White House Press Secretary Gibbs Annoyed With Reporters’ Cell Phones

May 13, 2009

(ChattahBox)— During the White House presser on Wednesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs became quite annoyed when not just one, but two reporter’s cell phones started ringing. Reporters are required to set their phones on vibrate during White House press conferences, but apparently they forget and their personal ring tones set Robert Gibbs on edge.

John Gizzi of the conservative magazine Human Events was the first offender, prompting Gibbs to chastise him, “Just put it on vibrate, man,” said Gibbs. However, when Gizzi’s phone range again a few seconds later, Gibbs walked over to him and confiscated his phone, chucking it out the open briefing room door.

As the reporters laughed at Gibbs’ antics, he assured Gizzi his phone was fine. Some one out of sight of the press room caught it. Gizzi’s employer, Human events Magazine is a favorite conservative publication of Dick Cheney’s and CNN reporter John King’s. King held the magazine up at his recent interview of Dick Cheney, referencing a question from one of its headlines.

When all was again calm at the White House presser, CBS reporter Bill Plante’s phone started ringing next, garnering Gibbs’ attention. As Gibbs walked over to Plante, the reporter hightailed it out of the press room to take his call.

As Plante strolled out of the White House press conference, Gibbs yelled out, “I assume it’s your banker with a suit like that.”

Next, all reporters’ phones will be confiscated before a White House presser and they won’t be able to engage in their beloved tweets.



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