White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said today that it was clear to him what type of rodent appeared near President Obama in the Rose Garden yesterday: “where I’m from, it’s a rat,” he said.
Gibbs scoffed at the suggestion from Reggie Love, President Obama’s special assistant and personal aide, that the creature was a “field mouse.”
When asked if the rodent might have been a vole, Gibbs admitted he had never heard of a vole.
Shortly after the briefing he tweeted a link to the Wikipedia entry for voles, writing, “Latest possible explanation for the animal in the Rose Garden yesterday – discuss amongst yourselves.”
When one of Gibbs’ followers, @rfordice, suggested that the White House press secretary “needs to learn more about voles. And shrub girdling (something that voles do),” Gibbs responded: “Tell me more!”
@rfordice did, providing a link to a page about voles and “wildlife damage notes” from Gibbs’ alma mater, North Carolina State University.