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. mhouston

    Here's hoping Oregon dumps on Gibbs's TP. And I do hope his tp aint Chinese made. Talk about ugly symbolism!

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

    The White House belongs to and is paid for by the People of the United States. No one person has the right to desecrate it. I am incensed that a person who happens to be involved with the White House would think he could use it for his own personal means. As usual, politicians believe they are not subject to the same rules the rest of the people in this country must respect and abide.

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

    There are a couple of guys on the roof of the White House with machine guns. He might want to be a bit careful before he starts throwing stuff.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Krish

    Gibbs when u rolling that toilet paper don't forget to roll with obama and flush in toilet.. That will be great relief for this great country

    January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GADemocrat

    The typical AU fan is nothing but your average gun-toting, bible clinging, war eagle chantin' wingnut who hates everything (and everybody) in the Obama Administration. If given the oppty, they would have Sarah Palin do the coin toss before the game. I say keep that stupid "tradition" right were it is...amongst the stupid!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • allie

      Graduated from Auburn in 1987. I voted for Obama, don't own a gun & think Palin would ruin this country with her fanaticism and ignorance if given the chance. Having said that, I am a Christian and have been known to yell "War Eagle" on occassion. I also think tradiitions like those at Toomer's Corner are fun and charming and that people should lighten up.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott_USMC_AuburnTiger

      Thank God I'm not a typical Auburn Fan then. Although I am the "War Eagle Chantin" part. But I'm sure you were just trying to be funny. Here's a joke for ya: 49-31. War Eagle!

      January 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randi

      For your information I am an Auburn grad and a proud independent. Who are you to generalize the entire Auburn family? You know nothing about tradition, excellence or spirit. Auburn is about more than just football and I am sorry you have not had the opportunity to experience. Robert Gibbs was having a little fun, all you lunatics need to give it a rest. If you were all as worried about real issues this country is facing we would not be having this ridiculous conversation. Ohh and for everyone who said Auburn didn't have a chance... well we all know how that turned out. WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!

      January 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. She Who Must Be Obeyed

    Mrs. Rumpole says "It's all in good, clean fun"

    January 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tired

    I guess this is okay for a college student, not the press secretary for the White House! This is ridiculous! TP the White House? I'm disgusted the way people think that it's okay to disrespect the home of the President of the United States of America. It's no wonder the US is in the state we's okay, as long as he cleans it up afterwards. Great example to kids, and don't forget how dignified we will look to the rest of the world. What's next Beer Pong tournaments in the Rose Garden? If it's okay for college students, it's okay for this adminstrations press secretary!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Trey

    Eric, nope. He lost their confidence that he is a capable leader. The content in the video was not the reason he was fired, but the existance of it. They had to set him as an example for it coming out. In fact, ADM Harvey had an interview on that and it can be found on youtube. It was a lack of professionalism.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rchnpdx

    AIn't going to happen. Go DUCKS.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DUCKS

    GOOOOOO DUCKS!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duckman

    Chill people.

    GO DUCKS!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. allie


    January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SHAWN

    With all the ducks calling our name stupid and dumping on our traditions i have yet to figure out or be told what traditions the ducks have. OH YEAH SORRY YOU DONT HAVE ANY. WAR DAMN EAGLE

    January 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oregon Alum

      Yea. We started the Toga. Where do you think the Only college in the nation would allow them to film Animal House

      January 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Max Rathbone


    January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    That will be an easy promise with the overrated ducks. 42-17 Auburn.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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