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Letter from President George H.W. Bush

December 5, 2002

I am sorry not to be there as The Nixon Center honors a truly great man, George Tenet. If there ever was a person who has truly earned The Nixon Center's prestigious Distinguished Service Award, it is our nation's DCI George Tenet.

In these most complicated, dangerous of times, George Tenet is doing a superb job as the President's top Intelligence Officer.

Years ago I was DCI, but the problems our country, the CIA, and the Intelligence Community faced back then are nowhere near as complicated as the problems faced today. Thank heavens we have a man of your honoree's integrity and ability leading our Intelligence Community.

The Nixon Center has indeed chosen well. Please congratulate Director Tenet for me.

George Bush

Posted: Apr 03, 2007 08:59 PM
Last Updated: Apr 03, 2007 08:59 PM