Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: December 5, 2006

Remarks Following a Meeting With Secretary of Defense-Designate Robert M. Gates,
December 5, 2006

The President. Good morning. I just had a breakfast with my nominee to be the Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates. Bob Gates will be a fine Secretary of Defense. I appreciate the fact that he’s getting a hearing today in the United States Senate. I hope for a speedy confirmation so he can get sworn in and get to work.

Those who wear the uniform know they’ll have a friend in Bob Gates in the Defense Department. He admires our military; he respects those who have volunteered to serve our country. He’s going to do an excellent job for us.

Again, Bob, I thank you for agreeing to serve.

Robert M. Gates. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you very much.

The President. Best of luck up there on Capitol Hill. Good luck to you.

Mr. Gates. Thank you.

The President. Thank you all.

Note: The President spoke at 7:48 a.m. in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following a Meeting With Secretary of Defense-Designate Robert M. Gates, December 5, 2006," Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2124 Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=76Y2IMZLXLGPJ16.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following a Meeting With Secretary of Defense-Designate Robert M. Gates, December 5, 2006." Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2124, Original Sources. 23 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=76Y2IMZLXLGPJ16.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following a Meeting With Secretary of Defense-Designate Robert M. Gates, December 5, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 8, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2124. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=76Y2IMZLXLGPJ16.