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Robert Gibbs Quits White House Press Post

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Dec. 16, 2010. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Dec. 16, 2010.

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Robert Gibbs, President Obama's loyal press secretary since his days as a U.S. senator from Illinois, is stepping down as his boss' chief spokesman.

The move has been rumored for months so isn't really a surprise. It is part of a major reshuffling at a White House girding to deal with a Republican- controlled House and Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Gibbs, who is one of Obama's closest advisers, will continue in that role but from outside the White House. Meanwhile, he will become a private consultant where he stands to make much more money.

Mark Memmott at NPR.org's The Two-Way blog has a few more details.