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Bush ratings sinking: Chief of Staff Andy Card resigns. Bush taps Budget Director Joshua Bolten


Now they can be just friends.
President Bush just announced the resignation ofl Chief of Staff Andrew Card, who has been with him since he moved into the White House in 2001.

Card will be replaced by Joshua Bolten, the White House Office of Management and Budget Chief who had been a deputy chief of staff.
(And quite affable, when I've spoken to him)
Bush just made the announcement flanked by the two men. It was quite emotional as these things go.
Card, in the transcript below, makes a reference to a famous bible passage. It is from Ecclesiastes 3.
I think you may have heard the song.

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

Card went to Bush earlier this month to offer his resignation, but Bush only announced it today.
``He is leaving the White House,'' Bush said, ``but he will always be my friend.''
Bush praised Bolten as a ``creative policy thinker.''
Card speaking with some passion, praised Bush.
``Mr. President, as a Chief of Staff, I know I was a staffer, and now I look forward to being your friend. Thank you, Mr. President,'' said Card.


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 28, 2006



The Oval Office

8:31 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Earlier this month, Andy Card came to me and raised the possibility of stepping down as Chief of Staff. After five-and-a-half years, he thought it might be time to return to private life, and this past weekend I accepted Andy's resignation.

Andy Card has served me and our country in historic times: on a terrible day when America was attacked, during economic recession and recovery, through storms of unprecedented destructive power, in peace and in war. Andy has overseen legislative achievements on issues from education to Medicare. He helped confirm two justices to the Supreme Court, including a new Chief Justice.

In all these challenges and accomplishments, I have relied on Andy's wise counsel, his calm in crisis, his absolute integrity, and his tireless commitment to public service. Andy is respected by his colleagues for his humility, his decency and his thoughtfulness. They have looked to him as a leader and a role model and they, like me, will miss him.

On most days, Andy is the first one to arrive in the West Wing and among the last to leave. And during those long days over many years I've come to know Andy more than my Chief of Staff. He is leaving the White House, but he will always be my friend. Laura and I have known Andy and his wife, Kathi, for more than 20 years, and our close friendship will continue.

With me today is Joshua Bolten, who will be the new White House Chief of Staff. Josh is a man with broad experience, having worked on Capitol Hill and Wall Street and the White House staff, and for nearly three years as a Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Josh is a creative policy thinker. He's an expert on the budget and our economy. He's respected by members of Congress from both parties; he's a strong advocate for effective accountable management in the federal government.

He's a man of candor and humor and directness, who's comfortable with responsibility and knows how to lead. No person is better prepared for this important position, and I'm honored that Josh has agreed to serve.

The next three years will demand much of those who serve our country. We have a global war to fight and win. We have great opportunities to expand the prosperity and compassion of America. We've come far as a nation, yet there's a lot on the road ahead. I'm honored to have served with Andrew Card. I've got great confidence in my next Chief of Staff.

Congratulations, Josh.

DIRECTOR BOLTEN: Mr. President, thank you for those kind words and for your confidence. It's been the privilege of a lifetime to serve in your Cabinet as head of a great organization, the Office of Management and Budget. I'm deeply honored now by the opportunity to succeed Andy Card as White House Chief of Staff.

I say "succeed" Andy Card, and not replace him, because Andy cannot be replaced. His hallmarks of honesty had decency, dedication and courage, have made him not only a great leader of your White House staff, Mr. President, but they've also placed him among the finest public servants of this generation.

Mr. President, the agenda ahead is exciting. You've set a clear course to protect our people at home, to promote freedom abroad, and to expand our prosperity. I'm grateful for Andy's willingness to stay on for a couple of weeks to help break me in, and then I'm anxious to get to work.

Thank you again, Mr. President, for the privilege of serving you and our nation.

SECRETARY CARD: Mr. President, Ecclesiastes reminds us that there are different seasons, and there is a new season. Working in the White House is a tremendous privilege. It's almost beyond description, the great privilege it is to work at the White House. But it is even a greater honor to serve as the President's Chief of Staff, especially to you, Mr. President.

I have watched as you have kept your oath to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution, and I know that there are a lot of people who help you do that, and it starts with the White House staff, goes through everybody who serves in the executive branch of government, and most especially those young men and women who wear uniforms and help defend us.

I've watched your leadership guide them during troubled times. I'm watched you comfort Americans, rally the world to meet real needs. I've watched as you've guided us from a recession to economic recovery. But most of all, I've watched you as a person. And you're a good man, Mr. President, and you do great things.

I'm grateful for the friendship that you've shown me. I'm grateful for the love that Laura has shared with Kathi and with me. I'm grateful for the White House staff that has served you so well and helped me do a better job.

But it is a different season, and Josh Bolten is the right person for that season. I'm excited about the leadership that he will bring to the White House staff and to all of your government, and I'm grateful to the Cabinet that has helped to serve you, as well.

Mr. President, as a Chief of Staff, I know I was a staffer, and now I look forward to being your friend. Thank you, Mr. President.

END 8:37 A.M. EST



Who cares we have 2 more years with this idiot and unless we are lucky and he gets impeached then I don't care what his ratings are or who resgins. Pepole were stupid to elect him not just once but twice

2 more math is your major? Try it again and you will see it is bit longer. In Supreme Court Years it will mean at least 1 more justice. I voted for him twice - love him and find it silly that their is so much hate and anger towards him from people that can do nothing to change the situation. He is the President of the USA - Your President and he will be in that job for some time to come.

He is not perfect but to date I have yet to find anyone who is.

LOVE the griping, the constant media reports on his polls....etc.

He won and I helped that happen and I am loving every day that you moan and cry about him.

Not too smart? hmmmm.. won the white house twice or in your view stole it once. If that is true he is very smart! Stole the presidency right under your nose....and you were all too dumb to stop him....

I am a Republican so I never sign my letters or e-mails Anonymous, NOT EVER....

My name is John Ridgeway and I live in Gurnee IL.

Have a wonderful day and sleep well knowing Mr Bush and his team protects you everyday.... :)

The only thing I feel comfortable about is knowing that his days are numbered. Glad you are a repub cause I know that those days are numbered also. He and the rest of his cronies are going to be done in politics for a long time. And you did not help by voting the corrupt machines that can be hacked and the corrupt Supreme Court helped.

And by the way my name is Fu** the republicans and I live in the undemocratic society formerly know at the USA

can someone tell me why the housing industry seems to be falling off very rapidly this year?


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