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January 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Michael Muskal, Washington Bureau
Robert Gibbs, the media face of the Obama presidency, will leave his post as White House spokesman and will boost the president's reelection drive from outside the West Wing. The departure of Gibbs as the chief spokesman has been rumored for weeks, but it was unclear whether he would stay in another job within the administration or whether he would leave the White House to work for Obama from outside. Gibbs confirmed this morning that he will leave sometime in early February, after the president delivers his State of the Union speech to the new Congress.
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January 19, 2013 | Matea Gold
Underscoring its potential to become a political heavyweight, a new advocacy group launched Friday to push President Obama's second-term agenda will be guided by his most-trusted strategists and have access to his reelection campaign's most-prized assets, including its intricately detailed voter databases. In an email to supporters with the subject line "Say you're in," Obama vowed that the group, Organizing for Action, would be "an unparalleled force in American politics. " "It will work to turn our shared values into legislative action -- and it'll empower the next generation of leaders in our movement," the president wrote.
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NEWS
September 30, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
On the eve of Rahm Emanuel's expected resignation as chief of staff, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs described Emanuel as "the energetic, inspirational leader" of President Obama's West Wing team. "His leadership, his energy has helped us accomplish so much," Gibbs said, listing the economic recovery and healthcare, credit card, Wall Street and student loan reform as top achievements. "There is not an important thing that has happened in this administration that we've been able to accomplish for the American people that has not involved heavily his signature.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
MADISON, Wis. - Bruce Springsteen was rhyming “Obama” with “pajama” and “Osama.” Presidential advisor and guru David Axelrod was waxing nostalgic about the Iowa caucuses of four years ago. And the president was pleading for votes: “We have come too far to turn back now.” With a bit of the odd ball, the emotional and the rote, President Obama kicked off the final day his final campaign. Obama started with a rally in Wisconsin, heading next to Ohio and Iowa - a trio of swing states that could ensure a victory.
NEWS
February 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Robert Gibbs' briefing at the White House on Friday, like the more than 200 before it, was infused with humor and marked by careful evasions as he stood for the final time as President Obama's top spokesman. And then there was the special guest. Just moments after speaking with great seriousness in the White House's Grand Foyer about the situation in Egypt, Obama arrived in the James Brady Press Briefing Room full of humor and fond memories of Gibbs, who has advised him since the early days of his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
NEWS
February 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON ? With his days numbered as the public face of the White House, Robert Gibbs has few regrets about his more than two-year tenure behind the podium in the James Brady Briefing Room. That's not to say he isn't conceding his share of mistakes. "If you do a job for a specific amount of time and look back and say you wouldn't have done anything differently, you probably haven't spent a lot of time thinking back about what you did," he said Tuesday. "I take my transcript home every night and I read my transcript.
NEWS
February 16, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
As he first stood at the lectern in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Jay Carney let out a big, nervous sigh. When his first televised briefing was over, he joked, "It was better than I ever could have imagined. " In the intervening 53-plus minutes, the new White House press secretary handled the usual grab bag of questions without major incident as he eased in to the most conspicuous part of what is one of the most high-profile jobs in Washington. Carney replaced Robert Gibbs as the lead White House mouthpiece on Monday, and his debut press briefing took place Wednesday.
NEWS
January 31, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The White House on Monday called for negotiations among a broad cross-section of the Egyptian people, including opposition groups, to help resolve the current political crisis. As anti-government demonstrations in Egypt prepared to enter their second week, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that the Obama administration continued to support the human rights demands by Egyptian protesters including freedom of association, assembly and speech. “Those must be addressed in a substantive way by the Egyptian government,” Gibbs said.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the $7-million salary for American International Group Inc. Chief Executive Robert Benmosche "will go through the process" for government review of compensation at companies bailed out by U.S. taxpayers. Gibbs said that Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama administration's executive pay czar, would examine the pay package to "ensure that it is consistent with his principles."
NATIONAL
January 5, 2011 | Reuters
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving his position to work as an outside adviser for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, an administration official said Wednesday. Gibbs is to depart in early February. A successor is to be announced within the next two weeks, the official said. Gibbs, a close confidant of Obama's going back to his time as a U.S. senator from Illinois, has for many Americans been one of the most public faces of the White House staff while holding near-daily news briefings.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Dinesh D'Souza felt that President Obama had been telling his story to Americans for years. The conservative author wanted to give them a different version. So he worked on a documentary, "2016: Obama's America," that put the president in a more critical light. And apparently, there's an audience that agrees with D'Souza's vision. In its first week in wider distribution, the documentary grossed an estimated $6.2 million, far exceeding industry expectations, according to independent distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures.
NEWS
August 19, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Are all interviews created equal? Amid growing criticism about President Obama's infrequent press conferences, campaign surrogates came out Sunday to defend a recent spate of softball interviews, equating CNN with “Entertainment Tonight” in the process. Central to the complaints about Obama's scheduling has been his reluctance to hold a press conference at the White House since June 8, when his remarks about the private sector “doing fine” set off a flurry of Republican attacks.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama today plans to begin pushing for an extension of tax cuts for the middle class, a message he and his surrogates are scheduled to push in events across the country.   Income tax cuts initially passed under President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of the year. Obama favors extending the cuts for one more year for those earning less than $250,000 annually. Republicans favor extending all the cuts. Obama plans a White House announcement today, according to an official familiar with the plans, as well as a series of television interviews with local-station anchors from several markets in battleground and other states.
NEWS
September 13, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
Maybe Rick Perry is light on foreign policy credentials. And perhaps he hasn't quite refined his answer on Social Security's past, present and future. But President Obama's campaign advisors aren't writing off the Texas governor. Robert Gibbs, Obama's former press secretary, said in an appearance here Tuesday night that Perry has another quality that counts for something in presidential politics. “You can say a lot about Rick Perry," Gibbs told an audience on the University of North Carolina campus.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Richard Simon, Washington Bureau
For President Obama, the last week has shown better than most how the mix of roles a president must play can clash at the worst possible moments. In the span of a few days, Obama faced crises in the Mideast and Japan, as well as the possibility of a government shutdown. This week, he will try to reassert leadership on dealing with the deficit while also kicking off his reelection campaign fundraising effort. The roles don't mesh easily. At one point aides were on the verge of postponing the fundraising appearance scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, figuring that a government shutdown made for a dicey backdrop to a quest for reelection.
NEWS
February 16, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
As he first stood at the lectern in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Jay Carney let out a big, nervous sigh. When his first televised briefing was over, he joked, "It was better than I ever could have imagined. " In the intervening 53-plus minutes, the new White House press secretary handled the usual grab bag of questions without major incident as he eased in to the most conspicuous part of what is one of the most high-profile jobs in Washington. Carney replaced Robert Gibbs as the lead White House mouthpiece on Monday, and his debut press briefing took place Wednesday.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama today plans to begin pushing for an extension of tax cuts for the middle class, a message he and his surrogates are scheduled to push in events across the country.   Income tax cuts initially passed under President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of the year. Obama favors extending the cuts for one more year for those earning less than $250,000 annually. Republicans favor extending all the cuts. Obama plans a White House announcement today, according to an official familiar with the plans, as well as a series of television interviews with local-station anchors from several markets in battleground and other states.
NEWS
September 13, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
Maybe Rick Perry is light on foreign policy credentials. And perhaps he hasn't quite refined his answer on Social Security's past, present and future. But President Obama's campaign advisors aren't writing off the Texas governor. Robert Gibbs, Obama's former press secretary, said in an appearance here Tuesday night that Perry has another quality that counts for something in presidential politics. “You can say a lot about Rick Perry," Gibbs told an audience on the University of North Carolina campus.
NEWS
February 11, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Robert Gibbs' briefing at the White House on Friday, like the more than 200 before it, was infused with humor and marked by careful evasions as he stood for the final time as President Obama's top spokesman. And then there was the special guest. Just moments after speaking with great seriousness in the White House's Grand Foyer about the situation in Egypt, Obama arrived in the James Brady Press Briefing Room full of humor and fond memories of Gibbs, who has advised him since the early days of his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
NEWS
February 10, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The White House said on Monday that there has been some progress in discussions to resolve Egypt's political crisis, but insisted concrete actions were needed. As protests in Cairo prepared to enter the third week, President Obama told reporters there has been progress among those negotiating what lies ahead for Egypt. "Obviously Egypt has to negotiate a path and they're making progress," said Obama after completing a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Briefing reporters later, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the United States "policy toward Egypt is we watch and we are strongly encouraging the process of meaningful change ?
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