White House press Secretary Robert Gibbs is stepping down. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/5/obama-lose-spokesman-gibbs-steps-down/ Does this signal the start of campaign 2012? Gibbs has been with the President since 2004. http://www.examiner.com/google-tren...house-press-secretary-robert-gibbs-steps-down It sounds as though Gibbs will continue to assist the President. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/256399/obama-gibbs-retool-2012-robert-costa As per the President: "“For the last six years, Robert has been a close friend, one of my closest advisers and an effective advocate from the podium for what this administration has been doing to move America forward. I think it’s natural for him to want to step back, reflect and retool. That brings up some challenges and opportunities for the White House – but it doesn’t change the important role that Robert will continue to play on our team.”" The press has speculated the location of the campaign headquarters will be Chicago. http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/war...2012-Re-Election-HQ-to-Chicago-112450444.html "The Tribune lists a number of factors in the likelihood of President Obama centering his headquarters in Chicago, including strategist David Axelrod's planned move back to the city, blunting the perceived anti-Washington climate around the country and staying strategically close to a number of battleground states. "He will and must select Chicago," American University political scientist James Thurber told the newspaper. "He needs to project an anti-Washington image and keep the campaign staff far away from the echo chamber in D.C." A skeletal staff may be in place by spring 2011 with a larger team added by the summer or fall, according to some Democrats who talked to the paper." Apparently, it's difficult for the President to run as a Washington outsider - will this be believable?