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Obama On Gibbs' Exit: His Important Team Role Doesn't Change

Jan 5, 2011

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Frank James

In a statement just released, President Obama reinforced the notion that just because Robert Gibbs is exiting his White House press secretary job, it doesn't mean he won't still be a key player in the inner circle. Anything but, apparently.

Here's the statement.

Statement by the President on the Departure of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

"For the last six years, Robert has been a close friend, one of my closest advisers and an effective advocate from the podium for what this administration has been doing to move America forward.  I think it's natural for him to want to step back, reflect and retool.  That brings up some challenges and opportunities for the White House - but it doesn't change the important role that Robert will continue to play on our team."

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