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    By PATRICK GAVIN | 2/10/10 4:08 AM EST

    The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency. But times have changed.

    Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter as indicated by "(Laughter)" being noted in the official transcript occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs's briefings.

    But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

    Chalk it up to the close of any administration's initial honeymoon and the Obama administration's tough second half of 2009, as it wrestled with health care and saw the late Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat filled by a Republican.

    "The tone is one reason for less laughter," says American Urban Radio's April Ryan. "There are lots of serious questions begging for serious answers. Those questions do not meld with laughter and light banter."
    Gibbs needs to go, he is an unprofessional ****up, and a drag on Obama's image. Press Secretary is an important position in any administration.
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

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    Gibbs needs to go, he is an unprofessional ****up, and a drag on Obama's image. Press Secretary is an important position in any administration.
    Oh noes, laughter in the press room has been reduced by half! Off with his head!
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Oh noes, laughter in the press room has been reduced by half! Off with his head!
    Their doobie must be getting scarce due to the economy.

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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Oh noes, laughter in the press room has been reduced by half! Off with his head!
    Off with their heads!
    Blood everywhere!
    Chop chop!

    I fail to see why delivering the news of the white house needs to be funny.
    Moreover - I fail to see how Gibbs is delivering any news at all - he really comes out and says nothing and tries to make a funny and goes away.
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    I think this is a reflection on Gibbs. He needs to change his tune, he embarrassing his boss.
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post

    , he is an unprofessional ****up, and a drag on Obama's image. .
    Isn't that exactly what you want? You really hope he keeps him, don't you?
    Why the phony concern?
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    Repubs will claim that every member of Obama's admin must go because that's what democrats said about all of the Bush admin. Warranted or not, it's petty and childish tit for tat. *yawn*

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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    doesn't the reich wing's need to identify this meaningless nonsense as a talking point vividly illustrate the desperate state of the neocon delegation within the republican party
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    what a ****ty thread.

    If it was reported that laughter increased ten-fold, then people would be complaining that Gibbs is not taking the matter seriously enough, and is doing terribly at his job because of it.
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    Re: Press Room Laughter Dies Down

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I think this is a reflection on Gibbs. He needs to change his tune,
    Clearly the press secretary needs to be a comedian. I bet if Jon Stewart was the press secretary, laughter would increase by exactly 348.1%.

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    he embarrassing his boss.
    Why do you care? You don't support his boss' agenda anyway.
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