Obama advisor leaves administration
Departing Obama administration Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes at an event last year in the East Room.
January 3rd, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Obama advisor leaves administration

Tuesday marked the last day at work at the White House for President Obama's domestic policy advisor Melody Barnes. 
 In October, the White House announced Barnes would leave by the end of the year.  In a statement in October the president praised the advisor, who had been with the administration since the day he took office in January of 2009, saying," I will always be grateful that a woman of Melody’s brilliance, creativity and heart led our domestic policy team during such a challenging time for our nation. Melody has left a lasting legacy, developing and implementing policies that have helped remake our education system, spurred innovation, and fostered opportunity and equality for millions of Americans.”
Barnes has not announced her future plans.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. GBA....GOD BLESS AMERCIA

    Great job Melony ......America appreciates all you have done for small business like ours in America....Equal opportunity for all Americans..Not just the rich and powerful...Good looking out.......

    January 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • John

      I remember her for playing golf with BO.

      January 4, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  2. jerry

    the rats leave the ship...while they can!

    January 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • JoJo

      I believe every administration had people leave . It is nothing unusual at all. Look at the last presidents administration. He had quite a few leave within the first year.

      January 4, 2012 at 6:01 am |
  3. CLAUDE SHEPHERD

    i thank obama will win he may have a hard time but he has had nothy but a hard time and it is about being black i no i have said this before this it is a sham that we have people like that we have the greates country in the wourld and i thank we should get thim people out of our whit house they have runt our country now is the yime

    January 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • racegirl1

      Claude you of all people need President Obama at least he won't dismantle the Department of Education, which is what you need badly.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • sonic10158

      I love how demoRats make such a big deal about race. It doesn't make a difference what-so-ever what color you are.

      January 4, 2012 at 12:49 am |
      • Nathan G.

        While it certainly doesn't make a huge difference, arguing that it doesn't make a difference at all is just ridiculous. There are plenty of people out there who won't vote for a candidate simply because they are black, or hispanic, or Mormon, or Catholic, etc. Bigotry, in all its flavors, is still common – just look at your own post. demoRats? Really? That's as bad as people who say rePuglicans. It's easy enough to disagree with political viewpoints without spewing hate.

        January 4, 2012 at 2:05 am |
      • DJ

        I agree with you Nathan - its maybe not all about race, but its a big part of it for a lot of ignorant people, unfortunately. Its pretty evident when all of the huge crowds that turned out to support GOP candidates, and especially the tea party, were 99.9 to 100% white - that is not representative of a multicultural country, yelling slurs, and waving banners that spewed hatred. The masses who turned out to support Obama were of all colors, including white.

        January 4, 2012 at 3:29 am |
      • Independent Voter

        well spoken Nathan G.

        January 4, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Your English Teacher

      Claude: How did you get out of grade school, when I failed you three years in a row ?

      January 4, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • Jill-IN

      Well, I think you need to go back to school and study English and Spelling.

      January 4, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Jill-IN

      Claude – English and Spelling. Get on it.

      January 4, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  4. tnwoman1948

    @claude Shepherd:

    HUH? Is English your second, third, fourth language?

    January 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Jan

    change is good if it is postive and progressive. I have been disappointed in the Obama adminstration.....there will probably be presidential change and congress change in 2012!!! I think alot of the incumbents both Democrats and Republicans need to be removed.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  6. teeth

    TEETH

    January 4, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  7. ccjs

    I sit and read the comments about the American situation and the reaction to the political comments It is so sad that so many comments are indivdual bashing rather than issue solving. The USA is leading the world in giving 1% all the power and control While thhe average americans lives are being taken away from them politically. If A country like the USA cant see the results of its leader because of the color of his skin and are willing to live in poverty no middle class which means the road to riches will be closed and dreams never met Then vote against the color of his skin and pay the rich man who suckers you into what they want you to believe. Or move on and look at what the results really are and what the potential could be by listning to the words and actions not the ethnical background or skin colors Like it or not untill Americans get rid of their prejudice of races Americans will never be a free society and will be held captive to the 1% Americans have two options equality and potential for growth and prosparity for all or limited growth and prosparity for a few controlled by the 1% dictatership in a democracy by default caused by predjudice rather than intelligent voting

    January 4, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • jerry

      it is not bashing against obama...its really the presentation of facts...sorry about that!

      January 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Dean

    "RATS JUMPING SHIP...MONKEYS STILL IN CHARGE".

    January 4, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Independent Voter

      Dean...brother...we will be praying for you.

      January 4, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Jennifer

      Hey Dean... "Rats and Monkeys" eh??

      As a non-American looking in, if you represent the Republicans, the rest of the world sees you as racist and pretty dumb. The only people you impress are ones hiding behind the same closed door and that room you're in is very small.

      January 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • jerry

        and where are you from jenny? Another Canadian sucking off the American breast?

        January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    What do we need a Domestic Policy Advisor for? Can't the people think for themselves? They used to before all the Big Government Policies that run up a $15 Trillon dollar debt. Clean house and get back to the Constitution.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  10. Independent Voter

    We still have a color problem it this country...that's really sad. "RATS"...."MONKEYS"....come on people...try to to show some type of control.

    On another note...i am still supporting President Obama. The other side have not shown me very much.

    January 4, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  11. Carla Nelson

    Mit is kissing the Republicans party but. He wants to belong so bad. If you take a look at everybody who has been bshinh Obama all of them has been removed. Now Newt Gingrich got mad because of those Superpack remember it was the Republicans who wanted not tor reveal there money sources now you see Newt is a viictim of his onw demise If you notice you did not see any African American at these pooling places because they avoided getting there concerns. When Mitt Loses they will shun him like they did John Mccain and talk about him badly. They will have no use for Mitt. If they had stared attacking him long ago he woudn't have made it this far. Trying to be clean they got somebody who they really don't want to vote for. The Republicans will nominate a alligator aa long as he can attack Obama and say crazt things that don't make since. If you think about it they are lhurting people by blocking Obama but remember this when your child gets sick Romney aint gonna give you a dime toward any medical bill. If you lose your house he ain't goona help you. If you stop getting unemployment he ani't gonna cut you no check to pay your bills with. I have a job and insurance but I feel sorry for those that can't afford any. People don't want to have health insurance mandatory think about it the State makes you get car insurance. It is the same thing but they won't mess with the state officials because they will be treading on thin water.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |