The Washington Post is reporting today that Karen Hughes will return to working for the President on a more full-time basis. Ms. Hughes, along with Karl Rove, have been two of the key principals in the President's success. Ms. Hughes resigned her position as counselor to the President in 2002 to move back to Texas to raise her son and be with her husband. Her son is now off to college, and Ms. Hughes is returning part time to DC.
While I am a big fan of hers and believe that she is an excellent communicator in conveying the President's desires in a clear way to the public, what she is returning to do is of special interest.
"The White House declined to comment on the move, and the advisers who confirmed it refused to be identified because the decision is not scheduled to be announced until next week. The sources said Hughes will not be a formal member of the White House staff but will take on a specific and particularly important assignment involving international affairs, but they would not identify it."
I am very excited to see Ms. Hughes helping out with communicating ideas of the Bush Administration on the international level. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ms. Hughes are both powerful communicators that are highly respected by the President. Never before have women had more influence and direct control over US foreign policy and communicating its message. Other than a first lady, what single woman, let alone in this instance two women -- Sec. Rice and Ms. Hughes -- has had this type of influence? This is a wonderful example of the US leading by example in demonstrating how a free society is governed by the most capable, regardless of gender, especially to many male dominated regimes and oppressed people.
From a global perspective, I believe this move can only be seen as the President's desire to move the US from War to Diplomacy in his second term. The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were the catalysts for change in the Middle East. Now is the time to consolidate those military victories from a political perspective. A strong communications team in foreign affairs can better articulate the US goals of encouraging and promoting freedom around the world. Ms. Hughes is an excellent choice for helping with this extremely important task.