Gibbs had told The Hill in an interview, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon. That's not reality."
The Washington Post addressed the idea of midterm fatigue and questioned whether the incident would drive Gibbs into a less visible and more senior role as an adviser to President Barack Obama.
The Post's Scott Wilson wrote: "He already essentially plays that role, sitting in on virtually every major meeting regardless of subject matter and receiving rare bureaucratic carte blanche within a disciplined West Wing to jump from policy lane to lane. After seven years with Obama, Gibbs is also one of the president's longest-serving advisers. So is it time to make the move official? The trouble he keeps getting into for his increasing candor may suggest it is."