03/11/2009 04:59 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Chart We Don't Have

In his press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had the following exchange following a question by ABC Radio's Ann Compton (emphasis added):

Q On this his 50th day in office, does the President feel he's about where he expected to be on his policy initiatives? From the tone of voice this morning it sounded like the criticism that he's tried to do too much has really kind of gotten under his skin.

MR. GIBBS: No, I -- well, first of all, I will check when I go back to the graph at presidential happiness at the intersection of the 50th day and chart its appropriate progress. (Laughter.)

Q Will you release that, please? (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: We're not that transparent, Mark. (Laughter.)

Q And is the trend up or down? (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: It depends. I think I can speak authoritatively to that.

And if that were not hitting close enough to home, Gibbs today had this reference to the Gallup Poll (as reported by MediaBistro's FishbowlDC):

NBC's Chuck Todd, once of Hotline fame, attempted some West Wing polling today when he asked whether the president approved or disapproved of Congress. "I don't know if he was called in the Gallup poll," Gibbs said, referencing this morning's release of numbers showing Capitol Hill slightly less loathed than a few months ago, and the least loathed since its February 2005 numbers.