White House defends social secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has done a great job despite the "party crashers" incident, U.S. administration officials say.

Obama to attend climate summit later

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama rescheduled his attendance at the climate change summit in Denmark, based on actions by China and India on coal, the White House said.
Obama: 30,000 more troops, exit start date

Obama: 30,000 more troops, exit start date

WEST POINT, N.Y., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The 68,000 U.S. troops already in Afghanistan will be joined by 30,000 more U.S. forces by next summer, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

U.S. dismayed by Israel's building plans

JERUSALEM, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The United States voiced dismay Tuesday over Israel's plan to expand settlements in East Jerusalem, saying the decision hinders the Middle East peace process.

Obama calls for Suu Kyi's release

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday called for the unconditional release of democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in Myanmar, officials said.
Obama wants Afghanistan 'exit strategy'

Obama wants Afghanistan 'exit strategy'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The White House Thursday stressed the need for an exit strategy from Afghanistan and said U.S. success there would depend on a strong Afghan government.
Obama rejects Afghan options

Obama rejects Afghan options

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday rejected all four options presented by advisers in Pakistan strategy discussions, a White House source said.

Obama hails Japan's $5B in Afghan aid

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Obama administration Wednesday welcomed Japan's decision to provide Afghanistan about $5 billion in aid over five years, the White House said.

Obama still mulling troop strength options

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan still is expected within the next few weeks, a White House spokesman said Monday.

Obama deliberate, not dithering, WH says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The White House fired back at former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for suggesting President Barack Obama's delay on troop strength in Afghanistan hurt allies.

Obama signs Pakistan partnership bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A bill that formalizes the strategic U.S.-Pakistani partnership was signed into law Thursday by U.S. President Obama, the White House said.
GOP, Dems spew invectives over Peace Prize

GOP, Dems spew invectives over Peace Prize

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Republicans criticized U.S. President Obama's winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Friday and the Democrats lashed out at Republicans for their comments.

Obama's Afghanistan decision few weeks out

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is probably several weeks away from making a decision about the situation in Afghanistan, the White House said Friday.
Peace prize a call to action, Obama says

Peace prize a call to action, Obama says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday he would accept the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize as a call to action to seek greater global engagement on issues.

Obama said firm on deciding war policy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is determined to have his strategy firmed up first before committing to troop levels in Afghanistan, his aides said.
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Robert Gibbs
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks about the swine influenza during his daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on April 27, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Robert Lane Gibbs (born March 29, 1971) was the 28th White House Press Secretary. Gibbs was the communications director for then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama and Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Gibbs, who has worked with Obama since 2004, was press secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and has previously specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998. Gibbs was also the press secretary of Representative Bob Etheridge. On November 22, 2008, Gibbs was announced as the press secretary of the Obama administration. He assumed the role of press secretary on January 20, 2009, and gave his first official briefing on January 22.

On January 5, 2011, Gibbs announced that he would leave the White House to become an outside advisor to the administration. He left on February 11, 2011.

Gibbs was born in Auburn, Alabama. His parents, Nancy and Robert Coleman Gibbs, worked in the Auburn University library system and involved their son in politics at an early age. Nancy Gibbs would take Robert, then known as "Bobby," to local League of Women Voters meetings rather than hire a babysitter, and involved him in "voter re-identification" work at the county courthouse. Gibbs attended Auburn City Schools and Auburn High School. At Auburn High, Gibbs played saxophone in the Auburn High School Band, was a goalkeeper on the Tigers' soccer team, and participated in the school's debate squad. Gibbs graduated from Auburn High in 1989, in the same class as novelist Ace Atkins, LEGO artist Eric Harshbarger, and the Chief Hospitalist at Valley Medical Center, Dr. Michael Mena.

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