Robert Gibbs returns to press secretary job?
Former press secretary Robert Gibbs, and his successor
March 2nd, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Robert Gibbs returns to press secretary job?

WASHINGTON (CNN) –Memo to the White House press office – you might want to throw that old blast email template away.

A brief moment of confusion, humor, and reflection of days gone by ensued for reporters at the White House Wednesday when a standard message announcing a change of time for the daily press briefing listed Robert Gibbs as the briefer. For the record, Jay Carney succeeded Robert Gibbs three weeks ago after Gibbs left the White House to take on a role as an outside adviser to the administration.

"Thanks for rubbing it in," a staffer in the press office said when CNN called to clarify the identity of today's briefer. An updated email bearing Carney's name quickly followed.

The slip caused a few moments of laughter and discussion amongst members of the White House press corps, but everyone quickly moved on to other issues of the day.

A copy of first email sent to White House press corps–
Updated Briefing Schedule

1:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

And the followup a few minutes later–
Updated Briefing Schedule

1:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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