LOVEN: The deficit's giant. $100 million really is only a step.Gibbs goes on to tap dance around the matter. Talking about how all these little things add up over time. But they really don't. You have to make big changes in spending if you are going to cut into a massive deficit that we have now.
GIBBS: But no joke.
LOVEN: You sound like you're joking about it, but it's not funny.
GIBBS: I'm not making jokes about it. I'm being completely sincere that only in Washington, D.C. is $100 million not a lot of money. It is where I'm from. It is where I grew up. And I think it is for hundreds of millions of Americans.
LOVEN: The point is it's not a very big portion of the deficit.
TAPPER: You were talking about an appropriations bill a few weeks ago about $8 billion being minuscule -- $8 billion in earmarks. We were talking about that and you said that that...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Jake Tapper asks the question about how White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs considers $100 million a big number one week, but $8 billion was small a few weeks ago: