Here’s footage of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs trying to make sure the U.S. press pool gets in to see Obama and the Indian PM. I do dig the absurdly obsequious Indian security dude, trying to suppress the urge to take out his Kalashnikov and obliterate the American reporting contingent. Indian security had tried to limit the number of U.S. reporters allowed into the
From the White House: In the morning, the President and the First Lady will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia. The departure from Palam Air Force Base in New Delhi, India and the arrival at Halim International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia are open press. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will participate in an arrival ceremony at Istana Merdeka. There will be travel pool coverage.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to intervene as Indian security officials – for at least the second time this trip – sought to limit U.S. participation in coverage of an event with President Obama. Gibbs’ heroic effort for the U.S. team included both physical intervention and an unprecedented threat to remove Obama from his meeting with the Indian prime minister. From the
The White House is incurring volumes of flack for the cost of Obama’s sojourn to India, rumored to be $200 million a day. The White House says the estimate is wildly inflated, and they’re probably right, since I understand the original report came came from some Indian website nobody here has ever heard of. But the White House also won’t say how much the trip