I remember all this “he was tardy crap” during the Clinton era, too:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs delayed the start of his daily briefing Thursday — which is only remarkable for the fact it’s so unremarkable.
The Bush White House briefings were only rarely delayed. Journalists covering the White House have now grown accustomed to waiting in the briefing room…at least so far.
Consider the numbers: Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone.
Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day — a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.
You know why the members of the Bush administration were always on time and never tardy? Because when the White House answer to everything is tax cuts, bombing runs, and claiming executive privilege, you don’t need to spend a lot of time thinking about shit.