October 31st, 2007
10:05 AM ET
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Hughes to exit State Department

Hughes is a longtime Bush adviser.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Long-time Bush adviser Karen Hughes will leave her post as undersecretary of state at the State Department in mid-December, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday.

Hughes served as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs since her appointment to the post in March 2005, and was charged with running the State Department's campaign to "win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world."

In September of that year, Hughes traveled throughout the Middle East as part of what she dubbed a "listening tour" to repair America's image among Muslims. But it was a tough sell, and many Arabs criticized her for what they called her lack of understanding of the region.

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- CNN's Elise Labott and Charley Keyes contributed to this report

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  1. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA 94571

    Another example of cronyism in action. This woman is so incompetent but she is a Bushie loyalist, which is the only credentials needed to get a top administration post.

    If Condasleaza thinks this woman did such a great job then she needs her butt kicked as well.

    October 31, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Mike USMC 95-99


    C'mon...The State Dept is a joke nowadays...

    Facelifter of the Dept? more like Quazimoto of the State Dept....

    October 31, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Michael Torrance, CA.

    Dear Pm in Long Beach,

    I did vote for Bush (twice) and I'm no idiot. But there isn't a day that goes by that I don't kick myself in the ass for voting for that half whit. I've been a republican all my life and thought I should vote with my party. Now, because of Bush, i'm an ex-republican!

    October 31, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. DEE - TEXAS


    October 31, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Samuel Clemmons, Washington, D.C.

    I wonder how many people who profess to hate her actually know anything more about the job that she did than what is in the article? Judging from the mindless comments, I would guess not. A good example why politics are in the state they are in today, a mindless electorate who is more interested in saying "Good Riddance to another republican hack" than actually learning any facts.

    October 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Craig Michael Uhl, MD, Palm Desert, CA

    As a former member of the foreign service who was public affairs officer under Karen Hughes' predecessor, Margaret Tutweiler – who also resigned after the Abu Graib public relations disaster – we now see the departure of Hughes – apparently, the war with Iran is set – and her usefulness to actually attempt at diplomacy toward the Muslim world has failed.

    One of the reasons, I and so many others have left the great bastion of diplomacy, the State Department, has been how this organization has been led by neo-cons, and or hand-picked by Dick Cheney in nearly every bureau, where diplomatic channels are being torn apart to allow the war machine to prosper – we are watching the end of greatness for the United States – it saddens me and should every American.

    None of the present 'contestants' to be the next occupant of the White House has a clue as to how serious our standing as world leader has been threatened; perhaps, only Ron Paul.

    October 31, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Bush sent two women to connect with the Muslim world?

    What a retard! They don't like women, we have to respect that.

    2009 can't come fast enough!

    October 31, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Dr Atomic

    When she leaves, she'll steal all the White House furniture.

    October 31, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs co

    The Undersecretary Ms Karen Hughes has done all to the ship above water. I think she know the boat is sinking She did the right thing, most all his (bush) members has already jumped

    October 31, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Ken Howell Chapel Hill NC

    Hughes is going to work for Romney!

    October 31, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. roger uville oh

    Soon they will all be back in Texas snorting coke and drinking booze. Just like the old days.

    October 31, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Flagship, Hartford, CT

    Karen Hughes needs to pay back her over priced salary for what she didn't accomplish. (She was a waste of our tax dollars)

    October 31, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. m T

    Report the real news!

    Sibel Edmonds has just offered to break state secrets gag orders on her in exchange for an unedited interview. You would think this would be news in a supposedly free society!

    FBI translator and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged person in the history of the USA is willing to face charges, and wants to name names of people still in our Congress and government who were involved in corruption and TREASON prior to 9/11.

    Stop hiding the real news with fluff like this story!

    October 31, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    she is an idiot and always has been.
    she had no idea how to talk with people from the mid east. ugly idiot

    October 31, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. j.p beverly hills ca

    just like all republicans they never get anything done .

    October 31, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Tom, Austin, Tx.

    Are we sure that isn't a picture of GWB in drag? Maybe at a party with Rudy.

    October 31, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    Good. She's done enough damage.

    October 31, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    She just couldn't get those crazy towel-heads to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, so whaddya gonna do?

    October 31, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Austin Kinsella, Fountain Valley, CA

    Bush is probably shining up a Medal of Freedom to mark her exit in December.

    October 31, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Let's see...

    In 1994, Hughes got up a speaking engagement in Ft. Worth 3 weeks before the gubernatorial election in Texas and suggested that because then Texas Governor Anne Richards had some lesbian friends that she, Richards, just...might...be?!

    Richards went from 10 points up to 8 points down overnight, and the Bush Clown became governor.

    There must be a woman running for an important office somewhere soon, and they need Hughes' deft touch again!!!

    October 31, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Friends, Hughes is being paid back with a huge salary for her loyalty to the Bush Cabal.

    Bush always makes failed appointments....remember the horsey-show manager that headed up FEMA?!

    October 31, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Linda Johnson, Arlington, TX

    She is totally irrelevant! Instead of patching relations with hostile countries, people must be scared seeing her and her cowgirl face with an arrogance look. How can USA gain a respect outside when we have such incompetant and worthless people representing this country. Can't wait till we have a democrat in the White House!

    October 31, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Dan, Seattle, WA

    What a worthless tool. Buh bye!

    October 31, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Are we sure that isn't a picture of GWB in drag?

    Posted By Tom, Austin, Tx. : October 31, 2007 2:53 pm

    No – George W. Bush IS a drag. He's been dragging this country down for seven years now.....

    October 31, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Marshal Phillips, Wichita, Kansas

    I guess posters don't seem to think she did anything positive for the US.
    If she was such a loyalist to Bush, why is she bailing out now?
    And to think my wife and I voted for Bush twice!
    My wife said we should vote for Hillary as our penitance.
    I like Ron Paul.

    October 31, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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