Former President Bush Pays Visit to CIA, Marks 60th Anniversary
September 18, 2007
A special guest dropped by CIA at around noon today to help mark the Agency's 60th anniversary -- former President George H.W. Bush, who served as CIA Director from January 1976 to January 1977.
"I have never met as dedicated and selfless a group of people as those who work here at the CIA," President Bush told about 1,500 Agency employees gathered at a lunchtime barbecue in the quadrangle in front of the building's main entrance. "Thanks for all you do in the defense of our country."
President Bush criticized "doomsayers who know so little about what you do," adding that the CIA's culture and the need to protect legitimate secrets prevent the Agency from talking about its "many, many successes."
President Bush, who was invited to the event by CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, shook hands and signed autographs for employees, cut a birthday cake, and lunched on a barbecue menu that included pulled barbecue pork, barbecue chicken, hamburgers, coleslaw, German potato salad, baked beans, and brownies.