Robert Gibbs has done it again. Remember when he flipped out in Copenhagen over restrictions on U.S. reporters? Look for that video at the bottom of this post. Today’s encounter takes us to India where a similar scenario had Gibbs apoplectic.
When Indian officials refused to back down, Gibbs intervened, announcing on the steps of the Hyderabad House, the main venue at the Indian equivalent of Camp David, that he would pull Obama out of his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unless “the White House 8” were allowed inside.
At one point, according to Wilson’s pool report, Gibbs had his foot lodged in the door to the meeting as Indian security officials pushed hard to shut it. In an angry shouting match, Gibbs asked the officials if they were going to break his foot as he repeated his threat to pull Obama.
Only then did officials take him seriously and allow all eight reporters inside.
The incident follows repeated confrontations between Indian security and the White House press corps since Obama arrived in the country on Saturday.
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