White House press secretaries come and go, but all leave a legacy for those who follow and a lasting impression on journalists with whom they spar in daily briefings.
Robert Gibbs was no exception as he departed as press secretary on Friday. Below are scenes from his final conference.
President Obama draws a laugh from his outgoing press secretary at Gibb's last briefing for White House reporters. (Photo by Richard A. Bloom)
“Robert has not only been an extraordinary press secretary, but he has been a great friend,” Obama said. “You couldn’t ask for anybody better in the foxhole with you.” Everybody at the White House, he added, “loves Robert … I don’t think we could have a better press secretary.” (Photo by Richard A. Bloom)
Obama presented Gibbs with a pale-blue tie to replace the one he borrowed from Gibbs before Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Richard A. Bloom)
The White House press corps got one last chance to hear from and ask questions of Gibbs. (Photo by Richard A. Bloom)
A reporter catches history on his iPhone. (Photo by Richard A. Bloom)