Statement by President Obama on the Departure of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–January 5, 2011.

“For the last six years, Robert has been a close friend, one of my closest advisers and an effective advocate from the podium for what this administration has been doing to move America forward. I think it’s natural for him to want to step back, reflect and retool. That brings up some challenges and opportunities for the White House – but it doesn’t change the important role that Robert will continue to play on our team.”