Gibbs defends reporters in India
November 8th, 2010
07:30 PM ET

Gibbs defends reporters in India

By: CNN Political Unit
(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.

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Topics: India • Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Whosme

    Dont worry CNN guys. I think you were stopped because you were always against Mr. President's Interest who is working for Americans. Think that Robertgibbs saved you. At least be kind to Democratic Govt. Do try to show poor part of India to represent democracy.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  2. ybs

    Great practice for handling rowdy GOP press!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
    • john gerwig

      Oh no, pulling the president from another public appearance that would leave us only 392 times we can hear him spew his lies. Americans are tired of him other countries can't stand him, even his enemies thinks he's a joke. Please Gibbs pull him form his speeches more often that whymy ears will stop bleeding

      November 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  3. Jason

    "Gibbs threatened to pull the president from his meeting." Wow...the power he thinks he has. Would have been great to see if it had really happened.

    November 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  4. WIM

    Gibbs Saved CNN reporters

    November 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  5. KP

    The Gibbs stunt was another “arrogant American” bully incidence.

    What I have not seen reported is the faux pas by the American bureaucrats when they demanded the Chief Minister of Maharashtra (Mumbai) and Police Chief who were to meet with Obama in Mumbai to welcome him and for the meetings send their passport in advance to the American security team. Result, most of them boycotted the meeting. This has been reported in the Indian news channel continously. While I defend the US for most things, what I cannot stand is the half news that is one sided (propaganda).

    After all CNN is for complete information or are you bought off by the White house and the politicians or are you so cared by Gibbs not to report the other incident or use logicial thinking that there may be security concerns after all rather than "defending the US media"? Would you have written this article if the media of another country were stopped from enteriung teh white house?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  6. Chacko

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs probably forgot to bribe the Indian official according to the Indian custom – just $1 would have been enough to avoid the confusion.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • arun kothari

      You may be right Chako , what would be interesting to know is how much the Maryland couple bribed the Secret Service to gate crash the White House dinner, honouring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

      November 27, 2010 at 5:35 am |
    • arun kothari

      ...and Chacko , where was Gibbs when the Indian Police let the U.S. President cool his heels in in his limo in Mumbai , for 20 minutes ,till the detail removed a sharp shooter who was placed in an area designated to be protected by Indian security.

      November 27, 2010 at 5:41 am |
  7. terry

    Wow! So this is the real Gibbs! What an embarrasment to the US!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  8. NextGen

    To those sniffed up, bulled headed bloggers who are anti-indians or should I say racist, get the reality, you have to understand Indian English to survive, just like we have US english and UK english. Get out of the view of considering your rivals as 3rd world, because they will suck you down below the nth world. But good work Gibbs.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  9. venkata

    This is wrong. They should have complained it to the proper authorities but being a guest and threatening the host is wrong.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  10. jenn, philadelphia

    why does the press secretary have the authority to "pull the president" out of any meeting? and if he doesn't, whey does he go around threatening any one that he will. to threaten to pull the president from a meeting about important issues such as the economy and terrorism because 3 reporters couldn't get in is petty, irresponsible and arrogant.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  11. Third Party

    Apparently, he won't pull, as this trip was more about business in favor of U.S.

    November 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm |