Gibbs on Cheney: “I Guess Rush Limbaugh Was Busy”

By SteveK Comment

cheney_3-16.bmpAnother White House briefing, another mention of Rush Limbaugh.

CNN’s Ed Henry asked about former VP Dick Cheney’s interview on State of the Union yesterday. “To boil it down, on national security, he said the president’s policies were making the country less safe,” said Henry. “And on the economy, he was charging that the president is taking advantage of the financial crisis to vastly expand the government in all kinds of ways — health, education, energy. How do you respond to those kind of allegations from the former vice president?”

Press secretary Robert Gibbs’ response brought some chuckles from the room. “Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal,” he began.

Later in the briefing, CBS’ Chip Reid (remember him?) asked about the “really hard-hitting, kind of sarcastic response you had,” to Henry’s question. Click continued to see that exchange…