Departure of White House Spokesman Part of ‘Major Retooling’

Obama set to announce new chief of staff and new national economic advisor.

White-House-2White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday called his departure part of a “major retooling” of President Obama’s senior staff.

In the coming days, Obama is set to announce a new chief of staff, and on Friday a new national economic adviser, among others economic aides.

David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, is expected to begin work at the White House on Monday as the president’s top adviser, as David Axelrod prepares to leave for Chicago to advise Obama’s reelection campaign.

Gibbs, briefing the press hours after his departure was announced, declined to comment on who might fill some of the top roles, but William Daley is said to be the likely chief of staff, and Gene Sperling is considered the favorite to replace Lawrence Summers as National Economic Council director.

Gibbs, who will stay on in his current role until early next month, also would not say who might replace him at the podium. Deputy press secretaries Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, as well as Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman, Jay Carney, have been mentioned as possibilities.

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Source: Sam Youngman | The Hill