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Posted at 9:58 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Robert Gibbs leaving the White House

By Rachel Weiner

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving the White House, Democrats who have spoken with him say. Gibbs started informing his White House colleagues Wednesday.

The Post reported on Tuesday that Gibbs was considering leaving the administration, perhaps to set up his own consulting shop and play a leading role in the 2012 campaign.

Gibbs has held his post since President Obama's inauguration; before that, he was the campaign communications director. In a profile of the press secretary last April, Jason Horowitz wrote that the press secretary seemed eager to become more of a strategist.

Gibbs is too discreet to say which job he prefers, but it's not hard to figure out. Listen to the press secretary talk about the media as a predictable, hyperventilating rabble obsessed with access and covering "everything as make or break," or observe his frustration percolating in the briefing room. Then ask him whether he has improved as a big-picture strategist, and the administration's leading purveyor of evasive, circuitous sentences suddenly speaks to the point.

Gibbs' relationship with the press has been contentious at times. He's notoriously difficult to get on the phone, and reporters complain that he avoids questions. Gibbs has also sparred with liberal activists, blowing up over criticism from the "professional left."

By Rachel Weiner  | January 5, 2011; 9:58 AM ET
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Comments

I hope Gibbs is more articulate, less smarmy, and nowhere NEAR as condescending in whatever task he manages to snag, if only for the benefit of his family.

Posted by: OttoDog | January 8, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Not Ari the liar, not the "scotty show" with Scotty and the girl Scotty Dana Perino... the best was DeeDee Myers. She was honest and straight forward and I do not remember her ever being arrogant and snotty with any members of the press.

Posted by: teresainpa | January 8, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs earned my respect early on. At first, I was not sure. He matured in the job. Needless to say, he had to endure some of the most brasen and crass press people I have ever seen. He obviously served a President that he admired and respected, which is a good thing. To this date, no one has accused Obama of either an unfaithful or dishonest act. Obama's family is a model. Even President Reagan's family was something on the dysfunctional side.

Robert Gibbs is truly a gentleman. I wish him the best. I have noticed that many rightwingers blogging here, who frequently accuse liberals of being so vindictive and mean, are not beyond reaching to new lows to express their disdain for Mr. Gibbs. For some reason, politics seems to bring out the worst in people. President Obama is doing his best to try to turn this around. Mr. Gibbs did his part to support Obama in this effort.


Posted by: EarlC | January 8, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Robert Fibbs, Liar in Chief, to the most feeble President in years(next to the peanut farmer.) Good luck trying to get a job in the private sector. Oops, that's right, you already have yet another Federal job. I guess this proves you can be an idiot and still geta job in the Barry administration.

Posted by: jellymon | January 8, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

For me, I'd vote for Ron Ziegler as the sturdiest, best press secretary of modern times. Now I know that he served in the Nixon Administration some 30+ years ago, but the job of a press secretary during the Watergate episode was a real hot seat and Ron Ziegler was the best person to occupy that position during that turbulent period.

Imagine being a press secretary and you have to answer questions regarding the accusations that your boss is involved in the cover-up, the payment of hush money, his mental status,....

Ziegler was loyal to his boss right to the end, even when tape-recorded conversations revealed that Nixon was a liar.

Posted by: ry1975 | January 8, 2011 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Why did you limit it to 10 years? I thought Dee Dee Myers was the best I had sen in my lifetime. She seemed to me to answer questions as best she could and to try to get answers when she was not sure. While she was clearly on board with the president's agenda, she did not seem to violate her own integrity to spin obvious falsehoods. As for Gibson though, I did like his reaction to the guy with the cell phone going off.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | January 8, 2011 5:03 AM | Report abuse

Why did you limit it to 10 years? I thought Dee Dee Myers was the best I had sen in my lifetime. She seemed to me to answer questions as best she could and to try to get answers when she was not sure. While she was clearly on board with the president's agenda, she did not seem to violate her own integrity to spin obvious falsehoods.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | January 8, 2011 5:02 AM | Report abuse

The best press secretary of all time? Jody Powell, Carter's press secretary.

For the most entertaining, though, I'd have to go with Ron Ziegler, Nixon's hapless press secretary. He introduced us all to the concept of "operative" statements versus "inoperative" ones.

A typical Q&A would go something like this. The press would produce evidence that an earier WH statement had been clearly a lie. Ziegler would reply that the statement was "no longer operative". He would then offer details of the WH's new "operative" statement.

Ziegler was the closest the USA has ever come to having its own "Baghdad Bob".

Posted by: SkyBeaver | January 8, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Rats leaving a sinking ship.

Posted by: Elasfar | January 7, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Ari was amazing he made all the W. Bush lies and bait and switch used car salesman like lies seem plausible and sensible and float... possibly the most destructive person 2 democracy in the last century because with out him the press would have had a field day with bush/ Cheney and crew. But remains a likable personality even to me, strange talent

Posted by: artistkvip1 | January 6, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

What a shame - Robert Gibbs, the mumbling poster boy who epitomizes the incompetence and sleaziness of the entire Obama regime, will definitely be missed by all patriotic Americans.

Rumour has it that he will be applying for possible employment as a barker and clown in a banana republic's traveling circus!

Posted by: Davole | January 5, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If this is the beginning of Obama's 2012 campaign team, then he's in more trouble than anyone could imagine. Good bye, good luck and I'm sure you've invested in those "green" companies as an insider to set you up for life with Al Gore et. al.

Posted by: redduke | January 5, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Good! What a wonderful turnaround, a much needed breath of fresh air in the WH stench. We don't have to listen to Gibbs, the mumbling trained parrot, nor is snarky, loftier-than-thou Pelosi any longer the Nanny of the House.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 5, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Robert was a talented and rare phenom'
a hillbilly, a tough customer, taken straight from the woods of Mississippi,
a diversion when odumbo stuck his foot
in his mouth, So Robby Bob Gibbs was
perty busy....
I'm sure he has a place on axelrods
lap waiting for him, it's like a scene
from the democratic social party of Germany in
1938...

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 5, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

So the Mumbler in Chief is leaving. Good riddance. But, on the other hand, he perfectly represented the disjointed philosophy of Obamanism and an insult to clowns world wide.

But a strategist???? He couldn't strategize his way out of a paper bag with both ends open.

Posted by: 4joewright | January 5, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Well Gibbs makes a wise decision finally. How about that. He will get his great retirement package, thanks to you and I the US Taxpayer and is exempt from Obamacare. 18 month and full retirement WOW.

Posted by: drdavisdr | January 5, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Well Gibbs makes a wise decision finally. How about that. He will get his great retirement package, thanks to you and I the US Taxpayer and is exempt from Obamacare. 18 month and full retirement WOW.

Posted by: drdavisdr | January 5, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

ChickaBOOMer: The Gibnotist Breaks Obama Trance
http://chickaboomer.blogspot.com/2011/01/gibnotist-sleeps.html

Posted by: StewartIII | January 5, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

YEAH! He should have been gone 18 months ago- good riddance. His position is one that a President would choose to be his "face" and it just shows us what Obama thinks of the American people. We are moronic idiots

Posted by: CaPatriot | January 5, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs?

Isn't he the lead character on NCIS?
Oh, you mean that fumbling inept White House Press Secretary .... Robert Gibbs ... right. If he was a Republican the media would have laughed this jerk out of town 18 months ago, insead they'd have us believe he is a strategery genius. LOL!

His disingenuousness stands out even in an Administration that has used truth so rarely that hey can hardly recognize it anymore.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 5, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I always thought Gibbs made Scott McClellan look competent and frankly I didn’t know that was possible until Gibbs mounted the podium.

Posted by: gun313 | January 5, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs?

Isn't he the lead character on NCIS?
Oh, you mean that fumbling inept White House Press Secretary .... Robert Gibbs ... right. If he was a Republican the media would have laughed this jerk out of town 18 months ago, insead they'd have us believe he is a strategery genius. LOL!

His disingenuousness stands out even in an Administration that has used truth so rarely that hey can hardly recognize it anymore.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 5, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The Prince of Yadda-Yadda who never gave a straight answer to a straight question is "stepping down"? Or was he asked to leave by a president who's subjecting his administration to a more friendly-face, "compromising" make-over? I guess loyalty to incompetents and liars has its limits.

Posted by: skeen66 | January 5, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Used to respect the guy. Don't like him, today. Could say the same about Obama. Good riddance, Gibbs.

Posted by: fbutler1 | January 5, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I wish Mr. Gibbs the best, hopefully in a non-speaking role.

Posted by: Etek | January 5, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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