The performance was worthy of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Watching White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs waltz around the question of whether White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had decided to leave and run for mayor of Chicago was quite breathtaking.
Speculation was rife all week that President Barack Obama’s top enforcer would announce that he would leave by the weekend to run for Chicago Mayor, a job he’d always said he wanted.
All that remained was confirmation.
So when anonymous sources told reporters today that Rahm had made the decision and he was leaving, all anybody wanted was confirmation at the White House press briefing.
Well that was not to be. Gibbs stopped just shy of confirming it, doing the Texas two-step in dancing around confirmation, no matter how narrowly the question was asked.
Which led to some interesting verbal constructions, that were nonetheless helpful to reporters who are on Rahm-watch on Friday.