Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Bush praises new director of national intelligence at ceremonial oath of office
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Tuesday praised Mike McConnell as someone who possesses a "unique understanding of the threats we face" during a ceremonial swearing-in of McConnell as the nation's new director of national intelligence.
McConnell, 63, a retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, formally took the oath of office last Tuesday after his nomination was approved by the Senate. White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten read McConnell the oath of office during Tuesday's ceremony at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., as Bush looked on.
The former NSA director has "the respect of the intelligence community and a reputation in Washington for personal integrity and effective leadership," Bush said. "In short, you're going to like working with him and so am I."
McConnell thanked the president and his colleagues, and expressed his "excitement" at the chance "to further reform and integrate America's intelligence community."
About the CNN Political TickerThe CNN Political Ticker provides the latest political news.
To sign up for our twice daily Ticker emails, visit CNN.com member services page. If you do not have a CNN.com account, you can register here.
If you have any feedback, suggestions or news tips, drop us a line here.
NEW IN THE TICKER• '08ers on the trail Tuesday
• Closing arguments in criminal trial of ex-Cheney a...
• CNN Political Ticker AM
• Clinton says Confederate flag should be moved from...
• Clinton announces support from several South Carol...
• McCain: Iraq war mismanaged, Rumsfeld one of the w...
• Romney defends opposition to stem cell research de...
• Newly discovered film unveiled of Kennedy motorcad...
• Clinton: Iraq "blank check days are over"
• Lincoln edges out Reagan for greatest president