Memo From Bush to Staffers: Leave Already

Bush is encouraging lower level staffers to get out while they can still find a job.

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Loyalty to President Bush by most White House insiders is legendary, but now the boss wants it to end. Worried that too many aides will stay to the end of his eight years and miss out on outside job opportunities because of their loyalty, the prez is putting out word that he wants his folks to leave sooner rather than later. The ruling applies mostly to low- and midlevel aides who will have to compete for outside positions, not top aides who should have no trouble finding work. They are expected to return to the firms they came from or get gobbled up by Washington PR, legal, or lobbying shops.