February 11th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
By the CNN Wires Staff
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs steps down from the post Friday, after two years as President Barack Obama's top spokesman.
Jay Carney, the current communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed him at the podium.
Gibbs announced his decision to leave in January.
Gibbs called it a "remarkable privilege" to serve the president. But he said he wants to "step back a little bit and recharge some" after four years of campaigning and a hard-fought first half of the Obama administration - "probably the busiest years that Washington and the White House have seen in a couple of decades."
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