White House Chief of Staff Andy Card discusses Ethics in Government
First of all, I appreciate everyone who is working so hard for
the American people and President Bush's administration. That
applies to everyone, whether they're a political appointee or
they've been a wonderful career employee.
We have an awful lot to do for this country and the President
understands that. He expects everyone who is working on his
team, and all of you are on his team, to understand first of all
the rules, regulations and the law with regard to ethics.
But even beyond that, recognize that working on this
administration means that you should have the courage to follow
the rules, obviously, and stay within the law, obviously. But
it's actually to do more than that. Recognize that you do have a
moral compass that tells you what to do and to do the right
thing, and we'd like to see everyone do the right thing.
Many people ask what kind of job they should be doing for this
administration, and the truth is they should be doing a job for
the American people. After all, we're here to serve them all.
The money that the federal government spends really belongs to
the American taxpayers. So were the stewards of the American
taxpayers money, and we have to remember that every dime that
we spend on their behalf should be spent wisely.
And that's what the President expects as well. It's a great team,
and the President is a terrific leader of this team and he
appreciates everyone who is serving so hard for the good of the
American people to make things happen. And they are happening
right. So, do the right job. Work hard. Remember you are the
steward of the American people and how they want to see the
government work. We appreciate what you're doing.