Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known for sparring with White House reporters, making for what often seems like an antagonistic mood in the briefing room. But during President Obama’s trip to India, Gibbs assumed the role of press advocate and threatened to pull Obama out of bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmoham Singh because three U.S. reporters were blocked from covering the meeting. Indian officials would only let in five reporters into Hyderabad House in New Delhi instead of the agreed-upon eight. The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson—who was on White House pool duty today and filed the report for the White House press corps—wrote that “Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull” President Obama out of the meeting “unless ‘the White House 8′ as we’ve come to be known, were all allowed in.” As the discussion continued, Gibbs grew more animated. “At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot,” Wilson continued. “More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious about pulling [President Obama]” the press secretary had the security retinue’s full attention. And Gibbs’ intervention worked; the Indian officials eventually allowed the full American press delegation into the event, along with a larger group of Indian reporters. (Photo: AP)
Gibbs finally did get a foot in the door
that gave his 8 cohorts a seat on the floor.
The Indians were miffed.
Was Robert Gibbs piffed?
He did fight the Indians, It’s been done before.