In all the daily press briefing videos that I’ve seen of Gibbs, he’s had more fun than all the press secretaries from the last administration combined (Scott McClellan was decent. The late Tony Snow was quite boring, while Dana Perino struggled to be taken seriously). That’s quite something, considering he had to answer tough questions and deal with the same annoying reporters almost everyday.
I don’t really buy that he left for a bigger paycheque. I don’t think a White House Press Secretary has to worry about a thing for the rest of his life, financially (barring any unreasonably lavish habits).
What makes most sense is that Gibbs told his good friend Obama that he needed a break and wanted to focus on the re-election campaign for 2012 instead. They can’t afford to take any chances, even if the polls show that the President would beat his likely Republican opponents (Palin and Romney) if the election were held today.
While Gibbs, along with Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod, are leaving the White House, David Plouffe and others are joining the administration guide Obama for the next two years of his presidency.
So long, Mr. Gibbs. I’ll always remember that time when you took a reporter’s ringing cell phone and threw it away.