Has stimulus become a dirty word at the White House?
If it walks like a stimulus and quacks like a stimulus, is it a stimulus?
In yesterday’s White House media briefing, “stimulus” came up five times, but never once uttered by Gibbs.
His responses were “recovery plan” and “safety-net policies.”
On Monday, a reporter asked about programs included in the first economic stimulus package that may be considered for extension such as homebuyer tax credit and jobless benefits.
“I appreciate the connotation,” Gibbs replied.
What would Gibbs call such extensions then?
“Extensions,” he replied.
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