(Washington, DC) -- There are calls for the president's spokesman to resign, coming from the president's own party.
Robert Gibbs threw some serious criticism at liberals in a Capitol Hill newspaper interview this week, and a lot of simmering frustration is now out in the open.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs referred to some liberals as the professional left.
He concedes he might have phrased it differently, but he's not stepping down.
Robert Ggibbs admits he's frustrated by criticism from those on the left but has no plans to resign.
"I don't plan on leaving and there's no truth to the rumor I've added an inflatable exit to my office," Gibbs joked, in reference to the recent flight attendant incident onboard a Jet Blue flight.
In an interview with "The Hill" newspaper, Gibbs lashed out at those he called the "professional left"
He said those who compare the president to George W. Bush ought to be drug-tested.
His aides say that was a joke.
But he stands by his comment, that some liberals will only be satisfied; "when we have Canadian healthcare and we've eliminated the Pentagon."
Gibbs also said some liberals; ".. wouldn't be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich were president."
The ultra-liberal congressman from Ohio responded: "Any remarks that can be seen as divisive at this point, could actually have create injury in November for Democratic candidates," Kucinich said.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) suggested the press secretary should resign.
Florida's Alan Grayson says he should be fired.
Gibbs had already angered Democrats when he said last month that the party might lose control of the House this fall.
Meantime, Republicans are delighted by the intra-party dissension among Democrats.
"The far left doesn't think he has done enough. And independent moderate voters think he has gone too far. It's really the definition of a pickle." Doug Heye of the Republican National Committee.
Gibbs says he watches a lot of cable TV and gets frustrated by it, and his comments may have something to do with that.
(Malini Wilkes, FOX News)