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White House deputy spokesman Burton to resign

President Barack Obama's long-serving aide Bill Burton, a contender for the job of White House press secretary until the president recently picked someone else, said on Wednesday he was leaving to form a political consulting firm.
/ Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama's long-serving aide Bill Burton, a contender for the job of White House press secretary until the president recently picked someone else, said on Wednesday he was leaving to form a political consulting firm.

On the day that Obama's new top spokesman Jay Carney held his first White House press briefing, Burton told colleagues he would set up a political and strategic consulting firm with fellow White House insider Sean Sweeney.

It is not unusual for staffers to leave the White House after two years of service because of the long hours and pressure of the jobs.

"We will have a more specific announcement in coming weeks once we figure out things like name, location and where one buys those comfy ergonomic office chairs," the deputy press secretary said in an email announcing his departure on Friday.

"And while I have felt a real fulfillment in this position -- from the walls of this building to the shores of Honolulu -- painting the new baby's room this past weekend gave me clarity about a house I might want to spend a little more time in," said Burton, whose wife is expecting.

Democrat Obama has moved swiftly to reshape his top team after losses in November congressional elections. Carney replaced longtime Obama advisor Robert Gibbs, and the president selected former JPMorgan Chase executive William Daley as his new chief of staff.