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Posted on Jun 1, 2007
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Bush aide Dan Bartlett says he’s decamping from the White House to spend more time with his family and switch career gears.

One of President Bush’s closest advisers will celebrate this Independence Day by liberating himself from the White House inner circle. Dan Bartlett, who has served as Bush’s aide since his early political beginnings in Texas, announced on Friday (his 36th birthday) that he will be stepping down around July 4 to seek a new career.

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With twin 3-year-old boys and another son born in January, Bartlett said it was time to pursue a new chapter of his life and “reacquaint myself with my family.” His wife, Allyson, had joked that they should name their newborn “Exit Strategy.”

Bartlett said he was open to job opportunities and had retained Washington attorney Bob Barnett to help him in the search.

It is a point of pride with Bartlett that he is Bush’s longest-serving staffer—longer than even political strategist Karl Rove, another Bush confidant whose tenure was interrupted by work as a political consultant. Before teaming up with Bush, Bartlett worked for Rove’s Austin-based consulting firm.

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By Chaseme, June 2, 2007 at 8:26 am Link to this comment
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I’m not sure how the rest of you feel about this, but Bartlett only has a Bachelors degree in Poli-Sci.

It seems true that this C-average president has surrounded himself with people who are not as educated, so that he can feel…smarter?

How about Kyle Sampson, who was a “loyal bushie” recommended by Lizzie Cheney, because he was her classmate and later played the role as hackman for bush? We are all certainly familiar with Michael Brown who headed the demolition crew that allowed the destruction of New Orleans.

Oh my gosh you guys, where does that leave the rest of us, knee deep in the same shit that flowed down the streets of New Orleans, waist deep in the same shit that now envelops the Attorney General scandal to the eventual drowning of all our basic rights…in the same shit?

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By Joe, June 2, 2007 at 1:18 am Link to this comment
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The “more time with his family” excuse always reminds me of the old time Kremlin watchers:  someone who usually stood next to Kruschev would suddenly get ‘sick’ and not be seen again.

So - why now?  Why is this rat jumping this ship right now?  Tim Griffin quit his job too. He was AG for Arkansas, Rove’s good friend who got that job when somebody, no one know quite who, fired the old AG.  He quit because Conyers is connecting him to voter ‘caging’ in 04 - where mostly Democratic minority voters where denied their right to vote.  A practice made very illegal back in 1986.
Is it a coincidence that Bartlett announces too?  The WH clearly directed the caging operation.  Bartlett is very likely where this would lead to.

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By DennisD, June 1, 2007 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder which big Bu$h campaign contributor that “new career will be with.

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By QuyTran, June 1, 2007 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

Too late ! He should leave this criminal dysnasty long time ago. But we still wish him well with much better and cleaner jobs as Bush’s adviser.

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By Tom Doff, June 1, 2007 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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BTW, Bartlett is not ‘stepping down’, he’s ‘stepping up’, no matter where he goes, even if he ends up falling head-first into a pail of pig sh*t, it will represent upward mobility compared with ‘counseling’ B*sh.

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By Tom Doff, June 1, 2007 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Old Dan will be busier than ever, everywhere you look these days, there are republican Village Idiots who need counseling.

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By John, June 1, 2007 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter) sure made me happy.  Question is when will Gonzalez follow suit?

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By Toby, June 1, 2007 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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Every time a Bush Staffer leaves, we all speculate on the “revelations” forthcoming.
Some have come.
Most have been ignored.
So much for that.

Perhaps the real story here is:
“Bartlett said he was open to job opportunities and had retained Washington attorney Bob Barnett to help him in the search.”

Is that the same Bob Barnett who has helped so many others whose names we all recognize?

Mr. Barnett is one of the premier authors’ representatives in the world. Whose client list includes Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bob Woodward, Lynne Cheney, Alan Greenspan, Karen Hughes, James Patterson, Katharine Graham, Ari Fleischer, Tim Russert, Stephen White, Barack Obama, George Will, Art Buchwald, James Carville, Mary Matalin, William Bennett, Howard Dean, Cokie Roberts, several former U.S. Secretaries of State and numerous U.S. Senators.

He is also one of the leading representatives of television news correspondents and producers. His clients include Sam Donaldson, Jeff Greenfield, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Steve Doocy, Christiane Amanpour, Brit Hume, Andrea Mitchell, Rita Braver, Susan Spencer, Gwen Ifill, David Gergen, Bill Plante, Ray Suarez, Lisa Myers, Neil Cavuto, anchors in many major television markets, and producers on virtually every major broadcast on network and cable TV.

Mr. Barnett also represents former government officials in conjunction with their transitions to the private sector. His clients have included Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Alan Greenspan, Andrew Card, Norman Mineta, Dan Quayle, Roger Ferguson, Bill Richardson, James Baker, Michael Gerson, Larry Summers, Donna Shalala, and many former Senators and Congressman.

He also represents many corporate and trade association executives and corporations in conjunction with executive compensation agreements. He has represented senior officers of AT&T, The Carlyle Group, Fannie Mae, McDonald’s Corporation, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, and Deutsche Bank. He also represents several university presidents, deans, and professors.

“Before teaming up with Bush, Bartlett worked for Rove’s Austin-based consulting firm.”

Maybe he just feels he better line up a good attorney.
Maybe not.

What ever happened to that old television series called, Connections?

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