Longtime Obama Aide Gibbs to Be Named Press Secretary

Strategist was frequent grinning surrogate on news shows
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 11:50 AM CST
Barack Obama chats with communications director Robert Gibbs, backstage after a rally in Dunedin, Fla., Sept. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama intends to name senior aide Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, a top Democratic official tells Politico. Gibbs was a senior communications strategist for Obama, and distinguished himself as a cheery TV surrogate throughout the campaign. The post hasn’t officially been offered or accepted, but journalists would likely welcome Gibbs, since he’d bring authority and access to the post.