White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has been known to spar with reporters during briefings in the West Wing, but on foreign soil he's looking out for them, even if it means using President Barack Obama as leverage.
Minutes before a photo op on Friday in Copenhagen with Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Chinese journalists pushed American reporters aside, filling a small room and preventing most of the American press pool from entering.
A ticked-off Gibbs demanded that "my people" (the American reporters) be allowed equal access to the photo op. If not, Gibbs said, "we're leaving."
Faced with the possibility of not having a photo op at all, some of the Chinese journalists were removed from the room to make space for the U.S. press corps.