Report: Gibbs joins Obama campaign

Jan. 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has joined the Obama re-election campaign, sources tell Politico.

Gibbs is back on the president's payroll as a strategic consultant and roving surrogate, the newspaper said.

Though he left the White House a year ago, Gibbs has been on conference calls with President Obama, campaign manager Jim Messina, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod and senior White House adviser David Plouffe, the sources told Politico.

His new contract formalizes Gibbs' relationship with the Chicago-based campaign, though it is not clear how much he will be paid, Politico reported.

The newspaper said Gibbs, an Alabama native, is known for his blunt style and one of the reasons he was hired is his willingness to deliver tough messages to the president.

A book by Jodi Kantor, a New York Times reporter, says Gibbs sometimes has a troubled relationship with first lady Michelle Obama.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
10-month-old Turkish baby rescued after floating out to sea
Putin congratulates U.S. on Independence Day
Immigrant who shot S.F. woman was deported 5 times in the past, police say
5-year-old Florida girl killed by leaping sturgeon
Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months