But it's not just Gibbs' mistreatment of Kinsolving that is significant here. It's that this White House believes it can a) promise unprecedented transparency; b) flagrantly breach the promise; c) avoid accountability for the breach; and d) even ridicule those who dare to inquire about it.
Also note the double avoidance of accountability. Obama refuses to be open about his agenda through routine press conferences and also refuses to be open about his refusal to be open.
His arrogance in defying accountability is only exceeded by his arrogance in defying the public's will in the first place by pressing forward with items of his agenda they've begged him -- in essence -- not to pursue.
But this is how radicals operate. In their relativistic world, their end of advancing a radical agenda justifies any means, including making and breaking promises of accountability to the electorate and then mocking media representatives who dare to question them about it.
But Obama doesn't just owe the public answers about being AWOL on White House press conferences. We deserve answers on his broken promises concerning lobbyists; televising the health care debates; posting bills on his website 72 hours before a vote; his surreptitious packaging of unpopular provisions in larger pieces of legislation to avoid public scrutiny, such as his reversal of the highly successful welfare reform; his establishment of a medical bureaucratic board (which some have referred to as a "death panel") as part of his "stimulus" bill; and his government takeover of student loans with Obamacare. And how about his staged town hall meetings, where he took questions only from planted supporters; his phony assertions of executive privilege; his punitive firing of AIG watchdog Gerald Walpin for investigating his friend; a bizarre lack of accessibility on stimulus fund data; and his Justice Department's dismissal of a case already won against New Black Panther Party members for voter intimidation and then stonewalling both the Commission on Civil Rights and a Freedom of Information Act request by The Washington Times seeking reasons for the arbitrary dismissal? Or his abundant denials of other FOIA requests; his Federal Communications Commission's shielding of diversity czar Mark Lloyd from media questions about his past statements on FCC policy; his withholding of documents requested by Republicans from private meetings between the White House and medical providers; his withholding of data from the Cash for Clunkers program; his shielding from public view information on the expenditure of unions' dues; his failed effort to exclude Fox News interview access to his pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg; and his "secret slush fund ... for taxes and spending on climate change hidden inside the administration's 2011 budget," as reported by Fox News?