Apparently Gibbs has a "faction" -- a faction so powerful that its advice outweighed Secretary Gates' after Rolling Stone published its infamous McChrystal profile. Gates wanted just a "reprimand,"
And finally we have, in his own words, Gibbs describing how President Obama put him in charge of the Gulf spill containment effort. Not just the mid-crisis PR campaign either:
An undersea robotic vehicle in the Gulf had dislodged the containment cap on the BP well. Until the lid was reattached eleven hours later, a new torrent of oil spilled into the sea. Gibbs went back into the Oval to give Obama the news.
The president stared at Gibbs, stunned. "Well, why did it do that?" he demanded.
"Sir, we're trying to find that out."
"Gibbs," Obama said, "your job the rest of the day is to make sure that one of those vehicles doesn't do that again."