(August 16, 2007)—Outgoing political adviser Karl Rove started the day Thursday by eating breakfast with some graduate students at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
The breakfast was closed to the press, and secret service agents steered reporters and photographers away from the building.
Rove announced Monday he’s leaving his job at the White House at the end of the month.
Rove is a longtime member of Bush's inner circle whom the president nicknamed "the architect" for designing the strategy that twice won Bush the White House.
Two Texas reporters who wrote a book on Rove call the adviser “Bush’s Brain.”
Rove accompanied President Bush aboard Air Force One Monday on a flight to Central Texas where the president is taking his traditional August vacation.
Rove's son attends college in San Antonio and he said he and his wife plan to spend much of their time at their home in Ingram, near Kerrville.
Rove says he thought about leaving a year ago but he said he didn't want to depart right after the Democrats regained control of Congress and then got drawn into policy battles over the Iraq war and immigration.
In the interview, Rove predicts President Bush will regain his popularity, which has sunk to record lows because of the war in Iraq.
Karl Rove Bio
(Source: Associated Press)
NAME - Karl Rove.
AGE-BIRTH DATE - 56; Dec. 25, 1950.
EDUCATION - Attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University; has taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the journalism department at the University of Texas at Austin.
EXPERIENCE - Senior adviser and assistant to President Bush, January 2001-present; chief strategist for Bush's 2000 presidential campaign; president of Karl Rove Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm, 1981-1999; deputy chief of staff to Texas Gov. William Clements, 1981; executive director of the Fund for Limited Government, 1977-78; special assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman George H.W. Bush, 1973-74.
FAMILY - Wife, Darby; one son.