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. Raymond Duke

    There isn't much that you can say to that except all political appointee's go with their boss usually. Smart man ,job is over, prepare for your next employment.

    July 3, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Bob Stephens

    Run away, run away,,,, run away!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hagin will join McCain "behind the scenes" just like the rest of Bush's colleagues.

    July 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Mr Fix it (Sanford Florida)


    Karl Rove sends an to Hagin telling him to wear his flag pin next time and for that he responded " I QUIT " 🙂

    July 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Joe the Troll


    July 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Joe Reg

    Everybody is jumping ship while they can.

    The current administration is going down in a hand backet.

    No more republicans this year.

    Landslide Obama.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Sally in Cali

    Guess he's not one of the half million who lost their jobs in the last 6 months.

    July 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Peter of Oregon

    He must have forgotten to mention the word "lucrative." A lucrative private sector job, perhaps with an oil company that benefited from the Iraq war?

    July 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. mabel floyd

    another one gone–the time moves slowly-but hang on-the main one we want nd need gone will come–if he won't leave then we can send in the troops and march him with a perp walk-i only hope and pray he does not do any more damage to our country and the number of young people whoes death can be layed at his feet is limited.

    July 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. America for Obama

    Ofcourse Hagin wants to leave now. He's heard of Bush's & Dr. Evil's.... I mean Cheney's plan to attack Iran before they leave office and he doesn't want to be the one lying about it to the world.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    July 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Wayne

    McCain lost his berings and should retire.

    July 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Brad - California

    Awww, what a great photo – Joe Hagin and Karl Rove – two pigs text messaging each other on their Blackberrys.

    July 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Texun

    Perhaps he will enlist in the Army, to serve in Iraq. Right after Cheney.

    July 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Do as I say, not as I do Republicans

    Just Saying wrote:

    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).

    Hmmmm..... doesn't the republican party do the same thing? i.e., SWIFT BOAT VETERANS? Or how about the great PURPLE HEART on the cheeks of those at the last REPUBLICAN CONVENTION to make fun of John Kerry? The only ones they were making fun of were all Veterans who received a Purple Heart.

    July 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Southern gal

    Another one from "Daddy's administration" which is interesting.....

    July 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Drew

    All his aides leave not because a democrat is coming in. It's their time to get paid for working and lying for Bush. You go to the private sector (oil gig or work for a defense contractor) where they can now make serious coin. Thanks for you "patriotic service" to the country. (heavy heavy sarcasm)

    July 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. judy, Wisconsin

    I suppose he needs to "spend more time with my family". Well, good riddance and thanks for nothing!

    July 3, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. LM


    July 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Chuck

    He probably should be on his way to prison, like Bush and all the crooks he put in charge of the U.S. Government.

    July 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. randy

    Well the damage have been done.it make pt no pot sence anymore bush fired or hired.

    July 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Donna

    Are he and Rove twins?? that's horrible to resemble Rove so much...probably in looks and in character...sad

    July 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Elisabeth

    Using Bush's "reformed" and bush's policies for handling terrorists is a bit of an oxymoron. Not sure how you could describe it but "reformed'" is not a word that rushes to mind when I see the sad state of events In Afghistan and Iraq, not to mention the brilliant way he has handled the Israel/ Palestinian situation and, he's done it so well, (so his sycophants tell him) he's ready to take one Iran. What an absolute fool he is!!

    July 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Looks like the only one being left to lockup when he leaves is W himself

    July 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. J.D.

    And Obama's up 5 in Montana according to Rasmussen. Hah!

    July 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. john

    I wonder what this guy's book will reveal??????
    and will he carry with him evidence of all the criminal activities of this white house team.

    Another one to be grilled in a congressional committee

    The Republican Brand is being taken off the shelf of one small product at a time come November we can take them ALL the dog meat off the shelf in one big electoral hit.

    July 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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