(WASHINGTON) -- David Petraeus has been sworn in as the next director of the CIA by Vice President Joe Biden, who praised the newly retired U.S. Army General as a man of “duty, honor and country.”
At a swearing in ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, the vice president commended Petraeus for his leadership following the September 11th attacks.
“You led the 9/11 generation… turned it into the greatest group of warriors this country has ever seen,” Biden said, noting Petraeus is taking over an agency that is designed “to prevent us from having to engage the military in the first place.”
Petraeus, who was joined by his wife Holly Petraeus, thanked the president for having “confidence in an old soldier” and welcomed the opportunity “to continue working very important missions that so many of us have been involved in [for years].”
“Thanks in advance to the tremendous men and women at the Central Intelligence Agency. That is a great organization with great people,” he said.
Petraeus went straight to work after the Tuesday morning ceremony, joining the president’s daily briefing at the White House.
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