Robert Gibbs was a couple minutes late to the daily White House press briefing, and the whiny kids who make up the press corps were furious. And they were getting along so well!
Gibbs was 20 minutes late because he was, you know, talking to the president, but that is no excuse! Someone—Tapper?—opened things by sounding typically annoying and entitled: he doesn't want "a big showdown" but "it irritates everybody here," when Gibbs is late. Did you know one reporter was forced to skip lunch? It's true and also GROW UP.
Here's CQ's transcript, missing the "irritates everyone" line:
GIBBS: Are you ready?
QUESTION: We're ready.
GIBBS: Do you want me to go back out? Sorry. QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)
GIBBS: Well, I'd — I wanted to go talk to the president and get his thoughts on the bankers' meeting. So I apologize for...
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I don't want it to be a big showdown, but (OFF-MIKE) everybody here (OFF-MIKE) be on time or (OFF-MIKE)
QUESTION: You guys gave us a two-minute — you did give us a two-minute warning (OFF-MIKE)
GIBBS: Oh, OK. Well, I — my apologies.
GIBBS: I was in talking with the president, so I apologize for the inconvenience.
It was just, like, last week when Gibbs was delighting one and all with his hilarious joking around and HIS MAGIC PODIUM.
Thank you to Intern Danny Groner for compiling this now poignant video.