TAPPER: You're a parent, the president is -- is a father. There are a lot of parents out there whose children have been subjected to pat-downs and they've been very upset by it. There have been individuals of medical conditions who have been forced into humiliating situations. This is evolution?The lie is emphasized.
GIBBS: No, no. I think it's important to understand that anybody that's under 12 goes through something much more modified.
I would say, first and foremost, and I think if the TSA administrator was here, he would say this to you is well, has all of this been done perfectly? No. Is -- if somebody feels as if they have been unduly subjected to something that they find to be far more invasive than the line of convenience and security, they should speak to a TSA representative at the airport.
Again, without leaning too far into this, I think it's important that it's not out of the realm of possibility to think that -- I'm trying to be somewhat careful here -- that those that wish to do people harm via an airplane haven't looked at some of the ways, through explosives and devices or luggage or on themselves, that that -- that -- that we know can get around and through security, and we have to be careful about that.
Again, I think we are trying and TSA is trying desperately to strike that balance. That will evolve.
And, again, if -- the evolution of the security will be done with the input of those that go through the security.
I do think it's important to understand since the more stepped-up pat-down process has taken place, approximately 34 million people have been through the TSA system. I think the figure that I've seen is that about a percent of those that have gone through the process -- have gone through the overall screening process, have gone through this more stepped-up procedure.
How many of these stories do we have to publicize before the administration stops lying for each other?
Hey, John Boehner, where is the freedom?