A member of the MSM moving to the Obama administration? A "natural extension" indeed! Nancy Gibbs, the new Time editor, has really let the cat out of the bag. Appearing on Morning Joe today, she described the move of her predecessor, Rick Stengel, from Time to a State Department job in the Obama administration, as a "natural extension" for him.
Now it's true that Gibbs couched her remarks in terms of Stengel's role in both jobs being that of telling "America's story around the world." More accurately, Gibbs might have said that Stengel has always seen his job as telling Barack Obama's story in the most favorable light. View the video after the jump.
Gibbs did go on to describe President Obama as being "off his game" in his handling of Syria and in giving a harshly partisan speech on the day of the Navy Yard shootings. But don't expect too much criticism of the President from this former colleague of Jay Carney. After all, Gibbs is the person who, upon his election, compared Barack Obama to, yes, Jesus Christ.
NANCY GIBBS: [Rick Stengel] he'll be, he's been nominated to be the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy at the State Department. Which is really, in a way, it's a natural extension. His job is to tell America's story around the world.