October 31st, 2007
10:05 AM ET
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Hughes to exit State Department

Hughes is a longtime Bush adviser.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Long-time Bush adviser Karen Hughes will leave her post as undersecretary of state at the State Department in mid-December, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday.

Hughes served as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs since her appointment to the post in March 2005, and was charged with running the State Department's campaign to "win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world."

In September of that year, Hughes traveled throughout the Middle East as part of what she dubbed a "listening tour" to repair America's image among Muslims. But it was a tough sell, and many Arabs criticized her for what they called her lack of understanding of the region.

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– CNN's Elise Labott and Charley Keyes contributed to this report


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  1. Barbara Doyle

    THANK GOD! It's about time>

    October 31, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Anne E., SLC

    She "left" the administration once before. Who's to say she won't come back a third time? Worse still....she'll probably be on a Bush payroll, office sharing with Rove in his bunker. Or perhaps she's made her money and can now move her family to someplace like Dubai.....
    "Heckuva job," Karen - now please be gone and STAY gone.

    October 31, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    While Hughes attempted to "repair America's image" Bush continued to destroy it talking about World War III, I would have quit. Instead of Condi thanking Hughes for her "wisdom and advice" Condi should have given Bush wisdom and advice to keep his mouth shut. If Condi were smart, she would quit.

    October 31, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Aaron - Post Falls, ID

    "Rice praised Hughes' accomplishments in polishing the U.S. image, especially in the Muslim world..."

    Are you kidding me?!

    October 31, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Rodney Dallas TX

    They just seem to be dropping like flies now days. Now, if the big bug himself will stop down, this country can get back on the right track.

    October 31, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    As a Bush cheerleader, I can't understand why she wasn't successful in this endeavor.

    October 31, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Craig, Brooklyn NY

    Don't be fooled by the portrayal this man or anyone in his administration gives. There is no doubt in my mind, that just like buying a ranch in Texas promoted him as a "local", his portrayal as somewhat dimwitted is nothing more than a sickening cover to allow him to complete all the incredibly dangerous activities he wants, and then plead innocence through ignorance.

    This is a cunning, dangerous, and fascist administration, and we will continue to pay for their sick twisted actions for a very long time.

    They state that history will prove they were right. I believe history will show that the earth suffered incredibly at their hands. The blood has just begun to flow from our wounds.

    October 31, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Ryan Indianapolis

    Not big news but CNN and the leftwing media will try to make this ALL BUSHS PEOPLE ARE LEAVING HIM....You people are such desperate losers and I know CNN wont put this on cause the truth hurts.

    October 31, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. RICK WEAVER, BETHANY, PA

    WHAT AN "ADVISOR" – THIS IS WHY WE ARE IN SUCH HORRIBLE SHAPE. AND TO ANN IN DELTONA, FLORIDA IT'S NOT THE "KING RAT RUNNING OUR COUNTRY" IT'S "RUINING OUR COUNTRY".

    October 31, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Impeach Rice for being a do-nothing Sec of State. And mostly for praising this political hack.

    October 31, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Don - Ramsey, Minnesota

    Hughes “was charged with running the State Department's campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world." … Translation… sell us more oil cheap and we’ll let you get away with human rights violations. “But it was a tough sell, and many Arabs criticized her for what they called her lack of understanding of the region.” Translation… they could read between our BS and said screw you, we like the Chinese deal better. “Rice praised Hughes' accomplishments in polishing the U.S. image, especially in the Muslim world”… Translation… well you sure screwed that up, not that I (Rice) could do any better, by the way, that’s my job, glad you’re gone.
    Here is a suggestion…get someone who is a Muslim, not some high strung white woman from Texas who could probably care less about these people or their issues with us! Polishing our image in the Arab world, they’ve done a fine job of that!

    October 31, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. A Pillai, St. Louis, MO

    Yeah, send a woman over there who's about as clueless about the middle eastern culture as Dubya himself. She was his advisor, wasn't she?

    This is like another one of those snot nosed ideas of this administration that fell flat. Like Clean Air act or john Bolton to the UN or umpteen other things.

    October 31, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Clayton St.louis, Missouri

    Glad to see she's leaving. Good Riddance

    October 31, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Another rat leaving Bush's sinking ship. I'm surprised it's her, though, as she's always been there for 'W' every single time he's screwed up. She was always very adept at lying to cameras and trying to portray each of his screw-ups and lies as a 'blessing' or 'opportunity.' Good riddance to another master manipulator; maybe now we'll get a little more truth out of the White House.

    October 31, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. charles,ks,mo

    Who cares who is in this administration anymore? I love condi though....

    October 31, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. TheInsider

    From that photo, the headline should have added, "in a straitjacket".

    October 31, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Barbara, Crestview, FL

    This administration must think we Americans are idiots! Bush will go down as the single worst president we have ever had!

    October 31, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Ron Weston, Glendale, Ca.

    Another crook bites the dust. Wonder how much Blackwater stock she has?

    October 31, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Daniel, NY

    Good news for Republicans today out of a new national general election poll that tried out 12 match-ups and finds Clinton weakening and the GOP strengthening. Full numbers here.

    October 31, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Dieter Zerressen

    Another example of a political hack in an important job – she was a reporter in an earlier life, then a political adviser. What in the heck did she ever know about the middle east? And then Rice compliments her on a good job (heck of a job?). Both are idiots.

    October 31, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Jared, Bennington, VT

    What "Muslim world" is Condi talking about?!

    "On Wednesday, Hughes said she is looking forward to rejoining her family in the Lone Star State."

    That's code for, "I'll be taking a job with a high-paying lobbying/defense/oil firm."

    October 31, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Phillip Palmer

    Yeah, she and Bush and have really improved our image in the muslim world. REALLY! Where's her Medal of Freedom?

    October 31, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    One more rat leaving the sinking ship. Others to follow soon. And Bush grows more desperate as the tides swallow up his failed policies inch by inch.

    October 31, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Bea Keene

    Karen Highes has done as UNTOLD harm to the United States' reputation abroad. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    October 31, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Nancy Milan, New York

    This is another example of this administration being in extreme denial, Rice thanking Hughes for wisdom and advice, she did a terrible job, and muslims out there hate us more than ever, so do we have her to thank for that, or her boss

    October 31, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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