White House: Some ‘crazy’ liberal critics of Obama ‘ought to be drug tested’
The White House is sparing no punches to some of its critics on the “professional left,” describing them as insatiable and unrealistic.
In an interview with Sam Youngman of The Hill published Tuesday morning, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs unleashed a series of forceful attacks on some unnamed progressive critics of President Barack Obama.
“I hear these people saying heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crazy.”
The paper described the president’s spokesman as “simmering with anger” and “in furious disbelief” over some of Obama’s liberal detractors, from whom he has faced regular criticism for not pushing a progressive agenda more authoritatively.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve eliminated the Pentagon,” Gibbs retorted. “ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not reality.Ã¢â‚¬Â
One topic of liberal dissent was the administration’s handling of health care reform, which the Democratic base was underwhelmed by. Gibbs mocked and dismissed them.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president,” he said.
Gibbs clarified that the “professional left” is not representative of the progressives “in America” and outside Washington, who organized and mobilized in favor of Obama.
The tone of GibbsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ interview signals brewing frustration in the White House over parts of its base as midterm elections approach. It might hearken back to when White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel privately and pointedly described some liberals as “fucking retarded.”
“I understand why the [White House] is frustrated by liberal dissatisfaction, but not why they complain about it in interviews,” said Ezra Klein of the Washington Post on Twitter.
“Maybe one day Robert Gibbs can gear himself up to express some anger at the Right, too,” tweeted Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, one of the president’s most consistent critics from the left.