WASHINGTON: New White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs withstood a tough grilling from reporters in the Executive Mansion’s briefing room today, an indication of how hard the media intends to be on the administration of President Barack Obama.
While the first question thrown at him, “How much did the president like the Inaugural Day weather?” caused him to squirm, Gibbs quickly recovered to deliver a snappy, “Just fine.”
Other probing questions that had the new press secretary reeling and scrambling for answers included, “Who does the president like in the Super Bowl?” “Were his feet tired after all that Inaugural Ball dancing?” “When will a dog be arriving at the White House?” “Does his smile make you feel as warm and fuzzy as it does us?” “Who does the president think will win the Oscars?” “Who picks out his ties?” “Has he heard any good Joe Biden jokes lately?” and “May I have an autograph?”
It appeared for a few uncomfortable moments that Gibbs was on the ropes when The New York Times’ new White House correspondent, Paris Hilton, relentlessly questioned him on a disparity over President Obama’s preference in desserts. “We were led to believe during the campaign that his favorite dessert was apple pie,” she said, “and yet now we read in ‘People’ magazine that it is actually angel food cake.” With sweat dripping from his brow, Gibbs promised to find out for sure before a ‘Dessertgate’ scandal could erupt.
“Whew.” Gibbs said, wiping his face with a handkerchief. “Do I have to be put through this again tomorrow?”
Hilton then apologized for any inconvenience and asked if she could have her picture taken with the new president.
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