Gibbs eye-rolls Rove “enemies list” claim

Guess who's on it?                (reuters photo)

Karl Rove on Sunday accused the White House of baseless attacks in targeting American Crossroads and other groups over campaign fundraising issues, and claimed President Obama is working off an “enemies list” of political adversaries. Read the whole story from CBS News here.

At the White House today, press secretary Robert Gibbs said there's no enemies list.

Q: Speaking of Rove, he accused the White House of creating an enemies list from Sunday shows — (off mike). Do you have a response to that?

MR. GIBBS: Yeah, you know, I — swing and a miss, strike three. I mean, you know, same old — I — am I surprised that he made an unfounded — I mean, here's — let me do this. I'm releasing our enemies list. (Knocking sound.)

Q: I'm not on it? (WSJ's Jonathan Weisman!)

MR. GIBBS: Nobody's on it. Right? Now can I see — now can I see the donors to American Crossroads?

The White House has been at DefCon3 for days now over campaign fundraising by Rove-affiliated groups, the Chamber of Commerce and others. Asked whether that was the best strategy for the Dems given unemployment, the economy and other top voters concerns the administration was all, Yeah. It is. Gibbs recalled that Obama raised the issue in his State of the Union.

“Our democracy is threatened by the fact that big groups or big interests can come in and anonymously attack those that they disagree with; that the voters don't have an opportunity to see who those funders are,” Gibbs said. “And all the White House and all the president has asked is that those involved make those donors' identities known, on either side of the spectrum.”

Rove was on ABC News' Good Morning America today, still fulminating and accusing Obama of looking the other way when liberal groups were supporting him while not revealing their donors.

“The president is being hypocritical about this. He had no problem at all with this when groups were spending money on his behalf in 2008 and not disclosing donors. He had no problem at all not disclosing his own donors, tens of millions of dollars of contributions to his campaign,” Rove said.

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