The results of an Atlantic/National Journal poll are in, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gets [drum roll, please]: a C+. That’s the rating conferred upon him by the reporters who deal with him on a regular basis. He was said to be accessible and honest, but was also said to have an adversarial relationship with reporters. Some found him to be the “bad cop” to Obama’s “good cop,” and are weary of that routine. Another said that he rarely divulges any useful information.
RBR-TVBR observation: As for that never divulging any useful information dig, we first remember hearing about the role of a White House press secretary during the Nixon administration, and we thought that spewing out an impressive stream of verbiage without ever saying anything remotely useful was what the job was all about. We haven’t seen much between then and now to change our mind, either. If Gibbs can do it, it may be a minus for reporters but it would be a plus for his employers.