If the White House was trying to fire up its liberal base ahead of the Nov. 2 elections, this was probably not the way to go about it.

USA/White House spokesman Robert Gibbs criticized the “professional left” for criticizing his boss, President Barack Obama, but the comment came back to bite him.

He’s talking about the various liberal cable TV talking heads and bloggers who complain the president isn’t living up to his promises to them.

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said in an interview with The Hill. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

Reaction was swift and not kind from the liberal sector. For example firedoglake.com ran a post titled “Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs.”