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

Obama announces key communications appointments

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. J.C.

    President-elect Obama:
    Can I ask for a position for Prof. Robert Reich, Clinton's former secretary of labor? He likes to tell the truth and you will need it in your administration. Thanks! BTW, we don't know each other, but I do admire the man's character and intelligence.

    November 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Sue

    Thank goodness. In addition to not having to listen to the
    Bush ramblings any more, we will also not have to listen to Dana Perino lie for him. America may have finally gotten it right-let's pray it isn't too late!

    November 22, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. barack

    Robert gibbs is a great man . i know he will be a great press secretary

    November 22, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Brian Hubbell II

    As long as he stops putting former clinton administration people in his, as well as keeps people like the former NY Treasury Secretary out, he might do ok, but the way things are going, he's gonna pull the same / more stuff that clinton did, and contrary to popular belief President Bill Clinton, his administration, and the Democrats are what caused this economic crisis.

    Presidential effects on an economy lag 4-10 years behind their implementation of economic plans, and Clinton had nothing to do with the surplus of the 90s. That came entirely from Reagan and Bush Sr's economic plans.

    If it weren't for GW Bush's tax cuts, we would have had this crisis start around the time they were implemented, but instead it was staved off for some time and could have been averted but alas, it was not.

    November 22, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Tex Ann ~~~~~~~

    You people suggesting names for the Supreme Court- you DO know that there first has to be a VACANCY on the Supreme Court before Obama can even nominate anyone, don't you??? And then the nominee has to be approved by Congress. Right now there are no vacancies.

    November 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. KJ

    Gibbs rocks!

    He's the one that took it to Hannity... "Sean, are you an anti-semite?"

    That was the greatest thing in cable news since it was invented.

    Go Gibbs!

    November 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. rm

    @No Hillary-No Obama:

    Are you still around? Get some therapy. Obama is President-elect, ok? Hillary has moved on. If you approached Hillary in the street, she would run. You ooze lunatic.

    November 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Elvis Tackie

    Hey i am not seeing so many blacks as i expected ....

    where are the blacks??

    November 22, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Walt, Belton,TX

    If only the country and especially the media had done as good a job at vetting Obama as his handlers are doing with his Clintoneesta cabinet members, maybe, just maybe we would have been spared this downturn in our democracy.

    November 22, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. melvin

    this guy has only appointed 2 minorities to his cabinet,and it was the minorities that elected him along with liberal whites,78% of the people who voted for him was either minorities or liberal whites,only 22% of his voters was moderate democrats,but his cabinet so far has only 2 minorities and no liberials,is this the change he was talking about.

    November 22, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Wow?

    Finally a choice I like.

    November 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Annjell

    I'd like to see Obama bring in some of his technology team from his campaign to stop the cyber attacks on our defense systems, and other critical departments.

    Obama, how about some MIT students?

    November 22, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Sanity has Returned

    With as much scrutiny that the RW media/pundits are going to throw at President Elect Obama, he will need the best team in order for Obama's plans to be communicated appropriately so that there is no room for the pundits to spin it. I'm happy with all the picks so far.

    November 22, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. The Real Issue

    The president-elect is brilliant. He carefully selects intelligent people to work with him. The selection of his cabinet has been cautious, expeditious and intelligent.

    Due to his selections and his intelligence, I look for him to be one of the most outstanding presidents in history. My fellow Americans, give him some time and you will see a turnaround in our present situation!!!

    November 22, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Defense Secretary McCain

    I was not an Obama supporter but I'm slowly feeling better about his win. My biggest regret about the win was that a great man like John McCain had to lose to make it happen. But Obama may turn out to be a good president. I'm approving of his cabinet picks as they seem centrist for the most part. I'm happy that he's getting advice from experienced politicians of both parties. I approve of Hillary as SoS. Obama is on track to practice the unity that he preaches. Now if only we could have Defense Secretary McCain, the political world would be perfect.

    November 22, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. mjc

    Gibbs is an excellent choice!

    November 22, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. AP

    No Hillary = No Obama November 22nd, 2008 5:40 pm ET

    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.


    I can't say I disagree with this person. I doubt this will be the most open Presidency. Afterall, they do say, the way a candidate runs his/her campaign is how they will run their administration.

    November 22, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Bridget, NM

    What about the job creation plan?

    This morning President-elect Obama mentioned that he will create new jobs by reconstructing tumbled roads, bridges, etc. Where does the money come from? Also, reconstruction of roads-bridges will take 1/2/3 years. After that what happens to these workers? Break the roads-bridges and reconstruct those again? This is just a band-aid solution and lacks vision.

    November 22, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Maggie SC

    Is that Ellen Moran close to Moron?

    November 22, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. earl,florida

    The first thing on Mr. Gibbs agenda ,would be buying a suit monday morning ,and for goodness sake get some suspenders....

    November 22, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Justin

    Hey Bridget from New Mexico, as to where will the money come from? Probably from the 10 billion a month we are spending on this war Iraq! At least Obama wants to improve and fix things over here in the US. I can't wait till President Obama takes the job. What a breath of fresh air it will be from the last 8 years! President Bush and his administration have dug are country into a deep hole! Obama is sorrounding himself with some very intelligent people. (unlike bush)

    November 22, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Gibbs is the same man who tore Limbaugh and Hannity to pieces – this is going to be good ole fashion, slap their faces when they spew non-sense politics!!!

    November 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. JNC, California

    No Hillary=No Obama...You will never be satisfied....Rock on Pres. Elect you are the right man for the job!!!! 08' 12' YES WE CAN!!!!

    November 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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