Karl Rove leaving White House

Karl Rove, President Bush’s close friend and chief political strategist, plans to leave the White House at the end of August, joining a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration.

A longtime member of Bush’s inner circle, Rove was nicknamed “the architect” by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House.

A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s name but he was never charged with any crime.

Bush was expected to make a statement Monday with Rove.

“Obviously it’s a big loss to us,” White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said. “He’s a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind. He will be greatly missed, but we know he wouldn’t be going if he wasn’t sure this was the right time to be giving more to his family, his wife Darby and their son. He will continue to be one of the president’s greatest friends.”

Since Democrats won control of Congress in November, some top administration officials have announced their resignations. Among those who have left are White House counselor Dan Bartlett, budget director Rob Portman, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, political director Sara Taylor, deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch and Meghan O’Sullivan, another deputy national security adviser who worked on Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced out immediately after the election as the unpopular war in Iraq dragged on.

Rove is expected to write a book after he leaves. He disclosed his departure in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“I just think it’s time,” Rove said in an interview at this home on Saturday. He first floated the idea of leaving to Bush a year ago, the newspaper said, and friends confirmed he’d been talking about it even earlier. However, he said he didn’t want to depart right after the Democrats regained control of Congress and then got drawn into policy battles over the Iraq war and immigration.

“There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family,” said Rove, who has been in the White House since Bush took office in 2001.

Rove’s son attends college in San Antonio and he said he and his wife plan to spend much of their time at their nearby home in Ingram.

Rove, currently the deputy White House chief of staff, has been the president’s political guru for years and worked with Bush since he first ran for governor of Texas in 1993.

In the interview, Rove predicted Bush will regain his popularity, which has sunk to record lows because of the war in Iraq.

Rove also predicted conditions in Iraq would improve and that the Democrats would nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, calling her “a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate.”

Rove testified before a federal grand jury in the investigation into the leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA officer whose husband was a critic of the war in Iraq. That investigation led to the conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on charges of lying and obstructing justice. Plame contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband.

Attorneys for Libby told jurors at the onset of his trial that Libby was the victim of a conspiracy to protect Rove. Details of any save-Rove conspiracy were promised but never materialized.

The most explicit testimony on Rove came from columnist Robert Novak, who outed Plame in a July 2003 column. He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source.

The jury did not hear testimony that Rove was not indicted after testifying five times before the grand jury, occasionally correcting misstatements he made in his earlier testimony.

Nor did the jury hear testimony about how Rove is credited as an architect of Republican political victories and has been accused by opponents of playing dirty tricks.

All that jurors heard is that Rove leaked Plame’s identity and, from the outset, got political cover from the White House. He was never charged with a crime.


  1. Jeffrey B.

    The Mandell House of the current administration is leaving? So what – the damage has already been done.

    But, with all of that having been said – Good Riddance!

  2. bryan mcclellan

    UMBRAGE : Elmer Fudd, is ,and always has been a class act. Now you take that back !Please….

  3. bryan mcclellan

    Thanks Anthny,Elmer has that around the corner shotgun you know,just lookin out for ya…I just witnessed the two schpincter brothers wiping themselves down with toilet paper praise at a press conference.I think Elmer and I are goin huntin wabbits wit do do paper on dere shoes…

  4. Jeffrey B.

    I can’t wait until the day, when in a parody of Dr. King, we can all say “That’s all folks, that’s all folks – thank God Almighty – That’s all folks!”

    And when that day comes – Bush and company will leave a legacy that the next ten administrations will not be able to right. Wee beez in deeeeeeep sheetz!

    But in all fairness to the Kid from Crawford – he didn’t start it all – he just moved it along – with his handler, Karl ramrodding us all into the abyss.

    That’s All folks!

  5. JoyfulC

    I think we’d better be watching for where he turns up next. When he says “family,” I think he might mean that inbred bunch of neocons he’s one of.

    My guess is he’ll turn up on another candidate’s payroll. Let’s find out who and make sure we avoid him!

  6. surgethis


    My prediction is that they are going to attack Iran even without provocation or they will make something up as they did with Iraq and in very short order as the clock is ticking.

    When a portion of our population stages an uprising over the attack against Iran the traitors in the White House will claim a national emergency and instate Bush as the permanent head of the shadow government. They will bring in the private army Blackwater which are being trained to squash domestic resistance to imprison and torture anyone who protests.

    Now is the time to get ready. Bush/Cheney/Rove are a direct threat to this country. They are criminal traitors who must be removed by force if necessary. Ready yourselves for the fight about to come. All we can hope for is that the US army does not go along with this and they come to fight the real fight for our liberties against Bush/Cheney/Blackwater.

  7. JoyfulC

    That’s a pretty extreme possibility and not one I think they need to resort to. Bush-the-puppet can be retired now — off to live a life of luxury in some gated community — and a new puppet can be installed. I don’t even think it really matters whether that puppet is Republican or Democrat to the highest levels that actually run the country (and much of the world). As appealing as it might be to think of the people going to the streets and rioting over the criminal betrayal of this once fine nation, let me ask you to consider this: how many of them are even aware? How many of them are more fluent citing sports stats or the juiciest details of the some celebrity scandal or sex crime than they are current national and world events?

    No, what’s more likely to happen here is they’ll put the political equivalent of a Paris Hilton in office (Hilary or Fred, Barak or Rudy, maybe) and continue to promote the appearance that we still actually live in a democracy. The sad truth is that most Americans (and Canadians!) don’t actually deserve to live in a democracy and they’re not suited for it. Democracies only work when people pay attention, debate, participate. People who prefer being entertained to being informed, people who would rather react than to actually have to think — these people are more ideally suited to living in a dictatorship or under a sovereign or some other government that goes on over their heads. And let’s face it: these are our co-citizens!

  8. JerZGirl

    Far too little, eons too late!!!

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.

    Wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad.

  9. gene

    Yep! (JerZgirl) I would say that about sums it up for this nation of brain dead zombies.

    I’m afraid they have already sliced the tomato and its in the fruit salad.

    Hmmm…should be an interesing taste, mabe? Who knows from here until whenever. As you said “Far to little, eons to late!!!”

    To bad this nation let a bunch of f**king loosers destroy what little we had left.

  10. VietnamVet

    He is probably quitting because someone is hot on his tail for all the damage he has done to this great nation! History will not treat him well when all is said and done.

  11. acf

    Just because he’s not on the official payroll any longer doesn’t mean he’s not in the mix on the qt. Also, this could be freeing him up to sign on with the next Republican candidate to continue the program. Romney is one whose name has come up.

  12. LurkingFromTheLeft

    And be left with…

    …Darth Cheney ?-

    …not enough wine for me to handle THAT! –


  13. darknyt4

    I used to work at a journalism school at American University in Washington D.C. The President of the University up and resigned citing “wanting to spend more time with his family.” I asked a professor, what was meant by that phrase. I never forgot his one word answer “Sex.”

    Two days later, that university president was charged with making obscene phone calls to day care providers in Fairfax County, Virginia.

    My point is that now Karl Rove is resigning “to spend more time with his family.” I wonder if his phone number will turn up in Ms. Palfrey’s phone records. As Arsenio used to say “it’s something to make you say “Hmmmmmm’.

    As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you
    can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ’em anyway, you don’t belong in office.-Molly Ivins

  14. SEAL

    A lady in our neighborhood was a high class prostitute for almost 20 years, made and invested a lot of money, married and and “retired” many years ago. She must be 70 something, now. Her husband died 9 years ago. She told my wife that Rove was a classic “trick” and would bet the farm he uses a call service regularly.

  15. anthny

    If Karl Rove, “Elmer Fud” look alike leaves the WH he will not be protected by exsecutive privlege, it could be a mistake.
    Then again he might be going to fight the good fight for Rudy Guliani.
    Whatever Karl with a K Rove does it will be under-handed and criminal minded.
    Rove did not help Bush win any elections he helped him steal two elections. Other then being a smart-assed criminal I doubt he has a libido too be in Ms Palfrey’s phone records. But then again he might be in the male prostitute Geff Gannon the fake journalists, phone records; who vanished after being found out.
    That is the sex scandel that was, but the MSM gave the WH a pass as usual.

  16. ekaton

    I figure Cheney is pissed at Rove for something and told him to resign or Cheney would release pictures of Bush, Rove, and Jeff Gannon naked in bed together.

    Kent Shaw