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Gibbs on Incivility

August 7, 2009

Again, I find myself in agreement with the Obama team. Commenting earlier today on recent comparisons between Obama and Hitler, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said everything I tried to in my previous two posts, probably with more eloquence. As reported by the Huffington Post, here are Gibbs’ remarks:

“I know the president feels strongly that we can discuss these issues without personally maligning… that we are doing so in a way that respects the dignity of each individual,” he said. “I think anytime you make references to what happened in Germany in the 30’s and 40’s [as Rush Limbaugh recently did], I think you are talking about an event that has no equivalent. And I think anytime anyone ventures to compare anything to that, they are on thin ice, and it is best not employed.”

“But I think what the most important thing is, is that we can have a discussion in our democracy about where we want to go,” he added. “The president strongly believes we can do so without yelling at each other, pushing at each other or degrading each other. We have seen some stuff, I mentioned it a week ago, we have all seen imagery that just shocks and surprises us and I think the best thing to do is just take that temperature down a bit.”

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