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Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary
The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | Jeff Zeleny

Posted on 01/05/2011 7:14:52 AM PST by kristinn

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary and close confidante to President Obama, said Wednesday that he will step down and become an outside political adviser to the president and his re-election campaign.

M. Gibbs said that he intends to leave the podium in early February. His successor has not yet been decided, he said, but will likely be announced within the next two weeks.

The departure of Mr. Gibbs is the first in a series of moves inside the West Wing as the president prepares for a new phase of his administration. The internal shuffling also could bring a new White House chief of staff, a decision the president is expected to make by week’s end, with an announcement as early as next week.

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Mr. Gibbs will remain part of the president’s inner circle of political advisers, along with David Axelrod, a senior adviser and Jim Messina, a deputy chief of staff, who also are leaving the White House to focus on the president’s re-election effort. Mr. Gibbs will defend Mr. Obama on television – and will expand his presence on Twitter and other Internet platforms – as well as beginning to define the field of 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

“Stepping back will take some adjusting,” Mr. Gibbs said in an interview Wednesday morning. “But at the same time, I have a feeling that I will keep myself quite busy, not just with speaking, but continuing to help the president.”

He said he has no intention of establishing a political consulting or lobbying business, but he intends to work from the same downtown Washington office where David Plouffe has spent the last two years. Mr. Plouffe, who was Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, will move to the White House and work as a senior adviser to the president.

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KEYWORDS: gibbs; obama; robertgibbs
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1 posted on 01/05/2011 7:14:55 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

What, his village asked for their idiot back?


2 posted on 01/05/2011 7:16:10 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: kristinn

Robert Goebbels, victim #1 in the 2011 Obama bus massacre.


3 posted on 01/05/2011 7:16:35 AM PST by montyspython
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To: kristinn

I’m sure he’s lying about this too.


4 posted on 01/05/2011 7:17:13 AM PST by glorgau
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To: kristinn

buh-bye smug jackass


5 posted on 01/05/2011 7:17:21 AM PST by jtal
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To: kristinn

Finally...that little smarmy rat bastard will be gone...He constanly pegged my slappage meter!!!


6 posted on 01/05/2011 7:20:08 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: jtal

“Mr. Gibbs will defend Mr. Obama on television.”

Perfect! That’ll be like having Mr. Haney on Green Acres doing the sales pitch!


7 posted on 01/05/2011 7:20:17 AM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: jtal

sweet. one less dope in the WH. One down, 999 to go....


8 posted on 01/05/2011 7:20:29 AM PST by Jerrybob
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To: kristinn

So many more lies to tell, so little time.


9 posted on 01/05/2011 7:20:29 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obama joined the Tea Party. His favorite brand: Constant Commie.)
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To: kristinn

Will Charles Barkley replace him?


10 posted on 01/05/2011 7:20:36 AM PST by bvw
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To: kristinn

Darn it, I was hoping he’d stay on for the FINAL 2 years of President Obutthole’s term.

Gibbs’s arrogance is emblematic of the administration and has helped make this admin look so pathetic and disrespectful of the American people. I’m so sorry he’s gone because he’s actually been a good asset for the conservative cause.


11 posted on 01/05/2011 7:21:09 AM PST by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: kristinn

...to be replaced by Bryant Gumbel.


12 posted on 01/05/2011 7:21:54 AM PST by Southern Partisan
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To: kristinn

I'm available!

13 posted on 01/05/2011 7:22:09 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obama joined the Tea Party. His favorite brand: Constant Commie.)
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To: kristinn

“Political advisor”? (Excuse me while I LMFAO...)

What a great “gimme” for 2012!


14 posted on 01/05/2011 7:22:36 AM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: kristinn

So how's the Wee Wee going to get along without his Minister of
Propaganda, the Great Nodding Donkey, Beltway Bob Gibbs?

People that stupid with as few moral principles don't grow on trees.

15 posted on 01/05/2011 7:22:53 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: kristinn

His own words tell of his demise...He’s certainly not jubilant about this....


16 posted on 01/05/2011 7:23:00 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: montyspython
New sign posted above the press secretary's office door.


17 posted on 01/05/2011 7:23:23 AM PST by montyspython
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To: kristinn

Gibbs couldn’t lie straight in bed but 2 solid years of shoveling BS would take its toll on anyone.

If he’s an ‘outside advisor’ now the emphasis will be on the ‘outside’ part as Gibbs isn’t and never was a member of the inner Marxist circle. In many ways Obama is in a state of arrested development and still fond of cliques as we all are in college.

Now Gibbs can get on with his life’s work as a Denny’s shift manager.


18 posted on 01/05/2011 7:23:50 AM PST by relictele
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To: All

Yeaaaaaaaaa!!!!!


19 posted on 01/05/2011 7:24:57 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: kristinn

Something about that position, generally takes a person from obscurity to unforgettable insufferability.


20 posted on 01/05/2011 7:25:29 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: kristinn

Well crap. There goes the “uh” drinking game.


21 posted on 01/05/2011 7:25:29 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: bvw
That's turrible...


22 posted on 01/05/2011 7:26:22 AM PST by montyspython
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To: kristinn
He can take a slap at Sarah, but his boss cannot even address a group of 4th graders without the use of a teleprompter. http://www.examiner.com/post-partisan-in-national/photo-mystery-obama-needs-teleprompter-to-address-sixth-graders
23 posted on 01/05/2011 7:26:44 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: kristinn

What the heck is he gonna do in the private sector? Isuzu has gone out of business, so they don’t need a new spokesman.


24 posted on 01/05/2011 7:27:11 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: duckworth

“Mr. Gibbs will defend Mr. Obama on television.”

Perfect! That’ll be like having Mr. Haney on Green Acres doing the sales pitch!


Great comment. I loved Mr. Haney in that show. Hell, I loved that whole show!


25 posted on 01/05/2011 7:28:52 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: kristinn

Guess he didn’t get the the Chief of Staff job.

Who are we going to kick around now?


26 posted on 01/05/2011 7:29:31 AM PST by bigbob (.)
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To: duckworth

Perfect! That’ll be like having Mr. Haney on Green Acres doing the sales pitch!

Careful! Mr. Haney (actor Pat Buttram) went on to work as a speechwriter in the Reagan Administration!


27 posted on 01/05/2011 7:29:53 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dirtboy

What the heck is he gonna do in the private sector?
Sell insurance.


28 posted on 01/05/2011 7:30:42 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: kristinn
BaghBoy Bob_1

**************

C ya, Bob...

29 posted on 01/05/2011 7:31:29 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: kristinn

Gibbs would make a great Chief of Staph for the PO(TU)S.


30 posted on 01/05/2011 7:32:31 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: kristinn

I think I heard there is a casting call for a Howdy Doody look alike that requires already attached puppet strings.


31 posted on 01/05/2011 7:33:20 AM PST by jerseyrocks
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To: kristinn
Maybe Obama can borrow a phrase from Gov. Rick Perry as Gibbs departs....



32 posted on 01/05/2011 7:33:51 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: kristinn

Enter...Chris Matthews.


33 posted on 01/05/2011 7:33:51 AM PST by apoxonu
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To: jerseyrocks

Gibbs is only 39 years old? Good God, I look younger at 53!


34 posted on 01/05/2011 7:34:42 AM PST by mwl8787
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To: SparkyBass

No, we did not.


35 posted on 01/05/2011 7:35:59 AM PST by Jemian (Auburn, sweet Auburn, the Loveliest Village on the Plain)
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To: kristinn

What! I thought he was going to be the best press secretary evah!


36 posted on 01/05/2011 7:40:21 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: wilco200

Maybe that clown Scott what’s his name will come back.

He’s a closet Dem anyway.


37 posted on 01/05/2011 7:45:17 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: apoxonu
Enter...Chris Matthews.

Enter Alan Grayson?

38 posted on 01/05/2011 7:45:19 AM PST by umgud
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To: mwl8787

It’s the forehead. Can you imagine anyone that young (with hair) chosing to show that much acreage? Besides Paul Begala I mean...


39 posted on 01/05/2011 7:47:03 AM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: apoxonu

Or maybe Jimmuh Carter.


40 posted on 01/05/2011 7:49:17 AM PST by montyspython
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To: jerseyrocks

Secretary Gibbs is rumored to be in contention for the position of CEO at SmugStammeringBuffoonsRus.

An anonymous spokesman for the company claims it’s a perfect fit.


41 posted on 01/05/2011 7:54:17 AM PST by Quanah
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To: kristinn

Uuuuhhh, uuuuuuuh, uuh, uuhhhhhhhhh.


42 posted on 01/05/2011 8:00:49 AM PST by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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“He’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay".

According to a report submitted to Congress, top-level staff members of the Obama White House earn the same amount as their predecessors in the Bush administration. The report, which a 1994 law requires be submitted annually to Senate and House oversight committees, shows that the White House's personal list shows 487 employees. Among these staffers is Robert Gibbs, who earns the salary cap of $172,200.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_will_Press_Secretary_Robert_Gibbs_salary_be

43 posted on 01/05/2011 8:07:26 AM PST by DManA
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To: umgud

I agree. Alan Grayson is the man for the job.


44 posted on 01/05/2011 8:15:58 AM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: DManA

This White House staff has 487 employees. How many have been employed by other presidents?


45 posted on 01/05/2011 8:17:21 AM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: kristinn

...rumored to be replaced by William Jefferson Clinton


46 posted on 01/05/2011 8:18:29 AM PST by privatedrive
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To: relictele

“Now Gibbs can get on with his life’s work as a Denny’s shift manager”

ROFLMAO!!


47 posted on 01/05/2011 8:20:41 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: apoxonu

Or ... Keith Olbermann ... or Rachel Maddow ... or Ed Schultz ...


48 posted on 01/05/2011 8:20:57 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: kristinn

Again?


49 posted on 01/05/2011 8:22:01 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: kristinn

Well, today is the twelfth day of Christmas!

Any speculation as to his replacement?


50 posted on 01/05/2011 8:26:14 AM PST by Textide
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