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.

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. george

    We will be waiting for your book/memoir on Bush's presidency.

    July 3, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. R.O.B.

    Can't take the heat anymore. Imagine being part of an administration that everywhere you go, there are about 65 – 70% of people angry at you. I probably would quit too.

    July 3, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    I guess his conscience wouldn't allow him to stay any longer. How funny. Bush and mccain constantly have people jumping ship, i think it's hilarious.

    July 3, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    Wow. Those are some seriously double-chinned pasty dorks. Do you think getting beaten up in high school is what made Karl Rove so evil?

    July 3, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Marilyn

    Good riddance. Now if someone could just get Bush to resign we'd all be better off.

    July 3, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Reality in Virginia

    Another Rat leaves the sinking ship..... Imagine leaving a Presidency that is the most unpopular in American history...where do you go??
    Wait.... theres always Faux News!!! After all, if a limp noodle drug addict like Rush can laugh all the way to bank.....

    July 3, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Carl from MI

    Another one resigns... go figure!!!

    July 3, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. TESAP

    Yes. McCain pick him as your running mate.......... the McCain-Bush ticket... brilliant............. however, you won;t be able to distance your self from Prresident shrub if his brother is your running mate....... you will be apert of the family.

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE.................... 🙂

    July 3, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Peter

    Im not surprised, everyone is trying to distance themselves from Bush Cheney and Rove so when they all get in trouble no one else will go down

    July 3, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Common Sense

    I would expect to see more departures as the end of the term draws near. Happens with every presidency.

    July 3, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |

    The Titanic sunk years ago. Too late to catch the ship.

    July 3, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Crush Rush

    Wonder what job hes taking next?They never say do they?Well lets give him a big chunk of swiss cheese.Maybe a nice job as in the oil lobby for a job well done.

    July 3, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Bulldog

    He's running scared. This guy knows that when Obama takes over the White House there will be consequences for their crimes. He's running now in hopes of sneaking under the radar of the big criminal investigations that will be on him and the other infamous Bush criminals. You can run but you can't hide.

    July 3, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Jason in NY

    So when is the book coming out?!?!

    July 3, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Will

    Strange, the dude has like a season left. Why leave now?

    Co. Powell the only Bush administrative who had the smarts to leave early. This is waaaayyyy too late. So now they need to hire someone new for a season? What good will that do?

    July 3, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Fillibuddy

    Coupla sexy beasts, no?

    July 3, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. RJII

    These people are a disgrace and are responsible for America's worst times in history. they have trampled on everything good that this country once stood for.

    let's take the whole guilty bush administration out back and put them down, perino too. November can't come quick enough.

    July 3, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. carolflowery

    This has always happened to all presidents at the end of their tenure, nothing new, nothing to get all, oh wow, they are all leaving George Bush, let's get this straight, George Bush is leaving the white house come January, would you wait around to see if you could find a good job, i think not

    July 3, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Lola

    Here we go again Bushed! Please write a book as soon as possible, We will love to know more about what is going with Bushes brain and how, you, Rove Bush/Cheney trick your country,Canada and the British into going to war. killed and still killing innocent young men in inform/civilan in Iraq. You people should be lockedup and throw away the key for life!

    July 3, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |

    Post script

    Looks like 2 pigs n a blanket

    July 3, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. ben

    Can't wait to read this book. Should be interesting.

    July 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Dick M.

    When will his book spilling the Bush beans appear?

    July 3, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. ET from OMAHA

    Another book on the way probably. Another Bush " Guinee pig".

    July 3, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Another rat jumping ship to secure a job in the private sector while he still can?

    I believe Bush now leads in most former, high-ranking cabinet members to desert.

    Either that or Hagin is getting in line to get his dividend check from Halliburton.

    July 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. RJII

    i almost hope obama doesn't win. how can you wish this infinite mess on anyone you like– or hate. the next president will have to be a messiah or a wizard to turn around bush's mess . think positive, think positive.

    July 3, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12