January 24th, 2011
06:43 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – While the guessing game continues over who will take the podium after White House spokesman Robert Gibbs officially steps down, Gibbs told CNN a replacement has "not yet [been] picked."
Names in the mix for press secretary range from current White House deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, to Vice President Biden spokesman Jay Carney and Stephanie Cutter, a trusted Obama adviser.
Gibbs plans to stay on the job through mid-February, then he will move about two blocks from the White House and rent the office incoming Obama adviser David Plouffe occupied for the past two years.
Working closely with the president since his early race for the U.S. Senate, Gibbs stands to boost his salary in the private sector while still promoting the president and his policies in speeches and on television.