Presidential Mansion

Q&A with press secretary Robert Gibbs

In today’s first installment of “First Question,” a correspondent asks Gibbs why the president is going to India next month rather than Europe to shore up support for the Afghanistan War? Gibbs answers that India is the first stop in an Asian trip built around pair of major economic conferences in South Korea and Japan.

The White House spokesman also responds to a second question, a light-hearted one: Is President Obama‘s new Secret Service codename “Dude,” in honor of Jon Stewart’s reference last night? No, Gibbs said, noting that Obama has the same Secret Service handle he did during the 2008 campaign: “Renegade.”

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