Maybe it's the White House press secretary that's smoking the "heavy stuff." Robert Gibbs tried to walk back comments Tuesday that liberal critics
August 11, 2010

Maybe it's the White House press secretary that's smoking the "heavy stuff."

Robert Gibbs tried to walk back comments Tuesday that liberal critics of President Barack Obama "ought to be drug tested." In a statement, Gibbs called the comments "inartful" but didn't offer a full-throated apology to what he called the "professional left."

Tuesday night, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore told MSNBC host Keith Olbermann that Gibbs had made the wrong assumption about liberals. "I've never heard the left referred to with the word 'professional,'" said Moore. "It implies that we're organized."

"When Mr. Gibbs is worried about what people on the left are smoking, from my experience the person in the room who's most paranoid about who's smoking what is usually the person smoking the really heavy stuff," noted Moore.

The filmmaker believes that what's bothering Gibbs is that liberals have been right from the beginning that the White House was making too many concessions to conservatives.

"From the beginning of this administration, what did people on our side of the fence say? You should take over these banks temporarily and fire all the thieves who stole our money. But instead what did they do? They enabled them," explained Moore.

"They called for more offshore oil drilling. They expanded the war in Afghanistan. The stimulus package, they caved into the Republicans," he continued.

"Everything that we've been trying to push them to do has now come back to bite them in a profound way to the point where they're very frightened, as they should be, about the election in a couple of months," Moore said.

"To go after your core base, I mean the people that are really -- the ones that go out and carry the water for you, to do the hard work, it's like -- I mean this is the guy, Gibbs, you don't want him like drafting the fund-raising letter for the next election cycle. It will begin something like 'Dear biggest Obama supporters, you suck. Now send us money, please.' It's just like it's totally crazy," he said.

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