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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Obama: Gibbs has been making 'relatively modest pay'

By Matt DeLong

President Obama spoke to The New York Times on Wednesday about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's impending departure. While he said Gibbs will remain a close adviser, Obama suggested money was a factor in Gibbs's decision to leave the administration.

"We've been on this ride together since I won my Senate primary in 2004," Mr. Obama said. "He's had a six-year stretch now where basically he's been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay. I think it's natural for someone like Robert to want to step back for a second to reflect, retool and that, as a consequence, brings about both challenges and opportunities for the White House."

According to the White House's last salary report in July, Gibbs was making the maximum salary for a White House employee of $172,500, as ABC reported. While he was by no means poor, Gibbs may have taken notice when his former White House colleague, ex-Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag, took a new job at Citigroup -- which The New York Times reported could pay well into seven figures.

During his daily briefing at the White House Wednesday, Gibbs said he might work for corporate clients, if he felt comfortable with them. He also said he has no plans to write a book anytime soon.

By Matt DeLong  | January 5, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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