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Obama names Robert Gibbs as press secretary

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-23

US President-elect Barack Obama has chosen close aide Robert Gibbs to be the White House press secretary while Ellen Moran from the women's organisation Emily's List would be director of communications

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US president-elect Barack Obama has named his former Senate communications director Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, Obama's transition office said in a statement Saturday.

Obama's traveling spokesman during the presidential campaign, Gibbs gained a reputation as a rapid rebuttal specialist while also advising Obama on key strategic matters.

Obama's office also named Ellen Moran as director of communications and Dan Pfeiffer as deputy director of communications.

"These individuals will fill essential roles, and bring a breadth and depth of experience that can help our administration advance prosperity and security for the American people," Obama said in a statement.

Moran is a new addition to the Obama team, who previously worked for Emily's List, a group that aims to get Democratic women who support abortion rights elected to government office.

Pfeiffer worked as communications director for the presidential transition team and managed press operations for the Illinois senator in Chicago.

"This dedicated and impressive group of public servants includes longtime advisors and a talented new addition to our team, and together we will work to serve our country and meet the challenges of this defining moment in history," Obama said.

Obama will take over from President George W. Bush on January 20, 2009.

Date created : 2008-11-23