So, former WH press secretary Robert Gibbs apparently tussled with Obama’s seeming mother-substitute Valerie Jarrett, and he was very rude to the woman, in discussing First Lady Michelle Obama.
This cartoon has foul-language (you’re warned) but depicts what seems to have gone down.
Well, I’m not surprised that Gibbs tussled with Jarrett. Gibbs, after all, is a white Irish Catholic, and as we all know, white Irish Catholics enjoy an occasional donnybrook.
Perhaps that is why Michelle Obama doesn’t much care for them.
When your intent is not simply to lead, but to rule, you really don’t want to have to tussle with anyone. It’s so time-consuming when there is so much to be done, so many $45,000 a ticket fundraisers to bar the press from, so many smaller “for show” fundraisers to pose for, so many lavish parties to prevent the people from knowing about, so many smaller, “for show” parties to pose for , so many visitor’s logs to purge, so much advice to give to the sycophantic press (“be more sycophantic, or else…something!“), Who has time for little tussles with annoying white Irish Catholics peasants who don’t know their place?
My snark aside, the fact is, you don’t use language like that in the White House, or about any First Lady. You just don’t. So, Gibbs needed to apologize.
I admit to never having much liked Gibbs. As an annoying white Irish Catholic peasant who spent too long “knowing her place” I have been all-too aware of his type — the sort of fellow who made a class laugh once, in his all-boys prep school and has forever thought himself a wit of the first order.
But for all that, and despite the fact that I admit he was quite wrong to be so rude, today I find myself liking him just a little bit, after all.
It might be an Irish peasant thing. We’d rather be led than lorded over.