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Robert Gibbs mocks the 'professional left': Is it war?

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Soon after the story’s publication, Gibbs issued an apology to some leading blogs, including the liberal Huffington Post, Greg Sargent of The Washington Post, and Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic:

"I watch too much cable, I admit. Day after day, it gets frustrating. Yesterday I watched as someone called legislation to prevent teacher layoffs a bailout – but I know that's not a view held by many, nor were the views I was frustrated about.

"So what I may have said inartfully, let me say this way – since coming to office in January 2009, this White House and Congress have worked tirelessly to put our country back on the right path. Most importantly, to dig our way out of a huge recession and build an economy that makes America more competitive and our middle class more secure. Some are frustrated that the change we want hasn't come fast enough for many Americans. That we all understand.”

Gibbs then enumerated the accomplishments of the Obama administration in its first 17 months, including health-care reform, financial reform, the recovery act, and student loan reform, and promised continuing efforts to achieve its goals.

“So,” he concluded, “we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies, and instead work together to make sure everyone knows what is at stake because we've come too far to turn back now."

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