White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has had his share of confrontations with reporters. But on Monday, it was Gibbs who came to their defense when Indian officials tried to limit access to a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Gibbs went so far as to risk getting his foot jammed in the door to help gain access on behalf of journalists who were about to be blocked from covering the bilateral meeting.
He also made clear that if the full contingent of eight “pool” reporters was not allowed in, Obama was prepared to cancel the meeting.
Gibbs led the charge to get the White House pool into the Indian Parliament, according to my White House colleague at Reuters, Alister Bull.
The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson reported that Indian officials sought to cut the number of reporters to five from eight.