Karen Hughes—one of President Bush's few remaining advisers from his Texas days—plans to leave her job as undersecretary of state at year's end. The former television reporter and media adviser spent the past two years leading efforts to improve the US' image abroad. Hughes will return to Texas, where she first began working with Bush in the 1990s.
"She has done just a remarkable job," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. Hughes told the Associated Press repairing the world's perception of the US is a tough job that will take a long time to finish. "This will take a number of years," she said. Polls show no improvement in the world's view of the US during Hughes' tenure.