Robert Gibbs had plenty to talk about in his first formal briefing as White House press secretary.
With the cameras clicking and whirring this morning, his boss, President Obama, signed executive orders to close Guantanamo Bay and to ban torture.
But with only the official White House photographer present -- which the press is none too happy about -- Obama went into the Oval Office for the first time Wednesday morning and took the oath a second time, just in case, Wednesday night.
Gibbs, who was candidate Obama's chief spokesman as well, told reporters that the executive orders -- changing the approach in the fight on terror -- will make Americans safer.
Gibbs told reporters that the decision to redo the oath was made late on Wednesday, but that the White House counsel's office says he does not need to re-sign the executive orders and memos he signed before the second oath-taking.
Asked why the moment was not released on video like other important Obama events, Gibbs said the oath was done in a way that was "up front and transparent."
Gibbs also told reporters that Obama is getting a daily briefing from his economic advisers because of the importance of the recovery.
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