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Obama mind-melder? His press secretary presumptive.

Obama mind-melder? His press secretary presumptive.

 

When it comes to handling the media, the person who knows how Obama thinks is Robert Gibbs, the disarmingly middle-aged, middle-brow, middle-brow looking guy who is anything but a middle-ranker in the Obama organization.

As the Washington Post reports:

"He's the last person Barack talks to when he's thinking about how to handle reporters' questions," says Linda Douglass, a campaign spokeswoman. "We call him the Barack Whisperer. He completely understands his thinking and knows how Barack wants to come across."

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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