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All the jobs in government.
I'm leading my national security team.
Is certainly one of the most demanding if not be most men and sensed the moment I took office.
I've counted on the exceptional experience.
And -- sites.
-- -- -- Nearly every day for the past several years.
Started each morning where -- Tom Lehman presidential daily brief.
Hundreds of times sweeping -- assessment global developments.
And most pressing challenges.
As my national security advisor his portfolio is literally.
The entire world.
He's definitely advance our strategic foreign policy initiatives.
While at the same time -- respond to unexpected crises and that.
Happens just about every day.
-- ever -- and coordinated our entire national security team across the government.
A herculean task.
And it's nonstop.
Days a year.
I am wistful to announce that after more than four years of extraordinary service.
Tom has decided to step aside at the beginning of July.
And extraordinarily proud to announce my new national security advisor are outstanding ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
As -- might need to replace Susan in New York.
Now when I I first asked Tom -- my team I knew I was -- one of our nation's premier foreign policy leaders somebody with a deep sense of history.
And a keen understanding of our nation's place in the world.
You share my view that in order renew American leadership for the 21 century we have to fundamentally re balance or foreign policy.
And more than that -- knew how we could do.
See -- that rare combination of the strategic and the tactical.
He has -- strategic sense of where to go and he has tactical sense of how to get there.
Moreover -- work ethic is legendary.
Began as public service in the Carter White House when he was just 22 years old.
And somehow he has been able to maintain the same drive and the same stamina in the same enthusiasm.
Four serving in government.
-- he's helped shape every single match -- security policy of my it's.
Forging a new national security strategy rooted in our economic strength here at home.
To ending the war in Iraq.
Here at the White House Tom oversaw the operation that led us to bin Laden.
He's helped keep our transition on -- as we wind down the war in Afghanistan.
The same time Tom has played a critical role as -- bolstered.
The enduring pillars of America out strengthening our alliances from Europe to Asia.
Enhancing our relationship with key powers and moving ahead with a new trade agreements and energy partnership's.
And from -- tough sanctions on Iran to -- on -- military and intelligence -- cooperation with Israel it's true.
From new start -- Russia.
To deeper partnerships with emerging powers like India -- stronger ties of the gulf states Tom has been instrumental every step of the way.
I'm especially appreciative to Tom for helping us -- new American leadership in the Asia Pacific.
We're so much of our future security and prosperity.
Will be shaped.
He's tirelessly to forge a constructive relationship with China that advances our interests and our values.
And I'm grateful to Tom will be joining.
Me -- -- with president Sheikh of China this week.
And finally Tom I'm personally -- for your advice.
For your counsel and most of all for your friendship.
Whenever we sit down together whether it's in the Oval Office or the situation room.
I do so knowing that you have led a rigorous process -- -- challenge assumptions the best of tough questions.
-- the -- led an incredibly hard working national security staff.
And presented me with a range of options to advance our national interest.
A president can ask for many anything more than that and this is.
A testament to your incredible professionalism.
But also your deep love of country.
I know that this relentless pace has meant sacrifices for your family.
For Kathy who's here doctor Biden's former us staff who I was proud to nominate as our new global ambassador for women and for Tom and -- these wonderful chilled there and -- So today I want to publicly thank all the problems for.
They're abiding commitment.
To public service that runs through the -- They're swimming every step of the way.
These past four years the American people -- you an enormous debt of gratitude for everything you've done.
You've helped to restore -- nation's.
And standing in the world you position us well to continue the -- in the years ahead.
I think the Tom Dahlan has been -- most effective national security advisors our country.
Has ever had and he's done so without a lot of fanfare a lot of -- So Tom on behalf assault thank you for its workers.
Now I am probably this.
To be carried on by enough.
Exemplary public servant.
Ambassador Susan writes.
Susan what they trusted advisor during my first campaign for president.
She helped to build my foreign policy team and lead article -- at the United Nations in my first term.
I am absolutely thrilled -- drove -- shall be back at my side leaving my national security team my second term.
Whether background as a scholar Susan understands that there's no substitute for American leadership.
She is at once passionate and pragmatic.
-- -- understand Susan is a fierce champion for justice and human dignity.
But she's also mindful that we have to exercise our power wisely and deliberately.
Having served on the National Security Council staff herself she knows how to bring people together around a common policy.
And then push it through to completion of the were making a difference where it matters most.
You're in the country that we pledged to defend and in the daily lives of people were trying to help around the world.
Having served as an assistant secretary of state she knows our policies are stronger when we harness the views and talents of people across government.
So -- the consummate public service -- patriot who puts their country first she is fearless she is tough.
She has a great tennis game and a pretty good basketball game.
Her brother's here what player would occasionally and if runs in the family -- on the occasional elbow but hit.
But hitting the big shot.
As our ambassador to the UN Susan has been a tireless.
Advocate in advancing our -- she's reinvigorated American diplomacy in New York.
She's helped to put in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea she is defended Israel's -- stood up for innocent civilians from Libya to -- more.
She supported an independent south Sudan she's raised her voice human rights including women's rights.
Put simply Susan exemplifies the finest tradition of American diplomacy and leadership so thank you Susan for -- want to take on this next assignment.
I'm absolutely confident they're gonna hit the ground running.
And I know that after years of commuting.
To New York about wall.
By taking the national security advisors.
Normally I'd be worried about losing such extraordinary person up with the United Nations and -- Try to figure out are we ever gonna replace or.
But fortunately I'm confident we've got an -- experience defective and energetic UN ambassador in waiting in Samantha Power.
Samantha first came up for me in 2005 shortly after I became a United States senator.
As one of our country's leading journalists.
I think she won the Pulitzer Prize of the age of fifteen or sixteen.
One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy.
She showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility.
To profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending.
As a senior member.
Her without the life.
So Samantha thank you two casts.
You and and dec one and -- four compared to serve our country.
This team of people has.
Been extraordinarily duplicated tumor.
They have made America safer.
They have made.
America's values live in quarters of the world that.
Are crying out for our support -- the ship.
I could not be prouder of these three individuals.
Not only their intelligence.
Not only they're savvy.
But their integrity in their heart.
And I'm very very proud to have -- privilege of working with Tom.
Very proud that all -- continue to have privilege of working Samantha and with some.
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