November 19th, 2007
12:34 PM ET
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Homeland security advisor explains her departure

Townsend will be joining the private sector.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's top adviser on homeland security is stepping down after 4½ years on the job, the White House said Monday.

Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend turned in her letter of resignation to President Bush on November 6 and will be looking for new opportunities outside government.

"I'm going to just take another job doing 20-hour days, but this time in the private sector," said Townsend, who has spent 25 years working in law enforcement and government.

Bush praised Townsend's work Monday.

"Fran has always provided wise counsel on how to best protect the American people from the threat of terrorism," Bush said in a statement. "We are safer today because of her leadership."

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  1. Me, Nebraska

    "The bottom-feeders can have it all and choke on their own vomit. I've seen more class from junkyard dogs."

    Hear that free-thinkers? ^ Now thats classy!

    November 19, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. diane c

    would like to see her w2 tax records to see if she was part of the windfall that people of this adminatration,has gotten.

    November 19, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Anon, L.A. CA

    She should take that vast wasteland of tax-payer dollars along with her.

    Her agency is one of the biggest wastes of government spending in American history.

    We already have redundant agencies in place...all we need is to do is shift existing resources, not increase government spending and create another massive beauracy.

    November 19, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "which is why it is a big BIG mistake to let the federal government get into the health care business!" – ronnie knoxville tn

    No one wants the federal government in health care. Let's dump all those bums on medicare – what a waste that is! Then the child health care programs need to be axed next. Let their parents pay the bill. Following that, let's get rid of the Food and Drug Administration. We can trust pharmaceutical corporations to be diligent in testing their drugs before they put them on the market. No reason for the fed to get involved in that. Also, all of this student aid to medical students has got to stop! Why should I pay for some lazy student to go to medical school??!! Let those loafers work their way through school like I did. Also, the best way to cut down on medical costs is just make it against the law to sue a physician, insurance company, or hospital. The market can handle that. People will just go to doctors they trust, and the others will have to find a new way to make a living. Also, why require kids to be vaccinated before they go to school. If kids start getting sick, parents can pay for the vaccinations themselves. Also, municipal rescue and ambulance services are a waste! I've never called an ambulance in my life, and I don't plan to. If I need to go to the hospital my wife can drive me. Why should I pay for some guy who hit his thumb with a hammer be carried to the hospital in luxury accompanied by two trained paramedics and a trained driver? This gimme gimme gimme attitude has got to stop

    November 19, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush's statement that we're safer today because of Townsend's leadership is hog wash. First of all 9/11's don't happen every day and the same conditions which existed before 9/11 still exist. And further, all our military is in the Middle East protecting Iraqis. American people are protecting themselves because we are more aware of our surroundings since 9/11.

    November 19, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Sonja San Francisco CA

    If the calibre of writers in this column is a slice of the Democratic party then they are in deep trouble. What is with this fourth grade slang and disgusting verbage? Some of these people need to grow up and get a real life.

    November 19, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |

    Safer today?
    What about the report about all the fake bombs that got thru the security checkpoints in more than 30 airports?
    We've just been LUCKY despite all the screw-ups of this administration.

    And Terry from ElPaso, way to go!

    November 19, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Alan, San Angelo Texas

    While Republicans and Democrats take shots at one another on comment boards, more Americans shift to Independent status.

    As for Fran's interview with Wolfe Blitzer, she got another free ride on her omitting Carlyle's LifeCare from the WH Lessons Learned report. At least the media is consistent!

    November 19, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Bazyli

    I'm really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

    March 2, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
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