Gibbs says he's leaving White House


In this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. Gibbs says he is resigning his job as the president's chief spokesman.

The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he is resigning his job as the president's chief spokesman.

Gibbs is leaving to become an outside political adviser to Obama and to give speeches in the private sector.

The change is to take effect in early February. No replacement has been immediately named.

The move comes as Obama ushers in a broad shake up of his senior leadership, heading toward his own likely re-election bid in 2012.

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