Bill Burton, a 1995 City Honors School grad, came back to talk to students at his alma mater in 2008. File photo by Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced his resignation today -- and a Buffalo boy could succeed him as President Obama's top spokesman.
Bill Burton, a 1995 City Honors School grad who grew up in North Buffalo, has served as Obama's deputy press secretary for two years. He previously was national press secretary for the Obama presidential campaign.
The affable Burton is well-liked by the White House press corps, but two others -- Josh Earnest, another Gibbs deputy, and Jay Carney, Vice President Biden's spokesman, are also thought to contenders for Gibbs' job.
Gibbs said he would leave by early February to become an outside political adviser to the president.
Burton remains close to his hometown, rooting for the Bills and returning to City Honors three years ago, where he told students: "You have a set of gifts and abilities you can use for whatever you want. You're all capable of being involved in something."
-- Jerry Zremski