Or maybe the walking tool.
From Fran Townsend’s resignation note:
In 1937, the playwright Maxwell Anderson wrote of President George Washington: There are some men who lift the age they inhabit, til all men walk on higher ground in their lifetime.
Original DVD cover.
(The first link takes you to Think Progress where you will find a link to a PDF file where you can see the entire 3-page handwritten
love letter letter of resignation.)
From the Washington Post:
President Bush’s chief terrorism adviser announced yesterday that she is stepping down early next year, the latest in a series of high-level exits from the White House as the Bush presidency heads toward its final year.
Frances Fragos Townsend, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, has managed the White House response to all manner of natural disasters and extremist threats over the past 4 1/2 years. “We are safer today because of her leadership,” Bush said.
Townsend is following other prominent Bush aides out the door, including Karl Rove, Dan Bartlett, Tony Snow, Sara M. Taylor and Harriet E. Miers. White House press secretary Dana Perino said Bush and Townsend had “conversations over the past several months” about her plans.
A Long Island native, Townsend graduated from American University and the University of San Diego’s law school before joining the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Her work on Mafia cases drew the attention of then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who hired her as a prosecutor.
During the Clinton years, Townsend found herself in the middle of a struggle over the line between intelligence and criminal prosecution. As gatekeeper for intelligence wiretap requests, her office fought efforts to invoke the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in matters that could result in criminal cases, fearing that prosecutors would use warrants under that law instead of amassing the evidence needed to meet the more difficult threshold for obtaining a criminal wiretap.
After John D. Ashcroft took over the Justice Department, Townsend was shuffled off to the low-profile post of intelligence chief for the Coast Guard. But then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice brought her to the White House in 2003, and she bonded with the president. “He turns to her as a kind of go-to person,” Rice once said.
We know what a go-to person means in this White House, somebody else who cuts Chimpy’s meat for him.