White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a jab at CNBC's Jim Cramer today, after the abrasive financial analyst called Barack Obama's economic plan "the greatest wealth destruction by a president" and "a radical agenda" that "put a level of fear in this country that I have not seen ever in my life."
Asked about the attack (by NBC reporter Tom Costello) Gibbs responded: "I'm not entirely sure what he's pointing to to make some of the statements. I think you can go back and look at any number of statements that he's made in the past about the economy and where some of the backup for those are, too."
Pressed further by Costello, Gibbs said, "If you turn on a certain program, it's geared to a very small audience. No offense to my good friends, or friend at CNBC. But the President has to look out for the broader economy and the broader population."
The press secretary was treading carefully, saying he was "going to get in a lot of trouble if I continue with" that subject. Gibbs lashed into CNBC's Rick Santelli last month after the reporter railed against the housing bailout from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Asked if he "got in a lot of trouble" for that move, the Obama spokesman responded, "There are very few days that I've had more fun. I was afraid I was going to have too much more fun."
And watch Cramer's comments on the "Today Show":