Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was dispatched by the Obama campaign to act as its surrogate at the CNN GOP presidential debate where seven Republicans eagerly beat up on the president.
WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is taking himself out of the running for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that if DNC chief Tim Kaine steps down to run for the U.S. Senate he will not be a candidate for the post.
"I had an opportunity to do that when my name got floated six months ago," Gibbs told CNN in a telephone interview. "I am not going to run the DNC."
The decision by Gibbs comes as top Democratic officials privately say Kaine is now expected to announce, likely by the end of the week, that he will indeed run for the Senate and vacate his party post though officials stressed a final decision has not been made.
With Gibbs pulling out of contention for the DNC job, top Democratic officials said that former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland seems to be emerging as the leading contender to replace Kaine as chairman. Other Democratic contenders for the post include former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) as well as party strategist and CNN contributor Donna Brazile.
In a tweet to his followers Friday morning, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that Jay Carney would take over Robert Gibbs' @PressSec account Monday afternoon.
The @PressSec account has been silent since January 28th, when Gibbs tweeted about the violence in Egypt to his more than 150,000 followers.
In response to a tweet questioning the month long delay, Pfeiffer assured, "The delay was just a product of the transition period. It is and will be a high priority for the WH."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - On a day of historic change both inside and outside the White House, President Obama paid a visit to the White House briefing room to pay tribute to his outgoing spokesman, and to reveal an unknown fact about one of his more memorable addresses.
"Obviously Gibbs's departure is not the biggest one today," Obama said in a surprise appearance to Robert Gibbs's last briefing in the James S. Brady briefing room Friday. But it was on this occasion the president revealed that the tie he wore in his historic speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston was not his.
"Ten minutes before we were about to go on stage, we were still having an argument about ties. I bought five or six ties, Michelle didn't like any of them," Obama said. After declining the fashion advice of the famously rumpled David Axelrod, Obama said Gibbs eventually took "one for the gipper," and gave the tie he was wearing to Obama to wear on stage after several other staffers made the suggestion. The speech is seen by many as the moment Obama first walked on to the national stage.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was 1:40 pm, January 22, 2009, when White House spokesman Robert Gibbs first stepped behind the podium in the James S. Brady briefing room to begin a two year joust with the press corps.
“How are you all?" The Alabama native said. “Nice to be here.”
He wasn’t a stranger. After all he’d been by the newly elected president’s side since Obama’s early run for the U.S. Senate.
But Gibbs was about to roll out a blunt, sarcastic and evasive style that would both entertain and frustrate reporters.
He danced deftly with phrases like “I shouldn’t get ahead of the president,” “I don’t want to prejudge,” and “I’m not a lawyer” (or any other expertise he was using to dodge a question).
All the while Gibbs enjoyed a powerful seat right next to the president’s ear.
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."
Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is used to speaking on behalf of the Obama administration in his daily briefing. Today, Gibbs spoke for himself, ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate.
When asked how Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s (D) announcement that he will not seek re-election would impact the 2012 elections, Gibbs admitted the Old Dominion state would be competitive.
“Will you run?” a White House reporter asked. Gibbs, a Virginia resident, laughed and replied in no uncertain terms, “I wouldn’t serve if I was appointed.”
The outgoing press secretary is leaving the White House Sunday, but will continue to be an outside adviser to the president as a private citizen.
To be a fly on the wall...at today's White House briefing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the president will host a lunch for Republican Congressional leaders tomorrow. The guest list: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. On the menu for discussion–all issues foreign and domestic with heavy discussions on the economy. No word on the 12:30pm menu....
Washington (CNN) - Robert Gibbs spent the bulk of the briefing on Egypt. The situation in Egypt is changing day by day, hour by hour. Robert Gibbs explains where the U.S. stands on Egypt
Click below for a sample of what Gibbs said today.