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Ex-Obama Spokesman Gibbs Is Now a Fast-Food Honcho

He'll run global communications for McDonald's

(Newser) - From the White House to the ... golden arches? Former Obama spokesman and adviser Robert Gibbs is now in charge of global communications for McDonald's, reports Politico . CEO Steve Easterbook explains that Gibbs, who left the White House in 2011, brings “experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as... More »

White House: What Crimea Referendum?

Wants congress to pass aid package to Ukraine, says Kiev has its full support

(Newser) - As a tense Crimea votes today , the White House is already turning its back on the outcome, with senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer telling NBC that "the United States is not going to recognize the results of that referendum," or any new borders, and that the US will be... More »

Colbert on Romney: 'On a Rocket Ride to Plausible'

Pols bicker over Libya attack

(Newser) - With President Obama and Mitt Romney hunkered down in debate prep , their surrogates took to the airwaves today, as did Steven Colbert, both in and out of character, reports Politico . Assessing Romney's post-debate trajectory, Colbert quipped, "He is on a rocket ride to plausible at this point."... More »

Team Obama: Mitt's Debate 'Masterful,' 'Dishonest'

Plus, more debate over Jack Welch

(Newser) - Team Obama was busily spinning Wednesday's debate today, with Robert Gibbs in one breath calling Mitt Romney's performance "masterful, masterful," and in the next slamming it as just that: a "performance" that was at best "fundamentally dishonest," reports Politico . "He did a... More »

RNC Chairman: Reid a 'Dirty Liar'

Republicans pile on after Romney tax allegations

(Newser) - Today's big talk show topic: Harry Reid's speculation that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years . Republicans were on the attack, while Democrats defended Reid and/or urged Romney to just release his tax returns and end all the guessing games, Politico reports. Highlights from the Sunday... More »

Obama to Romney: Open Up Your Finances

Obama: Romney should be 'open book' like father

(Newser) - President Obama kept up the Democrat attacks on Mitt Romney's personal finances yesterday, calling on Romney to release more details about his offshore bank accounts, reports Politico . "What's important is if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are and what... More »

Dems: Romney Just 'Business in Bermuda'

Gibbs et al slam candidate's foreign finances

(Newser) - Salivating Democrats jumped all over Mitt Romney's foreign finances today, painting the candidate as an out-of-touch rich guy stuffing his cash in offshore mattresses—and in the case of Robert Gibbs, suggesting that Romney may have crossed legal boundaries. "We don't know" if Romney has acted illegally,... More »

Ann Coulter: Jeb's Going to Run

And 'we don't need another Bush'

(Newser) - Ann Coulter today added to the chatter about a white knight riding in to swipe the GOP nomination at a brokered convention—and the Mitt Romney supporter is none too pleased about the prospect, reports Politico . "It looks like we can throw Jeb Bush's hat into the ring,... More »

Michelle Frightened at First: Book

Details of Jodi Kantor book continue behind-the-scenes look

(Newser) - Details from The Obamas, by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, continue to trickle out , and ABC News reports on revelations of a personal nature. According to Kantor, Michelle Obama felt "frightened and alone" during her first days in the White House. The first lady wanted to stay behind... More »

Huntsman: Trump Debate 'a Joke'

And he's not the only one who thinks so

(Newser) - The saga continues: Donald Trump thinks Jon Huntsman is a "joke candidate." Huntsman thinks Trump's debate "is a joke." More from the candidate's comments, made today, plus other reactions to the controversial Dec. 27 debate:
  • Huntsman: "This is not about ratings for Donald
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Get Ready for Earful From Obama Aides

President needs trash-talking surrogates ahead of election 2012: Michael Scherer

(Newser) - Amid press conferences and big speeches, President Obama spent his first two years in office as “his own messenger.” But expect that to change in the run-up to the next election, writes Michael Scherer in Time . In those first two years, Obama lacked a solid team of spokespeople;... More »

McCain: Gadhafi Has 'Days or Hours'

And Jon Huntsman isn't sure Michele Bachmann's ideas originate on planet Earth

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's gig is up, according to John McCain , who today told Face the Nation that Libyan rebels' victory is "a matter of hours, if not days." "I believe that it's nearing the end," McCain said, who cautioned about the difficulties in transitioning to... More »

Facebook in Talks to Hire Gibbs

Former press secretary would have a senior communications position

(Newser) - Facebook is in talks with to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, reports the New York Times . Gibbs would reportedly be up for a "senior role" in the company's communications team. The move comes as Facebook ramps up preparations for an IPO, which many think could come... More »

Robert Gibbs Gives Final Press Briefing

... and gets his tie back from the president

(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... More »

Obama's China Envoy Quitting—to Run in 2012

Gibbs: Ambassador Huntsman's future wide open

(Newser) - The White House confirmed today that it's looking for a new envoy to China, as Ambassador Jon Huntsman leaves to prepare a 2012 bid against his current boss, Politico reports. Huntsman has the support of several prominent GOP operatives, who've formed a PAC in order to begin the financial and... More »

Jay Carney Pick Is 'Radical Departure' for White House

Analysis: New press secretary is a relative outsider in West Wing

(Newser) - Jay Carney may have been working for Joe Biden the last two years, but his selection as White House press secretary is actually a "radical departure" from business as usual for the White House, writes Josh Gerstein at Politico . Unlike most in the Robert Gibbs operation—including the man... More »

Jay Carney Will Replace Robert Gibbs

Biden aide and former Time reporter will be press secretary

(Newser) - The new White House press secretary will be Jay Carney, reports Politico . Carney, 45, currently serves as Joe Biden's communications director and previously worked for years as a journalist for Time magazine, including a stint as Washington bureau chief. Carney, who is married to ABC correspondent Claire Shipman, had apparently... More »

Gibbs: I'm Stepping Down, Becoming Political Adviser

Press secretary will also hit the speech circuit

(Newser) - Robert Gibbs confirms that he's part of the long-rumored White House shakeup today, telling the New York Times that he'll leave the job in early February to become a political adviser. He's also looking to pick up a little loot on the speaking circuit. A successor is expected to be... More »

Gibbs Likely to Go In White House Shakeup

Sources say White House press secretary considering 2012 campaign role

(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... More »

Gibbs: No Cabinet Shakeup Coming

Larry Summers' replacement expected to be named in January

(Newser) - That big shakeup that's going to change the face of President Obama's Cabinet? Not happening, Robert Gibbs tells State of the Union today. "I don't expect, quite honestly, big changes," he said. The exception to that rule is Larry Summers' replacement, whom Gibbs expects to see named in... More »

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