Gibbs to step down from White House

The latest departure from President Obama's White House is press secretary Robert Gibbs, who said Wednesday that he planned to step down and become an adviser to Obama's re-election campaign.

The latest departure from President Obama's White House is press secretary Robert Gibbs, who said Wednesday that he planned to step down and become an adviser to Obama's re-election campaign. 

The announcement, say news reports, is part of a larger White House reorganization that includes some of the most influential staffers in the Obama Administration over the last two years.

Speculation cites Bill Burton, deputy press secretary, and Jay Carney, communications director for VP Joe Biden, as contenders to take the role of press secretary when Gibbs steps down in February. Obama's first communications director Ellen Moran also stepped down, in April 2009, while interim communications director Anita Dunn left in November 2009 to return to her firm, now called SKDKnickerbocker.

The Associated Press says that Gibbs will act as an outside political adviser to Obama, a role where he would also give speeches to the private sector.

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