White House press operation should be a well-oiled machine – and under Carney’s predecessor, Robert Gibbs, it sometimes gave the impression of being just that. But with Carney at the helm, it is more like that of a rinky-dink City Hall somewhere in the Deep South. One colleague described Carney’s rabbit-in-the-headlights performance as “sub-Whitehall” – […]

FACEBOOK: ‘Maybe we will block content in some countries, but not others’…’too much, maybe, free speech’

From WSJ:

President Barack Obama will travel to Facebook Inc.’s Silicon Valley headquarters Wednesday to hold a “town hall” meeting on the economy with users of the social-networking site.

But Facebook is still trying to find a path to Washington, where the company has only a fledgling lobbying operation, even though it finds its privacy policies under increasing scrutiny and is trying to navigate a politically sensitive expansion into […]

22,000 Govt. Job Openings on

Looking for a booming job market? Look no further than the website, where the federal government lists all its job openings. There are thousands of positions, many with six-figure salaries, and no apparent sign of budget belt-tightening.

Here is a sampling of some of what’s listed:

The Air Force is offering up to $115,000 a year for an audio-visual specialist.

The assistant secretary of Indian Affairs […]

May 21, 2011 will be the “end of days.”

by Llewellyn King of

Who, How and Why: $140 Oil and $5 Gas

According to a loosely-organized apocalyptic Christian movement, May 21, 2011 will be the “end of days.”  On or about that same date, the price of oil in the United States will begin to climb to $4 a gallon, according to two savants of the oil industry.

The former is highly unlikely but the latter is very […]

Obama calls Gibbs $174,000 salary ‘relatively modest’…

Perhaps it was the long flight back from Hawaii. But President Obama’s first full day back on the job suggested a slight case of tone deafness.

In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the “relatively modest pay” for which Gibbs has labored.

In fact, he earns $172,200 in a nation where the average family income hovers around $55,000, unemployment is high, record foreclosures persist […]