Who will replace Robert Gibbs?
January 24th, 2011
06:43 PM ET

No deal yet on White House press secretary job

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.


Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz

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  1. Zigma

    The President should select a very creative, experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive new press secretary. I believe that he needs someone who can mobilize the entire executive branch (and some members of congress) to counter the Republican propaganda; and not leave him alone to do all the heavy lifting. The bullet pulpit is not just enough to take on the well coordinated onslaught of Republican propaganda, which has to some extent succeeded in turning public opinion on the Health Law.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  2. SOMEONE WITH B**LS

    Someone who can tone down the negative noise coming from the GOP and TEABAGGERS, I have separated them because as we know they are not one in the same. Gibbs had big ones, especially at a recent trip to China I believe when they did want to let him in where POTUS was meeting and Gibbs pretty much said let me in because I have the power to remove the President from this meeting, Now that is b**ls.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  3. JC

    how about keith olberman

    January 27, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  4. SearchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    How about Bill Maher...

    January 27, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Zigma; A great suggestion. I agree. Although, I do think Robert Gibbs did a great job considering the beligerent, seemingly anti-OBAMA/change climate, I believe PRESIDENT OBAMA and his administration needs to get a person who has watched closely and realizes the perpetual, systemic media questions, that are 'built', so to speak, especially to divide, cause undue panic, confusion and AMERICAN retreat from what could potentially be the best resolutions for AMERICAS problems. A house divided will not stand!

    January 27, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  6. Jay - Florida

    Keith Olbermann would be a perfect choice.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  7. Richard Miller

    Rick Sanchez is looking for a new job!?!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  8. todd pop

    why do they call it a wihte house when theres a black dude living in there

    January 27, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  9. mike boyette

    If the dems would follow through on agenda it would be easier for obama and press secretary to fend off rep opposition

    January 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  10. vegas01

    What's Oprah doing?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  11. Darrin G

    The way America is headed Satan would be my best guess.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Jay – Florida! You're right! KEITH OLBERMANN would certainly be a good one!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm |