Hughes is leaving

Longtime Bush adviser leaving State Dept:

Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush's last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.

It's too late for memoir season, so thankfully we'll be spared a book from Ms. Hughes. If one did come out, I'd expect it to be much like Bremer's.

SecState had this to say while accepting the resignation

"with a great deal of sadness but also a great deal of happiness for what she has achieved" and with the understanding that she would continue to work on several projects.

Rice said that Hughes had made public diplomacy "strong and central" to U.S. foreign policy and had exceeded expectations in the job.

Um. Really?

See also Princess Sparkle Pony on the subject. And, will her blogger outreach program really go away as some have feared (or hoped)?

...and what about DipNote? Will they post on the news of the future departure of their boss? Will they stay out of the discourse that's building in the blogosphere? Hopefully the public affairs people won't follow the lead of the public diplomacy blog outreach people do... (courtesy WhirledView)...

Suggested alternative title for this post by Tanji: When does the party start and what can I bring?

(H/T AW)