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Right now the biggest political story of the day is the disgraceful ad released by the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA, that shamelessly, openly, and falsely blames Mitt Romney for the death of a woman afflicted with cancer. In the ad, a man named Joe Soptic tells a tragic but completely misleading story that lays the unfortunate death of his wife at Romney’s feet. The ad is so outrageous, even the mainstream media has demanded the Obama Campaign repudiate it.
The response from the Obama camp has uniformly been to declaratively deny any knowledge of the content in the ad. This includes Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs, and Obama Campaign Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
So, you have the biggest political story in the country, you have three Obama officials (two of them very high-profile) playing Who me? when it comes to the story, and then you discover the following….
But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.
…what do you do?
Well, if you’re the corrupt Politico, you dutifully report but bury what is very big news that could affect Your Precious One’s credibility.
In the midst of all the hoopla over NBC’s big Republican debate, George Stephanopoulos quietly returned to his old position as anchor of ABC’s This Week, and already he’s made some news with today’s appearance by former White House advisor David Axelrod. A new book out about President Obama details tensions between First Lady Michelle Obamaand White House staffers, which led to one advisor cursing her out during a meeting. Axelrod confirmed today that this incident did take place.
The New York Times published an excerpt of the book, titled The Obamas, where the author alleges that former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was the advisor in question, reacting to a chain of events following the discovery that Mrs. Obama was quoted in a new French book as saying living in the White House was “hell.” Then he cursed out the first lady, who was absent at the time, but later Gibbs decided he had “misdirected his rage.”
Below is an email from my FNC colleague Chad Pergram:
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
From House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH).
“It’s disappointing and counterproductive that the president and his advisors have decided to spin my comments yesterday as a sign that I am willing to accept tax hikes on any American. Here’s a news flash for the White House: I am not. The only way forward that will help our economy get back to creating jobs is to stop all the coming tax hikes and cut spending immediately.”
Senior Producer-U.S. House of Representatives
A Democratic member of Congress called for White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’s resignation Tuesday due to inflammatory comments he made about the “professional left.”
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said Gibbs went over the line when he told The Hill that some left-wing critics of the president “ought to be drug tested.”
“This is not the first time that Mr. Gibbs has made untoward and inflammatory comments and I certainly hope that people in the White House don’t share his view that the left is unimportant to the president,” Ellison told the Huffington Post. “I understand him having some loyalty to the president who employs him, but I think he’s walking over the line.”
Asked if Gibbs should resign, he said “That’d be fair, because this isn’t the first time. And, again, people of all political shades worked very hard to help the president become the president. Why would he want to go out and deliberately insult the president’s base?”
Gibbs took heat from liberal bloggers and activists for his comments, who argued Gibbs’s comments were foolish. Gibbs later stood by his comments, but called them “inartful.”
He did not participate in the White House daily press briefing Tuesday.
Deputy press secretary Bill Burton told the White House press corps that Gibbs was absent because he is suffering from a cold.