Another prominent woman to depart White House
DeParle, right, is leaving her post.
January 11th, 2013
07:02 PM ET

Another prominent woman to depart White House

(CNN) – Nancy-Ann DeParle, among the most prominent women in President Barack Obama’s inner circle, is set to depart her White House post after his second-term inauguration.

DeParle, deputy White House chief of staff, will join the Brookings Institution later this month and also begin lecturing at Harvard Law School. News of DeParle’s departure was announced Friday by Brookings Institution’s president, Strobe Talbott.

Earlier this week, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced she would resign. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also are on their way out.

DeParle, one of the president’s key point persons during the drafting of the health care bill in 2010, was thought to be under consideration to replace Jack Lew as President Obama’s chief of staff. Obama nominated Lew earlier this week to be the next Treasury secretary.

The White House did not comment on DeParle’s exit.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Karen

    OH, I guess CNN forgot to ,mention she made $6 million as a health care lobbyist.

    January 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  2. timverba

    When will it be announced that Valerie Jarrett will be the President's Chief of Staff?

    January 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  3. 2020

    Karen, keep you eye on the ball. Karl Rove made 100M+ and spent and waste. How much gone into his bank account. you guess? far more than 6M.

    The issue is it is time to change of guard, 4 years in one pressure cooker is not good for health. Some can handle it, most want a change. That is life, that is OK. regardless they make money or not.

    Get a life

    January 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      They all do it. Whether they go from gov to lobbying or to wall street and then back, this path has been wide open for as long as I remember. It's no different than a retiring General deciding he's going to work for a defense contractor, sure they have waiting periods but I think anyone would gladly wait how ever long it took if they saw some big $$$ at the end of the rainbow. On the one hand it clearly seems to be a conflict of interest but on the other hand you want these people to be free to persue their career choices. Since both parties do this all the time I doubt it will ever change.

      January 12, 2013 at 4:04 am |
  4. tess

    the only one i care about leaving the administration is o'dumpo. as long as he's there our country is in a world of hurt and he can't be gone soon enough for me!

    January 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Yay! One more Obamalooney butt kisser down, a big bunch more to go! Now Obamie will have less women slaves. Keep "Bending Forward', though. He just loves it like that. Oh well...

    January 12, 2013 at 6:25 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Some people, like you Jerry, aren't capable of grown-up conversation. Maybe you aren't even an adult but some bored dropout – which is more likely.

      January 12, 2013 at 9:03 am |
      • 2013

        I agree with Cynthia L. that you don't know how to build-up conversations. However, I disagree with her that you are not an adult. Of course you are! But you are one of the idiots on the planet,

        January 13, 2013 at 8:36 am |
  6. Kool-Aid Police

    Just another public servant cashing in after their term, business as usual.

    January 12, 2013 at 9:26 am |
    • jean2009

      You mean like Condoleezza Rice going to Stanford University and the Hoover Institute (a political think tank)? I doubt if anyone of these people were going to go look for a job as street sweeper,or become a Wall-Mart greeter.

      January 12, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  7. Kool-Aid Police

    Here's a little gem from the past.

    As a state senator in Illinois, President Obama opposed legislation providing an exception to handgun restrictions if the weapon was used in the defense of one’s home.

    Obama’s vote would have maintained the status quo, which made it a violation of municipal gun ban law to use a firearm to save your own life in your own home. But the bill was passed anyway without his support.

    The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures.

    The Illinois vote is hardly ancient history, having occurred in 2004 as Obama was running for election to the U.S. Senate. In opposing the measure, Obama lined up well to the left of the mainstream, as the Illinois Senate included 32 Democrats to 26 Republicans but approved the bill by an overwhelming margin and subsequently overrode a veto by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    Obama did not participate in the veto override, which occurred in November 2004, likely after Obama had resigned his state Senate seat in order to prepare for his new role in the U.S. Senate.

    The Illinois legislation was passed after a man who shot a burglar in his home was fined $750 by his town for disobeying its handgun ban. The absurdity and injustice of the situation doesn’t seem to have made much of an impression on Obama.

    Just eight years earlier, in 1996, Obama answered “Yes” to a survey question asking whether he would support state legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” The Obama 2008 presidential campaign claimed the form had been filled out by an aide who mischaracterized Obama’s position, even though Obama’s handwriting was found on survey.

    January 12, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Moose

      Interesting to say the least. Its ironic that Chicago had over 500 murders, Rahm and Obam didnt do that well there, why should we expect either to lead ???

      January 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  8. Disgusted_Republican

    We should all arm ourselves to the teeth, shoot and ask questions later.

    January 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  9. chris

    Maybe Obama should call Mitt about his binder!

    January 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Marie

      Maybe Obama should take a vacation to the 57th state and Biden should go to the Prime Minister of Ireland's funeral- Oh wait, she wasn't dead when he said that.

      January 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
      • Marie

        I meant mother of the prime minister of Ireland

        January 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Moose

      Maybe he should call Mitt cause hes in way over his head, the world knows, so does he.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  10. shughes2853

    Interesting comments here from Obama haters regarrding DeParle's departure. I seem to recall a certain Alaskan governor quitting her position to cash in – and boy did she cash in! So please, think before you post such hypocritical comments.

    The previous administration caused this country's economic disaster and many, many republicans cashed in – it may surprise you to know that Obama's administration has spent less than any other president in the past 50 years.

    The majority of the country voted for him. Get over it.

    January 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  11. clarke

    so why are the leaving? Better offers,

    January 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  12. Marie

    Sort of like how Jim DeMint left the Senate... better offer

    January 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Dan B

      Maybe more money, I don't know- a lot of people want to be senator.

      January 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Because even if they're mediocre as Senators and lose after one term they still can cash in.

        January 14, 2013 at 7:07 am |
      • Dan B


        January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  13. Paulet

    I got all excited, I thought maybe it might be V Jarid but that is wishful thinking on my part - I just don't like her and fortunately they have kept her off tv so I haven't heard the rehearsed sing song voice - but I do think she has stabbing a few back in the WH she is just the type.
    There must be something there so I will stop.

    January 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm |