July 3rd, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Deputy Chief of Staff to leave White House

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Hagin, left, with former Bush aide Karl Rove.
Hagin, left, with former Bush aide Karl Rove.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin will be leaving his job this month, according to White House spokesperson Dana Perino.

Perino says Hagin's last day will be July 20th.

"The President said that he thanks Joe for his service to the White House, that Joe's been a loyal friend, and that he is excited about the next chapter in Joe's life," said Perino.

Hagin sent an email to friends this morning, announcing he is leaving to take a private sector job.

Hagin, an Ohio native, has been with President Bush since the 2000 campaign.

Combined with experience during the first Bush presidency, Hagin has served 14 years in the White House.

Hagin was a behind-the-scenes player, who had a huge role in the post 9/11 reorganization of the U-S government and how terrorist responses would be reformed.


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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I guess in a few weeks, no one will be left of the Bush/Cheney administration. Obama will have to take the oath of office early.

    July 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. John

    And the rats jump ship.

    July 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Jim

    Party's over.

    July 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Buddy Rogers

    Wonder if Frick and Frack are texting each other about job offers

    July 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Dave in Houston

    Beautiful picture. The puffy white guys who run the world. I don't know how they get their fat fingers to operate their CrackBerrys.

    For the record, I'm a white guy who could stand to lose more than a few pounds. When I say "puffy", I don't just mean corpulent, I also mean someone who has an arrogant, puffed-up, elitist opinion of himself.

    July 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. carl

    Smart move on his part and a good riddance for the rest of us.

    July 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Marilyn, Powell, Ohio

    Well, Joe, I'm sure you did a heck of a job!

    July 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. BUSHED!!!!

    Hagin sent an email to friends this morning, announcing he is leaving to take a private sector job.........DEAD cat on the line......Can't wait to read the BOOK !!!

    July 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Lloyd Roberts, Jamaica NY

    Another unknown sleazbag, leaving a sleazbag administration of the most sleazbag president in US history. Good riddance

    July 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. War_Is_terrorism

    ...a country run by cowards cannot be brave

    July 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. insanity

    I see another "tell all" book about the Bush Administration, coming soon!

    July 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Generation X

    I only hate he didn't take Bush with him.

    July 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. dave martin

    to some of us conspiracy nuts , this operation to free these hostages comes at a time when it does good only to mccain, and the cafta project, I have always thought that Farc was being used to hold these political prisoner like the presidential candidate
    they farc have many hostages and they are held at different places
    I believe the government has had these people in their possession the whole time , I believe this is a staged release to help mccain look presidential, this will in turn help protect the CAFTA agreement
    the republicans must remain in power to protect these agreements .

    I also think the three mail american captives re CIA and the government had them as hostages to protect their interests
    so they must really want to help mccain to let them go at this time

    July 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Lorna, NY

    Is he joining McCains campaign???

    July 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Sujith, NE

    Though i don't completely believe the BS the repubelicans throw at us, we have to be cautious about the security situation.US has made a few enemies worldwide – THANKS TO BUSH AND THE GOP !
    So when they talk about terrorism threat, ask them who is responsible for the situation? Why cant they understand that the only way to win hearts is through love?Guess that goes against neo-cons/repubelicans !

    Obama is level headed and thanks to that we might be seeing better days !

    Obama 08 !

    July 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. I have McCain's missing Military Records in a Shoebox outside of Toledo

    He's going to be head fry cook at Wendy's

    July 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Sujith, NE

    obama 08 !

    July 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Antoinette, Houston TX

    Hmmm..."he is excited about the next chapter in Joe's life," said Perino."

    Wonder what is book is going to entail!

    July 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Carl, Atlanta

    Another rat jumps ship! White House staffers have been quietly leaving for the last eight months. This is common in the last few months of an administration, but Bush has lost more staffers and earlier than any other president. There's nothing else for them to do, I guess. They've already done all the damage they can.

    July 3, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Phil, FL

    this in the news this morning – mcshame is inept even at helping create laws – why should he be in charge of our country -–

    Allies of Sen. John McCain have found new loopholes in the campaign-finance law he helped write — and they're using them to reel in huge contributions to help him compete with Sen. Barack Obama.

    July 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. AMN

    Ha! He couldn't take it anymore! Or maybe he left becauase he knew he would be out of a job when Obama gets office.

    July 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. BJG

    Can't wait til January 09!

    July 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Billy J in the Heart of Texas

    Too bad they can't all get out, NOW.

    July 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Desparation Is Just Ugly

    Why don't they just keep Beetle Juice off the campaign trail?

    July 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Matt in Florida

    I'm looking forward to his book!

    I'd jump ship now, too. The ones left at the end will leave in shackles.

    July 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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