November 6th, 2008
11:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs likely to be press secretary

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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Will Senior Obama Campaign Strategist Robert Gibbs become Barack Obama's Press Secretary?

A high level source involved in the Obama transition team tells CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that as of this morning the offer to Gibbs of the Press Secretary's position has been discussed but that the job has not been formally offered yet.

CNN's Jessica Yellin is also hearing a similar message from another Obama transition source.
A very close friend of Gibb's on Capitol Hill tells CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that he's been told the job is a done deal and will be announced later today.

Gibbs steered the Obama Campaign's communications. He served as Communications Director in Obama's Senate office prior to joining the presidential campaign early last year, and he was a major player in the freshman senator's rise in the public eye.

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. John

    Rachel Maddow for Press secretary!

    November 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    McClellan would be better!!!! He is truly well spoken and has the knowledge.

    November 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Lisa

    Robert Gibbs is a great choice, he will be and is great!!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Laverne

    That would be great for Obama to use some of the people who helped him run such a brilliant campaign. This is an exciting time for American even with all the crisis we are facing. I am a proud American and even prouder to call Barack Obama President of the United States!

    November 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Obama 08

    LOL, good one John!!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Barbara in NC

    I just hope it isn't a blond "bimbo". We've had enough female puppets.

    November 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. gpm

    Excellent choice. He is articulate, calm and will not be rolled by the right wing pundits.

    November 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. gt

    WELL YOU AT CNN , BET , MSNBC , JOHN STEWART , ,,,ALL YOU COULD SERVE AS PRESS SEC. YOU WERE IN THE OBAMA TEAM ANYWAY , NO BIAS.. NO BULL ...B S ...WHAT A BIG FAT JOKE !!!!

    November 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Keith

    I don't think so...

    November 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    ANYBODY will be better than that current dreadful Dana Perrino!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. mitch

    a smart and very capable man. he smacked down hannity good. and hannity deserved it.

    November 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Female Voter

    Good, he needs someone that will give it to Sean Hannity.

    November 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. AL

    I agree with you John – LOL
    However Gibbs is also a great choice..

    November 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. NoMcSame

    He would be a GREAT pick. He can handle the FOX's of the world just fine. We will need Rachel and keith to keep doing what they are doing by keeping the FOX on the run. Yes we DID 08.

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Brenda

    Great choice.

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Rachel Maddow would make an awesome press secretary!

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Jozee

    @John, I love the idea of Rachel Maddow as Press Secretary but we need somebody to tell the news like it is.

    From the way that Gibbs handed Shawn Hannity his behind on a platter, and superbly defended his point, Gibbs showed himself to be a worth Press Secretary.

    Whomever Obama picks will be first rate. Our President Elect is a master at surrounding himself with the cream of the crop.

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. John from White Plains, NY

    A great choice - 100x better than that airhead who worked for McCain during the campaign and 1000x better than Perrino!!!! Has she finally learned that the Pay of Pigs is related to Cuba or its actually a large holding tank for pork?!

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Judy in Buffalo

    Wonderful choice....Gibbs is smart, articulate, level-headed and will level with US.

    November 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Scott NYC Independent

    Logical and best choice – next

    November 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. ralph

    I definately agree.

    November 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Al

    Great choice.. I have watch Mr. Gibbs manage communications for Senator Obama's campaign. He did an excellent job.

    November 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Mickie

    He obviously did himself proud during the campaign, so I would not be surprised. He has earned it.

    November 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Luv/Canada

    Still can stop crying over this historical moment in the america history,Let all people from all segment of the world say a big thanks to those who look beyound human skin colour instead of intellect to elect the first black america as president.I leave in Canada,this can only happen in your country USA and no were else.

    November 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Barbara CA

    I do like Robert Gibbs, he is pleasant and he did a good job of supporting Obama but you are right John, Rachel Maddow would be interesting.

    November 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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