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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 20, 2003

President Thanks Fleischer, Taps McClellan as New Press Secretary
The South Lawn

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3:39 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I am, one, sad that Ari's leaving. He's done a fabulous job for my administration. I appreciate his friendship, his ability to handle a very tough job, and that is dealing with you.

Fortunately, I've got a good man to take his place in Scott McClellan. I've known Scott for a long time. I look forward to working closely with him to make sure that the American people, and, of course, the press corps, gets the information that's needed to reflect the philosophy and the decision making of this administration. He'll be able to do the job like Ari did, with the highest amount of professionalism and class, and I've got the full confidence in my new Press Secretary.

 As pictured in the attached file photo, President George W. Bush works on a press statement with Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan in the Oval Office Nov. 7, 2002. President Bush announced today that he will name Scott McClellan to be Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary. Currently, Mr. McClellan is Deputy Assistant to the President and the Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary. He will succeed current White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who has announced that he will depart the White House next month.  White House photo by Eric Draper So, Scott, congratulations and welcome.

MR. MCCLELLAN: Mr. President, I'm honored. Thank you for your support and confidence. Four-and-a-half years ago, I went to work for the President because I believed in his leadership and I believed in his agenda. I knew that the President was a results-oriented, inclusive leader who governed from clear principles and compassionate, conservative philosophy. And we have made a tremendous amount of progress in the last two-and-a-half years, and I look forward to doing my small part as part of an outstanding White House team, to help him build upon that record of accomplishment.

It is also a special privilege to be following my good friend, Ari Fleischer, who has served the President exceptionally well, and served the American people exceptionally well. I look forward to working with the White House Press Corps, at least most of you, anyway, as we do our part to keep the American people informed about the decisions that are being made here in Washington, D.C.

So Mr. President, thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to it.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Ari, thank you, buddy. You've done a great job. Thank you all. Have a great weekend. See you in Georgia.

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