Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad
August 20th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Obama pushes back on welfare attacks, addresses controversial Priorities ad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama responded to a controversial ad from an outside group backing his presidential campaign while pushing back on Republican claims that his administration would drop the work requirement from welfare-to-work programs, in an unannounced appearance in the White House Briefing Room Monday.

Asked about the ad created by a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, which linked presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to the death of a steelworker's wife during his tenure at Bain Capital, Obama said that he does not think that Romney is responsible for the woman's death.


Robert Gibbs returns to press secretary job?
Former press secretary Robert Gibbs, and his successor
March 2nd, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Robert Gibbs returns to press secretary job?

WASHINGTON (CNN) –Memo to the White House press office – you might want to throw that old blast email template away.

A brief moment of confusion, humor, and reflection of days gone by ensued for reporters at the White House Wednesday when a standard message announcing a change of time for the daily press briefing listed Robert Gibbs as the briefer. For the record, Jay Carney succeeded Robert Gibbs three weeks ago after Gibbs left the White House to take on a role as an outside adviser to the administration.

"Thanks for rubbing it in," a staffer in the press office said when CNN called to clarify the identity of today's briefer. An updated email bearing Carney's name quickly followed.

Topics: Press Briefing
Carney to tweet next week
February 25th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Carney to tweet next week

In a tweet to his followers Friday morning, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that Jay Carney would take over Robert Gibbs' @PressSec account Monday afternoon.

The @PressSec account has been silent since January 28th, when Gibbs tweeted about the violence in Egypt to his more than 150,000 followers.

In response to a tweet questioning the month long delay, Pfeiffer assured, "The delay was just a product of the transition period. It is and will be a high priority for the WH."

Topics: Jay Carney • Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz • White House
February 10th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

20-second White House briefing

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known among the TV photographers and audio techs as being a little verbose during the daily press briefings. Sometimes we are forced to insert the dreaded second hour-long disk while recording the Q&A. This is the last week on the job for Gibbs and I finally figured out a way to make the briefing shorter. Here it is, the White House daily briefing in 20 seconds, thanks to the magic of time-lapse photography. The actual briefing duration – one hour!

Gibbs' special guests
February 4th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Gibbs' special guests

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had two very special guests today at the White House: Emily Sparrow and Elaine Rutland. Or as he more likely refers to his high school government and economic teachers – Ms. Sparrow and Ms. Rutland.

Both retired from Auburn High School in Alabama, they made the journey to Washington, DC, today to visit “Bobby” Gibbs, their former ace student (Auburn HS class of ’89). FULL POST

Topics: Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
January 13th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Chill in the White House briefing room

WASHINGTON (CNN) –It was what diplomats might call a "frank exchange of views," as White House spokesman Robert Gibbs got into a Cold War-style tiff with a Russian reporter Thursday about whether American freedoms go too far and may have led to the tragic shooting in Tucson.

In one of the most surreal moments I have ever seen in nearly seven years covering the beat, Andrei Sitov of the Itar-Tass News Agency pressed Gibbs at his daily briefing about whether "the quote, unquote 'freedom' of a deranged mind to react in a violent way is also American" like the freedom of speech and the right to assembly.

Gibbs, clearly ticked off by what appeared to some reporters in the briefing room to be a lecture by the Russian reporter just days after the horrific massacre in Tucson, bluntly declared that the tragedy was caused by the "deranged actions of a madman."

Press gaggle with Bill Burton aboard Air Force One
December 6th, 2010
01:12 PM ET

Press gaggle with Bill Burton aboard Air Force One


Aboard Air Force One En Route Winston-Salem, North Carolina

MR. BURTON: Thank you all for joining this flight down to North Carolina. This is Hannah August. It’s her first flight on Air Force One. She promised not to break anything.

Okay, any questions?

Q Can you talk about the latest on the tax talks? And are there any new developments as of this morning, and how many times has the President talked directly to Mr. McConnell?

Topics: AF1 • Bill Burton • Press Briefing
Henry in the House: Search for Summers' successor drags on
December 4th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Henry in the House: Search for Summers' successor drags on

Washington (CNN) – Investment banker Roger Altman quietly slipped into the White House early Friday morning for a second round of meetings with top officials, fueling talk inside the administration that he may be on the inside track to replace Lawrence Summers as President Obama's senior economic adviser.

But I'm starting to pick up growing frustration from Democrats inside and outside the White House that the process to replace Summers is dragging on too long at a time when Obama is supposed to be focused like a laser on creating jobs. That could be hard to do when you don't have a new team in place.

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Press briefing by Robert Gibbs
November 29th, 2010
05:18 PM ET

Press briefing by Robert Gibbs

Delivered in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

Q Thanks. We have the statement that you put out yesterday condemning the WikiLeaks release, but what was the reaction from the President when someone informed him yesterday that these documents had come out and reports were coming out about the contents of the documents?

MR. GIBBS: I was not in the PDB when the President was directly briefed on this. This would actually not have been yesterday, but would have been sometime last week when - after we became aware of the upcoming release. The President was briefed by those in his daily intelligence briefing on the size the scope of the information that was to become public. And obviously, the Secretary of State and the State Department at a foreign minister level have been very active in discussions with our allies and our partners around the world about what is in these documents.

Topics: Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs • The Vault
Press briefing by press secretary Robert Gibbs
November 17th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Press briefing by press secretary Robert Gibbs

Delivered off camera, on the record in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

MR. GIBBS: Good morning. Yes, ma’am.

Q On START, now that we have Senator Kyl’s announcement yesterday, is the administration still going to try to get START through in a lame duck? And if so, what’s the pathway for passage at this point?