Rove to resign White House post at end of August

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

President Bush's chief political adviser is leaving his job at the White House at the end of the month.

Karl Rove is a longtime member of Bush's inner circle who the president nicknamed "the architect" for designing the strategy that twice won Bush the White House.

White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino calls this "a big loss." She says Rove is "a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind."

Karl Rove is talking about his impending departure in an interview in today's Wall Street Journal.

The presidential strategist says he's planning to return to Texas, where he and his wife have a home and where their son goes to college.

Rove says he thought about leaving a year ago but he said he didn't want to depart right after the Democrats regained control of Congress and then got drawn into policy battles over the Iraq war and immigration.

Several other top administration officials have announced their resignations since Democrats won control of Congress.

In the interview, Rove predicts President Bush will regain his popularity, which has sunk to record lows because of the war in Iraq.

He also predicts Democrats will nominate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, calling her "a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate."

It's expected Rove will write a book after he leaves.

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