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

Gibbs likely to be press secretary

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Watch the event on"]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. Necie

    Wonderful....I've watched him throughout this campaign season, how he handles the media, answering questions and always staying on point.......he is a great choice.

    November 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    This guy is awesome. I hope Sean Hannity comes to the Press Conferences now!

    November 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Dawn

    This is great because Mr. Gibbs is not good at lying so the team will have to run in properly.

    November 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Viola

    Oh this guy more than deserves the job, he is the only person I have seen, who had the balls to shut FIX News down.

    November 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Candid

    This morning I listened to NPR National Public Radio, Obama supporters have high expectations from him: they said they are waiting for tax cuts, lower tuitions, higher income...It sounds they are not very reasonable. I am Obama supporter too, but I believe Obama will try very hard to make America a better country for everybody, but he does not have any magic, we the people have to work harder to help him and also help ourselves, please don't wait and do nothing then expect miracles happen.


    November 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. john in VA

    Rick said "Now with the picks he has for key positions i now know that we are headed down a road of socialism that will tear this country apart."

    Interesting, considering the only people picked so far are members of the "Transition Team", you know, the folks who dig into the the mess the current administration has built, and try to triage the damage and get a handle on the priorities. No cabinet or other adminstration positions have been chosen.

    As for the "road to socialism" tearing this country apart, I don't think you need to worry, Bush's unbridled capitalistic socialism (i.e. take from the poor and give to the rich) has already torn this country into little pieces.

    November 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. IowaMom

    Oh, I just found a youtube where Gibbs took on Hannity. Yeah, I like this guy.

    November 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Ken

    Mary, patience, patience. It will take awhile to identify a high-level [R] with enough brains left to support an Obama administration. And then they will have to beat him out of the "bushes", get him into the clear, while he dodges all the slanders of traitor coming from neo-morons like you.

    November 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. dwayne

    Good Choice! He shut up that twit Hannity on Fox News after the last debate!

    November 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. GOP Lost

    Bet it won't be Sarah Palin!

    November 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Zzzzz

    Great choice!! Love him for putting Sean Hannity in his place..."shoe box"
    Sean Hannity, Fixed News and characters are all idiots!! SHAME ON FOX!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Leo

    Again I have to stand up for my man Sean Hannity. He will not attend the press conferences because he is not the press! Geesh......

    November 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. gluvnast

    maddow is too far to the left. gibbs is the perfect choice, because he KNOWS obama like the back of his hand and he can handle the opposing media well while being respectable at the sametime

    November 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Independent Voter

    The economy was already in the toliet. Obama has nothing to do with the market right now. Geez, you Republicans are born spinners, I swear...tell the truth sometime.

    November 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Zzzzz

    Gibbs is a great choice. Love him for putting hater Sean Hannity in his place"shoe box"

    November 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Ken

    It great to see all the rightwing true-believers out here posting their drivel. They are immediately noticable, like the red hind-ends of baboons up in the forrest trees.

    November 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Tony stop the whining you are on here just be hateful. I wish CNN would moderate you right off of here. CRY BABY!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. carolflowery

    maybe Mrs. Ayers would be a good pic

    November 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. BS not Maverick

    Oberman will be sad.

    November 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Matt

    It's going to be fun to hear all the racists out there blabber about Obama appointing an all minority cabinet and other such nonsense, then watch Obama make responsible choices, just like he did during his entire campaign, based entirely on the merit of the people he appoints. Some people never learn because they refuse to look at the evidence. Think it thru: the reason they've used fear all these years is because they didn't want to be the only ones scared.

    November 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Dianne

    Pure speculation! But, having said that he's an obvious choice.

    Robert Gibbs is honest and has the perfect temperament to be Press Secretary. He has been the communicator for the Campaign all these long months and extremely loyal to the President-Elect Barack Obama.

    He's a 'Teddy Bear' but also has proven he can be TOUGH!

    November 6, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Paul, NJ

    When Hillary lost the primary, it took me a while to get over it. I wasn't ready to support Obama right away. After I got over the sting and started listening to what he had to say, I really liked what I heard. I suspect rational McCain supporters will take a little time to recover and then judge Obama on his performance. Hopefully we'll all be very impressed.

    November 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. American Concerned About Fluff

    Mr. Gibbs –

    Starting on Day 1 Demand Civility from The Press.

    Make sure that the Obama presidency marks a return to proper decorum and honor for the Office of the President of the United States.

    I can't want for you to respond with. That question is not relevant to the people's business. Put bounds on these journalists.

    If a journalist develops a reputation as an idiot seeking to titilate the public through the media ... blacklist the bum.

    November 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. EBJ

    HEY gt...I guess it's ok for FoxNews to be in every Republican's corner right? You right wing haters need to find a new hobby for the next 4 to 8 years.

    November 6, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Matt

    This guy delivered a well-deserved smackdown to that virus Hannity. He's precisely what is needed to make sure the messages coming out of the White House are not only truthful to begin with, but also get reported truthfully.

    November 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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