It’s official. The greatest strategist in modern Republican history is heading home. He’s leaving the Bush Administration, effective August 31, 2007 after years of keeping it on an even keel.
Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, marking a turning point for the Bush presidency.
An emotional President Bush had this to say:
President Bush made the announcement Monday morning. “Karl Rove is moving on down the road,” Mr. Bush said, appearing grim-faced on the White House’s South Lawn with Mr. Rove at his side. “We’ve been friends for a long time and we’re still going to be friends … I’ll be on the road behind you here in a bit,” he said.
Equally choked up was the big man himself, Karl Christian Rove:
“I’m grateful to have been a witness to history. It has been the joy and the honor of a lifetime,” said Mr. Rove, his voice quivering at times. “But now is the time. .. At month’s end,” Mr. Rove said, “I will join those whom you meet in your travels, the ordinary Americans who tell you they are praying for you.”
Karl Rove is a great American and a brilliant political strategist. You will be missed, old friend.
Update: More at The White House of the Blogosphere.