China Declares War on US Press! Obama Bows to Wen (Figuratively)

Chaos in Copenhagen! A tense meeting between Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began with violence. Reporters were shoved!

The Christian Science Monitor's Linda Feldmann sets the scene in her pool report:

Pool spray pre-bilateral between Obama and Wen is a mess

The Chinese press corps shoved their way into the small room where POTUS and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao were about to meet, preventing most of the American press pool from entering.

Robert Gibbs said something to the effect of "my people" (meaning American press corps) have to get into the room, "or we're leaving." A few American media were able to get in, but your pooler and other non-broadcast reporters could not get in.

This photo of Wen's goons muscling our first amendment heroes is positively chilling. Still, we have to admire Robert Gibb's courage, here, standing up for the rights of people he is paid to lie to constantly.

According to Helene Cooper of the New York Times, who managed to actually make it into the meeting for the photo spray and file to the pool: "White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs and NSC chief of staff Denis McDonough both got roughed up a bit trying to get into the room."

China Declares War on US Press! Obama Bows to Wen (Figuratively)


And, and this is how Obama makes an entrance, now?

Mr. Obama and the American delegation were the last to arrive, with Mr. Obama walking into the room and calling out from the door, "Mr. Premier, are you ready to see me? Are you ready?"

This guy! So ashamed of his country! American Presidents don't ask if other people are ready to see them, Obama. They bust through the fucking wall and shout "OH, YEAAAHH!!!" At least that's how Reagan did it.

[Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images]