ha ha ha

28 May

This Politico story about Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs is thoroughly enjoyable and sort of pointless. According to the article, Gibbs’ briefings garner an endless stream of laughter from reporters:

Whenever there’s laughter in the James S. Brady Briefing Room — by either the briefer or the briefed — the official White House stenographer indicates as much by inserting “(Laughter.)” into the transcript.

And in Robert Gibbs’ first four months as President Barack Obama’s press secretary, there have been more than 600 instances of “(Laughter.)” during his regular press briefings — an average of more than 10 laughs per day.

It’s a gaudy statistic — and one that puts his predecessors to shame.

As the article notes, some say the laughter raises questions of media bias: if reporters are comfortable laughing ceaselessly at the White House press secretary, they are too comfortable with the people they are covering. But it could also stem from interest in a new administration, or a simply hilarious press secretary. I kind of want to meet Gibbs now out of curiosity.


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