Robert Gibbs appears to be Barack Obama’s choice to become the next White House Press Secretary. Gibbs was the top spokesman of the Obama for President 2008 campaign, and worked with the Obama campaign in 2004 as well. In that sense, the choice of Gibbs makes sense.
However, Robert Gibbs has a an aspect that most Democrats may not be familiar with – attacking Howard Dean. Back in 2004, Gibbs worked for the Kerry campaign, and then for the ironically titled 527 group Americans for Jobs, Healthcare and Progressive Values.
In 2004, it was against the law for a 527 organization to coordinate with any presidential campaign. Yet, Americans for Jobs, Healthcare and Progressive Values had links to the presidential campaigns of both Richard Gephardt and John Kerry. Is evading campaign finance law a progressive value?
During his time at Americans for Jobs, Healthcare and Progressive Values, Robert Gibbs led in the creation of the video you see below – a video that criticizes Howard Dean as unready to be President because he doesn’t have military experience. The video’s only graphic image is of the face of Osama Bin Laden, looming closer and closer. In front of that face dance phrases like dangerous world, destroy us and dangers ahead.
Barack Obama doesn’t have military experience, but conveniently, Robert Gibbs has not seen fit to criticize that.
Barack Obama’s choice for White House Press Secretary has a history of using the very same politics of fear that Obama has claimed to oppose.
It’s time for Democrats to think about that – and think about it now.