Incoming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared on Fox News Sunday. As I listened, I realized that some interpretation had to be applied to the words delivered. Here are excerpts from the transcript and my interpretation (Interspersed in italics).
Well, I think the themes that you'll hear on Tuesday around noon will be very familiar to people that
have watched the campaign, but they'll be heavily infused with this
notion of responsibility and getting our country back on track.
You know, he had us clear his schedule from virtually everything last
weekend. I sat down and wrote out the bulk of the speech as it is now( Obamas press flack wrote the speech, not Obama, not the governing members of the White House staff. This is purely theater)
And I think he's relieved to have something on paper and ready to give
Well, I think there's — you need — you know, we need more responsibility and accountability,
certainly, in the way our government acts. (Not from the congress critters who created or precipitated the housing crisis Dodd, Frank, Schumer) We have to have it, certainly, within many of our financial institutions
that sort of have gotten us to where we are in this economic crisis
Obviously, the American people are all going to have to give some. What's important,
though, is ensuring that those that have had the short end of the stick for the last few years (Who are these, Madoff's investors, stockholders of companies wiped out like Lehman brothers, banks, and nearly bankrupt GM, Ford, AIG? By being vague everyone can interpret this to mean them.)— make sure that they get the help that they need, that this administration begins to create the jobs and give some financial stability to families so that they can feel hopeful about going forward. (Our job is for people to feel better, not be better)
Chris, there's no doubt that if we don't do that, nothing is going to get this economy moving again.
There are no silver bullets. (We have no idea how to get out of the mess we are in.)
And he'll also meet with military advisers to talk about the conflicts in both Iraq and
Afghanistan. The goal of the meeting, certainly as it relates to Iraq, is to — is to keep our commitment to remove responsibly and safely our troops, our combat brigades, over the course of the next 16 months, to
give the Iraqis more responsibility. (Reality has not yet set in that you cannot remove just the combat brigades and leave just the trainers and builders without any protection. He has said this repeatedly during the campaign, and the reality hasn't caught up to the rhetoric.)
Well, I don't think Mr. Geithner has a cavalier attitude toward paying his taxes at all. (He only has a cavalier attitude to paying some of them if he thinks he can get away with it.)