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. Attorney in FL

    Hillary Clinton should have been President, and Obama as Press Secretary. That boy has speakin' skills, but he is not qualified to be President of the United States.

    God help us all.

    November 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ Tony, are you a Christian??? IF SO, WHY ARE YOU SO HATEFUL? READ THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW.

    I think Gibbs will be great. We will be proud of the OBAMA Cabinet!

    Perhaps Sec. Powell and David Gergen will be invited to become advisors!

    GOD BLESS & GUIDE PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA!

    November 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Virginia

    "Oh praise thee messiah Obama." To Andy, I hope this was said tongue in cheek, as I think it was. This is the very reason why people, me included, are afraid of this new President.......I fear there are people who look at him as the Messiah. There is only one–Jesus Christ–and the Bible tells us there will be false Messiahs who will do evil things. He may not be that man, but may be a precursor to it. As I said yesterday, God (the real one) help us all!! Everyone is saying he is speaking the truth, but how do we know until he gets into office. Time will tell on that one.

    Oh, and if he keeps choosing senators and congressmen for his cabinet posts, at least the Republicans have a chance to win back those seats-Keep it up Nobama!!

    November 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Steve

    I like Gibbs and think he is a great choice for the job. He already has great rapport with the media and there is mutual respect.

    I can't wait for inauguration day. I also want to thank the unsung hero of this campaign, Howard Dean, for his 50 state strategy, and for proving a few years ago how important the internet was as a fundraising tool.

    More importantly, a big "THANK YOU" to all the people who saw Obama as a person before they saw his color. You are the ones who should be truly proud. You are responsible for the history we just witnessed. You've given all of us hope.!

    November 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. sthflachk

    whoever he picks as his press secretary is immaterial......how they give the briefing is. If they continue with Bush's style of briefing, where the reporters are spoonfed information and not allowed to ask serious questions with any hope of being answered directly, then who cares who the mouthpiece is?

    But, hopefully, since we voted for Change, we will not have to deal with that again!

    p.s.
    what are you doing to change the world?

    November 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Sylvia

    Robert Gibbs is the person for the job. There is loyalty and a bond that was developed between Gibbs and Obama. Gibbs was there for him from day one and Gibbs can handle the negative attacks that I'm sure will not go away after the election.

    November 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Praetorian

    This guy is the best talent agent/publicist in the world.

    November 6, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. President Barack Obama

    Andy, Rick suck it up. You have eight years Deal with it buddy. Let me spell it out for you...

    President Barack Hussein Obama .......Sounds Good
    I like that....Lets say it again..... President Barack Hussein Obama

    See you at the Inauguration on Jan 20, 2009.... Oh, & bring your camera

    November 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Oh brother! Reading some of the VILE comments from the far-right-nuts on this blog, I realize how insane those people are!

    LISTEN UP ALL OF YOU CALLING "LIBERALS LIARS"!

    WHO LIED ABOUT THE REASON TO ATTACK A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY, IRAQ? BUSH

    WHO LIED ABOUT TORTURE? BUSH

    BUSH/CHENEY & THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN HAVE BEEN LYING FOR YEARS!

    BEFORE YOU ACCUSE SOMEONE LYING........TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR!

    November 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Joe M

    Great choice! Stood up to Hannity and brings a "Southern" Democratic perspective to the table. Has been candid with the press and will get the respect of most except the anti-Semitic, bigoted, right wing "lug nuts" and "McCainiacs" that can't get over it.

    That means you, Rush!

    November 6, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. KM

    It's clear that some people do not like themselves very much, that regardless of what happens from day to day, most of them will not like the smell of fresh air, let alone sharing it with anyone else, or perhaps even attempting to wish anyone else well.

    In spite of all of the obviouos hatred, progress will be made by the american people. The road will be rough, and even tougher than we are seeing day to day. But Joy! comes in the morning...

    Let's continue working America, for the good of everyone. Even those who dislike their own existence...

    November 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. America loses

    America we have been through two world wars and countless conflicts, we can certainly survive four years of a radical left wing administration trying to destroy us from within.

    November 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Pete

    zolesh, on the contrary, it would not suprize me to see a movement by some 'Politically Correct' organization to want the structure located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue renamed the "Black House". Just as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln had their individual birthday/national holidays removed in favor of Martin Luther King day.

    November 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Jan in NC

    GIBBS? YES! YES! YES!!

    November 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Mary

    Are we reaching across the isle yet? 2 for 2. Emmanuel, Gibbs both Dems. I will be curious to see if he keeps his promise of there are no Democrates there are no Republicans we are all one. Let's see if he actually appoints a republican to his cabinet.

    November 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Truth

    Good choice.
    I liked the way he punched S*& Hanninty after 3rd debate.
    I dont agree about McClellan. He is not a good communicator.

    November 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Marvin

    I'll never forget Robert Gibbs taking on Shawn Hanity and putting him on the defensive. He deserves it.

    November 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    Thats Great I like him Great Choice!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. gbrown2

    GREAT CHOICE!!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. geraldine

    1. Of course the market has gone down – why would anyone want money invested in a company when a) capital gains and dividend taxes are going up; b) trade agreements are going to be renegotiated; and c) executive pay is going to be limited. Would you want to do business here? (these are his campaign promises – not talk radio talking). My money came out of the market last Friday. Mattress is safer for the time being...

    2. He already has several press secretaries – Campbell Brown, Keith Olberman, Katie Couric, Fidel Castro, etc. so I don't know why he needs to hire and pay another

    November 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. America loses

    Barack, Ayers, Rezko, Wright, Phlaeger and Acorn win this round. America will get its country back when these guys move us away from our centre right base.

    Did you hear the latest Ayers wants to be the Secretary for Homeland Security. Should be interesting.

    November 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Jeff in Illinois

    Pete (right at the top of the comments): I try to post a lot of intelligent, valid comments, and most of them are moderated out.

    Congratulations on getting your scumbag racist comment posted at the top of the list.

    November 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Frank D

    People like Robert Gibbs are highly needed in the New White House. I watched him through the campaign, he was very human, knowledgeable and amazing.

    November 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. elizabeth

    Why so many evil comments, I will never under stands about others.

    November 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. IowaMom

    Come on people, I've read posts about the market going down all because of Obama. This is not new lately. It didn't happen for the time time yesterday. Grasping at straws because you didn't get your way only makes you look foolish.

    November 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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