He’s powerful… And you’re not?

October 28, 2009

NUCEAR-IRAN/MISSILES-USAMaybe it was a sign that someone wanted to put the press corps — or possibly the White House staff — in their place.

Who knows, but at the beginning of the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, a disembodied voice sounded in the briefing room, saying: “THE PRESIDENT IS POWERFUL.”

Reporters and White House staffers in the room laughed, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs joked about it, to more laughter. But no one offered an explanation for the pronouncement.

“Was that happening just in my head, or did you all — did you all hear that, too?” Gibbs asked.

“We didn’t hear anything,” someone answered.

“Wow. Wow. That’s — that was interesting, if inexplicable,” Gibbs said.

And then, apologizing “for not having an equally grand introduction by which to call on the first reporter,” he plunged into the usual routine of responding to, if not answering, questions on Afghanistan, healthcare reform and a news report that Democratic donors were being given special access to the White House.

So, did Halloween come early to the White House? Or is it some new get-out-the-message mechanism?

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Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Gibbs at daily White House press briefing on Sept. 28)


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Heh. Waiting to see who claims notoriety for the p0wnage.

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I guess the White House can better spend their time solving the economic issues that had plagued the rest of the world rather than indulge in such nonsense.

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