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NYT Mag profiles Obama spokeman Robert Gibbs

Mark Leibovich profiles President-elect Barack Obama’s chief spokesman Robert Gibbs in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times Magazine: “Gibbs is about to start a job that, like the presidency, seems to age its occupants disproportionately to the years they spend in the job. And it happens live and on C-Span. Known in Washington shorthand as ‘the podium job,’ it has achieved a certain iconic stature — or thanklessness — in the ritual kabuki of Washington. White House press secretaries get a daily blistering from the press, nightly ridicule from comedians and are subjected to the widespread belief that they are unhelpful, obfuscating puppets — which, of course, they sometimes are.” Read the rest of the profile here.

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