Bush Praises Rumsfeld, Touts Gates in Radio Address
By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2006 President Bush today praised outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and touted the qualifications of the man he’s chosen to lead the Defense Department in his weekly radio address.
Bush announced Nov. 8 that he would nominate Robert M. Gates to succeed Rumsfeld in the top Pentagon post.
“Bob is a proven leader who has served six presidents -- four Republicans and two Democrats,” Bush said. “As a former CIA director and the current president of Texas A&M University, he has experience leading large and complex organizations, and he has shown that he is an agent of change. As secretary of defense, he will provide a fresh outlook on our strategy in Iraq, and what we need to do to prevail.”
The president praised Rumsfeld, the longest-serving member of his cabinet, who will be the longest-serving secretary of defense when he steps down after his successor is confirmed.
“History will record that on Secretary Rumsfeld's watch, the men and women of our military overthrew two terrorist regimes, brought justice to scores of senior al Qaeda operatives, and helped stop new terrorist attacks on our people,” Bush said. “America is safer and the world is more secure because of the leadership of Don Rumsfeld, and I am deeply grateful for his service.”
Bush also used his radio address to praise the nation’s veterans, and he asked Americans to join him in honoring the men and women who have worn the nation’s uniform.
“Especially in a time of war, we see in our veterans an example of people who stepped forward to serve a cause larger than themselves,” he said. “This weekend, I ask you to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service, and express your appreciation for the sacrifices they have made to preserve our freedom and way of life.”