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Gibbs: Obama "New Sheriff In Town" On Executive Compensation

The luck of the Irish was not with Robert Gibbs today. He faced more than a dozen questions today about the administration's handling of the AIG mess. One reporter gave him an "F" on an answer before he could even finish. It got so bad he even claimed reporters could be accused of torturing him.

"I would posit that the CIA should look at the process which I'm undergoing," he said.

Much of the difficulty came because the White House press secretary avoided direct answers to many questions by saying he wasn't a contract lawyer, and that he did not have an exact timeline yet of when key members of the administration learned of the executive bonuses and how they reacted. But when told about questions from some Republicans about the sincerity of President Obama's outrage over the situation, Gibbs put up a vigorous defense.

"Barack Obama came in and there was a new sheriff in town on executive compensation," Gibbs argued, referring to some of his very first executive orders. "I think it would bear some going back to any of the critics of the president's genuine outrage and ask them what they did or didn't do to change the way executives are compensated before Barack Obama got to town as president of the United States."