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. richard

    don't let the door hit ya!

    July 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Mike

    More Rats jumping from the sinking ship SS. Republicana.

    July 3, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. ProundToBeDemocrat

    who cares may Bush and cheny should do the same.

    July 3, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Phil-Little Rock

    Milk the cow for all it's worth, then pour it on another brand of cereal. How convenient. One less Bushie for the world to cringe about.

    July 3, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Saad from NJ

    Not President Bush himself, but his legacy or lack thereof is getting so disgusting.

    Hagin is eyeing the money Scott has been making and also has noticed the criticism that he has received for not quitting earlier. That's why he is not quitting now and not a few months later. He will probably come out with a book at any point between now and 20 years later.

    But the sad part is that whenever he writes one, there will be nothing new in it, nothing that the we all do not know already. Unless he waits maybe 50 years. By then people would have forgotten Bush. How old is Hagin?

    July 3, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. smile


    July 3, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Loretta from California

    leaving so soon? What ever happened to fulfilling ones obligation?


    July 3, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Michelle

    That's it? Why is he really leaving? where's the rest of the story?

    July 3, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Foreign observer

    Ther rats are leaving the sinking ship..

    July 3, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Mike

    Good decision. With the economy going down the drain. A Trillion dollars in debt to China and a worthless dollar. Now is a good time to put distance between smart people and Bush/ McBush.

    July 3, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. PG

    Seems like two people "hard at work." NOT! This administration is FINALLY dwindling until there is NO MORE!

    July 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Kate, Atlanta

    Is he going to work for McBush???

    July 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. RH

    Another crook fleeing the rats' nest.

    July 3, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Just Saying

    I bet you any money the democrats are gonna jump on this one with something negative (we should actually change the purpose of the democratic party to the party that is always negative – even amongst its own).

    News to the democrats - Bush's term is almost over and his staff are looking for new jobs.

    July 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Ranger Jay

    Another rat leaves the sinking ship. Thanks to rampant cronyism, do doubt he'll be outrageously rewarded for his incompetence.

    The "reorganization" is an ineffective boondoggle, and one that is destined to drain piles of money from the public coffers.

    Heck of a job!

    July 3, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Rats deserting a sinking ship!

    Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin must have saw the money and media attention Karl Rove has been receiving on FOX NEWS and wants his turn. I'm sure some folks in the White House made sure that Joe Hagin wasn't planning releasing or writing a book on his second Bush term years, like Scot McCellan did!

    July 3, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Probably the only honest nut in the can.
    Loyal too. When all the other rats left he hung on until the ship was nearly ashore.

    Kudos–to a man who appears to be a shining light in a dark period in White House history.

    July 3, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Lisa

    Countdown until the moving van leaves the White House with George W. Bush in it!!!!

    July 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Saad from NJ

    Great picture CNN.... I love you guys.... They look like a photo copy of each other.... printed from a machine with a manufacturing defect in it.

    July 3, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. not important

    Rats leaving the shinking ship???

    July 3, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. adam

    I wonder how many millions he'll make?

    July 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Obama for President

    Is he joining McCain campaign?

    July 3, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Chris from San Antonio

    Rat. Sinking ship.

    July 3, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Taking a job in the "private sector" which will no doubt include screwing the American people in some way. That is their "calling."

    July 3, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Nice picture of he and Carl Rove...

    July 3, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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