Director's Statement on Presidential Visit
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Hayden on President George W. Bush's Visit to CIA Headquarters
August 14, 2008
President Bush’s visit to Headquarters today said a lot about your outstanding work and the vital role of our Agency. In the midst of a sensitive international crisis, the President came to Langley to get the very latest on the situation in Georgia and an update on the war on terror. Steve and I attended both briefings, and the President clearly was pleased with the expertise and insights of our officers.
Many of you had the opportunity to hear President Bush speak when he stopped for lunch in the cafeteria. He expressed his deep appreciation for your contributions, adding that the ultimate value of our Agency’s service can only be fully understood by those who occupy the Oval Office.
Supporting our government with timely, accurate intelligence is our job 24/7, but it isn’t every day that we hear directly from our top customer just how important our work is—and that he stays two hours longer than scheduled. Thank you for ensuring that CIA remains central to the security of our nation, and for making this visit such a great success.