April 8th, 2010
06:34 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Four and The Door

    When Americans see what ObamaCare does to the quality and cost of our health care system, look for a major excuse campaign from the Democrats. They will be disassociating themselves from it even faster than they are distancing themselves from the Stimulus Bill.

    April 8, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. ken from holland, pa

    its amazing how you rethuglicans have such short memories. how many left during the bush administration. and your patron saint could not even finish her term as alaska governor. yes, i know. november blah blah blah november blah blah blah. just rememeber the tea bagger that was brought to court today for threatening pelosi. crying like a baby. thats right. crying like a baby. typical. all bark and no bite.

    April 8, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Biased

    She deserves a good rest. Her, along with many of the spokespeople I see for the H on CNN say a lot of words and none of them ever answer the question asked. It is just pure spin and I am sure they do get tired of trying to come up with new ways of saying lots while saying nothing. She was good at it!

    April 8, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Ricket

    It will take a long time to feel clean again after two years of rolling in that filth.

    April 8, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Jon

    God Bless Linda Douglass. She was the right person for the job! Job well done! Health Care reform passed and is now the law of the homeland! The Right Wing nutcases here would only wish they had someone of her caliber working for president Cheney (we all know who ran the show) during the horrific 8 years he ran the country into the ground. Might have helped shine a better light on his no-bid contracted pre-emptive war machine.

    April 8, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    Former ABC News employee. It figures.

    April 8, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. L

    And good Riddance! Get your butt out of Washington!

    April 8, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Mrs. Douglass for a job well done and staying until the finish line. Enjoy your well deserved leisure time with your family, you were there during the Clinton era and you came back to help with health care reform. Thank you.

    April 8, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Are you kidding?

    Let's see here, Sarah quits as Governor to spend more time with her family (Really out there on tours trying to rake in the cash while she can). the republican response, Good for her isn't she just the most down to earth woman you have ever met? Linda Douglass, Same reason and look at what the righties have to say now. LOL.

    April 8, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Elizabeth

    Such a group of angry, and seemingly uninformed people here. It's so unfortunate for our country. Remember how long it took to start sinking the ship – it can't be righted in just a few months. Thank goodness for the Health Bill which will give so many the health coverage they have needed for so long! And so so many other benefits. Read before commenting perhaps...and for many who posted, a review of the English language might be in order, too!

    April 8, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Tim

    I was always taught that if you don't have anything nice to say, then keep your mouth shut. So in regards to President Obama's Healthcare bill and all those who helped pass it, I have the following to say. ......................................................................................................

    April 8, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Just having to put up with the constant lies from Republicans and Fox News is enough to make anyone quit!!!

    You did a excellent job and God Bless You. At least there are still some of us left in the country that actually care about other people. Not the ones with tea bags on their head yelling nonsense. I see a lot of people posting on here that have no idea what they are talking about. Proof positive!

    April 8, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Mark

    Obama is on the one who should LEAVE!!!

    April 8, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. No more Dumbocrats after 2010

    Maybe she left because she doesn't like the idea of bankrupting America to provide health care to freeloaders who pay no taxes.

    April 8, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Todd

    She is part of a great and historic moment in the nation's history. The time we finally moved into the20th century. Still more to do to catch up with those who were moving forward while we were under the misguided governance of republicons, but it is a good first step.

    April 8, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Brian

    She joined for the 2008 campaign and moved right onto the health care reform campaign after the election? sounds like she's had 2-3 years of the most grueling job in America and now that she's achieved total success, he won election and signed health care reform, she can finally take a deep breath and get back to living a normal life. Congrats!

    April 8, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Jane

    Guess the kitchen was a little too hot. Now that it has passed she does not want to be part of the

    April 8, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Todd

    Wow. What disgusting hae speech. You ould tink this woman lied us into a war or ordered torture.

    She came to help with the historic and politically heroic effort o bing he US something closer to what every oither civilized nation on earth has had for decades. After the job was done successfully she wanted to give her family some attention. conservatives CLAIM hey value hard work, success and family. Bwahhahhahahaha. They value only lying and hate and fear mongering.

    April 8, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Ned

    Healthcare passed. That is what she was hired for. Job well done! Thanks for the work.

    April 8, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Todd

    Read her statement. Hardly "running away from" her part in health care. Quit the contrary. Unlike you tea baggers and right wingers liberal Democrats actually d their homework. It is why Democrats actually pass plicies that make sense, and it is also why Democrats get so tired of talking to conservatives who are so freakin incurious that they will accept whatever their "daddies" at fux and talk radio tell them, even when it contradicts what they so heartily "believed" the day before.

    April 8, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good job. You got it done. Don't listen to the righty activists that only care about their own selfish agendas instead of what's best for the 30 million Americans that need healthcare.

    April 8, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Cybersport

    Would this same vile be spewing if the President were not African American?

    April 8, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Han

    Um, you guys realize that Health Reform passed right?

    So she helped get the job done.

    April 8, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Debby

    Another ballast off a sinking ship.

    April 8, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. annie against biased news

    Now that she has helped to destroy the USA and murder babies, elderly and chronically ill – she is stepping down? Now that she will no longer be a 'player' does she get to keep her 'special' health care or does she have to suffer with the rest of us? The only thing better would be the so-called president and his corrupt administration stepping down.

    April 8, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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