December 18th, 2009
03:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Chinese block U.S. reporters from event

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gibbs attempted to gain access for American reporters after Chinese cameramen pushed into the room."]
(CNN) - Officials and journalists attempting to enter the room where President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were planning to meet in Copenhagen were caught in a chaotic scene that left nearly the entire U.S. press pool outside, and reportedly nearly prevented White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and National Security Council Chief of Staff Denis McDonough from entering.

Gibbs attempted to gain access for American reporters after Chinese cameramen pushed into the room, and Chinese security behind then blocked the entrance to U.S. media attending the event.

Told "no photo" and "no press," Gibbs responded: "Hold on. Hold. I've got to get my American guys in because everybody else got in…. My guys have to get just like your guys got in. This is a joint meeting, and my guys get in or we're leaving. …"

One photographer was able to gain access to the room. No U.S. television or print reporters were allowed in to cover the event.

Filed under: President Obama • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Obama Mama

    Go Gibbs, Go Gibbs....I love Gibbs....He is a sweetheart....

    December 18, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Objective Thinking

    "But he got candy! Wheres MY candy??? Waaaaah Waaaaah"

    December 18, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    and china woners why the world has a problem with there government .. little people always have a chip and a small minded attitued . and seek absolute power much like the republican party Hmmm guess they are alot like our republicans LOL

    December 18, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Ocrap

    Obama has no business signing deals with China behind closed doors.

    December 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Corek, IL

    Yeah, take that, and if you don't let our guys in we'll call our muscle men. No, it won't be Cheney, he's done torturing, and is on to something else, like treason, but it will be someone just as affective.

    December 18, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. ONO42

    @ Albo58

    I'll tell you what's pathetic, a weak minded president like George W. Bush, who never worked a day in his life, skated through life on daddy's money, and embarrassed this country by introducing torture, and phoney wars to America. Now that's embarrassing.

    I'm sure the Chinese like most people around the world respect our president. The one that they laughed about, was the one who gave all our money to them without any restrictions, George W. Bush. Who by the way is the 7th Worst President ever.

    Hey Albo58, instead of sitting on your keister, why don't you go and do something noble, like say... suit up for war, Pick any one of the Bush wars, any one, you choose.

    December 18, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Oh, all of these dimwits who are making snide and puerile comments about Obama are just showing how stupid they are. Not smart enough to come up with anything witty so they resort to pre-adolescent insults. Not smart enough to recognize what a superior leader Obama is so they resort to name-calling and fake 'facts.' Not smart enough to understand what they are reading and seeing so they blubber and squawk. Nobody takes them seriously.

    December 18, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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