Robert Gibbs
American political advisor
Robert Gibbs
Robert Lane Gibbs is a senior campaign adviser for US President Barack Obama. Previously, he was the 28th White House Press Secretary. Gibbs was the communications director for then-U.S. Senator Obama and his 2008 presidential campaign.
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Democrats Were Blindsided By The Tea Party Wave. Now Republicans Worry It Could Happen To Them.
Huffington Post - 14 days
WASHINGTON ― It was the summer of 2009, and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) was sitting in a restaurant in his home state of North Dakota, eating breakfast, when a waitress came to his table and handed him a bag of tea. This was peculiar, since Pomeroy hadn’t asked for tea. Nor, for that matter, had the waitress brought him a cup in which to drink it ― just the bag. Pomeroy quickly surmised that this was about politics, and not some ploy to enhance her tip. That summer, tea party protests had erupted at town hall meetings where he and his colleagues met with constituents. Those had been bad, forcing him to nix the in-person meetings in favor of less troublesome dial-in phone calls. Now, however, he was being targeted while eating his eggs ― a sure sign that even voters, even those with North Dakota nice dispositions, were agitating for change. “In retrospect, that was the beginning of the end,” Pomeroy said of the encounter. “You didn’t have to be a genius to know something wa ...
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President Barack Obama Saw Himself -- His Persona And Story -- As The Answer
Huffington Post - about 1 month
This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post has been publishing over the past week. WASHINGTON ― When I first met Barack Obama, in January 2005, he had just arrived in the U.S. Senate. He was 43 years old, but looked 33. A Sinatra-like black suit hung loosely over his lanky frame, and he flashed an enormous smile that lit up the Capitol hallways. He had “president” written all over him and everyone in the place knew it, most of all ― and quite evidently ― Obama himself. He was a class act, and he knew that, too, and was determined to maintain his dignity. That sounds like a small thing but it was and is not, in a society full of noise, stupidity and accusation. His had risen fast, but not via lots of elections or by passing lots of legislation, or detailed agendas and platforms. He had done it through eloquent language largely about himself. His story and lively presence were his own proof of the healing virtues of American struggle and hope. ...
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Donald Trump will continue to tweet randomly after he takes office
Yahoo News - about 2 months
If you made the assumption that a PR team is handling Donald Trump’s Twitter assaults, you’d be wrong. The incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said that the President-elect’s tweets are his own, and the team never knows when or what he’ll tweet next. He also said that it’s likely that President Trump will continue to tweet while in office, as this offers him a direct way to address the public. “I do not know, I do not get a memo [about the tweets],” Spicer said at a University of Chicago Institute of Politics event. “He drives the train on this.” Former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs and former Obama adviser David Axelrod were also attending the event, The Wall Street Journal reports . Trump’s tweeting will make Spicer’s job more exciting, he said. “You know that he can drive a message and influence people in a way that hasn’t been done before,” the future press secretary said. Spicer also dismissed the idea that Trump tweets randomly, labeling such thinking as misconception. “He i ...
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Robert Gibbs recalls when Obama decided on a White House bid
CNN - 6 months
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recalls the exact moment in late 2005 that then-Sen. Barack Obama, a newly elected senator from Illinois, began shifting his thinking about running for president in 2008 from an emphatic "no" to "maybe."
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If An Unspeakable Tragedy Happens Tonight, This Man Could End Up President
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Hours before President Barack Obama embarked on the short drive down Pennsylvania Avenue to deliver the final State of the Union address of his presidency, news emerged from the Hill about preparations for the unimaginable. Specifically, word got out that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would be a “designated survivor” for Tuesday evening’s festivities. (Hatch's office politely declined to confirm whether this is true, citing security considerations.) Sen Orrin Hatch, Senate President Pro Tempore to be the "designated survivor" for State of the Union tonite. 3rd in line to presidency — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 12, 2016 To be a designated survivor is a macabre honor. You’re one of the people who have to watch the State of the Union from somewhere far away, in case -- God forbid -- some unspeakable tragedy happens in the House chamber. It’s not a small task. The president, as is custom, will designate his own survivor for the occasion, selectin ...
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Former Obama White House spokesman takes McDonaldland storytelling job
Chicago Times - over 1 year
McDonald's has hired President Barack Obama's former White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs. He's the perfect choice to neither confirm nor deny whatever may or may not be going on.
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David Axelrod Book Reveals Behind-The-Scenes Drama Of Obama Campaign And Presidency
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Longtime Democratic operative and Obama aide David Axelrod tried to talk the president out of running for the U.S. Senate in 2004, according to Axelrod's upcoming memoir to be published Tuesday. Axelrod writes that he suggested Obama instead mount a primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) or run for mayor of Chicago upon the rumored imminent departure of longtime Mayor Richard Daley. (Daley ultimately stepped down in 2011.) The Senate was judged to be too unrealistic. “After all, he had just failed badly in a House race in a largely black district. Now he wanted to aim higher -- a black man from the South Side of Chicago with no money, no statewide organization, and precious little name recognition,” Axelrod writes in his new book Believer: My 40 Years In Politics, an advance copy of which was obtained by The Huffington Post. “And that’s before you considered the problem that Obama’s exotic surname rhymed with that of the hated terrorist who, one year earlier ...
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Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment
Huffington Post - about 3 years
How to Build a Post-Constitutional America One Death at a Time Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Terrorism (ter-ror-ism; see also terror) n. 1. When a foreign organization kills an American for political reasons. Justice (jus-tice) n. 1. When the United States Government uses a drone to kill an American for political reasons. How's that morning coffee treating you? Nice and warming? Mmmm. While you're savoring your cup o' joe, imagine the president of the United States hunched over his own coffee, considering the murder of another American citizen. Now, if you were plotting to kill an American over coffee, you could end up in jail on a whole range of charges including -- depending on the situation -- terrorism. However, if the president’s doing the killing, it's all nice and -- let’s put those quote marks around it -- "legal." How do we know? We’re assured that the Justice Department tells him so.  And that’s justice enough in post-Constitutional America. Through what s ...
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6 Unanswered Questions About Obama's Drone War
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Update: Yesterday the Washington Post reported that Obama administration officials say drone strikes in Pakistan have been "sharply curtailed" at the request of the Pakistani government while it pursues peace talks with the Taliban. The administration says it will still carry out strikes against senior al-Qaeda targets if they pose a direct, imminent threat to Americans. Meanwhile, drone strikes have continued in Yemen, where a missile attack on a wedding convoy killed at least 11 people in December. On January 23, 2009, President Barack Obama authorized his first drone strike. The attack, launched against a compound in northwestern Pakistan, killed between 7 and 15 people—but missed the Taliban hideout the Central Intelligence Agency thought it was targeting. Over the next five years, the CIA carried out more than 390 known drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. (The agency carried out 51 drone strikes between 2004 and 2009, during the Bush administration.) Obama made ...
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Want to Piss Off the White House? Talk About Climate Change
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Politico's Glenn Thrush has a revealing new piece on the pressures of being in President Obama's cabinet—a supposedly fun thing most of its members will never do again. There a lot of nuggets in there, but one in particular stood out: the White House's private outrage at former Secretary of Energy Steve Chu's impromptu decision to talk about climate change while visiting an island nation uniquely threatened by it. On a trip to Trinidad and Tobago with the president, a staffer persuaded press secretary Robert Gibbs to let Chu answer a few questions: Gibbs reluctantly assented. Then Chu took the podium to tell the tiny island nation that it might soon, sorry to say, be underwater—which not only insulted the good people of Trinidad and Tobago but also raised the climate issue at a time when the White House wanted the economy, and the economy only, on the front burner. "I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans, and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes," Chu sa ...
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Obama After Backing Gay Marriage: 'I Feel So Good About That'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama felt a sense of relief after coming out in favor of gay marriage, according to "Double Down," a new book about the 2012 campaign. "I feel so good about that," he reportedly told adviser David Plouffe, after declaring his support in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. But the Obama team didn't feel "so good" several days before, when Vice President Joe Biden went off script in a "Meet The Press" interview, expressing his support for gay marriage and getting out in front of the president. The anecdote is one of many in the richly reported book, set to be released Tuesday, by "Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It also details how Obama advisers considered replacing Biden with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket and how Jon Huntsman, Sr. was the source for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes for 10 years. The Huffington Post independently obtained a copy of the ...
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Howard Dean: GOP Also To Blame For Botched Obamacare Rollout
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) offered a new perspective on the bumpy Obamacare rollout on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, assigning Republicans a share of the blame for the marred online implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Dean, a 2004 candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, said Republican strategies to delay and defund the launch of the Affordable Care Act contributed to the rollout’s struggling debut. "First of all, in fairness you've got to blame the Republicans for some of this because they delayed everything they possibly could, threw as many monkey wrenches into the process as they could, and there's some success here," Dean said. Dean added that the 36 states that relied on the Department of Health and Human Services to operate the new insurance marketplaces -- as opposed to setting up their own state-run exchanges -- should have been split up into four or five different regions to prevent one consolidated source from crashing. "And then put ...
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Obamacare Glitches
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The government shutdown was a misguided and senseless tactic that cost American taxpayers at least $24 billion and damaged the Republican brand. But the error-plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has given the GOP a way to change the conversation. Senator Ted Cruz's reckless strategy to defund Obamacare was never going to succeed. But he knew that. However, the ambitious Cruz saw it as tremendous opportunity to galvanize Tea Party members behind his leadership. And, while moderate Republicans call his maneuvers a "fool's errand," there is no question Cruz has now won the loyal support of many on the right. Yet many Republicans are shaking their heads in frustration because the Cruz shutdown has taken attention away from Obamacare's problems. "The fiasco of rollout has been obscured because of this internecine strife that's been going on in the Republican Party," Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Sunday on CNN. "Keep up the fight against Obamacare, but don't shut ...
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Affordable Care Act suffers technology ailments
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
[...] that the government has reopened and a debt default averted, the external threats to the Affordable Care Act are over, at least for the time being. Traffic to the federal government's health exchange, HealthCare.gov, fell by 88 percent since the first week of its rollout, beginning Oct. 1. Former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs this week called the rollout "excruciatingly embarrassing" for the Obama administration. Fingers have been pointed at the federal government's IT contractor, Canada's CGI Federal, which built the site serving the 36 states that would not build their own. Covered California's online directory of health care providers has been down for over a week due to a plethora of inaccurate information, including names of doctors who have not signed up with the exchange. In June the Government Accountability Office warned that the federal exchange might not be ready to go by Oct. 1. "Factors such as the still-evolving scope of required activities in each state ...
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PENALTY PREFERRED Business owners may opt for fines over ObamaCare
Fox News - over 3 years
ObamaCare site also includes voter registration option Robert Gibbs says ObamaCare glitches should lead to firings
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Former White House spokesman Gibbs says he hopes people fired over ObamaCare glitches
Fox News - over 3 years
Robert Gibbs, who served as White House Press Secretary from 2009-2011, says the first two weeks of open enrollment for the president’s health care overhaul were “bungled badly.”
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Gibbs
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In 2015 Gibbs became the Chief Communications Officer for MacDonalds Restaurant.
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  • 2013
    Age 41
    In June 2013 it was announced that Gibbs became a founding partner of a new strategic communications practice called The Incite Agency, which he co-founded.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs was born in Auburn, Alabama. His parents, Nancy Jean (née Lane) and Robert Coleman Gibbs, worked in the Auburn University library system and involved their son in politics at an early age. Nancy Gibbs would take Robert, then known as "Bobby," to local League of Women Voters meetings rather than hire a babysitter, and involved him in "voter re-identification" work at the county courthouse. Gibbs attended Auburn City Schools and Auburn High School. At Auburn High, Gibbs played saxophone in the Auburn High School Band, was a goalkeeper on the Tigers' soccer team, and participated in the school's debate squad.
    His first appearance was on the same night prior to the 2013 State Of The Union Address.
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    On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Gibbs had been hired as a contributor for cable-news channel MSNBC.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    He later served as a senior campaign adviser for Obama's campaign during the 2012 presidential election.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    He formally left the position on February 11, 2011.
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    On January 5, 2011, Gibbs announced that he would leave the White House to become an outside adviser to the administration.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    He assumed the role of press secretary on January 20, 2009, and gave his first official briefing on January 22.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with The Hill, Gibbs derided the “professional left” and "liberals," who “wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.” He said that people who compare Obama's policies to George W. Bush's "ought to be drug tested.” Gibbs stirred controversy when he stated that the drone killing of 16-year-old son of Anwar al-Awlaki was justified, and that the boy "should have had a more responsible father." Gibbs is married to Mary Catherine Gibbs, an attorney, and lives in Alexandria, Virginia with their son, Ethan. His parents live in Apex, North Carolina, where his mother Nancy is acquisitions director for Duke University Libraries.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    On November 22, 2008, it was announced by the Obama Transition Team that Gibbs would be the White House Press Secretary for the Obama administration.
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    Gibbs was announced as the press secretary for President Obama on November 22, 2008, and officially assumed the role on January 20, 2009, giving his first official briefing on January 22.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    As the chief intermediary between the Obama campaign and the press, Gibbs sought to counter the Republican National Committee's opposition research tactics against Obama in early 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs adopted a policy of rapid response to claims by conservative news outlets that questioned Obama's religious upbringing. In response to the "Obama is a Muslim" meme suggested by these claims, Gibbs disseminated information to other news networks that Obama is not nor has ever been Muslim. At the time, Gibbs said, "These malicious, irresponsible charges are precisely the kind of politics the American people have grown tired of." After comments by George W. Bush to the Israeli Knesset questioning Obama's foreign policy platform's focus on international diplomacy, Gibbs responded, calling Bush's comments "astonishing" and "an unprecedented attack on foreign soil." Gibbs argued that Bush's policy amounted to "cowboy diplomacy" that had been discounted by Bush's own Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and quoted with Gates' own words: "We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage... and then sit down and talk if there is going to be a discussion, then they need something, too. We can't go to a discussion and be completely the demander, with them not feeling that they need anything from us."
    Gibbs was criticized in February 2007, during the Obama Presidential campaign, by some left leaning bloggers.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    The appointment of Gibbs by Obama to the post of communications chief was met with mild controversy by some critics in the Democratic National Committee, who cited Gibbs' role in the aggressive campaign tactics used to block the nomination of Howard Dean in the 2004 race.
    More Details Hide Details Obama, however, referred to Gibbs as his "one-person Southern focus group" and welcomed him as part of his close-knit team that included strategist David Axelrod, campaign director David Plouffe, and research director Devorah Adler. In his communications role, Gibbs became known as "the enforcer" because of his aggressive rapid-response methods for countering disinformation tactics from opponents. Gibbs assumed responsibility for "shaping the campaign message, responding to the 24/7 news cycle, schmoozing with the press and fighting back when he disagreed with its reporting."
    Gibbs joined Barack Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign as communications director in mid-April 2004 and remained with the senator through the first two years of Obama's term.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs is credited with guiding Obama through those first years and molding his rise on the national scene. According to The New York Times, Gibbs advised Obama on politics, strategy and messaging, and spent more time with Obama than any other advisor.
    After leaving the Kerry campaign, Gibbs became spokesman for a 527 political group formed to stop the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean which launched attack ads against Dean.
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    Early in the 2004 presidential campaign, Gibbs was the press secretary of Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry.
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    Gibbs worked in the campaigns of two other senators and served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, before taking the position of press secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
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    Prior to becoming a member of the Obama team he was press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and was a part of several Senate campaigns, having served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs was also the press secretary of Representative Bob Etheridge.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    On November 11, 2003, Gibbs resigned "in reaction to the firing of Jim Jordan, abruptly let go by Kerry Sunday night."
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs was replaced by Stephanie Cutter, a former spokeswoman for Ted Kennedy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 25
    In 1997, Gibbs was press secretary for Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina and, in 1998, was spokesman for Senator Fritz Hollings' successful re-election campaign.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    Gibbs quickly rose through the ranks of Browder's staff, rising to become the representative's executive assistant in Washington, D.C. Gibbs returned to Alabama in 1996 to work on Browder's unsuccessful Senate campaign that year.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 19
    While a student at North Carolina State in 1991, Gibbs became an intern for Alabama's 3rd congressional district Congressman Glen Browder.
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  • 1990
    Age 18
    Gibbs went on to attend North Carolina State University, serving as goalkeeper for the North Carolina State Wolfpack soccer team from 1990 to 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs graduated from North Carolina State cum laude with a B.A. in political science in 1993.
  • 1989
    Age 17
    Gibbs graduated from Auburn High in 1989, in the same class as novelist Ace Atkins and LEGO artist Eric Harshbarger.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on March 29, 1971.
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