It appears that Gibbs will either go with President Obama to Capitol Hill, where the president is meeting exclusively with Republicans in the House and Senate about the massive stimulus bill, or will wait until Obama gets back from the meetings to get a full readout.
Gibbs said in interviews, upon taking this job, that he did not want to give up his role as confidant and adviser to Obama. But some past White Houses and press secretaries have taken a more cautious approach, wanting to know only that which they could talk about with the press.
Gibbs’ model, at least for meetings like today that are inherently political with a strong element of policy, is to know everything or most everything and then have the ability to pick and choose what he tells the reporters in the briefing room. The trick is, under the hot lights there’s always the chance you’ll let something slip.
His approach to national security and other classified matters might be different — that might be the kind of thing you just don’t want to play around with. But we’ll have to wait and see how he handles that when it happens.
Obama is scheduled to meet with House Republicans at 12:15 and the Senate GOP at 1:25.
And by the way, White House e-mail is up and running again this morning, after being down for most of yesterday, a press office spokesman told me just now.
— Jon Ward, White House Reporter, The Washington Times