November 22nd, 2008
04:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama announces key communications appointments

 Barack Obama has named Robert Gibbs his press secretary.
Barack Obama has named Robert Gibbs his press secretary.

(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama's transition team on Saturday announced several key appointments to his communications team.

Ellen Moran, the executive director of EMILY's List, will serve as Obama's communications director. Moran worked for the AFL-CIO, coordinating "Wal-mart corporate accountability activities," before returning to EMILY's - an organization dedicated to helping Democratic women get elected to office.

Robert Gibbs, an Obama campaign spokesman who also has acted as spokesman for the transition, will become Obama's press secretary - one of the most highly visible roles in the administration.

Gibbs, an Auburn, Alabama, native who has worked for Sen. Fritz Hollings, the Democratic Senatorial Committee and Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, was communications director, then a senior strategist, for the Obama campaign.

Dan Pfeiffer, current communications director with the transition team, will be Obama's deputy communications director. He began work with the Obama campaign in January 2007 as traveling press secretary before returning to Chicago to work as communications director.

"These individuals will fill essential roles, and bring a breadth and depth of experience that can help our administration advance prosperity and security for the American people," Obama said in a written statement. "This dedicated and impressive group of public servants includes longtime advisors and a talented new addition to our team, and together we will work to serve our country and meet the challenges of this defining moment in history."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Nick

    All these are new,
    Next to those who are asking change!

    November 22, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Please Post

    Yes, Obama....this truly IS a defining moment in history.

    November 22, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Simmy

    I am pleased with everyone, and ok with Sen Clinton so far! I am still waiting for the talented Ms. Susan Rice, and David Plouffe... You're a winner Mr. President!

    November 22, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. simon

    gibbs works for me!

    November 22, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Marge

    So -- with all these appointments what's he going to give to fancy pants kerry.

    November 22, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Yess

    I'm glad Barack's putting people from the campaign in the white house...because if they run our country they way Barack's campaign was run...this country will be in great shape!

    Obama!!! Biden!!!

    November 22, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Anita of georgia

    President eiect Obama, could have not made a better pick for press Secretary than Robert Gibbs. Another competent addition to the Obama Administration. With all the great choices, that has been vetted to join this Administration, I can only see good thing happening in the next four to eight years. I believe for once in a long time, we will have a commander in chief, that will put our country back on the right track, and most Americans will be proud to call the United States home.

    November 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Wasn't Gibbs the guy who ripped Hannity a new one? Love it! He's going to be great!

    November 22, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. carol

    Carry on President elect, you are doing a grand job....my, what a fabulous team he will have in place when he takes over next year.
    It is so exciting, knowing that things are going along nicely and good people getting chosen for key jobs....what a great day when he can finally be called the President of the United States of America.
    A new era is on the way and the change is long overdue, we have been patient and our patience has paid off by electing President elect Obama as our new President.
    Better days ahead for America in 2009

    November 22, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Robert From VA

    I think Kerry is a good candidate for Supreme Court, although he is kinda old. I'd love to see him get a such a great consolation prize though, because he truly is a great man.

    November 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Those who fear Obama's vetting process must have something to hide otherwise why are they complaining. The whole purpose of being vetted is based on ones integrity that is also part of being qualified.

    November 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Pats

    Well done President-elect and team. This is sure a sign of a defining moment. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 22, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Guess what – this is not going to be the most open Presidency with transparent accountablity as people think. I think people are going to be surpised at how tightly bolted down Obama's reign will be. It will be another same old.

    November 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. endithinks

    Gibbs has proven himself capable. I'm happy with his choice.

    November 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. neville

    common obama/biden on right track

    November 22, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Marie banderas

    I am very impressed with all the knowledgeable heads Obama is surrounding himself with..I heard it first from my own father long long ago, man doesnt have to be all that smart to be a manager of a buisness, just needs to be smart enough to know who to hire to help him, and here we have a man like that, BUT, who is also extremely intelligent himself ! I have NO doubts Obama from day one, will be putting this nation back together, getting jobs going, getting health care going, and all the green projects he can possibly come up with to once again make us a leader in our world again..I even favor FINING any/all companys who send jobs somewhere else..Way to go Obama..Know you CAN do it !

    November 22, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. maurice

    can i walk on water too? im still waiting for change . so far from what i see its gonna be politics as usual.

    November 22, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Maria Dixon

    Great. Obama throws an Auburn boy in the mix...the first sign that the end in near.

    November 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Craig from NC

    These folks, along with the media, will constitute the new Ministry of Information.

    November 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Diana Ewing NJ

    Always have been impressed with Robert Gibbs and how he handles things without ever being nasty, always a smile.

    November 22, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    No Hillary-do you have nothing to do but spew this stuff on all of the blogs.

    I'm going to ask you what I ask all the right wingers....give us some evidence. Otherwise, go spew on FoxNews or the Weekly Standard or the National Review. There are plenty of places to spout off.

    We are a hopeful lot and are looking for positives. Anything to improve the last 8 years.

    November 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Jen

    Folks, this picture sends as thousand words. With all the "brain" O is bringing, I think O must go beyond and encourage his most important and closest advisors to also take on some type of a fitness regiment. David Axelrod and Robert (love em both) will be so much healther like their boss if they may be look into getting into shape. We do not want them to have any health problems as O will need them to be functioning at optimal level. What do'yall think?

    November 22, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. USA Patriot

    God job, Mr. President. We are fired up and ready to go!!!!

    November 22, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. faye

    NO HILLARY......................SHE NEED TO GO AWAY.............

    November 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Puffin

    Guess what – this is not going to be the most open Presidency with transparent accountablity as people think. I think people are going to be surpised at how tightly bolted down Obama's reign will be. It will be another same old.
    __

    And you think McCain's presidency would be any different?. Republicans have a chance in just four years. For the time being, try to be kind, Obama is taking on huge mess, give him some room to breath.

    November 22, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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