Robert Gibbs Gives Final Press Briefing

... and gets his tie back from the president

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2011 5:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Robert Gibbs officially checks out as press secretary over the weekend, but he gave his final briefing today, notes the Hill. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to do this every single day,” said Gibbs. He got a parting gift from President Obama: a framed tie that Obama borrowed just before addressing the Democratic convention in 2004 with a speech that raised his national profile. “Robert started very early with me on this wild ride that I've been on,” said Obama. Jay Carney takes over Gibbs' post on Monday.

Outgoing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, right, walks away from the podium following his final news briefing.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Outgoing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses during the daily news briefing Friday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama presents outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs with a framed necktie.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, right, and incoming Press Secretary Jay Carney, listen as President Obama speaks about Egypt.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama speaks about Robert Gibbs in the latter's final news briefing.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama presents outgoing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs with a framed necktie.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Video of Robert Gibbs' final briefing. (The audio's not great.)   (Mediaite)

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