“I would not be surprised if the White House said, you know, we might be able to, guess what, do what? Use this crisis to our advantage. Let this crisis get really bad, and then we will step in,” Brown told Neil Cavuto. “We will be able to shut down offshore drilling. We will be able to turn to all these alternate fuels.”
Gibbs, responding to an oil leak query from (Wendell) Goler, called the network out for failing to challenge Brown, now a conservative Colorado radio host.
“I watched Fox yesterday — you open both the double doors — and waaah! — here I am,” Gibbs said.
As Goler tried to calm Gibbs down, the press secretary began talking about “the special and unique interview with Michael Brown, who for those who weren’t let in on the big secret … intimated on Fox and it wasn’t – didn’t appear — to be pushed back on real hard — that this spill was leaked on purpose in order for us to undo decisions.”
The reality is that our government is completely at sea (pun intended) in this situation, as is the case with many things in the oilfield. They do not have the capability to deal with a disaster such as this.
Gibbs could have dispatched Foxnews and Goler by admitting this. But that would have been worse than looking like a ninny, which he did.