Remarks at the Swearing-In Ceremony for James H. Burnley IV as Secretary of Transportation
The President. Well, let me begin by
welcoming all of you here today, with a special greeting of course to the
members of the
called James Burnley a
of Jim's highest recommendations came from former Secretary of Transportation
Elizabeth Dole, although after having distinguished himself as Deputy
Secretary, Jim didn't need much recommending. Mrs. Dole described Jim as ``an
outstanding public servant, a very able lawyer.'' And Secretary Dole's
predecessor, my first Secretary of Transportation, Drew Lewis, has praised Jim
as, ``a strong deregulator with a commitment to rebuild
Well, I'm proud to have nominated Jim to become this country's ninth Secretary of Transportation. Jim is well-prepared and highly qualified to lead this Department, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. And I know that he'll do a great job in working to ensure us of a safe and efficient transportation system.
shares my vision for a transportation policy that will remove government
barriers to the private sector so it can provide the transportation service
throughout your life you've demonstrated a dedication to the life of the Nation
and to the ideals for which
Secretary Burnley. Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your faith in me as I begin the challenge of being your Secretary of Transportation. And also let me say thank you to all of you for being here.
And I am privileged to have an extremely talented and capable team of individuals working with me: the 100,000 men and women that you made reference to who are the Department of Transportation. With millions of Americans on our roads, trains, airways, and waterways every day, their safety is a responsibility that I and the people of the Department take very personally and seriously.
Since I am no stranger to the Department, I'm ready to begin immediately to lead them in making the last year of your administration one of continuing substantial progress in assuring the American people the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. So, it's with deep, personal gratitude to you, Mr. President, that I assume this office, and I look forward to working with you and the Congress and the Cabinet in the year ahead.
Note: The President spoke at in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.