Robert Gibbs told reporters that President Obama is not watching the results tonight.
Hours after urging reporters not to draw sweeping conclusions from Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told POLITICO President Barack Obama wasn’t even keeping an eye on the results.
“He’s not watching returns,” Gibbs said.
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The Obama administration and other top Democrats have consistently tried to play down the import of this week’s contests, which Republicans have sought to portray as a referendum on the Democratic-led government in Washington.
In Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Gibbs dismissed suggestions that the two governor’s races and a special election in upstate New York could be a preview of the 2010 congressional midterms.
“I don’t think, looking at the two gubernatorial races, you can draw with any great insight what’s going to happen a year from now,” he said.
UPDATE: Barack Obama watched an HBO special about himself instead.
What a shock.