Gibbs to 'TP' White House if Auburn Tigers win championship
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says if Auburn wins the BCS Championship on Monday, he will return to "roll' the White House.
January 6th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Gibbs to 'TP' White House if Auburn Tigers win championship

As his beloved Tigers get ready for the BCS National Championship game Monday, Robert Gibbs wants to bring an Auburn University tradition to the White House.

Gibbs, the soon-to-be ex-White House press secretary, told CBS college football guru Tony Barnhart that if Auburn wins, he will return to “roll” or “TP” the White House, or at least part of it. The “The Tony Barnhart Show” is scheduled to air Thursday night.

According to Politico, Gibbs said, “If Auburn wins, I will come back. I will get a little agreement with the Secret Service. We’ll put a couple of rolls (of toilet paper) up there, and then I can help take it down so it doesn’t look like we trashed the place.”

Some of you might be thinking, What the …??

Being an Auburn grad, I know a little about this tradition. After Auburn wins a football game or other significant sporting event, fans flock to the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue.

It’s known as Toomer’s Corner, after the drugstore that produces the lemonade that Esquire magazine once suggested was made by God himself.

Fans mob the intersection after a victory, often forcing police to simply shut down two major arteries through downtown.

There, we hurl roll after roll of toilet paper into the live oaks across from the drugstore. After a big win, everything on the corner is covered in the white stuff, even the power lines and eagle-adorned brick entryways to the university.

It can get rather messy, as you can see here.

Gibbs attended North Carolina State University, where he played goalkeeper for the Wolfpack soccer team, but he was born and raised in the city of Auburn.

Gibbs told Barnhart that he thinks President Obama understands how important Monday’s game between Auburn and the Oregon Ducks is to him, Politico reported. Gibbs further said he’s worn the same Auburn shirt for every Tiger victory this year, even when everyone else was wearing a suit.

“He gets how big a deal this is for me. He enjoys and loves college football,” Gibbs told Barnhart. “I’ve watched some of their games in my office. I’ve got a pretty decent-size TV in there, thankfully. Sometimes it’s hard. One week we were on the road, and I had to talk to the advance people about making sure that we had some TVs and could watch some games if we needed to.”

War Eagle, Mr. Gibbs. See you in Glendale.

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  1. JackBear

    C'mon here. Taking their responsibilities seriously? Just because these folks have serious jobs doesn't mean they can't have fun with college football. They are, after all, highly educated. They have all spent a crisp autumn afternoon walking across a campus following the sounds of a marching band, wearing gaudy sweatshirts and eating high cholesterol food. The "crown jewel of the US penal system" should be allowed to have some fun, too. It's un-American to not watch big sporting events with friends and family. Betcha even old Cheney and Frat Boy watch.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      And it also gives kids the message that vandalism is OK. Do you want some kid thinking it's OK to TP your house? Maybe a little graffitti too, to add that special touch?

      January 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBJ

      burbank...
      vandalism is illegal. re-enacting a legal tradition including its cleaning up will not end up promoting graffiti tirades. would hate to be your son... do yourself a favor and loosen up. you may also want to try reasoning through the details of your posts before you hit the publish button.

      January 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Burbank – congrats your comment is the most moronic on this board. Why do republicans always scream about the children, if you care about the children clean up the environment! Geeeeeez... Plus I'm sure the fans of Auburn will be more than happy to show their children the White House after being TP'd. Please take your frantic and theatrical comments back to fox.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoI'mNot

      an American because I don't watch sports nor care to follow them?

      January 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • No

      you are not an american.

      January 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nikki4Au

    Cant wait to see the white house rolled in paper just as toomers will be Monday night after the game.....WAAARRRRRR Eagle Hey!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kathleen

    I don't think the White House, the bastion of our country, is the appropriate place for this behavior.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TJ

    I'm all for a little fun but the White House is more than a building. Just like you don't have to respect the president but you should respect the office. It is a symbol to be respected not treated like a frat house during a kegger.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott_USMC_AuburnTiger

      Read a little history... Start with Andrew Jackson and the parties he had. How about Grant? Compare that to throwing a roll of toilet paper in a tree and then cleaning it up afterwards. It not even in the same league...

      January 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Burbank

    What a great example to kids, it makes vandalism look OK. This idea is stupid, extremely corny and very, very adolescent for someone who held a prominent position. Maybe he's going through a mid life crisis?Why doesn't he go TP is own house instead of disrespecting one of our national treasures like that?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • I need $

      Oh yes because soooo many kids look up to Gibbs and the blame for a kid vandalizing something should be placed on Gibbs not the parents who didn't teach the kid right from wrong. This is a tradition anyways and he is cleaning it up afterwards, if parents can't help their kids understand that then they shouldn't be parents in the first place. Maybe you should go to the bathroom and check make sure something isn't up somewhere it shouldnt be.

      January 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LaWanda

    Roll Tide!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Too bad. Alabama got beat by Auburn. War Eagle!!!!!

      January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • parquet

      ROLL TIDE!! Let little Dean, have his year. It will be AU's last for a long while. I doubt Scam will stick around since he didn't get any money.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike K

    Gibbs will not need to TP the White House. Big Ol' Auburn will be completely gassed mid-way through the second quarter.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki4Au

      Are you serious?? Auburn is a 2nd half team. Thats when we come alive. Watch and be schooled by a great football team

      January 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorraine

      Oregon goes all the way FULL ON to the last SECOND of each game. They call it "fuji". And it will only be faster and stronger and more unrelenting next year – if the U of O's plan of (deliberately as well as incrementally) implementing it stays on track.

      The Ducks will rule the field and will take the Championship trophy to the great state of Oregon. Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack.

      January 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James

    That's pretty disrespectful to TP the house where so many great presidents have lived. It's a place of business, not a frat house.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott_USMC_AuburnTiger

      James, it seems you need to read a little history. Look into some of the things Grant, Jackson, and Kennedy did in the White House. And LBJ, and Eisenhower. And those are just the ones off the top of my head. You're ignorant if you think worse things haven't happened in the White House than extending a college tradition of throwing a roll of toilet paper in a tree, and then cleaning up afterwards. I'm sure all the high-and-mighty people posting on here about how it's a "horrible example for kids" and "our country will go out of control" have never done anything lighthearted and fun and maybe a little silly in their lives. Which is exactly why they're posting what they're posting. Their definition being silly is probably purposely not extending your pinky when you drink a glass of tea. Oh my God, the world is gonna end!!

      January 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • fail

      WAIT WAIT! The presidents home is a business? The place with so much history is a business? WOW! I'm honestly surprised i wasn't told this when i had history. I FEEL ASHAMED!

      January 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Truth

    So much for treating a national symbol of power and authority with respect. How about we egg the Lincoln Memorial next. As long as we help clean it up its all in good fun, right? Many people have no concept of professionalism and dignity anymore.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AU Archi

      Ah, The Truth... As stated by Wikipedia, "professionalism" denotes behavior by a professional: "In western nations, such as the United States, the term commonly describes highly educated, mostly salaried workers, who enjoy considerable work autonomy, a comfortable salary, and are commonly engaged in creative and intellectually challenging work." It would seem to me that Mr. Gibbs fits that definition.

      Likewise, Wikipedia says of "dignity": "Dignity is a term used in moral, ethical, and political discussions to signify that a being has an innate right to respect and ethical treatment." Also, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, states in Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

      (So strange that there is no mention of a building's dignity.....) Proscribing a term used to provide humans with rights onto a building for your own argument's sake is understandable...but completely baseless. Also, many of you here not only seem overwhelming angry, but miss the point that this article was clearly one fan's commentary on a statement made, obviously, in jest. America needs to calm down and let people truly live.

      We should all strive to such a high degree of professionalism and personal dignity. Oh, and WAR EAGLE!

      January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      The Truth... more like, The DRAMA QUEEN. What's crazy is the Bush administration lead us into Iraq by exaggerating the truth, and here you are another republican doing the same. Why don't you develop a valid argument rather than one that appeals to the mentally deranged.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • abc123

      Don't give them any ideas. We already burn the flag legally. Why not egg the Lincoln Memorial? It seems like there are no boundaries or propriety left in this country any more. If we don't treat our own national symbols with respect, why will any other country? Americans seem to have decided that fun can come at any expense, including our national integrity.

      I would expect a man with Gibb's salary to be going to work EVERY DAY in a suit and tie. His behavior is extremely unprofessional–the country does not need to know his choice of football team. Of course, our dear president doesn't seem to be very worried about our nation's integrity either or he would have required higher dress code standards from Mr. Gibbs, or better yet, found a new employee who wouldn't pull this kind of crap. It doesn't seem like our "representatives" (???) care very much about portraying our country in a dignified manner. Instead they parade around in their own childish whims and parties at tax payer expense. America has become a very sad state of affairs in my opinion.

      January 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nikki4Au

    Most of you people need to get a freakin life. Where is your sense of humor. Pull the sticks out of your butts and maybe enjoy life a little....geez

    January 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorraine

      Nikkie – yeah, hon – the minute you Tigers or War Eagle (or whatever) figure out who you are – you let us all know.

      Ya all know as much, right? Right...

      Quack. Quack.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBJ

      hey lorraine... the auburn tigers know who they are... doesn't matter that you are ignorant. however, you will know & remember after your little ducks get de-feathered on national tv.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Auburn people need to decide if they are Tigers or Eagles. Go Dawds!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      They are the Auburn Tigers. War Eagle is a battle cry.

      January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBJ

      hey dave... who the hell are the "dawds"??
      so eager to quicky publish your stupid remark... now you look like an idiot. haha!
      auburn eagles??! haha!! please keep posting... you are hilarious!

      January 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott_USMC_AuburnTiger

      Hey Dave, 49-31. Which one were you?

      January 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave in Ohio

    I think it might make for a neat tradition! Every year, when the winning team is invited to the White House, after meeting the President, they go outside and TP a selected tree on the White House grounds! What could be more fun?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lorraine

    Another reason to absolutely hate thankfully outgoing Robert Gibbs. Glib.Smug. Hate mongering of anyone but a socialist agendized public (over) spender.

    The Ducks rule this year. RULE IT. But a man who has done nothing more than spew hate and be mean to anyone who is not a progressive, can dream away all he wants. Meritlessly in this case. It's (still) a free country, Mr. Gibbs. Even as President Obama tries to make it something other than that. Day in and day out.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stan canzius

    Gee my tax dollars hard at work.let me go work some overtime for this mentality.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. randy

    I have a sense of humor – WHEN THIS IS DONE IN A COLLEGE ATMOSPHERE. Why the hell would bring such a thing to the White House? I doubt this idiot would let someone do it to his own house.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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