‘Easygoing’ Burton Steps In for Vacationing Gibbs

bill burton.jpgWhile White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is on vacation, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, has been subbing in.

Known for being less combative than Robert Gibbs has been of late, Burton has worked with a number of Congressmen, including Sen. John Kerry during his presidential campaign.

And, according to the AP, Burton “appears to be the first African-American to take the podium and speak on behalf of the president.” Wikipedia provides a list of past press secretaries.

In the past few days, Burton has addressed a variety of topics, including a recent ruling blocking additional stem-cell research and an upcoming speech President Obama will deliver about the Iraq war.

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