Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has returned to President Barack Obama’s payroll as a “roving surrogate and strategic consultant” for the president's re-election campaign, according to Politico
For the past several months, Gibbs, who has a reputation for a short fuse and who quit his press secretary job just over a year ago, “has been present on conference calls with Obama, campaign manager Jim Messina, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod and senior White House adviser David Plouffe,” Politico’s Glenn Thrush quotes sources as telling him.
Now, however, Gibbs has a contract to formalize his work for Obama’s Chicago-based campaign, although he is free to take on other speaking and consulting jobs.
As for how the temperamental Gibbs landed the paying gig, “a person close to Obama said one of the reasons he was being brought closer to the campaign is his willingness to deliver tough messages to the president, a role he's played for five years of governing and campaigning,” Thrush reported.
“He's one of the few Obama advisers with the credibility to confront the president when Obama delivers a lackluster speech or strays from the talking points,” according to the Politico report.
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