Robert Gibbs, an adviser to the Obama campaign, said that the idea that the Obama campaign or administration meddled with the September jobs report is "absolutely crazy" in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. Gibbs said that Jack Welch, the former GE CEO who promoted the theory on Friday, "embarrassed himself."
"I assume, David, there's a number of people that believe the real unemployment rate is somewhere in a safe in Nairobi with the president's Kenyan birth certificate," Gibbs said, addressing host David Gregory. "I mean this stuff is absolutely crazy… And the notion quite frankly that someone as well respected as Jack Welch would go on television and single-handedly embarrass himself."
"We wonder why institutions in this country, the perceptions of institutions, are failing: because people go on TV and make stuff up," Gibbs said.