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. Earl

    Another rat leaving the ship before it sinks.

    He's smart enough to see the writing on the wall that the Reflipicans will not be around after November.

    I see Rove in the picture...did someone turn over the rock he was under?

    July 3, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Neal

    How is it that these are the kind of men who run this country?

    July 3, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Rob

    "rat leaving a sinking ship" – how many times does that comment need to be posted? a little originality is all i'm asking for...

    July 3, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. lgould

    he should go

    July 3, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. NickNas


    Don't be fooled people what you are seeing here is a smooth transfer of the Bush and Cheney staff and advisors directly to McCain. McCain is actually running to be simply their new FRONTMAN!

    July 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Pat

    I guess his conscience couldn't take it any more – oh wait – no one in the Bush administration HAS a conscience. He just went for the money.

    July 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Jack

    With only six months left in the second term, this is nothing unusual. From now to January every two-bit Republican hack will get a chance at an interum job in the White House.

    July 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. An unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Getting shotdown ehhhh!!! we have to question whether you know your job or if you qualify to pilot that plane.

    Mccain you have no clue about the economy so butt out. How are you going to speak about what you have no idea about?

    Mccain is a joke, he can't keep lobbyiest's money, and jump on every thing that you has no idea how it works.

    How can we trust your words when it often change?





    July 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Vic of NYC

    All I can say is that I truly hope that whomever is our next President will have the character and patriotism to prosecute the treason committed in the Bush Whitehouse against our country and our people.

    July 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. thenewgeneration

    It's hard to trust any white guy in a suit these days.....

    how about term limits for insiders?? 14 years of lingering opinions on very powerful people..??

    there better be extensive investigations that nail governmental criminals to the wall once a new president is in office.

    why do you think the war continues? it's becuase no one in congress will go through the impeachment process or to do investigations on insiders with our country at war... that would risk the already fragile balance of power we have given to the political system to rule our lives.

    I think its all time for us to start growing our own food and living our own lives that is more in line with the natural world we inhabit. Up with the states and local governments power to rule! The federal government has way too much power.. and as they say power will always be abused. Maybe we'll someday find out how this guy added to the mess were all completely aware of at this point.

    July 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    It would be really nice if he is not a "kiss and tell" type politician.

    July 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Bishop

    Good riddance!!!

    July 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    Getting out while the getting is good.

    July 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. ddaryl

    yep public office serves only one real purpose.. getting rich and retiring welathy by pandering to the corporations..

    We are screwed as a country because of the way politicians and their top aides get pandered to. you know they are on the take and have these deals set up while there in office.

    July 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. dennisk

    Hey, saga4obama, I thought the same thing!
    But I believe it's Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dumber.

    July 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Politics of Fear

    I wonder how many of you posting negative comments on Bush and his administration actually voted him in first or second round? You remind me of the Iraqi's whacking statues of Saddam after it was pulled down...meanwhile were to cowardly to do anything while he was still in power. It will be interesting in the next 5 months whether or not something will happen to instill fear in you again and let you continue to vote in another era of Republican rule...

    July 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. UG

    This picture is priceless...Rove and Hagin playing with their "equipment." Glad they are both gone.

    July 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Another of the bush/cheney crew leaving for a much deserved job in the oil industry or maybe a lobbyist either way it amounts to the same thing. Just hurry up Jan 20, 2009 so that all of them will gone.

    July 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Twins in Washington

    See that's the problem everyone in Washington looks the same. That has to change!!! Obama and whoever he chooses for V.P.

    July 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Aaron Williams

    I'm sure he's got his mansion waiting for him in Dubai, they've robbed our country and destroyed our Constitution, now they can go live it up with their buddies the oil barons and the defense contractors.

    July 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. The Lorax

    Obama needs to open up investigations on all these people when he takes office. Dirty deeds were done and I they need to pay for them. At the same time we can't rush out of Iraq, we need to finish the job as soon as possible and then get out.

    July 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    When the it all sad and done President Bush is Horrible leader.. and His Staff members knows it..

    July 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Ms. Sims

    Another one bites the dust...I guess he'll have a book out in 6 months to. That's pretty much the pattern...work at white house, quit white house, write book on how bad things are at white house

    July 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Aspire

    Go join camp McSame

    July 3, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. SG

    Yeah! Another book about Dubya and the de facto POTUS Cheyney! LOL! Thank God the country survived...

    July 3, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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