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. Justin Russell

    Excellent work Ms. Douglass, thank you for your help on this landmark law.

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    let me be among the first to say THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. AndyBlue

    Well, Job well done Linda Douglas. You deserve a rest.

    April 8, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. John Christensen

    She should be proud of the monumental and historic legislation she helped usher into law. My hat is off to her and she is due a well deserved break.

    April 8, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. TJ

    why is she leaving????????? The tough keep going,going,going....

    April 8, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Grundoon

    Where the hell has she been while the GOP was out there with all the lies and misinformaiton? This "spokesperson" should have been out there non-stop – and I mean relentlessly – disseminating the facts about about this legislation and countering all the misinformation spread by the GOP and the Teabaggers. I hope she was asked to resign.

    April 8, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Elliott Carlin

    Wonder what the real reason was for resigning.

    April 8, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. MJ

    May be that she is resigning because she actually read the 2,000+ Socialized Health Care Plan. We can only hope that a few more do and take the same exit plan.

    April 8, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Goodluck

    Thank you for all the hard work in the last 2 years.

    April 8, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Wisconsonite - Repeal & Replace the Republican Party!

    Thanks to Ms. Douglass for her service and her informative reporting of the FACTS regarding health care reform. Hope she enjoys her time with her husband . . . she's earned it!

    April 8, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Anyone would need a break after all the misinformation and misconception thanks to the ring wing nutsos (beck, limberger, the quitter, hannity and let's not forget dimwit). No Waterloo for you!! :)

    April 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. ib

    For the sake of this country Obama is the one that needs to resign not her.

    April 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Paul

    Let's point this out as evidence of political fallout from the heath bill.. anyone? Anyone? Oh whoops this is Obama's perfect administration we're talking about, never mind.

    April 8, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Aspen Professor

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

    I cannot wait to see what the braindead Republicans will have to say about her departure, but, count on it, it will have NOTHING to do with reality.

    April 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    Linda Douglass has done enough damage to the US economy and now needs to make as much money as she can so that she can survive the upcoming recession due to the very policies she helped put in place.

    April 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. JK Ashburn, VA

    She'll be going back in the media business now and claiming she's not in the tank for Obama like all of the other lefties in the media. A real independent journalist. Yeah, right.

    April 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. digger

    I think she knows what all is in this stinker of a law and does not want to be connected to it.

    April 8, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Finch

    You know, I can't imagine how beat-up these folks must feel after just a short time on the job. I'm sure government service at this level must require a special dedication that I think the rest of us onlookers just don't get.

    April 8, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Jerry - Florida

    Good riddance! Two down, a bunch more to go! Now if we only could get President NObama (The Bully-in-Chief), Big Mouth Biden, Plastic/Bobblehead Pelosi, Senile Reed, etc., etc., etc., to follow suit, wouldn't this be a great country?

    Ah, we can only dream, for NOW!!!

    Stay tuned!

    April 8, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Which states have to borrow, and which don't? It would be interesting to know.

    April 8, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Eric R.

    soooo why is she steping down? maybe the tea party got to her!!!

    April 8, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Bobby

    Signs that BHO is struggling as President:

    1. His own party cannot even agree with many of his radical ideas.
    2. His staff is not stable.
    3. Most American citizens are not with him.

    As an independent, I voted for him and I can tell you that what I heard during the campaign and what is actually happening are worlds apart.

    April 8, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    People do sacrifice a lot of their personal life when serving the people and one can appreciate when comes the time for people to be back at the end of the day with their family and be proud of their accomplishments for the american people!

    April 8, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. jim

    Stay tuned!! The rats are starting to leave the ship!!

    April 8, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Red Zone

    Now she can go back to the main stream media and be a cheerleader/advocate from there.

    April 8, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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