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Gibbs says he's leaving White House

Posted January 5, 2011

— White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he is resigning his job as the president's chief spokesman.

Gibbs, a North Carolina State University graduate whose family lives in Apex, is leaving to become an outside political adviser to President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign and to give speeches in the private sector.

The change is to take effect in early February. No replacement has been immediately named.

Obama called Gibbs a close friend and adviser and an effective advocate for his administration.

"I think it’s natural for him to want to step back, reflect and retool," the president said in a statement. "That brings up some challenges and opportunities for the White House, but it doesn’t change the important role that Robert will continue to play on our team.”

The move comes as Obama ushers in a broad shake up of his senior leadership, heading toward his own likely re-election bid in 2012.


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  • Axtel Jan 5, 2011

    Kudos for him hanging on this long. That was one tough assignment.

  • whatusay Jan 5, 2011

    Jumping ship before the 2012 election...good idea.

  • HapiApiGirl Jan 5, 2011

    But wait, I believe Obama made the comment to or about the new Congress that they shouldn't be focusing on reelection right now when making their decisions...but it is OK for him to start focusing on reelection...HMMMMMM sounds as I say not as I do!!!

  • jgriffith3792 Jan 5, 2011

    He needs to go to Hollywood, he's a fantastic actor.

  • Tickterd Jan 5, 2011

    BTW, the 'Peter Griffin of DC' now lives in Houston Tx.

  • cgpvnp Jan 5, 2011

    Didn't know he was a NCSU grad. Expains all the snarky comments. Just a joke from an ECU grad!

  • Tickterd Jan 5, 2011

    Nothing unusual about this. 2 years is about average for folks in this job. Clinton and 'W' both had 4 different bodys in the job during their 8 years in office, Reagan had 3.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jan 5, 2011

    How nice.

  • Worland Jan 5, 2011

    The Peter Griffin of DC has left the building.

  • MakoII Jan 5, 2011

    "although the press is easier on the Dems."

    I think this is a perception, but not reality.

    The press, specifically the NYT etc were consistently calling pending votes on legislation "defining moments" for Obama should he fail to pass them it would mean the end of his administration and power etc blah blah.

    My guess is, people don't actually READ opposing views to know the context. I do. Huffington, Rawstory, MSNBC have been very on Obama over keeping Wiretapping, keeping Guantanimo, not pushing DADT legislation sooner, NOT passing Immigration Reform, siding with Republicans on a number of Tax issues in the lastest tax bill, etc.

    If you only get your source of news in an unbalanced way, you won't see all sides of political coverage.