You’re Doing A Heckofajob, Gibbsy

Robert Gibbs started shouting at Indian security officials over whether 8 members of the White House press pool would be allowed in to a photo op instead of 5.

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson—who was on White House pool duty Monday and filed the report for the White House Press corps — wrote that “Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull” President Obama out of the meeting “unless ‘the White House 8,’ as we’ve come to be known, were all allowed in.”

As the discussion continued, Gibbs grew more animated.

“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,” Wilson continued. “More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious” about pulling Obama, the press secretary had the security retinue’s full attention.

What does it say about who’s in charge when the Press Secretary thinks he has the power to “pull President Obama” out of a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, fer chrissakes, or would even think of doing such a thing over the question of whether three additional reporters could attend?  It says amateur hour coupled with a lack of respect for what should be one of our closest allies and biggest trading partners.  “Smart Power” on display.

You know, Mr. President, if you really want to change the tone in Washington after the well-deserved “shellacking” your party got last week, firing your smarmy self-important clown of a Press Secretary would be a good start.  High volume and repetition seem to be just about all Gibbs is capable of.

Via Hot Air.

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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