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. show it up

    Republicans fight on for we have much needed victories that lie ahead of us in 2010 and 2012....We must take back our country from these liberal liars....

    November 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Marie Ontario

    To Rick. Judging from your comments you don't appear to know the true definitions of liberalsim or socialism and quite likely conservatism.

    Then again you might just be Rush Limbaugh in drag as you are condeming things before they take place. In any event you lost and by your comments you are a self made loser. Get over it!!! Ha Ha.

    November 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. JB

    Great choice. Gibbs has shown himself to be competent and unflappable. I think he's an excellent choice.

    November 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Rick

    Great, another pompous idiot to deal with.

    November 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Alberta

    Gibbs is an excellent choice!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. javone

    I LOVE Rachel but she just got her show and it is doing GREAT! I think she should stay there...and Olbermann is good at what he does. I watch them back to back every night. I LOVE Robert Gibbs because of the fact that someone else brought up.....he's not a very convincing liar. How refreshing in washington!

    November 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. COLORADO

    I am glad Gibbs is being offered the job, but let me throw my two cents in. I think Anderson Cooper should be offered the press sec. job. A/C is a great journalist and is extremely familiar with Obama and his campaign, not to mention alot of international journalism experience.

    November 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. tony

    now we call black house....

    November 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Jamal

    Haha. I've loved this guy ever since he gave Sean Hannity the Business on Fox News that one night. Another great choice, President Obama.

    November 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. AK

    Rick_____________ in six mouths I hope you eat your words!
    The man hasn't even openned his mouth since his victory speech and imbeciles like you are making ridiculous comments.
    This is our President and you all better get use to it. He will need us as good citizens and we will need him as a just, wise and effective leader. But where necessary, we can criticize... thats the beauty of this democracy. But first, lets let him take office and actually start governing before we start the criticism.
    RThe choice of Robert Gibbs is an EXCELLENT one.
    I particularly loved the way he stood up to the imbecile-Sean Hannity.

    November 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. J.C.

    Let's give President-elect Obama our full support, no matter if you voted for him or not. His future is also our future, if you think twice about it.

    November 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Melissa Petoskey, MI

    I think Gibbs would be a good fit. Did anyone see how he schooled Sean Hannity a couple of months ago? Finally, he was dumbfounded. But as expected, Fox is still bashing and hating. Deal with it guys or move to Budapest.

    November 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. karen-phoenix

    I like Gibbs. Everytime I saw him he was articulate and very positive. Sounded honest and just a nice guy!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Ty the Political Junkie

    Please pick Rachel Maddow!!!

    November 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Ken in NC

    CONGRATULATIONS to you Robert Gibbs. Keep up the good work.

    November 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Grace Needed

    Go Gibbs! I appreciate anyone who will stand against the vicious, vile, low down, nasty kind of political attacks waged by the McCain/Palin campaign. They have NO place in our political system nor our civil discussion. We are better than that! Thank God for people like Robert Gibbs who could calmly, graciously confront the likes of Sean Hannity with the truth in a loving manner. I am still 'righteously indignant' over the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity and Reilly who say they are Conservatives and even Christians and would so debase MY faith with these kind of actions. I abhor their influence on so many, including family members. YET, I know they will reap what they sow and they will NOT escape accountability before God for their words, especially as they have been 'shepherds' to so many 'sheep', misleading them and deceiving them.

    November 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. B. Brock

    Gibbs, Maddow, McClellan are all good choices. I'm sure he'll pick the best person, just like he did for his stellar campaign.

    In response to gt above, I think most of the news media you mentioned, including CNN, was fair in having all the candidates express their views and be equally featured in interviews, and equally analyzed for the truth of their viewpoints and their ads. CNN had both Democratic and Republican strategists on to analyze every new aspect of both campaigns. They deserve kudos for their coverage. You know you're doing your job when both sides in turn have reason to squirm from what you say, or who you choose to interview.

    Perhaps what gt is missing is that absolute allegience that seemed to predominate the media in their attempt to support Bush in his two terms because of 911 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    When McCain decided to go back to the label "Liberal Media" I think all the media outlets (with the exception of Fox, which was always a conservative mouthpiece) decided that no matter what they said they would be lambasted by the Republicans, so they finally started revealing the truth. It's about time we got the straight story and not just the press releases of the Bush administration that whitewashed all the lies they told.

    November 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Florida Joe

    Andy
    Get a grip
    Obama is not in charge.Still 74 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes left of GWB

    November 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. tony

    now we call black house..../

    November 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. john for Obama

    GREAT!! he did an awesome job of speaking truthfully...its time to stop playing games in our government and tell people the truth which Bush has not done

    November 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. AJ

    Can't we have a good looking Press Secretary? Please?

    November 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. KSalzer

    C'mon... Maddow's perfect for this!

    November 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Larry of Boston

    CNN has still not learned their lesson. It is not getting the scoop that matters; it is getting it right. If CNN is going to dog this president 24 x 7 and try to announce stories before they are announced by the Obama Administration, then CNN is DEAD WRONG and doing the United States a disservice ... chill dudes -this is not a media race; it is our country's future that you are playing with

    November 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. JTBW

    An excellent choice would be Rachel Maddow, but Robert Gibbs is a good choice too. He can follow it up with Keith Olberman. Campbell Brown shouldn't be considered for the shortest short list. haha

    November 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Great Choice. I support this one.

    November 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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