Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political adviser, will voluntarily step down from his White House post at the end of the month, senior administration officials said Monday.
“Obviously it’s a big loss to us, said deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino. “He is a great colleague, good friend and a brilliant mind.”
Perino said Rove “wouldn’t be going if he wasn’t sure this is the right time to be giving more time to his family.”
The president and Rove are expected to speak before boarding Marine One at the White House at 11:35 a.m. ET. Bush will head to his Crawford, Texas, ranch where he will remain for the rest of the week.
Rove, who has held a top position in the White House since Bush took office in January 2001, is to stand down on August 31.
What can I say? Sometimes, words fail. So I put together a kind of tribute to Karl.
What will become of Karl? I’m not worried. He’ll probably be a hot item on the speakers’ circuit and make a shit-load in fees.