July 3rd, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Deputy Chief of Staff to leave White House


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/03/art.hagin.ap.jpg caption="Hagin, left, with former Bush aide Karl Rove."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin will be leaving his job this month, according to White House spokesperson Dana Perino.

Perino says Hagin's last day will be July 20th.

"The President said that he thanks Joe for his service to the White House, that Joe's been a loyal friend, and that he is excited about the next chapter in Joe's life," said Perino.

Hagin sent an email to friends this morning, announcing he is leaving to take a private sector job.

Hagin, an Ohio native, has been with President Bush since the 2000 campaign.

Combined with experience during the first Bush presidency, Hagin has served 14 years in the White House.

Hagin was a behind-the-scenes player, who had a huge role in the post 9/11 reorganization of the U-S government and how terrorist responses would be reformed.

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Ian M

    Who cares? This administration is all but over anyways.

    July 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. DMAC in ID

    He sees the wreck coming with the tracks running out. I wonder if he'll go to work for Hughs Oil. They got to go in early and sign up in the oil business months early in Iraq before anyone else Thanks to Bush and their friends in Bush Admin. Just read all about it in a news letter I get.

    July 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. petman

    "Great job, Joey!"

    July 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Martin

    Two little pigis went to the market... Do these people call themselves man? I don't see how they could 🙁

    July 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Al

    One more book about what happened...

    July 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. The Voice From The Outer World

    Something about rats adn sinking ships....

    July 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Carol, Lansing MI

    They're leaving knowing what will happen in November. You're going to see one of the most corrupt administrations in history with all it's co-horts leave one by one before January – and good riddance.

    July 3, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Marvin Higgins

    why didnt he take that idiot with him.

    July 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. TJ

    Statement from Iraq woman about milatary leaving from a yahoo news article
    "Fear consumes people. Hearts are still filled with fear," says Mrs. Marouf, gesturing emotionally.

    Her sister, Jinan Marouf, adds: "All this calm is temporary, trust me. If we get someone like Saddam Hussein back, Iraq will be itself again. We need someone with his control."

    And GB thinks we have done anything but make him and his buddies rich off this oil BS.
    They don't want us and they know it will all be like before. Stop the blood and bring them home. NO BLOOD FOR OIL

    July 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. tony

    to Saga Obama and the like–
    Your comments are a disgrace and show your utter stupidity-
    It's only in a country like America that you can make those statements and not be tared and feathered-
    Go live in an arab country and see what kinds of freedoms that are available–
    You would be in jail for less-
    Idiot !!

    July 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. sick and tired

    You should be able to hang 10 on the wave this fat rat will cause once he hits the water. What a hurb. What's really going on? It's as if someone dropped a radioactive pill in the white house.

    July 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. WiseMan

    Just another rat jumping from the sinking ship!!

    July 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Me

    Joe who? I had never heard about him before. Rove's lover maybe?

    July 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Mike

    Like rats from a sinking ship....

    July 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Chas in Iowa

    And next month he'll be used as a scape goat for the administration to fend off some accusation on the build up of propoganda to support the reasons for going to Iraq.

    Like the man said,
    Another one bites the dust.

    Obama '08

    July 3, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Brian from Texas

    In the picture, you can almost read Rove and Hagin texting each other "Hey man, we gotta get out of this mess!" "You got that right."

    I wouldnt be suprised if Bush had another secret illegal program to wiretap his own men.

    July 3, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. kces

    Everyone got the McSame memo and now it looks as though you all got the rat and sinking ship memo also. 2 years ago you probably liked and respected John Mcain for going against Bush on many things. Now that he is the republican nominee, he is Mcsame and 3rd term Bush. Hmmm!

    July 3, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. addis - observer

    i love the pic. they look like some little kids who r playing their computer game...

    July 3, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Jos/TN

    will he do the tell all movie

    July 3, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Typical Washington

    Typical Washington all the people look the same! Bald, Fat, Old, and UGLY!!!

    July 3, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. 1paperclip

    I am waiting to see if Obama is smart enough to choose Hillary as VP. She is obviously the best choice. I don't care what any nay sayers have to say. Hillary still had 18 million supporters. And more think she would be a good choice than those that don't. I heard that we should hear of the selection possibly next week. I wil be very disappointed in any choice other than Hillary. I don't like him but will vote for him right now. But if he doesn't choose her, I will really hate him and may return the favor by either voting for someone else or not at all. I don't feel very motivated in his direction at this point. Just waiting to see him show his true colors.

    July 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Mike

    Of course Bush plans on attacking Iran before he leaves office – what do you think the October surprise is going to be?

    I just hope Obama has the cajones to have Bush and Cheney prosecuted after they leave office, or better yet – have them turned over to the Hague.

    July 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Griff

    Well John McCain don't want him, or need him...

    July 3, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    The picture with Kommandant Karl is worth a thousand words! Fear & Hate are on their way OUT!

    July 3, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Jon

    What difference does it make that this rat is leaving the WH now or later? The damage to America has already been done and continues to be done by the Republicans and the spineless Dems. We and our children and our children's children will have to suffer the consequences of the past seven years when the Iraqis and Afghans take their revenge for the loss of their loved ones. Our jobs continue to be shipped overseas. Our currency goes down the tubes. Our military is broken. Our health care becomes even more unaffordable and inaccessible. For his part in all this catastrophe, he should be socially ostracized and if possible, convicted for complicity.

    July 3, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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