Robert Gibbs, the public face of the Obama presidency, said Wednesday he is stepping down as press secretary amidst a string of staff changes meant to carry the White House through the 2012 reelection campaign and parry the Republican takeover of the U.S. House, Los Anegeles Times informs. Gibbs’s announcement comes as President Obama reconfigures his White House for the second half of the term with a blend of trusted campaign aides and possibly a few fresh faces. Obama will announce his new top economic advisor on Friday and he may also anoint a new chief of staff in the coming days.
While Obama has a strong rapport with his interim chief of staff, Pete Rouse, the president has not yet decided whether to keep him or replace him with William Daley, a former Commerce Secretary in the Clinton administration, according to White House aides. Daley has been in talks with Obama and the two met privately at the White House on Wednesday.
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