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Robert Gibbs Biography

Robert Gibbs born Robert Lane Gibbs is an American communication expert who doubles as the executive vice president and global chief communications officer handling public relations for the fast food chain McDonald’s. Additionally, he served as the twenty-fifth White House Press Secretary from 2009 to 2011. During Obama’s presidential tenure, Gibbs served as his political adviser and commentator, serving as the White House Press Secretary during the first term of the Obama Administration.

Before joining Obama’s team; he was press secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. He had also previously served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Gibbs was also the press secretary of Representative Bob Etheridge.

Robert Gibbs Age| Birthday| How Old is Robert Gibbs?

Gibbs was born in March 29, 1971 in Auburn, Alabama, U.S. and is 48 years old in 2019.

Robert Gibbs Parents

The communication expert’s parents, Mrs.Nancy Jean and Mr. Robert Coleman Gibbs, were involved  in the Auburn University library system. They also made sure to involve their son in politics at an early age. Instead of hiring a baby sitter, his mother would take Robert to local League of Women Voters meetings  involving him in “voter re-identification” work at the county courthouse. This exposure would later benefit his career path.

Robert Gibbs Education Credentials

Mr. Gibbs enrolled at Auburn High School. At Auburn High, Gibbs participated in extra curricular activities playing saxophone in the Auburn High School Band. Additionally, he participated in the school’s debate squad and was a goalkeeper on the Tigers’ soccer team. Gibbs graduated from Auburn High in 1989.

Gibbs enrolled for his undergrad at The North Carolina State University, serving as goalkeeper for the North Carolina State Wolfpack soccer team from 1990 to 1992.  In 1993, he graduated from North Carolina State cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science.

In 1991 while a student at North Carolina State Uni, he became an intern for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district Congressman Glen Browder. He quickly rose through the ranks of Browder’s staff, to become the representative’s executive assistant in Washington, D.C.

Robert Gibbs Congressional Press Secretary Career

The communication expert  joined North Carolina’s Congressman Bob Etheridge’s campaign in 1997 as his Press Secretary. The following year, he was the spokesman for Senator Fritz Hollings’ successful re-election campaign. He worked in the campaigns of two other senators, and served as Communications Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, before joining John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign as his Press Secretary.

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Robert Gibbs Relationship| Wife

The communications expert is married to Mary Catherine Gibbs, who works as an attorney. The couple resides in Alexandria, Virginia with their son, Ethan Gibbs. Gibbs parents reside in Apex, North Carolina, where they work  for Duke University.

Robert Gibbs Net worth

Net Worth of Robert Lane Gibbs is at least $584 Thousand dollars as of 13 February 2019. Mr. Gibbs owns over 6,683 units of Yelp stock worth over $425,638. His net worth is estimated to be $1-10 Million with his income streaming from political advisory.

Robert Gibbs & Senator John Kerry

In the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Gibbs was the press secretary of Democratic candidate Senator John Kerry.  He resigned “in reaction to the firing of Jim Jordan, abruptly let go by Kerry Sunday night.”On November 11, 2003.  After leaving the Kerry campaign, Gibbs became spokesman for a 527 political group formed to stop the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean which launched attack ads against Dean.

Robert Gibbs & Senator Barack Obama, 2004

Mr. Gibbs joined Barack Obama’s bandwagon in April 2004 for the U.S. Senate campaign as communications director. He worked with  the senator through the first two years of Obama’s term. The communications expert is credited with guiding Obama through those first years and molding his rise on the national scene. He would advise Obama on politics, strategy and messaging during his tenure.

Robert Gibbs U.S. Obama Presidential election, 2008

The communications expert appointment by Obama to the post of Communications Chief was met with mild controversy by some critics in the Democratic National Committee. Obama, however, referred to Gibbs as his “one-person Southern focus group” welcoming him as part of his close-knit team that included campaign director David Plouffe, strategist David Axelrod and research director Devorah Adler. Mr. Gibbs became known as “the enforcer” because of his aggressive rapid-response methods for countering disinformation tactics from opponents. Gibbs assumed responsibility for “shaping the campaign message, responding to the 24/7 news cycle, schmoozing with the press and fighting back when he disagreed with its reporting.” As the chief intermediary between the Obama campaign and the press, Gibbs sought to counter the Republican National Committee’s opposition research tactics against Obama in early 2007.


One of the notable counters by Gibbs was the rapid response to claims by conservative news outlets that questioned Obama’s religious upbringing. In response to the “Obama is a Muslim” meme suggested by these claims, Gibbs disseminated information to other news networks that Obama is not nor has ever been Muslim. At the time, Gibbs said, “These malicious, irresponsible charges are precisely the kind of politics the American people have grown tired of.”

After comments by George W. Bush to the Israeli Knesset questioning Obama’s foreign policy platform’s focus on international diplomacy, Gibbs responded, calling Bush’s comments “astonishing” and “an unprecedented attack on foreign soil.” Gibbs argued that Bush’s policy amounted to “cowboy diplomacy” that had been discounted by Bush’s own Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and quoted with Gates’ own words: “We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage … and then sit down and talk…if there is going to be a discussion, then they need something, too. We can’t go to a discussion and be completely the demander, with them not feeling that they need anything from us.”

Robert Gibbs White House Press Secretary, 2008

On 22 November 2008, it was put public that Mr. Gibbs would join the White House as the Press Secretary for the Obama administration. He assumed the role of press secretary on 20 January 2009, and gave his first official briefing on 22 January 2009. On 5 January 2011, after two years, the communications expert announced that he would leave the White House to become an outside adviser to the Administration. He formally left the position on February 11, 2011.

Robert Gibbs MSNBC Contributor

On 12 February 2013, Mr.Gibbs got hired as a contributor for cable-news channel MSNBC. His first appearance was on the same night prior to the 2013 State Of The Union Address.

Robert Gibbs The Incite Agency

In June 2013 it was announced that Gibbs became a founding partner of a new strategic communications practice called The Incite Agency, which he co-founded in 2013.

Robert Gibbs McDonald’s Corporation Communication Officer

In 2015, Gibbs became the chief communications officer for McDonald’s Corporation. McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across 37,855 outlets as of 2018

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