August 13th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Emotional Rove announces 'next chapter'

Rove and President Bush announce Rove's resignation before leaving for Texas on Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An emotional Karl Rove characterized his tenure in the White House as a "witness to history" as he announced his resignation as President Bush's senior political adviser at the end of this month.

"It seems the right time to start thinking about the next chapter in our family's life," Rove said, his voice breaking. "It's not been an easy decision."

Speaking to reporters outside the White House with Bush at his side, Rove said discussions about his departure began last summer. "It always seemed there was a better time to leave, somewhere out there in the future. But now is the time."

He told Bush he would be "your fierce and committed advocate on the outside."

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  1. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    I can't attribute any positive accomplishments or unselfish motives to this man, whose mean-spirited brand of divide-and-conquer politics has deeply wounded this nation. Rove is the "architect" of one of most disastrous administrations in U.S. history. The real tragedy here is that Rove will no-doubt make millions off of a book deal. Our great grandchildren, on the other hand, will still be paying off the budget deficits run up by these buffoons and we may never regain the civil liberties lost under the W regime.

    August 13, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. destardi, chicago, il

    Annis, I think it's actually called "delusional." Did it ever occur to you that most intelligent, informed people see what a horrible man this is? Are you familiar with his stunts even as a teenager, against political opponents? He's a trickster, a dishonest "anything to win" guy. READ!

    It's funny that someone who is in the minority has to assume the system is flawed, rather than even consider the idea that the majority is right.

    August 13, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Kenneth

    For all you pro-Rove apologists out there, send your kids to Iraq. Deluded knuckleheads.

    August 13, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Rove is a perfect example of the heights you can reach if ethics are not necessry.

    August 13, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Mike, Olympia, WA

    Just like rats scurrying from a sinking ship, Karl Rove has joined other members of the Bush team in getting out before the Bush administration goes down in flames. It's too bad that they already wreaked such havoc and pain nationally and internationally while making off with such huge profits. And I'm sure they have arranged lucrative corporate and lobbying jobs to continue their looting and pillaging of our once strong and prosperous nation. It will take us many years to heal all the massive wounds they have left in their wake.

    August 13, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Vern NH

    Rove had a genius for driving the Socialist wing of the Democrats nuts, which is why I always liked him.

    August 13, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Austin W., Chicago, IL

    He was an unprecedented master of dirty politics, and all of his actions on behalf of this corrupt administration, from the pre-primary South Carolina outcall campaign against McCain in 2000 to the partisan leaking of a CIA agent's identity, have caused him to become a symbol of all that is wrong about Washington. Thanks to Karl Rove and others like him, the United States today is a colder, harder, and more disturbing place than at any point previous.

    Thank you for resigning, sir, and yes, you CAN be forced to testify.

    August 13, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Joy, Locust Grove, Ga.

    Rove will go down in history as a great American. It's ashame there are not more people ready to bite the bullet and do the right thing for their country as he did. Maybe that's why so many people hate him. They are convicted of their own wrong doings.

    August 13, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Austin W, Chicago

    You wrote, "Thank you for resigning, sir, and yes, you CAN be forced to testify."

    – – – – – – – –

    Please, Austin, inform us all. How exactly will Mr Rove be forced to testify? The only thing Congress has the authority to do is effectively issue a Contempt Citation. It is up to the US Attorney's office to enforce the citation – and the US Attorney's office has already refused.

    Please provide the insight you have since apparently Patrick Leahy doesn't know how to force Mr Rove's testimony.

    August 13, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    It just never ceases to amaze me how so many Americans can still hold heartfelt apathy for Bush and his Boys!
    You have my Heartfelt Sympathy as you obviously have a problem with discerning between good and evil.

    August 13, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Awww Poor Karl. I would offer him my shoulder but I need it to carry all the burdens He and Bush has placed on Canada and the Rest of World. I hope the Door doesn't Hit His Hiny on the way out.

    August 13, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. Ron Nebraska

    The only thing more disgusting than Karl Rove himself is the people who blindly support him without knowing how absolutely slimy his ethics are. Please educate yourselves people! The Republican party relies on your ignorance for power!

    August 13, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Jack, NY

    Oh boy, The mastermind did it again. Democrats beware, Rove just made himself available to start scripting the republican strategy for '08. Nominate Hillary at your own peril.

    August 14, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  14. Ila, Gualala, CA

    Buck up Karl R. We'll send you a CAKE-with a FILE!

    August 16, 2007 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
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