In a Rose Garden ceremony this morning a few blocks from NAM HQ here in Washington, the President announced the resignation of White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. OMB Director Josh Bolton will take his place in one of the most stressful, difficult and demanding jobs in Washington.
It’s been said that a person with no enemies hasn’t really done anything. If that’s true — and we’re not sure it is — then Andy Card would be the exception to the rule. He is one of the nicest, most decent people not only in Washington (a low bar, admittedly), but on the earth. A former member of the NAM Board of Directors, we have known him through many past lives, including his stint as Secretary of Transportation. Throughout it all, he has been the consummate professional, the uber-public servant, always level-headed, and always, always decent. You hear that word a lot when people describe him: “decent”. In a soulless town he is a man with a soul — and a heart.
We congratulate him on a career marked by decency, on his many years of service — including some very difficult times surrounding 9/11 — and we wish him well. We look forward to working with him in his next life, wherever that may be.
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