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.

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She's done a good job so far. Hate to see her go.

    November 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    Another failed Obama pick for his administration, just add her to his list of really bad picks....................Don't trust Obama with our health care, it will be nothing but another Failed Obama experiment, that we can't afford.

    November 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Bluebonnet

    Whew! Good thing she's gone. Go find Mao – the one you look up to!

    November 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    GOOD RIDDANCE! This woman is a communist and follower of Chairman Mao. In an Unconstitutional Nixonian move, she tried to ostracize Fox News, and didn't even have the guts to talk with them. May she go back to the comfortable confines of the extreme left wing hatemongers.

    November 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Enough

    And not a moment too soon, Dunn was horrible and should have been replaced long ago. Her failed attempts to blame FOX news were insane.

    November 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. yuri

    We hope there are no controversies surrounding her ditching the job.

    November 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    Guess she couldn't beat Fox News so she got canned.

    November 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Dave

    Good job Fox!
    Another radical loony leaves the White House. Looks like Fox News won again.

    November 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Marion/Alabama

    Another Obama Socialist leaving her post after touting her reverence for Mao Zedong,who was a communist leader that killed millions of his own people to further his Agenda. Once Outed it is hard to hide the truth,and The truth has set her free......

    November 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. TangledThorns

    Anita Dunn was the best thing that ever happened to FOX News. I bet the WH won't miss her.

    November 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. DAVE

    wow..... looks like Glenn Beck was right on the money.... she started a controversy with Fox and when the strategy back fired obama sent her packing earlier then predicted.... Maybe she can find comfort in the reading of MAO'S greatest teachings then pass them on to her newly appointed husband in Obama's crooked liitle circle... She was too big of a coward to let Beck know when he was telling lies even after he installed a direct line to the white house and only they had the number to inform him of false information that they were so willing to say on MSM channels but did not have the nads to call him directly to challenge what he was saying....... This woman and her boss are completely incompotent and are to scared to challenge what Beck says on his show....... they know what he is saying is true...

    November 10, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Change

    Anita Dunn......GONE!!!!

    November 10, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Kyle

    Thank God; kick these stupid Marxists out of the government; disgusting that she would praise chairman Mao, but then again, par for the course with these commies.

    November 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Angela

    So.....if Ms. Dunn stated when accepted the position that she would do so only for a temporary moment...why is it news that she is resigning? Why would this be a headliner?

    November 10, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Yates

    Welcome home. Its a thankless job. Good luck to Dan Pfeiffer in explaining all of the administrations consistant deviations from the truth.

    November 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    One lunatic down.....many more to go.

    November 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Reagan was wrong

    Thanks, Anita, for finally saying out loud what we've all known all along about FOX "News"

    November 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Sea.gem

    Her job was to throw stmes and direct heat from she did as she told...roll in the next hate monger...

    November 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. CB

    Glenn Beck ousts another!

    Let's hope she is the first of many Socialist-leaning staffers to step down!

    Obama needs to surround himself with a couple of people who actually like the U.S.

    November 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Larry

    Do any of you know 1 thing about this person, other than that she used Mao in a sentence? Anything? Someone please tell me something about this woman that does not involve the word Mao. Seriously – you posters need to get over yourselves. There are real fights to fight – and this aint one of them.

    November 10, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Kimberly

    Obama and his ilk just keep proving Glenn Beck right...time and time again! Go FOX!

    November 10, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. lamuella

    person holds a temporary position for a short while until a permanent person is found. A permanent person is found. Person leaves temporary position. Republicans declare victory? What?

    November 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I expected some people to speak negatively about Dunn's departure because if they had read her bio she herself stated she took the job temporarily because her husband is one President Obama's attorneys. PEOPLE DO YOUR RESEARCH, READ, READ.

    November 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Idiot_Pelosi

    Hope the door doesn't hit her in the "behind" on her way out.

    November 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. rachel

    Glen beck strikes again LOL

    November 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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