Obama Press Sec On Limbaugh: "I Wish I Had A Radio. I Don't"
March 5, 2009 at 2:20 PM (PT)
The sniping between the WHITE HOUSE and RUSH LIMBAUGH continued WEDNESDAY, with OBAMA Press Secretary ROBERT GIBBS responding to a question about his "feed(ing) the process that you're criticizing" -- the increasingly contentious conflict between the administration and its critics -- by saying "Look, are there days in which I just turn my television off? Yes. I wish I had a radio. I don't."
"Maybe I should just hook my iPOD up," GIBBS continued. "Look, there -- there are days in which, yeah, your head throbs from listening to arguments that aren't necessarily centered on delving into some important issue, but founding two people at completely opposite ends of the spectrum to yell loudest in a seven-minute segment before we go on to something else."
The comment drew derision from LIMBAUGH, who suggested that his affiliate, CITADEL Talk WMAL-A/WASHINGTON, "ought to buy Mr. GIBBS a radio and send it up there -- again, not using taxpayer money."
ABC News Radio Sends Gibbs A Radio
GIBBS now has his radio, courtesy of STEVE JONES, VP and GM of ABC NEWS RADIO. He had WHITE HOUSE Correspondent ANN COMPTON deliver a radio "emblazoned with the ABC NEWS RADIO logo" to GIBBS. The radio was accompanied by a letter from JONES reading, "We heard you say yesterday that you don’t have a radio so we are very pleased to send you one. You can join the 235 million people weekly that listen to the radio, according to the NAB. ... I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and present some other data about the radio listening habits of Americans so that you can factor our medium in to your broader media outreach."
COMPTON says that GIBBS accepted the radio and two ABC NEWS RADIO baseball caps for himself and his son ETHAN, and joked about whether he should tell reporters he has no car and no college fund for his son at today's briefing.
Even More Radios Head To White House
In case GIBBS hasn't gotten the message, BONNEVILLE News WTOP/WASHINGTON is sending an HD RADIO to be presented to GIBBS at TODAY's briefing, while CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WIHT (HOT 99.5)/WASHINGTON is sending morning man KANE in a motorcade to the WHITE HOUSE to give GIBBS radios, including a portable, desktop, clock, in-dash, and HD RADIO unit, plus an FM adapter for his iPOD and URLs for his favorite streaming stations and CLEAR CHANNEL's IHEARTRADIO app for his iPHONE.
The HD Gift That Keeps On Giving
Not to be outdone, the THE HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE also sent GIBBS a SONY XDR-S10HDiP receiver with full iTUNES Tagging capability and an iPOD dock. "Radio’s digital future was made possible by a collaboration of policy makers, broadcasters, the FCC and the consumer electronics industry" HD DIGITAL RADIO ALLIANCE Pres. DIANE WARREN said. "We're delighted to welcome the WHITE HOUSE to this important digital upgrade. Now, they can listen to the PRESIDENT’s Weekly Radio Address in crystal-clear HD digital sound and find exciting new HD2 stations only available on HD Radio."