Linda Douglass leaving White House
Updated 1:02 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
Linda Douglass, the network TV correspondent who became a top pitchwoman for President Obama's health care plan, is leaving the White House.
She sounds like she needs a break; her last day is April 16, and she leaves for vacation the next day.
The former ABC News reporter, who became a traveling spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, found herself in the midst of the fierce battle over health-care reform. She called her departure "bittersweet."
"After nearly 2 years of work that has been exhilarating and grueling in equal measure, I am going to step off the treadmill for awhile and rediscover the experience of dining with my husband on a regular basis," Douglass said in a statement. She said she will be "cheering with pride from the sidelines as this historic law takes effect."
Douglass made plenty of television appearances on behalf of the health bill and led a behind-the-scenes effort to combat what the administration viewed as misinformation about the bill, setting up a Web site and challenging stories the White House saw as unfair.
Douglass joined then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, two years after leaving ABC. It was a personal adjustment for Douglass after a career in journalism, but she was not shy about aggressively challenging some of her former colleagues in the news business.
She also had to adapt to the 24-hour nature of the new media world. Douglass was surprised, for instance, when I told the world about her departure on Twitter.
Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer says Douglass "will continue to be a valued adviser to this President and this White House."
April 8, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
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