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1/6/2011 2:00 am

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Wall Street Journal

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Entered 1/6/2011, Updated 1/6/2011

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A number of advisers have departed or announced plans to leave President Barack Obama's administration. Read more about who's leaving and the jobs that are opening up. Obamas Team's Departures 1. Robert Gibbs White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Jan. 5, 2011, that he is resigning as the president's chief spokesman. Mr. Gibbs will become an outside political adviser to Mr. Obama and give speeches in the private sector. The change takes effect in early February. No successor was immediately named, but top contenders to replace him include two of his deputies, Bill Burton and Josh Earnest, and Jay Carney, who is the press secretary for Vice President Joe Biden. The latest departure comes as Mr. Obama faces a Republican-controlled House and as he gears up for his likely 2012 re-election bid. Mr. Gibbs, who has been at Mr. Obama's side for his entire presidential run, had been expected to leave the grueling position.


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