November 8th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Gibbs defends reporters

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is sometimes known for his sarcastic responses and tough exterior during press briefings.

But according to a White House pool report from President Obama's trip to India, it was the security for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, not the press, who were in a standoff with Gibbs.

The altercation escalated, and when security refused to let the reporters through, Gibbs threatened to pull the president from his meeting.

Indian security attempted to lower the previously agreed upon number of reporters allowed into a photo op of the meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Singh from eight members of the press to five.

Security ignored requests by other officials and the reporters until Gibbs stepped in and said "loudly and persistently" he would pull the president unless the group of reporters, dubbed the "White House Eight," were allowed to go into the meeting.

"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," the pool reporter said.

Although the argument continued, the group was eventually allowed to enter the room and photograph the leaders.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Billy

    Who said Democrats are wimps?

    November 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Congrats to him. I've been to India twice. It is a wonderful country, but they are the most stubborn people I have ever met in my life. Once they've decided something should be one way good luck changing their minds.

    November 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. katiec

    Hey you Fox, Beck, Limgaugh followers, that 200 million cost a day is absolutely bogus and you know it.
    Yet, you lower yourselves to repeating untruths.

    November 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes FAUX noise and pill-boy Limbaugh i'm sure will find new creative ways to spin this and invent their own stories for the "mainstream" media to get duped on again. Stop trying to invent your own facts please. Don't buy Gold, the sky isn't falling, Obama isn't a Muslim, the Dem's aren't Marxists, the trip to India doesn't involve 34 ships and 200 million per day. Good grief.

    November 8, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    No reporting from CNN about Gibbs's ranting that he would, "Pull the President out of the meeting" if he didn't get his way....how'd you leave that part of the story out????

    November 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Gibbs is such a weasel. Of course, it can't be easy trying to explain the actions of his boss.

    November 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Dirk

    The right wingers are just dang ignorant! Look at them on this board squirming like worms in hot ashes because Gibbs stood up for American reporters. Sweet baby Jesus, America is going to be so sick and tired of their B.S. in the next 2 years. Already some are having buyers remorse by voting these clowns back in.

    November 8, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. keepstufingthis

    Indie Woaman in Denver@Given the hostility of this administration to Fox News, you can almost bet they would not want them in any group and would actively seek to remove them. The truth could get out and there is nothing this administration fears more than the truth.

    November 8, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Gyui

    dont worry you get pay back sooner not latter for this rubbish and rude behvr gibbs . u think country who has has been shown hospitality as a guest you , but you think you can walk way with your sense of rudeness without being payed back .

    November 8, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Jac

    ***Educated Indians all over the world***
    Dont under estimate the English speaking Indians...GOP. Think twice before you dial for any customer service. You will be prompted to answer the call by an INDIAN at the other end. This is just the way it is.
    If you dont understand Indian english, better you will be out of this world no sooner or later.
    We have Top guys from India in working for various US companies. Proud to be an Indian.

    November 8, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. An American

    I think that Gibbs was clearly interfering with the security arrangements of another country.... what if one of them was a terrorist? I do not think that this would have been taken in the right spirit here in the US.

    November 8, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Sameer Pawar

    Well well, we all know what politics is. India is very much aware of the United States politics and how its uses nations after nation to enrich itself. This president went to India because he has no choice. Who can help US right now. China is almost done. The Europeans are super broke. The middle east is feed up of the US and the south american country dont even want to know a nation called USA.. So there comes India. Isnt it enough that the US govt is robbing/stealing forcefully billions of dollars from H1B visa holder by collecting ssn and medicare from their paychaeck. Shame!! This is the great American justice. One one had talk about justice, equality, rights etc.. and then abuse people on all those fronts!! Its not long before the world finds out how much twisted are the American Politicians and their politics!! Be aware Indians, dont trust these American Politicians!!

    November 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Seth

    What a boob. He is an embarassment.

    November 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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