In the midst of some more “serious” questioning, here is a funny little exchange from today’s White House press briefing. The media want to know when Obama will hold his next press conference.
Q When is the President going to hold a news conference? Not that you’re not adequate.
MR. GIBBS: Well, I appreciate that. (Laughter.) Chip asked this question on Friday —
Q Yes, but she’ll get an answer. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Well, she is nicer than you, Chip. (Laughter.)
Q I mean, he’s gone an obscenely long time, not holding one.
MR. GIBBS: But again, not the word “adequate.” (Laughter.)
I don’t see one on the schedule at least in the short term, which is precisely what I said —
Q Is he avoiding us?
MR. GIBBS: No. Again, the last time we had this conversation here about the President’s media strategy I was informed by many of you that the President was overexposed.
Q But you don’t have a good reason for not holding one.
Q Who in this room said that the President was overexposed? One person in this room that said he was overexposed.
MR. GIBBS: No, we had a whole round of questioning on that.
Q Let’s take a vote.
Q Seriously. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Okay. Who at some point —
Q Raise your hand if you do not believe he’s overexposed. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Okay, so that’s one.
Q That was very confusingly phrased.
MR. GIBBS: No, that was actually quite well-phrased and one person —
Q And that is not the answer. The answer is accountability.
Q Who wants a news conference? (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: Right, who wants to win the lottery?
Q Are you saying our chances are just the same?
MR. GIBBS: Scratch and win, Major. Scratch and win.
Read the full transcript here.