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Gibbs To Step Down As Obama's Press Secretary -- To Help Obama Campaign

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In addition, Politico reported last night:

Until recently, many in the building had expected Gibbs to stay. But according to sources, he is now seriously considering an exit from the West Wing -- a move that would allow him to work on Obama's 2012 reelection campaign and act as a media surrogate for the president, the sources say.

You might recall that Gibbs in fact held the post of campaign press secretary for Obama during the 2008 election cycle. Indeed, he once got into an excellent one-on-one with Sean Hannity in a post-debate spin room, about the subject of guilt by association: