Grayson on Gibbs: ‘Bozo’ Who ‘Belongs on Fox’ and ‘Should Be Fired’ (Video)
August 12, 2010
(ChattahBox)—C’mon people, can’t we all just get along? In the wake of a senseless attack by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the “professional left,” saying they “ought to be drug tested,” for expressing dissatisfaction with President Obama’s many accomplishments, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is calling for Gibbs to be fired. The flame-throwing progressive lawmaker also called Gibbs “Bozo the spokesman.” Ouch! This needless brouhaha, may very well be dismissed as inside the beltway navel-gazing, but it raises a number of larger questions. And the first question? Why in the world, would Gibbs start a “hippie punching” war with the liberal base of the Democratic Party, so close to the mid-term elections, at a time when their enthusiasm levels are already dangerously low? If Gibbs’ dig at the “professional left” was meant to be part of a Michael Steele-like reverse-psychology master plan; it failed.
Gibbs first made his remarks during an interview with The Hill, which he later walked back, blaming them on the “frustration” over progressives’ criticism of the Obama administration for not doing more:
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” Gibbs then took aim at the “professional left,” adding “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
When Gibbs returned to his perch at the White House briefing room, he walked back his attack on the “professional left,” saying his remarks were worded “inartfully.”
“I watch too much cable, I admit. Day after day it gets frustrating,” said Gibbs.
He then threw out an olive branch of sorts, without apologizing, acknowledging that all facets of the Democratic Party need to come together for the November elections.
“So we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies, and instead work together to make sure everyone knows what is at stake because we’ve come too far to turn back now,” Gibbs said.
Still, that may not be enough of a mea culpa for the so-called “professional left.”
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was the first progressive lawmaker to call for Gibbs to lose his job over his intemperate remarks. “Gibbs crossed the line. His dismissal would be fair,” said Ellison.
Now, Rep. Grayson is joining Ellison, demanding that Gibbs be fired, for doing a lousy job at conveying the value of President Obama’s unprecedented reforms and legislative accomplishments. Despite Obama’s many successes, including historic healthcare reform, Wall Street reform, fair pay for women and the withdrawing of troops from Iraq, the poll numbers of Obama and of Congress continue to drop.
Grayson made his remarks during an appearance yesterday on MSNBC:
“No, I don’t think he should resign. I think he should be fired. He’s done a miserable job. People I know, refer to him as Bozo the spokesman. He’s not conveying the value of the President’s strategies, or his plan or his programs. He’s doing a miserable job, it’s that simple. “He’s so far in over his head he’d have to reach up to touch his shoes.”
Grayson went on to say, if Gibbs prefers to parrot right-wing talking points, he belongs on Fox News.
“If I wanted Fox talking points I would change the channel to Fox, not listen to the White House. He needs to get his head on straight and do his job. He’s doing a miserable job because his heart isn’t in it,” said Grayson.
Grayson added that Gibbs’ frustrations should be properly directed towards the Republicans obstructing the President’s agenda:
“I’d like to see Gibbs show some frustration over 15 million unemployed Americans. I’d like to see him show some frustration over 40 million people who can’t see a doctor when they need to. I’d like to see him show some frustration over the Republicans, who have blocked the president’s plans and his programs … They’re the opponents for him, not the liberals.”