White House Spokeshole Mr. Family Guy (Robert Gibbs) Versus Rick Santelli. Not Much Of A Contest

2-21-09

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As a follow up to my post concerning Rick Santelli’s Obama administration mortgage bailout plan beatdown here, I figured a snippy response from the White House would come rather quickly. Sure enough it did as we have discovered Obama is pretty thin skinned when it comes to any type of criticism.

White House spokeshole Mr. Family Guy aka Robert Gibbs, attempts to engage Santelli from afar during a scratch and sniff session with adoring reporters in the White House briefing room with his typical snotty and condescending attitude.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, no fan whatsoever of this mortgage bailout plan either, had Santelli on his show for another round of fireworks. Yeehaw! Pass the caffeine guys!


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Santelli has started a firestorm across America since his fiery pushback a few days ago over Obama’s plans to fund a bailout of the eight percent of mortgage holders in this country that are allegedly in financial trouble. Somehow forcing people that have been responsible in their money matters to pay, and believe me we will be paying, for those who may not have been so diligent has really struck a cord and Americans are starting to hit the streets in protest over all of these bailout/stimulus programs being churned out by the White House and Congress.

Holding signs reading “Stimulate Business, Not Government,” “Families Against Porkulus” and “Say No To Generational Theft,” protesters opposed to the $787 billion stimulus package have been mobilizing across the country.

It started last Monday in Seattle, then moved Tuesday to Denver, where President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. That was followed by another one in Mesa, Ariz., where Obama unveiled a mortgage rescue plan.

Another protest was planned for Saturday outside the office of Rep. Dennis Moore in Overland Park, Kan. The Democrat voted for the stimulus. His office didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Since many people may not really know much about Mr. Family Guy, or for that matter Rick Santelli, it would make sense to do a little research and see just who these guys are and their backgrounds as far as economic issues are concerned.

Mr. Family Guy? Well according to wikipedia he has been nothing but a political mouthpiece for Democrats as far back as his college days with nary a hint of training or education in economic principals.

Robert L. Gibbs (b. March 29, 1971) is an American political consultant, and the current White House Press Secretary. Gibbs was the communications director for U.S. Senator Barack Obama and Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Gibbs, who has worked with Obama since 2004, was press secretary of John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and has previously specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998. Gibbs was also the press secretary of Representative Bob Etheridge. On November 22, 2008, Gibbs was announced as the press secretary of the Obama administration. He assumed the role of press secretary on January 20, 2009, and gave his first official briefing on January 22.

Gibbs attended North Carolina State University, where he majored in political science. From 1990 through 1992, Gibbs was goalkeeper for the North Carolina State Wolfpack soccer team where his large physical size helped to deflect many shots on goal. Gibbs graduated from North Carolina State cum laude with a degree in political science.

While a student at North Carolina State in 1991, Gibbs became an intern for Congressman Glenn Browder. Gibbs quickly rose through the ranks of Browder’s staff, rising to become the representative’s executive assistant in Washington, D.C. Gibbs returned to Alabama in 1996 to work on Browder’s unsuccessful Senate campaign that year. In 1997, Gibbs was press secretary for Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina and, in 1998, was spokesman for Senator Fritz Hollings’ campaign. Gibbs worked in the campaigns of two other senators and served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, before taking the position of press secretary of John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Gibbs joined Barack Obama’s 2004 campaign staff as an advisor and remained with the senator through the first two years of Obama’s term. Gibbs is credited with guiding Obama through those first years and molding his rise on the national scene. According to the New York Times, Gibbs advised Obama on politics, strategy and messaging, and spent more time with Obama than any other advisor….yad yada yada

From a cnbc.com website we have available the biographical information on Rick Santelli:

Rick Santelli joined CNBC Business News as on-air editor in June 1999, reporting live from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. His focus is primarily on interest rates, foreign exchange, and the Federal Reserve.

A veteran trader and financial executive, Santelli has provided live reports on the markets in print and on local and national radio and television. He joined CNBC from the Institutional Financial Futures and Options at Sanwa Futures, L.L.C. There, he was a vice president handling institutional trading and hedge accounts for a variety of futures related products.

Prior to that, Santelli worked as vice president of Institutional Futures and Options at Rand Financial Services, Inc., served as managing director at the Derivative Products Group of Geldermann, Inc., and was Vice President in charge of Interest Rate Futures and Options at the Chicago Board of Trade for Drexel, Burnham, Lambert. Santelli began his career in 1979 as a trader and order filler at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in a variety of markets including gold, lumber, CD’s, T-bills, foreign currencies and livestock.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree. Santelli has been a member of both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade.

It appears to me that Santelli has been involved in the financial sector for some 30 years if my math is correct. Family Guy, apparently not so much.

Let’s hope more people like Santelli start putting pressure on this administration, one that seems hell bent on outdoing George W. Bush’s outrageous deficit spending in record time, before what’s left of this country winds up slamming into the side of a mountain at 600 mph.

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