The snotty, smirking, supercilious Robert Gibbs has run for the door at last, going for the big bucks of the lecture circuit. As the president told the New York Times, Gibbs had toiled for "relatively modest pay." I'm sure most Americans shed a tear over Robert's "modest pay," of $172,000 per annum. Here's his replacement, the mellifluous Yale graduate, Jay Carney, when asked if the stimulus package was oversold:
The stimulus package, the recovery act, uh, contained within it goals, to improve, to basically, as part of a number of measures that were taken to, uh, prevent a staggering economy from collapsing into depression, to save or create jobs, to invest in, uh, areas where, uh, uh, future growth, uh, would help drive, uh, the overall economy, and, uh, those goals have been met. Now, uh, economic, as I said yesterday, I'm not an economist, but I do know that, uh, the business of predicting the future in terms of economics is, is tricky, and uh, uh, as we see all the time, some of our, some of the numbers we depend on most and cite most in in the press and and in the government, uh, GDP statistics, unemployment statistics are constantly being revised when new information and new data comes in. The bigger point is, there was a crisis that had to be responded to, uh, and, uh, this president did that by leading, and, uh, and we believe it worked.
Maybe Mr. Carney's heart isn't in it for a measly $172,000? Maybe he should ask for a raise -- who can think on his feet when worrying about paying the bills? Maybe the West Wing could unionize, get the SEIU to bargain for better pay and working conditions? Maybe he could borrow his boss's teleprompter.
Henry Percy is the nom de guerre for a technical writer living in Arizona. He may be reached at saler.50d[at]gmail.com.