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President Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is to leave the role, it has been confirmed. Along with David Axelrod, Gibbs was a key component to Obama’s widely praised Presidential campaign.

Mr. Gibbs is going to become a consultant and speaker upon leaving his current role in February. He is the second member of the core Obama team to leave the White House in recent times, former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual recently left in order to run to be Mayor of Chicago. This perhaps shows a desire for Obama to reignite his Presidency after a difficult first half of his first term. He said:

“He’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay. I think it’s natural for someone like Robert to want to step back for a second to reflect, retool and that as a consequence brings about both challenges and opportunities for the White House.”

Gibbs though will still be an outside advisor to the White House, and a consultant to Obama’s re-election campaign.

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