It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday he will step down in February as part of the upcoming reshuffle of President Barack Obama's key aides.
"I think this is a very natural time period to make the decision to recharge a little bit," Gibbs told in a press briefing about his choice to leave.
Gibbs refused to provide specifics about his future plans, but said that he intends to join the professional speaking circuit and will likely continue to advise Obama as an outside consultant, with an aim to support his reelection campaign in 2012.
Gibbs has worked for Obama since he first ran for the Senate over seven years ago, and the president described him as a "close friend, one of my closest advisers" in a statement released in the morning, adding that Gibbs will continue to play an important role on the White House team.
I saw this yesterday and thought... Wow! Gibbs and Pelosi in 1 day. Either the end really is coming or I just had another Christmas Day.
I wondered yesterday whether Robert Gibbs jumped or was pushed and noted that President Barack Obama’s words indicated that it was “not an entirely voluntary departure”.
It’s being reported by John King on CNN right now that Gibbs wanted to be a presidential counsellor – something he’s been putting about for quite a while – but William Daley, the new chief of staff, nixed this because he believed that too many cooks would spoil the presidential broth. So that’s why Gibbs is out.
Additionally, King reports that Valerie Jarrett, whose sole qualification to being a senior counsellor seems to be that she’s a long-time Chicago buddy of Barack and Michelle Obama, will have her wings clipped. Daley, not Jarrett, will be the person speaking to the business community.
It’s no secret that Rahm Emanuel, a Daley protege, clashed with Jarrett. Or that David Plouffe, about to join the White House, was often at odds with her when he was the 2008 Obama campaign manager. Obama is nothing if not ruthless. He dropped Jane Dystel, the agent who approached him to write “Dreams from my Father”, and has previously cut loose long-time advisers. One aide described him as “the most unsentimental man I’ve ever met”.
So the next question is: with Gibbs and David Axelrod gone, how much longer will Valerie Jarrett last?