Eric Holder will stay on as attorney general for "about a year" into President Obama's second term, even though he's reportedly wanted to quit since 2010, and even as the rest of the cabinet remains up in the air. Holder's sticking around into Obama's second term to avoid a "mass exodus" among cabinet officials, Fox News reports. Holder's tenure has not been easy, given the controversy over the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed case and being held in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious. He was the focus of so many antagonistic congressional hearings that in June, even Fox News' Geraldo Rivera said House Republicans were making a political calculation aimed at "the destruction of the first African American Attorney General in a presidential election year."
But Holder was sick of the job long before that. According to Kill or Capture, by Newsweek reporter Daniel Klaidman, an emotionally drained Holder wanted to leave in the fall of 2010. "The loss of hismother, the continuing criticism over KSM, the lashings in the press, and Holder's sense of isolation within the administration had turned his job into a grind," Klaidman writes. "He woke up on many mornings with a knot in hisstomach, not sure if he's be able to make it through the day. He told [his wife] Sharon he didn't know if he had the emotional strength to go on as attorney general."