Maybe it’s the White House press secretary that’s smoking the “heavy stuff.”
Robert Gibbs tried to walk back comments Tuesday that liberal critics of President Barack Obama “ought to be drug tested.” In a statement, Gibbs called the comments “inartful” but didn’t offer a full-throated apology to what he called the “professional left.”
Tuesday night, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore told MSNBC host Keith Olbermann that Gibbs had made the wrong assumption about liberals. “I’ve never heard the left referred to with the word ‘professional,’” said Moore. “It implies that we’re organized.”
“When Mr. Gibbs is worried about what people on the left are smoking, from my experience the person in the room who’s most paranoid about who’s smoking what is usually the person smoking the really heavy stuff,” noted Moore.
The filmmaker believes that what’s bothering Gibbs is that liberals have been right from the beginning that the White House was making too many concessions to conservatives.
“From the beginning of this administration, what did people on our side of the fence say? You should take over these banks temporarily and fire all the thieves who stole our money. But instead what did they do? They enabled them,” explained Moore.
“They called for more offshore oil drilling. They expanded the war in Afghanistan. The stimulus package, they caved into the Republicans,” he continued.
“Everything that we’ve been trying to push them to do has now come back to bite them in a profound way to the point where they’re very frightened, as they should be, about the election in a couple of months,” Moore said.
Moore said of Gibbs: “You don’t want him like drafting the fund-raising letter for the next election cycle. It will begin something like ‘Dear biggest Obama supporters, you suck. Now send us money, please.’ It’s just like it’s totally crazy.”
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan chimed in to say, “I have no drugs in my system and nothing to be ashamed of–it’s Gibbs and the Obama regime that should be ashamed.”
In a statement e-mailed to Raw Story, Sheehan said that “any criticisms I have made of Obama are the exact same things I said when George Bush was president because the same foreign policies have continued, if not worsened during the tenure of the Obama administration.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Aug. 10, 2010.