November 10th, 2009
12:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Dunn leaving White House

Washington (CNN) - White House Communication Director Anita Dunn – who recently drew headlines for her criticism of Fox News – will be leaving her post at the end of November, administration officials confirmed Tuesday.

Dunn, who took the post on a temporary basis, had originally been slated to leave the job at the end of the summer, but stayed on at President Obama's request. She will be replaced by Deputy White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, and retain a consulting role.

After months spent largely behind the scenes, Dunn burst into public view when she charged that Fox News was acting as an arm of the Republican Party. She later drew controversy after Fox host Glenn Beck broadcast footage of a comment in which she appeared to speak favorably about former communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung. Watch: Dunn goes on the offensive vs Fox.

Pfeiffer, who headed the Obama communication shop during the 2008 presidential campaign, is a Democratic political veteran who has also worked for former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Sen. Evan Bayh as well as Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.

Dunn, a seasoned political operative, assumed the role earlier this year when then-Communications Director Ellen Moran left the post for a role at the Commerce Department.

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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Tired

    I have to say I"m tired of this administration already. I'm sure Obama is a good guy and he's smart. Definitely someone for Americans to look up to in the way he presents himself. He's a great speaker. But his leadership is lacking. He hasn't chosen good czars and advisors. Interestingly to note that while he seems to be highly intelligent he is surrounded by a lot of idiots. It begins in his cabinet and with his advisors and continues through Congress with Nancy Pelosi and her crew. Still looking for a change from the standard day to day politics and plays from both sides of the aisle. Disappointment continues...

    November 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. T Nykreim

    What I want to know is: These people you attack Glen Beck , Fox News , and the people who watch them. Have you even watched the show.? After watching the show have you done your own research to find out if what he is stating is true?
    If you haven't then you are spouting the propaganda of your party and other news networks! I am an American citizen born with rights. I choose not to follow anyone blindly. I suggest you research the facts, not attack the person sharing the the facts. Fghts with the issues not the people who are talking about the issues.

    November 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Aaron

    HAHA...I just looked up Beck and Limbaugh. No College education...and we are letting them do the thinking for the Republican parties?? Wow... Limbaugh even FAILED out of college..wasn't like he didn't go.

    Beck didn't even go...I won't fault him on that one.

    November 10, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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