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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.

Gibbs joins David Axelrod as an adviser and will expand his social media presence, continuing to speak in favor of the President. Rather than launching his own lobbying firm or consultancy, he will work from the offices occupied by David Plouffe, Obama’s former campaign manager, in D.C. Plouffe will move to the White House, also as an adviser.

Gibbs also said he has no immediate plans for a book, but has hired Robert Barnett, a lawyer with expertise in the area, and is considering speaking engagements.

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