Gibbs: Successor could be named as soon as Thursday

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday his successor could be named as soon as today.

At his daily press briefing, Gibbs said he had no news about who would replace him behind the podium when he steps down, but said it "could be later today. It could be tomorrow."

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The Washington press corps has kept a watchful eye on who might replace Gibbs, who is resigning to take time off and become an advocate for President Obama's reelection in a capacity outside the administration.

Gibbs said he didn't expect Obama to make the announcement himself, and cautioned journalists not to look for word to come over Twitter, either.

The choice could signal whether the administration is intent on continuing a staff reshuffling by bringing in outsiders, following two years of a close-knit group of campaign holdovers surrounding Obama. 

ABC News is reporting Gibbs's successor is likely to be Jay Carney, Vice President Biden's communications director and a former journalist.

This post was updated at 2:56 p.m.