Accounts of Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ stand in the house door confrontation with Indian security officials during President Obama’s recent visit have lit up the Internet with many commentors upset with Mr. Gibbs’ performance, but what he did, when it all comes down to it, was right.
Apparently a previously-agreed upon number of US press pool reporters were to be admitted into bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Indian security was only going to permit five reporters into Hyderabad House in New Delhi instead of the agreed-upon eight.
It is reported that Gibbs got forceful and loud and at one point was asking Indian security officials if they were going to crush his foot as he had it in between the door well and the door with them pushing with full force.
But there are some important points to remember here. Of course, a diplomatic solution is always best, particularly when you’re in someone else’s country. But in this situation, time was of the essence. It’s reported that Gibbs was threatening to pull the president out of the talks completely if the Indian security forces didn’t honor the agreements, and the question remains whether or not the president really would have gotten up and left if push had come to a little more shove. But the essential point to remember here is that Robert Gibbs’ “client” is the President of the United States, and ultimately, the people of the United States.
Mr. Gibbs was seeking out what was in the best interest of his clients. In the world of public relations, some times it comes to this. In the piece it was noted that Gibbs has a history of going at it with reporters whom he feels are not being fair in their reporting.
One has to ask themselves when hiring someone to represent them in the media, “Do I want milquetoast people who don’t take my company or products seriously, or do I want representation who believes in me, my company and my products who will risk every last appendage possible to keep from being closed out of an opportunity?”
We applaud Mr. Gibbs for his determination, for standing up for what’s right, and most importantly, defending the interests of his clients.
And the more we read comments about “What’s the president doing in Indian in the first place,” the more we worry about the future of America.