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Det hvite hus har alltid vært flinke på referater. Pressebriefingen dagen da Obama fikk fredsprisen er ikke noe unntak, og dette er morsom lesning. Poster et par sekvenser her. Først: Pressesekretær Robert Gibbs blir spurt om Obama skal til Stockholm for å motta prisen.

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Q Robert, just a couple more award questions. To be clear, will the President go to pick up the award in person?

MR. GIBBS: Yes.

Q He will?

MR. GIBBS: Yes.

Q It’s given in Stockholm, I believe. When is that?

MR. GIBBS: Oslo.

Q Oslo? It’s given out in Oslo? I thought there was a dinner at Stockholm.

MR. GIBBS: There is.

Q But then the award is given out is Oslo.

Q Dinner is in Stockholm, the presentation in Oslo.

Q I see. So will he go to both the dinner and the presentation? (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: I don’t know whether — I don’t know — I have to admit, I don’t know about the dinner, but I think the acceptance in Oslo.

Q Okay, and then —

MR. GIBBS: My first reaction was, it’s not Copenhagen, is it? (Laughter.) I’ll just now deal with the remaining questions, and then we’ll —

Q You brought it up.

MR. GIBBS: What’s that?

Q You brought it up.

Q Seriously, we have some questions on that.

Q Will this change any —

Q Can I have another —

MR. GIBBS: I’ll come back to you, Sheryl.

Her er innledningen på briefingen der nysgjerrige journalister lurer på hvordan Presidenten ble varslet. Gir et morsomt innblikk i hverdagen for en pressesekretær som nok aldri har fri:

MR. GIBBS: All right. I don’t have a week ahead yet, but we will put it in the guidance that will go out a little bit later on this afternoon, so we’ll get a chance to do that then.

Take us away.

Q On the Nobel Prize, did anyone in the White House, including the President, know that he’d been nominated?

MR. GIBBS: Not that I could find, no.

Q So this was a total surprise?

MR. GIBBS: Yes. Absolutely.

Q Can you walk us through — you got the call, or — how did he get the word?

MR. GIBBS: I was notified by — we got e-mails, we got notified by the Situation Room, I got calls from reporters.

Q From the Situation Room?

Q From us?

MR. GIBBS: Well, the Situation Room sends out news updates on — throughout — we got emails at 3:00 in the morning from those guys on activities throughout the world. And about 6:00 a.m., I called the President to tell him that he’d won, and I think it’s safe to say he was very surprised.

Q You’ve done this before. Are you the designated waker?

MR. GIBBS: I don’t think anybody wants the job. (Laughter.) I just figured it would be easiest to do.

Q What was his reaction?

Q Robert, what exactly were his words?

Q He was sleeping?

MR. GIBBS: I believe he was asleep, yes.

Q What was his reaction?

Q What did he say, exactly?

MR. GIBBS: He was just very surprised.

Q Did he scream, did he — (laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: I don’t know if he did. He did not scream, that I could hear. (Laughter.)

Q Did he know he’d been nominated?

MR. GIBBS: No, not that I’m — not that I know of.

Her kan du lese HELE denne pressebriefen. Advarsel: Den er lang.

Kjetil H. Dale

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