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. Rod

    No one ever said this was a temporary position until today. Her worship of Chairman Mao did her in. As it should be. Dont go away mad, just please go away!

    November 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. simp

    LOL. all the haters out here you are a sad bunch of people. This woman only told the truth all you haters are obviously fox fans. give me a break, fox new are a bunch of racist moron's this lady only spoke the truth.

    November 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Bill

    While not exactly the sharpest tool in the drawer, she managed to show just how unsure this administration is of itself. You don't go after the top news group with a second/third stringer. She was out of her league and knew it. Nothing but a bunch of rookies and a lousy manager. Rahm...your next!

    November 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Ken

    There will always be people crazy enough to buy into Glen Beck's paranoid propaganda and shameful lies. As you can see from the comments on here, they are already spinning this into "a victory for FOX". I just find it interesting that any perceived trouble for Obama or his administration is considered a "victory for FOX". It's as if FOX news lovers recognize the bias against the President. Glen Beck will, of course, not be satisfied. He will find conspiracy in this just like everything. It's all part of some big plan to destroy America... one Appendix at a time. Poor Glen... all that money and no respect.

    November 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. d1120

    Abandon ship, mateys.....

    November 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. independent

    It appears that those who hate have more to say about this than those who don't. What does that say about you?

    November 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Johnny DC

    The American people want change.

    You started it, Obama. Should have been more careful who you criticized. Now feel the other end of that sword.

    November 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Barack reads his lies, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    Apparently Barack is not Maoist enough, she wants to live where communism thrives, she can't wait any longer. Goodbye Washington, hello Moscow, or Beijing.

    November 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. JM

    Don't let the door knob hit you.

    November 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Candide

    Good. She's worthless, anyway. The only thing she seems to be good at is pitting people against one another with her little vendettas.

    November 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. victim of the victim of democratic hypocrisy

    The true Maoist is a foreign billionaire who owns Fox and hires complete morons like Beck and Hannity to spread his lies in the hopes of ruining America.

    November 10, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Drinkin Koolaid

    Good Job Glenn. Keep up the good work. WWGD

    November 10, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. victim of the victim of democratic hypocrisy

    Too bad Fox and their anti American puppet, Glenn Beck, could not report the truth, but that would make them a news organization like CNN.

    November 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. t22

    Fox wins again.

    Maybe she can find some inspiration from Mao.

    November 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Donna

    Yahoo!! Another socialist from this horrendous obamanation white house is history. Let's pray that more follow her to their very own socialist planet far, far away!

    November 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Proud to be a Liberal American

    The biggest secret in America:

    Today's GOP, George Bush's GOP, is much closer to "Soviet-style," "Mao-style" Communism than the Democratic Party ever could be.

    Wall Street is much closer to Communism than it is to democracy and liberalism. Today's neocons in Washington and Wall Street know a lot about power; most Republicans who vote for these thugs and support these thugs know nothing about power.

    Mao (one of the biggest thugs of all time) once said: "Power grows out of the barrel of a gun." That's the GOP; that's the military-industrial complex; that's the gun nuts in this dying nation; that's the Republican Party.

    The GOP and Communism–far right and far left–much close than you think.

    Grow up Republicans!

    November 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. mark

    Good, one less nut in the white house. hopefully they don't name a replacement...

    November 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. DEBBIE, Las Vegas

    How quickly we forget how many many HAD to leave the Bush administration!

    November 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. JH

    only to be replaced with yet another corrupt fool.

    November 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Michael

    It's about time Dunn step down. Her attempt to cripple freedom of speech was detrimental to this countries founding principals. The last time this was attempted by a political party was in the 1930s prior to WWII.

    The President needs to fully vetted his choices for key positions within his administration. If these folks go rogue then he has only himself to blame for any fall-out.

    Usually the Presidents surround themselves with folks who they are not in conflict of thought. If this is the case, we now have two examples of some very radical thinking.

    November 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Tim

    I heard she's taking a leave of abscense to read up on Mao so she can have a good conversation with Ayers, Wright and Obama.

    November 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. James NJ

    Temproary position. The spin from the right is amazing.

    November 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. CNN=Politics

    Good riddance.
    Let her go do some soul searching, guided by her hero Mao.

    November 10, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Please stopr censoring...thx S Callahan

    lol...tainted huh? lol...i just can't stop laughing...oh, I'm sorry, that is wrong....but can anyone see this for what it is?

    November 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Republican'ts are so YESTERDAY

    If you conservative right-wing nut-jobs had half a brain cell, you'd be dangerous! Do any of you know ANYTHING about this woman other than the one sentance that was the big Obama-bashing-story-of-the-day on Cluster Fox???? Nope. Didn't think so. You are all so ignorant and so UN-AMERICAN! And by the way . . . make up your collective mind! Is he a communist, or a marxist, or a facist, or a socialist????? If any of you could actually READ REAL BOOKS you would know that he can't be ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!

    November 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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