"At 6:30 tomorrow morning," he declared in a routine manner, "the president will announce his Supreme Court nominee."
Huh? What'd he just say? Did you hear that?
"Gotcha!" said Gibbs with a laugh, as if getting even for some past misconduct by reporters.
Us? Misconduct? Surely you jest.
Gibbs clearly was.
"That's obviously a joke," he said, while reveling in the moment of putting the press off balance.
"If somebody can quickly text me the name of a chiropractor," asked Gibbs facetiously, "because at least four dozen necks snapped in one direction."
"Now lemme give you the real week ahead," he said, while refusing to offer any solid information about what the president was doing to choose his nominee for the high court.
Of course, reporters don't get mad. They get even.
"Hey, Robert. The Electoral College called, and they say they added wrong."