WHITE HOUSE (AP) - Look for a formal announcement later this
morning from President Bush and his chief political adviser, Karl
Rove is quitting his job at the White House at the end of the
Rove is a longtime member of Bush's inner circle who the
president nicknamed "the architect" for designing the strategy
that won him the White House twice.
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."
Perino says Rove has been talking with the president for "about
a year" regarding when might be a good time to leave. Ultimately,
she says Rove decided there was never a good time, just the
Several other top administration officials have announced their
resignations since Democrats won control of Congress.