From today’s White House briefing:
MR. GIBBS: Kirk.
Q Thanks, Robert. Two things. Why did the White House not put out a statement on Bob Novak’s death?
MR. GIBBS: I don’t — I’ll talk to the press secretary about that. I know the President obviously — look, I would say that —
Q But you’re the press secretary.
MR. GIBBS: I didn’t know that.
The — obviously Mr. Novak was somebody who wrote for one of the local Chicago papers, and I think no matter how you felt personally about his political leanings, I think the President would agree with many that have said they had respect for his reporting and for his ability and his opinions, even if they didn’t agree with him. And I think that’s probably a good lesson for all of us, either in August for town hall meetings, or as we move forward on issues like health care or anything else.