U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday announced he would be stepping down after seven years of service to the Obama administration. In a letter to department employees, Duncan said he wished to return to Chicago to be with his family. Duncan's wife and two children moved back to their hometown earlier this year. He plans to leave by the end of the year.
President Obama has already selected John B. King, Jr., the current deputy secretary of education, to replace Duncan.
Duncan's announcement is a bit out of the blue. From the Washington Post:
Even after Duncan’s family relocated to Chicago at the end of the summer, and their home in Arlington was put up for sale, Duncan insisted that he would stay until the end of the Obama administration.
When I penned my first column for the Center for Individual Freedom early in 2009, we didn’t yet have the full measure of Barack Obama.
For those with eyes to see, it was clear that the new president was coming to office with a more explicit and comprehensive progressive agenda than any president since Woodrow Wilson. But we didn’t yet know how it would all play out.
Now, as I pen my final column* six-and-a-half years later, the mystery is gone. The president meant exactly what he said when he promised to “fundamentally [transform] the United States of America.”
"Why is Putin moving so quickly and so brazenly? Because he's got only 16 more months to push on the open door that is Obama. He knows he'll never again see an American president such as this -- one who once told the General Assembly that 'no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation' and told it again Monday of 'believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to…[more]