Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nothing House Press Secretary at White House

"It's true," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs just told CBS News, when asked about stories this morning that he is leaving the administration as House Press Secretary. NPR's Mara Liasson has also confirmed the news.

Gibbs Deputy Bill Burton says there's no decision yet on a successor to Gibbs. A decision is expected within weeks.
Gibbs, a close confidant of Obama's going back to his time as a U.S. senator from Illinois, has for many Americans been one of the most public faces of the White House staff while holding near-daily news briefings.

House Press Secretary

President Obama, who is in the midst of making final decisions on the first major reorganization of his administration, said in a brief telephone interview on Wednesday that Mr. Gibbs would remain a close adviser and “will continue to shape the dialogue politically for many years to come.”

The president told the New York Times in an interview Wednesday morning that Gibbs will continue to be a close adviser and "will continue to shape the dialogue politically for many years to come."

Mr. Gibbs, who has worked in political campaigns, on Capitol Hill or at the White House for his entire career, said he also plans to try out the speaking circuit this year. He has no immediate plans to write a book – “there are too many books out there already,” he said – but he will be represented by Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer who negotiates book deals and speaking engagements for a range of clients that include Mr. Obama, Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin.

The president is also considering a replacement to Lawrence Summers, the director of the National Economic Council and a top economic adviser, who is returning to Harvard University after two years in the White House.

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