By Ametia, SouthernGirl2, & Opulent
President Obama supports India on UN Security Council
NEW DELHI — President Barack Obama backed India for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council Monday, a dramatic diplomatic gesture to his hosts as he wrapped up his first visit to this burgeoning nation.
Obama made the announcement in a speech to India’s parliament on the third and final day of his visit. In doing so, he fulfilled what was perhaps India’s dearest wish for Obama’s trip here. India has been pushing for permanent Security Council membership for years.
“The just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate,” Obama said. “That is why I can say today – in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”
Will update with full video when it’s available
In India, Gibbs fights for reporters
NEW DELHI – Tensions between the White House press corps and Indian security boiled over on the third day of President Obama’s visit, prompting press secretary Robert Gibbs to threaten to pull President Obama out of his bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Eight members of the press corps were about to be taken into a room at the Hyderabad House where Obama was meeting with Singh, when Indian officials tried to cut the agreed-upon number to five.
Administration officials, including Katie Lillie of White House advance, lobbied their Indian counterparts to accept the eight, according to print pool reporter Scott Wilson of The Washington Post.
When Indian officials refused to back down, Gibbs intervened, announcing on the steps of the Hyderabad House, the main venue at the Indian equivalent of Camp David, that he would pull Obama out of his bilateral meeting with Singh unless “the White House 8” were allowed inside.
At one point, according to Wilson’s pool report, Gibbs had his foot lodged in the door to the meeting as Indian security officials pushed hard to shut it. In an angry shouting match, Gibbs asked the officials if they were going to break his foot as he repeated his threat to pull Obama.
Only then did officials take him seriously and allow all eight reporters inside.
The incident follows repeated confrontations between Indian security and the White House press corps since Obama arrived in the country on Saturday.
White House reporters were held outside the entrance to Obama and Singh’s joint press conference Monday for two hours because Indian officials refused to allow them in and repeatedly changed the rules for entry, such as whether or not laptops were allowed inside.
At the airport in New Delhi, Indian officials refused to allow members of the White House press pool that travels on Air Force One to stand under the wing of the plane to photograph Obama’s exit and greeting of officials on the tarmac, including Singh. U.S. officials also had to overcome several obstacles put up by Indian officials to clear in members of the press corps to Obama’s town hall with students in Mumbai on Sunday.
Oh sh*t! Gibbs trying to go gangsta! LMAO
LOL Go Gibbs!
Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell are sitting there acting as if the President made a quick decision to go to India so soon after the elections. These dishonest mofos knew that trip was planned well in advance. I loathe these deceiving b*t*h*s.
To Chuck & Andrea: It’s easier for you two to sit behind a studio desk and read from a script and teleprompter. Bye, bitches!
The POTUS delivers to India. WE have some things to learn about their burgeoning economy, and 8% unemployment rate.