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Farewell Press Sec Robert Gibbs!

Today was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ last day on the job! President Obama stopped by his last press briefing to return a tie he borrowed seven years ago as he was about to speak at the Democratic National Convention. The tie was framed with a personal note. Aww. It’s like a Judd Apatow movie.

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Egyptian Government Blocking Web Service

Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

As protests in Egypt rage on, social media, a vital communications component in the recent Tunisian uprising, is being blocked by the government.

“On Thursday, protesters active on Twitter and Facebook, publicly documenting demonstrations on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities, went quiet,” reports “Around the same time, many websites centralized on servers in Egypt disappeared.” A statement from Vodaphone also indicates that mobile phone operators have been instructed by those in charge to block service in certain areas.

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Jay Carney Will Be the New WH Press Secretary

Jay Carney, comms director for Vice President Joe Biden, has been selected to replace Robert Gibbs as White House Press Secretary. Carney also had a career in journalism, serving as the Washington bureau chief for Time prior to joining Biden’s staff. There was a lot of advanced speculation that he would be appointed to the post.

Here are a few links as a means of introduction.

A Look Back at Press Sec Gibbs’ Tenure

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The turnaround at the White House continues, but Robert Gibbs took a few moments pre-Daley announcement to talk about his time as White House Press Secretary. Saying there’s no “perfect model” for press secretary, he also says that part of the “rhythm” of the White House, and the Obama presidency, is to bring in “new ideas” and “fresh voices.”

The Columbia Journalism Review offers a good round up of the coverage of Gibbs’ departure, as well as a fun “best moments” reel, which is also posted after the jump.

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WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Stepping Down

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has announced that he’s leaving the position and will become a political adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign, The New York Times is reporting. His departure is scheduled for early February; his successor will likely be announced in the next couple of weeks.

According to the Times story, a couple of the top contenders for the post are VP Joe Biden’s director of comms (and Karl Rove’s choice) Jay Carney and current Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.

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Gibbs’ Christmas Eve Tweet Conference

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs hosted an impromptu Tweet conference on Christmas Eve, answering questions about everything from what the President’s reading to taxes and the deficit. A sample of the Q&A from ABC News’ Political Punch blog:

@MichaelShatz: China and Europe invest twice the percentage of GDP as we do, in infrastructure; how will we compete?

Gibbs: US must invest more in infrastructure – from roads and bridges to high speed rail – will also put folks back to work

@wrightus: How’s the president’s basketball injury?

Gibbs: His lip is fully recovered and i’d guess he’ll be back on the court in Hawaii

@patriot_4_ever: Why does your admin continue to lie that tax cuts cost $$$? You can’t spend money you don’t have.

Gibbs: Regardless of your views, you have to admit extending tax cuts above $250k adds to the deficit

You can read more on Twitter, @PressSec.

Karl Rove Disses Robert Gibbs

Karl Rove appeared on Fox News (where he’s a contributor) to talk about some of the potential changes at the White House. Specifically, he said that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is eyeballing David Axelrod‘s job as senior adviser once he steps down. But, Mediaite writes, Rove recommends VP Joe Biden’s director of comms Jay Carney to take the adviser position.

Calling Gibbs a “less than adequate press secretary,”  he said Gibbs doesn’t return phone calls or answer e-mails from the press corps. Oh snap!

(Separately, on today’s First Question – the video series where Gibbs answers questions submitted on Twitter – he’s asked about the impact of Twitter on the presidency and whether it’s a good thing. His response: Yes, because people can get answers directly from governing officials.)

Video of Rove’s comments below.

Robert Gibbs Hits All Three Cable Morning Shows

As our sibling blog TVNewser notes, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made appearances on all three cable network morning shows this morning: MSNBC’s Morning Joe at 7:15amET, CNN’s American Morning at 7:30amET, and Fox & Friends at 7:40amET. What was he booked to speak about? Read more

Communication is TSA’s Bigger Problem

Chatter surrounding the TSA‘s new pat-down rules reached a fever pitch and then… ho-hum. Today is here and there aren’t any reports (so far) of protests at the airports. Just lots of people who want to get to where they’re trying to get to.

So can it be that the media blew the issue out of proportion? That’s Howard Kurtz’s opinion. According to his story on The Daily Beast, NBC Nightly News did four stories on the subject last week, the CBS Evening News did five, the story was the lead on today’s morning shows and network programming, and took a cover spot on the New York Times.

All this and the scanners have only reached 70 out of 453 U.S. airports.

In response, TSA head John Pistole “stiffly sticks to his talking points and keeps turning the conversation to terrorism,” Kurtz writes. “The only ground he would cede is that ‘we haven’t done a good enough job educating people.’”

Indeed, some argue that it’s the comms lapses that have been the biggest problem all along.

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Gibbs Visits Twitter, YouTube Before Briefing Room Today

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs filled out a very thin month of press briefings (just one so far, due to travel) with a Twitter “First Question” (hashtag #1Q) today directly to the American people.

The PS2POTUS chose to answer a question about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and a question about the passing of the START Treaty.   The resulting video is embedded above.  Not eligable to be answered, but seizing on the opportunity to razz his foes, presumptive House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Tweeted with a pot-and-kettle question about earmarks.