Obama Announces Press Secretary

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Obama Announces Press Secretary


Byline: Associated Press

WASHINGTON President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named longtime spokesman Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary and reached outside his inner circle for the post of White House communications director.

The director of communications will be Ellen Moran, the executive director of the Washington group EMILYs List, an active supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Democratic presidential primary. Moran will join a team of longtime close advisers who will work closely with Obama on a daily basis.

Obamas choice of Moran was a surprise compared to Gibbs, who went to work for Obamas Senate campaign in 2004 and was communications director while Obama was in the Senate. Morans deputy in the White House will be Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director for Obamas presidential transition team.

Moran will head the team in charge of getting Obamas message out. As the head of EMILYs, which backs Democratic female candidates who support abortion rights, Moran has said Obama would have to work hard to win over women supporters who felt let down after Clintons historic presidential bid fell short.

"This was the longest primary campaign in the history of the Democratic party," Moran told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August. "Given the closeness of the outcome, the length of the race and the loyalty supporters felt to their candidates when you have that level of investment, yes, youre going to have disappointment when youre on the losing side. …

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