Obama Picks White House Communications Team
By Eric Pianin
President-elect Barack Obama formally announced his communications team today -- as expected, appointing longtime spokesman Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary and choosing two other veteran operatives to help shape his message.
Gibbs went to work for Obama's Senate campaign in 2004 and was communications director while Obama was in the Senate. He will be joined at the White House by Ellen Moran and Dan Pfeiffer.
Moran will be director of communications, responsible for getting Obama's message out. She is executive director of the Washington group EMILY's List -- a group that supports female candidates who support abortion rights. She also has worked for the AFL-CIO.
EMILY's List President and Founder, Ellen R. Malcolm, issued a statement this evening saying: "As Executive Director for the past two election cycles, Ellen has done a phenomenal job. She deserves tremendous credit for leading EMILY's List this election cycle as we elected the second largest group of Democratic women in American history. She has been a stalwart ally and true friend for me and I will miss working with her on a daily basis."
Her deputy in the White House will be Pfeiffer, who is communications director for Obama's presidential transition team. He helped managed the press operation on the Obama campaign.
While Gibbs can be combative in private in defending Obama, he is affable and smooth talking on camera, often deflecting reporters' uncomfortable questions with a quip, the Post's Howard Kurtz reported in a Nov. 12 profile. The son of two Auburn University librarians, Gibbs got his first exposure to politics when his mother took him to voter registration drives.
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