April 8th, 2010
06:34 PM ET
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White House's top health care spokeswoman resigning post

Linda Douglass, a top spokeswoman on health care for the Obama administration, said Thursday she is leaving her post.
Linda Douglass, a top spokeswoman on health care for the Obama administration, said Thursday she is leaving her post.

(CNN) - Linda Douglass, a top spokeswoman on health care for the Obama administration, said Thursday she is leaving her post.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the President, and leaving this great team is bittersweet," she said in a statement. "After nearly 2 years of work that has been exhilarating and grueling in equal measure, I am going to step off the treadmill for awhile and rediscover the experience of dining with my husband on a regular basis. It has been a privilege to be part of the health care team, and I will be cheering with pride from the sidelines as this historic law takes effect."

Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent, joined then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 and went to work for the administration after Obama was elected.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said Douglass "will continue to be a valued advisor to this President and this White House."

– CNN White House Producer Jamie Crawford contributed to this report


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  1. Robert Warner

    She stuck around until the job was done- Palin could learn from that. She helped better our country and earned her hometime. We should all wish her the best.

    April 8, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    No surprise Obama is a fraud, a gangster and she realized it. We need jobs.

    April 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. perryrants

    she couldn't wait for the bus?

    April 8, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    she is going to leave her post and still be an advisor to Owebama?

    typical, huh

    i'll give him advise for free, just give mae a call

    HINT: for every problem government solves it creates two more.
    however, this congress and administration have elevated that number from two to about seven problems caused for every problem solved

    April 8, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. tpbco

    And in another story, Fed Reserve Chief Bernanke stated that the US must either RAISES TAXES or CUT SERVICES...on the heels of the democrat's LARGEST entitlement give away in history.

    Just like naming a TAX CHEAT as Sec Tres. – I wonder how future historians would believe this is NOT a joke.

    April 8, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Rabbi

    Does anyone really care? He's the worst President EVER!D. Quinn

    April 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. rawley

    Guessing she will be back on ABC next week

    April 8, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    I don't blame Linda because I know her job was every bit of "...exhilarating and grueling in equal measure..." I also know she must have spent hours and days away from her family and she misses that. At least she was not a QUITTER while the fight was on and she will be a part of a historical moment in our times!!

    BUT,
    HERE COMES THE HATERS
    THE LIARS AND THE FAKERS
    WITH ALL THEIR CRUEL DRAMA
    AND BLAME IT ON OBAMA

    LOL

    Linda, enjoy your time off because you surely deserve it!!!

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. runner305

    No offense to Mrs Douglass, but did she think that her job was going to be a cakewalk or something, where she could just take off for a family dinner any time she wants?

    April 8, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Stanley

    Thanks Linda for a job well done. Those tea parties never thought we would get health care. Go home and enjoy your family.

    April 8, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. JKL

    Good riddance.

    April 8, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. proud conservative

    why stay? The damage has already been done.

    April 8, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. irrison2

    I guess the rats are jumping ship! Treadmill, hamster wheel, it's all the same to me.

    April 8, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Jeff in Virginia

    I'm not really sure what the real reason is here...

    I am sure that Limbaugh's and Beck's listeners will fill in the blanks here.

    I am also sure that the blanks will be filled with lies.

    April 8, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Gop

    How sad can it be to hear these liberals “cheering with pride from the sidelines as this historic law takes effect."

    It is very sad they cheer the death of our country and the taking away of freedom and liberty for all Americans.

    In the mindset of liberals, only your government knows what is best for you all. In addition, to them liberty and freedom is the worst thing we all can have!

    April 8, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Katherine

    oops
    Geez, She be missed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. db

    Oh come on. Leaving to spend more time with my family? Couldn't she come up with something better than that old cliche? What's the back-story here?

    April 8, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Nick

    How do we make this contagious (pun intended)? Let's have her swing through Congress and see if anyone catches the resignation bug.

    April 8, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Eric

    This is becoming a trend for the White House. They must offer bad health care ha!

    April 8, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. kpAT

    How many times have we heard: "I am resigning to spend more time with my family" How many times is it true? Rarely. A couple of months from now the real story will come out how there was dissention between her and Rahm or someone else,.. etc etc,.. Why dont they just tell the truth as to why they are leaving? Is it really so hard? Oooops! I Forgot we are talking about politicians here.. Shux!

    April 8, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Tom

    The rats are leaving – the first sign of a sinking ship.

    April 8, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. D.

    The amazing double role that these media people play with Obama and the democrats. When is good independent journalism revive itself in this country and stop anointing people!

    April 8, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Capt. Snarky

    Rats desert a sinking ship. Even she couldn't stand telling the Lies about Healthscare any longer.

    April 8, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. spin away...

    What silly comment do you have partisans?

    April 8, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Farren Coplan

    Linda Douglass has received that "great delusion" that the Bible promises at this point toward the end of the planet as we have known and loved it.

    April 8, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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