Here's what press secretary Robert Gibbs is saying today
about Obama's comments last night on the Henry Louis Gates case: "Let me be clear. He was not calling the officer stupid, okay? He was denoting that ... at a certain point the situation got far out of hand, and I think all sides understand that."Late Update
: Gibbs' use of "denotes" is like a nervous tic. It sort of gives away that, as smooth as he is, he's scrambling a bit -- such as when he was faced with the outcry
over the administration's decision not to release more photos of the abuse of detainees:
"The photos don't denote
the existence of the investigations ...."
"No, Chuck, again, the existence of the detainee abuse cases is not denoted
by the photos."
"No. I think, again, Mark, as I said, I don't think the -- the existence of the photos doesn't denote
-- isn't the only thing that denotes
the existence of an investigation."