RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1432 times:
Is it just me or does anyone else think that Robert Gibbs, the current WH Press Secretary for President Obama, does not exude a lot of confidence when he gives his press conferences? While I have no doubt he has sterling credentials, his posture and facial expressions leave one with the sense that he's not very credible and, perhaps, an outright dork. I've thought the same of a few other Press Secretaries in the past, such as Scott McClellan (George W. Bush), Dee Dee Myers and Joe Lockhart (Bill Clinton).
I'm surprised no one in the WH considers how they come across in public during press conferences and give more weight to their qualifications based on public appearances rather than other factors including, I'm sure, political considerations. IMO, Gibbs should not be the face of the Obama administration because he just looks lost up there.
On a positive note, some of the better ones IMO have been Jody Powell (Carter), Larry Speakes (Reagan), Mike McCurry (Clinton), and Dana Perino (Bush 43).
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Ari Fleischer was a good showman. I didn't pay much attention to Scott McLellan but I am proud of him for speaking out about how Dubya and his cronies messed up the Iraq matter.
I am always fond of George Stephanopoulos's response to the question of whether a specific amount in Clinton's middle class tax increase would apply to single adults or to married couples. "Look, we're comparing apples and oranges here."
EA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
Dana Perino was quite good, and always seemed confident, even when she had to face a very bias media, and defend a pretty lame president...Bush 43. She still remained professional and always seemed to answer questions fully. Gibbs bumbles around just like Obama when the big O's team of teleprompters goes awry... Gibbs always seems like he's blowing smoke, or that he's never being fully honest. About on par with the POTUS.
We often judge others by their actions, but ourselves by our intentions.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
Quoting RedFlyer (Thread starter): While I have no doubt he has sterling credentials, his posture and facial expressions leave one with the sense that he's not very credible and, perhaps, an outright dork.
Agreed. He certainly doesn't handle the press with anything resembling aplomb. Although I think I like "wishy-washy" better than "used-car salesman."
He comes off on the same level as Bush 43 delivering a speech. Not great.
He may be smart, but he sure as heck can't convey it.