White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Steps Down
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday that he intends to step down from his post next month to help with President Obama's reelection campaign. Gibbs also said he will stay on as an outside adiviser to the President.
“There’s no doubt this is a tough place to work,” the 39-year-old Gibbs said. “It’s time to take a little break.”
“We’ve been on this ride together since I won my Senate primary in 2004,” President Obama said. “He’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay. I think it’s natural for someone like Robert to want to step back for a second to reflect, retool and that, as a consequence, brings about both challenges and opportunities for the White House.”
Gibbs said his successor has not been chosen yet, but the New York Times reports a replacement could be picked in two weeks.
According to Bloomberg, a number of candidates are already under consideration:
Among the candidates Obama is considering to be the next press secretary are Jay Carney, a spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, who have served as deputies to Gibbs since the campaign, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been made.
In addition to Gibbs, the White House is looking to replace a number of key figures in the West Wing.
The President is expected to pick a new chief of staff by week's end, with an announcement coming as soon as next week. Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse and William Daley, former commerce secretary under Bill Clinton and brother of retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, are believed to be the only two candidates in the running for the job.
Other members of the Obama Administration who will be leaving the White House soon include Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina. Both men are leaving to focus on President Obama's reelection campaign.
“You’ll be seeing announcements in due course — obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Obama said. “The American people are expecting us to hit the ground running and start working with this new Congress to promote job growth and keep the recovery going.”
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