GIBBS: NO, I get asked every day about the myriad of things that could be derailing our message.
I would point out that I don't know what all those guys were doing, what were they called,
the brooks brothers brigade in florida in 2000, appear to have rented a similar bus and are
appearing together at town hall meetings throughout the country
Q: They seem to be pretty widespread.
GIBBS: I seem to see some commonality in who pops up in some of these things.
Q: Like individuals?
Q: Can you discuss names or ….
GIBBS: I don't have names but I think you can see quite a bit of similarity between who
shows up where.
Q: What was the thinking behind responding to the Drudge Report?
GIBBS: Well, as we've discussed in the briefing room, there's a tremendous amount of
misinformation floating around on health care. We thought it was important to make sure that
we answered the misinformation. I think one of the things that we learned, certainly on the
campaign was, that in the absence of other information, you don't want people to believe what
is knowingly untrue. So we're trying to change that.
Q: Robert, if these town halls are even being influenced by, whatever, a cabal or individuals,
how problematic is that for you guys to try to your message out? Even if the premise that it is
unfair is correct, it's still going to shape the way these town halls are viewed throughout the
GIBBS: Well, you know, look, I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly
the Astro Turf nature of so-called grassroots lobbying--
Q: The grassroots what?
GIBBS: The Astro Turf nature of grassroots lobbying, which is largely the term for, you know,
this is manufactured anger.
No, the anger is real and you guys have arrogant eyes and do not see.