Obama adviser to leave White House
October 20th, 2011
12:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama adviser to leave White House

Washington (CNN) - Melody Barnes, the domestic policy adviser to President Barack Obama, is leaving the White House, the administration said Thursday.

Her departure will come at the end of the year, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope it is not because the republicans have ruined our country with their continued class warfare against the 99%. Next November election, we should see the end of the republican gridlock in our congress, and hopefully we can get back to making our country great.

    October 20, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. scott

    No. it's because she realized the domestic policy she has advised Obama to follow has not worked and she wants to get while the getting is good...

    October 20, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Steveo

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.,

    So would you rather it be because the Dems/libs at are ruining the country? That make it better? How about both parties have fouled up! BOTH!

    October 20, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    scott wrote:
    No. it's because she realized the domestic policy she has advised Obama to follow has not worked and she wants to get while the getting is good...
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    There were similar comments when David Axelrod left the administration.

    October 20, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Steveo- The track record for republicans is to take care of the the wealthy and the big corporations, not only with their rhetoric, but their actions. While would like to see elected officials put our country first, and at this point, it will only happen if we remove the obstructionist GOP.

    October 20, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Rob in Austin

    Steveo....your correct. Neither one should lay blame at the other. Both step up and say we messed up. Hell even one party doing that would be great.

    October 20, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. BradH

    I agree with Steveo......both parties suck!

    October 20, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Another rat fleeing a sinking ship. If she was an "domestic policy advisor" she should have been fired long ago for incompetence. Obama will receive his pink slip Nov. 2012 for his incompetence.

    October 20, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. R

    @ Steveo
    You may as well forget trying to talk to people like Wire Palladin, Sniffit, etc. They're already convinced that every single Republican is the enemy of this country. They have a "us Vs. them" mentality, but will never admit that the Democrats have just as many problems as a political party as the Republicans do.

    October 20, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Independent Voter

    The 99% ? Wire go hit the NYC streets. I'll send you a personalized comforter and pillow to the park for you.

    October 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Joseph

    It is DEMOCRATS that have destroyed the country! God damn the treasonous lying DEMOCRATS!
    She needs to go but her records must be preserved for the coming trials!

    October 20, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. NoGovtBondage

    Melody Barnes had the very large corner office in the West Wing. Before moving into the WH – she was an Executive VP at Center for American Progress – a very far left, Soros supported operation. She made big bucks – but I don't know what she ACTUALLY did to earn her keep – or if she was planted in the WH to keep an eye on Barry for George.

    October 20, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    She made big bucks – but I don't know what she ACTUALLY did to earn her keep – or if she was planted in the WH to keep an eye on Barry for George.
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    No doubt worked the strings on the Obama puppet we see on TV all the time...

    October 20, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Little Jimmy Truth

    Barnes made right decision. Good luck in future.

    Republicans were not their fault. Same to Democrats.

    October 20, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Howard

    If Melody was a good adviser for America, she'd advise obama to leave the White House also !!!

    October 20, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Wall Street Crime Victim

    Information about the Center for American Progress, for those who are interested, is easily accessible via the web, so don't rely on propaganda spewing trolls like NoGovtBondage for the truth, Soros no more "controls" CFAP than he does Media Matters. Donations do not equal control.

    October 20, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "You may as well forget trying to talk to people like Wire Palladin, Sniffit, etc. They're already convinced that every single Republican is the enemy of this country. They have a "us Vs. them" mentality, but will never admit that the Democrats have just as many problems as a political party as the Republicans do."

    It's the "just as many" part that I disagree with...not to mention the characterization of Dem and GOP problems as equal not just in number, but in character and quality. False equivalencies are lazy thinking...an abject refusal to spend the invest the intellectual capital in forming a nuanced understanding of the issues...and I really don't owe you any deeper of an explanation than that. If you can't find any nuance or detail or facts, data, evidence, historical record, etc., with which to inform yourself so you can recognize and understand the distinctions and differences, then kudos...you're a very typical American voter and precisely the type of person the MSM is targetting.

    October 20, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    R wrote:
    They're already convinced that every single Republican is the enemy of this country. They have a "us Vs. them" mentality, but will never admit that the Democrats have just as many problems as a political party as the Republicans do.
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    Can you blame them? You certainly will not hear me fault them for the feelings, maybe the delivery styles on occasion. But, I cannot fault them for their feelings. Better to let them express their feelings than to act them out, I say.

    October 20, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "but I don't know what she ACTUALLY did to earn her keep"

    your and most GOP/Teatroll posters that frequent CNN and their mindless regurgitation of substanceless talking points. I swear you guys are making Reynolds crazy profits with all the tinfoil you're burning through.

    October 20, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "but I don't know what she ACTUALLY did to earn her keep"

    Indeed. You DON'T know. That pretty much explains your and most GOP/Teatroll posters that frequent CNN and their mindless regurgitation of substanceless talking points. I swear you guys are making Reynolds crazy profits with all the tinfoil you're burning through.

    October 20, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. R

    Thanks for proving my point Sniffit. Instead of acknowledging that both parties have serious problems that need to be addressed, you only find fault with my "just as many" part.

    October 20, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. fred ca

    Maybe we can make a new reality show: 'As the Ship Sinks'

    October 20, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. underdog

    @Rudy NYC. I am a moderate that has voted Republican. I will likely never vote Republican again, because there are no moderates allowed in the party any more. In effect the party consists of apocalyptic types who ignore the world's problem's because God is going to rescue the chosen ones, evangelicals who are so consumed by the right of the unborn that this dwarfs their compassion for those who are born, full out racists who comprise roughly 20% of the country, and wealthy tycoons who, for the most part, have selfishly vanquished any history of philanthropy - however effective or limited that might have been.

    October 20, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "They have a "us Vs. them" mentality"

    Sure do...and it's not a "feeling," Rudy...it's a unwanted but accepted sad truth that is more than adequately supported by the facts, evidence, historical record, etc., that WE NEED TO DEFEND OURSELVES from the GOP/Teatroll push for plutocracy. I didn't choose to have an "us Vs. them" mentality...I was forced to accept one when it was made readily apparently by "them's" behavior, policies, actions, statements, etc., and their results that "them" don't give a crap about "us" and are actively trying to subdue and control "us" to serve "them's' narrow self-interest in wealth and power and control.

    October 20, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |