In a move which could overturn the applecart of Washington politics by sharply contrasting with official White House dietary policy, former Obama Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, has been named head of McDonalds’ government and public affairs division.
According to a Tuesday statement released by McDonalds, CEO, Steve Easterbrook, said Gibbs’ hire brings:
“Experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as we build a more modern, progressive burger company.”
Hired by Mr. Obama as a communications advisor in 2004, Mr. Gibbs stayed with Obama for the first two years of his Senate term and joined the Obama White House as its chief spokesman in 2009, remaining until February, 2011. After his departure, Mr. Gibbs assisted the Obama Administration in an “outside capacity” and accommodated Mr. Obama’s re-election bid in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gibbs co-founded a strategic communications firm, The Incite Agency.
One wonders how Mr. Gibbs will battle the White House while peddling junk food.
Gibbs is an intelligent, experienced communications front man who will rob the White House of any sense of triumph by entering this industry. Moreover, Mr. Gibbs must be a natural contrarian: He is not counted as a member of a closed system of thought, one who learns, purely adapts and accepts the White House guiding principles as true without verification.
To Gibbs’ credit, unlike numerous former White House advisers, he is respecting unwritten Washington etiquette by avoiding the irresistible temptation to pen a tell-all memoir and blast his former boss and his policies. By virtue of his loyalty, via shunning the creation of sensationalism and unwanted controversy for this White House through a memoir, Gibbs will avoid any real conflict with Mr. or Mrs. Obama.
The White House is thankful Gibbs’ destination is McDonalds: It would be entirely different if Gibbs’ fancy led him to ply his craft with Halliburton, ExxonMobil or ConocoPhillips. If this occurred, the White House would be in bits.[washingtonpost.com]