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List of Obama's Friday departures grows

By Ed O'Keefe

Louis Caldera, Desiree Rogers and Robert A. Harding are among the former (or almost) Obama administration officials to hang it up on a Friday.

Did you hear about Dawn Johnsen? President Obama's pick to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel bowed out of consideration on Friday afternoon, in the shadow of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's decision to announce his retirement.

Johnsen's announced decision joins Team Obama's growing list of Friday departures. Let's recap them -- on a Monday:

Friday May 8, 2009: White House Military Office Director Louis E. Caldera resigns following an internal investigation that found he approved an Air Force One flyover of Lower Manhattan. The Pentagon later released the flyover photos on Friday July 31 and Caldera's successor was announced on Friday Oct. 16.

Friday February 26, 2010: White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers announces her resignation. Her departure follows the embarrassing Salahi gate crashers incident.

Friday March 26, 2010: Retired Army Maj. Robert A. Harding withdraws his name from consideration to lead the Transportation Security Administration amid concerns about his former company's military contracts. Obama's first pick, Erroll Southers, withdrew on a Wednesday.

Friday April 9, 2010: Dawn Johnsen bows out, the same day John Paul Stevens announced his retirement and Bart Stupak said he won't run for reelection.

For more on Friday White House departures, make sure to watch the classic "West Wing" episode, "Take Out the Trash Day."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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Well the Majik Messiah can always nominate ALCEE HASTINGS to SCOTUS... after all he was a deposed Judge... Brays in true Asinine loud voice and will take orders from the Majik Man... may be that way there shall be no more Brayng from the podium at the next State of the Union!!!

Posted by: redhawk2 | April 12, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

God Bless All Politicians. They are so very, very naive if they fully understand what they are getting into once they sign up. If you all remember, people ran and screamed for their dear lives from the Bush administration as well. Politics is not a game for the weak. One might think that they are ready and then there they are thinking "Why did I volunteer for this?" These folks cannot wait to get back to their regular jobs. Not everyone can stomach having to comprise on their ideals in order to come to an accord in order to get legislation through nor work with our so-called allies. It is hard work and compromising work. Do not tread lightly in those waters because they are murky and full of sharks.

Posted by: krissylynny | April 12, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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