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How do White House staff know when it’s time to leave?


SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/GIBBSIt’s an age old question that even applies to senior staff working in the White House: At what point do you decide it’s time to quit your job and move on?

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs predicted at the Reuters Washington Summit that some people working in the White House will soon decide they want to go back to a less hectic life. Especially those who worked on President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign which lasted two grueling years.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to come and work in that building each and every day,” said Gibbs.

Gibbs said he told himself early on in the job, when he was driving to work on a dark and cold morning, that if he ever lost his awe of the White House it would be time to go.