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Who are you calling an arrogant martini drinker, you arrogant martini drinker?

Published June 24, 2008 8:42PM (EDT)

Geist: So for the record, Barack Obama does not hold martinis or stand against walls. Is that what you are saying?

Brzezinski: Making snide comments.

Gibbs: The last time I saw him, he was drinking a beer.

That's an exchange from today's "Morning Joe" -- the speakers are MSNBC's Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski and Barack Obama's communications director, Robert Gibbs. They were discussing comments Karl Rove made on Monday, when he referred to Obama as "coolly arrogant ... the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."

Besides defending Obama, Gibbs also took after Rove, neatly skewering him:

I would be willing to bet you that Karl Rove hung out in the lounge of a country club a lot more often than Barack Obama has. I would think a guy who came to Washington eight years ago, and talked about how his version of the Republican Party would take over the country for years and years to come, might have cornered the market on arrogance to a degree that not many people have seen before. His president right now, his approval ratings hover somewhere around the national drinking age. So I think it's convenient for a lot of people in Washington to take political advice from Karl Rove. I think if people look at the arc of the Bush presidency and where this thing has ended up, we have had a disastrous foreign policy, our economy is in shambles, our debt and our deficit have skyrocketed. It's really hard to list one or two things that Karl Rove did right over eight years. So, you know, I'll let him do his lecture circuits and coin little phrases, but it seems like a silly thing.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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