Gibbs has not finalized his decision and senior administration officials have yet to decide on a successor to the fiery 39-year-old Alabama native, a pit bull in the briefing room who has been one of Obama’s most trusted advisers for the past five years.
The two top candidates to replace Gibbs are his deputy, Bill Burton, and Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman, Jay Carney – although White House officials haven’t ruled out the possibility of other candidates, sources say, which could delay the handover for a few weeks.
When we last checked in with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ soaring career aspirations, he was either going to head the DNC (we didn’t think so) or getting kicked upstairs to be full-time senior adviser to President Obama (more likely).
Now — a third scenario!
From Glenn Thrush at Politico:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is seriously considering leaving his job as President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman – a move that would allow him to work on Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and act as a media surrogate for the president, according to sources.
The campaign! Thrush reports the contemplated new role for Gibbs would keep him in the inner circle, while loosening his game for more TV and whatever else a “surrogate” does.
Read more at the Washington Examiner Gibbs’ departure even more imminent!
Word is that Robert Gibbs will be leaving position as Press Secretary at end of January or the beginning of February.