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Now we learn Obama was prepped for a Gates question

Doesn’t this put it in an even worse light?

I don’t see video of it posted yet, but the Corner reports that Baghdad Bob Gibbs admits that he helped prep Obama for the question which he “miscalibratedly” answered.

On today’s Fox News Sunday, presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs admitted President Obama had been prepared to answer questions about the Henry Louis Gates arrest at his press conference last week. Bret Baier, filling in for regular host Chris Wallace, asked Gibbs, “Before Wednesday’s news conference, did you prepare [the president] for a question about Henry Gates’s arrest in Cambridge?”

“Well, look,” said Gibbs, “Let’s just say it’s safe to say we went over a whole lot of topics that we thought might come up, and certainly this was a topic that was, has been in the news . . .” He then went on to try to un-ring the bell by repeating the line that the president “hadn’t calibrated his words well,” and blah, blah, blah, beer at the White House, blah, blah, blah.

Yikes! This seems to make it much more than an innocent little slip of the tongue (not that I believed that for a second anyway). He certainly wasn’t caught off guard by the question, and we know now much “words matter”. Maybe in the future, all questions have to be submitted 48 hours in advance so that the answers can be prepared, reviewed, focus group tested, and put on a teleprompter.