June 22nd, 2010
06:38 AM ET
12 years ago

White House budget director leaving in July

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/22/art.orszag.0610y.gi.jpg caption ="White House Budget Director Peter Orszag has told President Obama that he plans to leave his position as White House budget director in July."](CNN) - Peter Orszag has told President Obama that he plans to leave his position as White House budget director in July, an Obama administration official said Monday evening.

Orszag, 41, has been a key part of Obama's economic team, serving in his role as director of the Office of Management and Budget during the passage of the economic stimulus bill and this year's health care reform legislation.

As budget director, he crafted policy, but also was a prime negotiator with congressional Republicans.

As one of the main negotiators in the final hours before lawmakers passed the economic stimulus package, Orszag tried to bridge differences and was keeper of the ever-changing numbers, often crunching them in his head.

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  1. Peter E

    Translation: he has been offered a multi-million dollar job at some corporation.

    June 22, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Ron in California.

    The first insider to go....there will be more as they realize what they have done is catching up to them. He probably figures that BO will be a one term President so he geting that good Corporate job now.

    June 22, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Negotiating with republicans is a fool's errand. They bully you into rewriting everything in a bill, and then still won't vote for it. Over 70% of the stimulus bill and the healthcare bill (both heavily criticized by the republicans) have been rewritten for the republicans, giving into their demands. And yet they have the galls to say they weren't bipartisan? And at the end of the day, most of these republicans tout the benefits of these bills in their own district as if they were the ones who proposed the bills to begin with. (it's true, there is even a webpage keeping track of republicans who voted against the stimulu bill and yet are campaigning on the benefits it brought to their district)

    June 22, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. key part of Obama's economic team

    you enherited a mess

    you have done a great job of taking that mess and putting things on track to recovery

    thank you

    June 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Lib Hunter

    This administration is one big joke

    June 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Rats leaving a sinking ship. Rhammie... are you next?

    June 22, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Slick William

    Squeak, squeak, another RAT jumping a sinking and stinking ship of fools! Another historic Obama moment!

    June 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's been a tumultous, and stressful stint for Orszag. Some people, as braniac-like as they may seem, belong behind the scenes; they are not equipped for the in-your-face demands of their job. I thnk Orszag is one of these people.

    Every new President walks into a myriad of issues upon assuming the Presidency. It is widely accepted that Obama's administration had a 12-course entree served on 12 different plates, all of which needed to be addressed simultaneously AND aggressively. NOT for the the faint of heart, or folks who are not used to dealing with the heightened level of criticism, deserved or not, that has punctuated this President's administration.

    Goodbye Orszag. Fare-thee-well.

    June 22, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Rats starting to jump off the democrat garbage scowl

    June 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Did he give a reason? if not, I won't assume to know why he is leaving! I will howver make this note. There will be slew of the "best Budget officer ever" comments from my lefty buds and a slew of "jumping off a sinking ship" comments from my righty buds. The truth will be somewhere in the middle! One question though, do we REALLY have a budget? I am leaning towards no!

    June 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. S Callahan

    He knows more than we know.......well, except for us Bible believing folks.....he is wise...he doesn't want the fall back when the ..upp...hits the fan. You can only blow a balloon so far and then it pops.

    June 22, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |