Free Robert Gibbs! (Because why pay more?) 

President Obama flew to Wisconsin today to continue delivering his speech from last night. En route, press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked when he might be airborne from the West Wing.

Q: Is the President any closer to finding your replacement and springing you?

MR. GIBBS: “Free Robert Gibbs.” No, I anticipate that the president is actually quite close in that. And I anticipate that I will, as I’ve said, probably leave around sometime in mid-February. 

Q:  -- this week -- ?

MR. GIBBS: Could be.  I have not been told that, so I don’t know the answer. But my anticipation is that it won’t be long.

Q: So he knows who it is?  It’s just a --

MR. GIBBS: I don’t know if, honestly, he has made a final decision on that. And I anticipate, obviously, over the course of the next few days I think you’ll likely see final decisions that will be made on a lot of the -- finishing up the restructuring that began, quite honestly, probably back in September and October... 

Gibbs is leaving to consult for Obama's 2012 campaign, give speeches, go on TV -- stuff like that. And meanwhile we wait, while new chief of staff Bill Daley ponders names...

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