November 10th, 2009
12:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Dunn leaving White House

Washington (CNN) - White House Communication Director Anita Dunn – who recently drew headlines for her criticism of Fox News – will be leaving her post at the end of November, administration officials confirmed Tuesday.

Dunn, who took the post on a temporary basis, had originally been slated to leave the job at the end of the summer, but stayed on at President Obama's request. She will be replaced by Deputy White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, and retain a consulting role.

After months spent largely behind the scenes, Dunn burst into public view when she charged that Fox News was acting as an arm of the Republican Party. She later drew controversy after Fox host Glenn Beck broadcast footage of a comment in which she appeared to speak favorably about former communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung. Watch: Dunn goes on the offensive vs Fox.

Pfeiffer, who headed the Obama communication shop during the 2008 presidential campaign, is a Democratic political veteran who has also worked for former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Sen. Evan Bayh as well as Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.


Dunn, a seasoned political operative, assumed the role earlier this year when then-Communications Director Ellen Moran left the post for a role at the Commerce Department.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Carlton Desmoney

    Good riddance to another of Obama's Maoists. Now, get rid of the rest of them including Obama himself...

    November 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Can't stand this woman

    Yet another example of Obama's corrupt cronies

    "Obama is not Jesus, Jesus could build a cabinet"

    November 10, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Jack

    Thanks Glenn. Go get em Fox!

    November 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    Wow, Glenn Beck predicted she would leave. Now how in the world did he figure that out? Oh yea, she stated it before she took the job.

    Glenn Beck is a lunatic entertainer. And the fact that you actually take his word as truth is so so sad.

    November 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. luva the scissors

    and another one bites the dust, and another on down....well you get the picture.

    November 10, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Padraig

    Another one out the door. Thank God!

    November 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. jack in denver

    Aren't all repulicans communists? They call it the People's Republic of China, People's Republic, republicans?!?!?!?!?

    November 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    In the fine print reported by other news sources is the fact that she will stay on as an adviser to the President. I think she's moving on from the Communications Director job because she had a speech impediment. Oh, I'm sorry, that's her foot in her mouth which is a mental problem not a medical problem.

    November 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Too True For You

    It doesn't matter that she clearly stated she was only going to hold the position temporarily.

    It doesn't matter that she did so for clearly honorable reasons.

    The right wing lunatic fringe will try to spin it no matter what is said.
    It is what they do.
    It's all they do.
    Anyone who has listened to Beck, Coulter, Savage, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al is familiar with this.

    November 10, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Should have never been hired. Should have left when she made her first idiotic remarks about FOX. Should have been fired when she quoted Mao. She is one of the thugocracy that inhabits the White House and is trying to steal Americas treasure and taxes to give to the unions.

    November 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. deb

    I think I should write a book........everyone else seems to be doing that

    November 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. jack in denver

    Conservatives so desperate they will call this a victory!

    November 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Erik

    Glenn Beck sucks. I am a republican and I cant stand him. So stop praising him falsly.

    November 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Dave

    Anita Dunn is guilt of stating the obvious; Fox News is an oxymoron. Yes, we know that Fox News is run by Republican political operatives and shamelessly panders to the far-right Republican base to boost their ratings. The best course for the White House to follow is to totally and absolutely ignore the Fox News organization. No comment, no access, no explanation.

    November 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Gerald

    Another BHO operative that attacked the American public, I will not miss her

    November 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Bill in Calif

    YOU LIBS can't see the TRUTH if it hit you in smack in the face. She's an embarrassment to the 'Administration" especially after Glenn Beck outed her admiration of Mao. (It's OK to be a lover of socialism/communism just don't make it public...yet) Sure, it was to be a temporary job but I think she had a helping shove out the door.

    November 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Here are some other US politicians who have studied and/or quoted Mao Zedong's politcal philosophies in recent years: Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, and John McCain... Are these guys socialists or marxists? No, they are politicians and lifelong students of political science and political philosophy, just like Dunn. Pull your heads out people. Don't let Hannity, Limbaugh, and Fox "news" think for you. Think for yourselves. Hey, maybe study a little Mao so you'll understand what you're talking about. It won't make you a communist, I promise.

    November 10, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I see that strategy of "let's take on Fox News" worked out as well as that whole "hopey-changey" thing has worked out for the rest of us.

    November 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. jack in denver

    Meanwhile two pro Obamma health care senators get elected, yeah those conservative victories keep comeing!!!

    November 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. SoTiredofRepubandFoxNews

    A temporary position is just that. Right wing repubs and Fox News are pathetic!

    November 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Sheryl

    God bless Anita and thanks for a job well done I am sure she will continue to help our cause, the devils (Fox/Repubs) will never win gain!!! ENOUGH!

    November 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. dave

    It's amazing to me how the political process works in this country. every time we get a republican president it seems they stay in for 8 years.Then the kids who were 10 when they took office and the old people vote them out just for change,forgetting why we put them there in the first place..Then the democrat gets in and taxes and spends for 4 years and brings us to our senses and we put another republican in. And it just goes on and on. It is hard to believe that these socialists are running our country. Take my word-a blood bath for democrats in 2010 and a landslide loss in 2012.

    November 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    Hey, that's kind of like Palin. Temporarily holding a position, until someone qualified is found.

    November 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Ben

    Another one bites the dust. They're dropping like flies at the White House :).

    November 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Ben in VA

    Good! We root out the commies from the government bureacracy, then we root out the Islamic militants from our military. It's time to get this thing back on track.

    November 10, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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