Gibbs Likely to Go In White House Shakeup

Sources say White House press secretary considering 2012 campaign role
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2011 2:42 AM CST
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gestures during a daily briefing at the White House. The Alabaman has long been one of Obama's most trusted advisers.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs—who recently told reporters no major administration reshuffle was on the way—is likely to be headed for the exit himself as part of the overhaul, according to Politico. Gibbs is seriously considering stepping aside to work on President Obama's 2012 campaign, although no final decision has been made and administration officials haven't settled on a successor, say sources.

In other personnel changes, a new permanent White House chief of staff—possibly William Daley—is rumored to be on the way, and senior adviser David Axelrod has already announced his departure. Away from the West Wing, Joe Biden's chief of staff has resigned to oversee AOL founder Steve Case's investment firm, and sources say Tina Tchen, director of the White House office of engagement, is to become Michelle Obama's third chief of staff.

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