Bartlett: Quitting the WH = Getting engaged.

From this morning’s press briefing with outgoing Counselor to the President Dan Bartlett:

Q Did you take into consideration at all in your decision the status the administration is in right now, the difficulties with Congress and the issues? Was that any bearing on your thinking?

MR. BARTLETT: Well, one thing I’ve learned working in the White House for as long as I have is that you can never pick a moment — it’s kind of like when maybe some of my fellow male colleagues who are struggling for that right moment to pop the question. You’ve just got to do it. You can’t predict — you can’t say there’s a perfect moment or not. You just — you can try to plan it, you can try to do this, but in the end, you’ve got to go with your gut and your instinct. And my instinct told me this was the right time.

UPDATE: As ABC’s Jake Tapper notes, the relationship is very close:


I first got to know Bartlett in 1999 when he was director of Rapid Response for the Bush for President campaign — “rapid response” being the term of art for having responses to any serious questions about the then-governor’s draft record, DUI, etc etc. If you had a question about anything uncomfortable or untoward, you were referred to Dan.