April Ryan to Robert Gibbs: Don't Play with Me!

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Reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio got into a heated exchange with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today over questions he didn't care for.

It began Ryan inquiring about White House social secretary Desiree Rogers' role at the recent state dinner - site of Tareq and Michaele Salahi's party crashing.

April Ryan brought up whispers around Washington that Rogers had overstepped her role at the event, among other observations Robert Gibbs rolled his eyes at.

Growing frustrated by what he felt was Ryan's rudeness, Gibbs spoke as though she were a bratty child, talking down at her to "calm down" and "take a deep breath."

He then added: "I do this with my son and that's what happens."

As the press corps issued a collective "oooooh" at Gibbs' close-to-or-over-the-line insult, the far-from-pleased April Ryan shot back: "Don't play with me!"

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April that is not the way to ask a sensible question. Grow up!!!


Someone throw me a banana. I'm hungry. Can someone get the bugs out of my back fur. Oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oo.


This is what happens when monkeys don't have their bananas. She should swing back to the "radio" station and pretend someone gives a shit about her.


I used to work with April Ryan years ago and I can tell you she is as cool as a cucumber and extremely professional. She likely snapped at Gibbs because he was being evasive and condescending and perhaps because she isn't getting very much respect these days. I am a Journalist who has worked in DC for years and unless those of you who commented are Journalists in DC too, you shouldn't judge. By the way, to the Uncle Tom who said they think there shouldn't be many black Journalists in the White House Press Corps, you shame us all.


What bothers me most about the White House Press Corps is one year ago, two years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago - when they should have been asking the TUFF, TOUGH questions, they were silent and largely absent. They call that AWOL in the military.


I can't get past the way in which Ryan yelled at Gibbs as though she were speaking to her own 5y/o kid or as if she were HIS boss. The journalists there don't seem to have ANY respect for Gibbs or the Prez. DEEP!


Since it has always been the job of the Social Secretary to help the Secret Service with security during these dinners, what Ms. Rogers was doing at the time is relevant. Ms. Ryan is part of the press and her job is to ask these questions. Mr. Gibbs doesn't owe her an apology, he owes her an answer. How can people support the President and not demand that his staff do their job for him?


fuck im so piss right now how that white let that bitch talk to him like that man i would kick that nigga ass fuck man i hope this dude don't even try to apologizes to her she was fucking rude now all this shitty niggas thinks because we have a black president they re shit fuck hate them WHITE POWER LOLOLOL


JoJo- Burn in hell.


Wow, I would expect more from a 23yr veteran journalist. And heck, if she hasn't made a name for herself in 23years I'm thinking she's out of luck now, with that attitude. Yes, she came across as extremely rude. The man answered the question more than once - he had not heard the rumors. Does she have a hearing problem? How did he dodge her stupid arse question? Who is she reporting for, Perez Hilton? Is nothing else at the federal level worthwhile asking about other than some childish bs? I hate that she was a sista - looking and sounding like a fool. I agree, Gibbs should not address this matter in the form of an apology.