Robert Gibbs to resign as White House press secretary, to work on Obama’s reelection campaign

By on Jan 6, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Robert Gibbs was announced to be resigning as White House press secretary on February, and apparently to work on President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, according to US news sites on Wednesday.

Gibbs, who worked for US President Barack Obama back in 2004 when he was still a senator, have confirmed to news that he will resign as White House press secretary next month.

The 39-year old White House spokesman said he will leave his post but will still remain close to the president and even have plans to be an outside adviser to the Obama administration.

“This has been an extraordinary journey, an amazing privilege to serve the country and to serve this president. It’s an opportunity, quite frankly, of a lifetime.” Robert Gibbs told the news.

“But it’s important to take a step back and recharge, ahead of 2012, when we transition to the task of re-electing the president.” Mr. Gibbs added.

Meanwhile, President Obama told The New York Times through a phone interview that Gibbs ‘will continue to shape the dialogue politically for many years to come’.

“We’ve been on this ride together since I won my Senate primary in 2004.” The President 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.” Mr. Obama added.

As of this writing, no decision has been announced as to be the next White House press secretary will be but news reports said that it may be revealed within weeks.

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