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Anita Dunn Heads to the White House

Anita Dunn, a Democratic media consultant and senior adviser to President Barack Obama during the fall campaign, has been named the interim communications director at the White House, according to several sources familiar with the decision.

Dunn replaces Ellen Moran, who left recently to become chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Dunn was Obama's first choice to serve as communications director
but initially took a pass due to family considerations. Her acceptance of the job -- even on an interim basis -- shows how hard it is to say "no" to the president twice.

Dunn's ties to Obama extend back to 2004 when she was the lead consultant for wealthy businessman Blair Hull, the initial frontrunner in the race to replace retiring Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R).

Hull's candidacy imploded in the final days before the primary when sealed divorce records were made public, a collapse that opened the door for a come-from-behind victory by a state Senator named Barack Obama.

In the spring of 2006, Dunn was recruited to help run Obama's Hopefund leadership PAC thanks to her ties to Obama chief of staff Pete Rouse among others. She remained an adviser to Obama and, during the heat of the fall campaign, was among the most powerful and influential strategists within his inner circle.

Dunn joins a bevy of former aides to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in the White House including her deputy -- Dan Pfeiffer -- as well as Rouse.

By Paul Volpe  |  April 30, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
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Her first task will be to severe Biden's tongue.

Posted by: newbeeboy | May 1, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news: but I told you so-its now safe for some Supreme Court Justices to retire after Franken and Specter.

Souter to retire at end of term, Obama's first appointment. How many more? How about Larry Tribe for Supreme Court. Let the oddsmakers begin.

Posted by: mesondk | April 30, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Barry could spare one of his 30 odd telepromnpters for feeble old Joe to fill his empty head with some thoughts. It worked for Barry.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 30, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Is there one individual more stupid than Joe Biden on the entire planet? I think not.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 30, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

a. i care.

b. if you don't care, don't read it, jackass.

c. what are the odds that ms. dunn will formally accept this position?

Posted by: worldbwise | April 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

communications director takes care of the website and also, kinda sorta makes sure no one puts "the proverbial foot in mouth".......

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 30, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Who Cares

Posted by: vbhoomes | April 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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