For those who recall just how furiously the Left came down on Ari Fleischer for mildly suggesting people should watch what they say after 9/11 (forgetting he was talking of Bill Maher and GOP Rep. John Cooksey making “diaper on their head” cracks about profiling Arabs), the media is skipping over a real Robert Gibbs gaffe, something Laura Ingraham spotlighted on her show Thursday. When April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks pressed about the weirdness of social secretary Desiree Rogers getting herself placed on the guest list for the state dinner, Gibbs suggested in a patronizing tone that she needed to “calm down” and that was acting like his son (born in 2003).
Ingraham said she was amazed he didn’t suggest Ryan had the “vapors,” or even whether he was going to ask about her time of the month. Here’s the exchange from Wednesday:
RYAN: I’m serious. No, seriously? Did she invite herself or did the president ask her. Her name was on that list and social secretaries are the ones who put the names on the list.
RYAN: Did she invite herself, or did the president–
GIBBS: Right, was she at the dinner? April, April, calm down. Just take a deep breath for one second. See, this happens with my son. He does the same thing.
[reporters in the briefing room: Oooooh!]
RYAN: Don’t play with me!
GIBBS: I’m not.
RYAN: I’m being serious. Do not blow at all.
GIBBS: And I’m giving you a serious answer. Was she at the dinner? Yes.
RYAN: Was she an invited guest?
GIBBS: She’s the social secretary. She had the primary responsibility–
RYAN: No, social secretaries are not guests of the dinner.
GIBBS: She had the primary responsibility for running the dinner. I’m going to get back to weightier topics like 98,000 men and women in Afghanistan.