The White House Would Be Happy to Tutor Rick Santelli If He Needs It

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs batted back at CNBC's Rick Santelli's revolution rant yesterday by invoking a Mean Girls–worth amount of passive aggression. Santelli only had this little outburst, Gibbs patiently explained to the network, because he was just not smart enough to know what was going on. "I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn't know what he's talking about," he said. "But I also think it's tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they're talking about."

Which is why he'd be happy to help him with some after-school tutoring:

"I would be more than happy to have him come here and read [the mortgage plan]," he continued. "I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee. Decaf."

Ha! No, but look, that Santelli guy doesn't have the interests of common Americans at heart. For all we know he's not even American:

"I'm not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives or in what house he lives. But the American people are struggling every day to meet their mortgage, stay in their jobs, pay their bills, send their kids to school, hope they don't get sick or somebody they care for gets sick and sends them into bankruptcy."


Incidentally, does anyone know exactly where Santelli lives? Gibbs is just wondering.


White House Responds To Santelli's Outburst [TVNewser/Mediabistro]
Earlier: Rick Santelli Calls For Revolution