Election 2008

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President-elect Barack Obama chats with
his campaign communications director
Robert Gibbs.

Robert Gibbs to Be Obama’s Press Secretary

November 06, 2008 11:02 AM
by Josh Katz
A Democratic official says that Obama staffer Robert Gibbs will fill the cabinet post of White House press secretary.
Robert Gibbs will become the public voice of the Obama White House, according to Politico. Although the appointment  has not been officially announced, a top Democratic official told Politico that Gibbs will become the White House press secretary.

Gibbs has served as Obama’s Senate communications director, and he acted as the senior official on Obama’s plane during the campaign.

Gibbs, 37, who is from Auburn, Ala., “is likely to be viewed favorably by reporters because Gibbs has unquestioned authority, access and institutional memory,” Politico writes. He “became familiar to viewers during the campaign for his sunny steeliness during frequent appearances on morning shows and A-list cable news programs.”

The announcement follows reports yesterday that Obama has asked Ill. Rep. Rahm Emanuel to be his chief of staff. The Obama campaign has indicated that the cabinet selection process will proceed quickly to solidify the president’s team before he takes office.

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