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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who joined President Obama's staff when Mr. Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, announces Wednesday that he will join other high-ranking staffers leaving the presidential staff. (Associated Press)

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, who joined President Obama's staff when Mr. Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, announces Wednesday that he will join other high-ranking staffers leaving the presidential staff. (Associated Press)

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