THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release April 29, 2013 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE NOMINATION OF MAYOR ANTHONY FOXX AS SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION East Room 2:10 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thanks. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. AUDIENCE: Good afternoon. THE PRESIDENT: Ray LaHood has said that being the Secretary of Transportation is the best job he ever had in public service. And thats fitting because Ray may be the best Secretary of Transportation that the nations ever had. From the day that he was sworn in, Ray has fought tirelessly to rebuild Americas infrastructure -- creating good jobs that strengthen our economy and allow us to better compete in the global economy. Over the past four years, thanks to Ray's leadership, weve built or improved more than 350,000 miles of road -- enough to circle the world more than 14 times. Weve upgraded more than 6,000 miles of rail - enough to go coast to coast and back. Weve repaired or replaced more than 20,000 bridges, and helped put tens of thousands of construction workers back on the job. And thats all due in no small part to Ray LaHood's leadership. So every American can thank Ray for his dedication to make our transportation system not just stronger, but also safer. When it comes to his focused attention on the dangers of distracted driving, for example, it's saving lives. And on a personal note, Ray LaHood has been a good friend of mine for many years. Before he served in my Cabinet, we served together in Congress. Hes a Republican; Im a Democrat. These days, that sometimes keeps folks apart, but what always brought Ray and I together was a shared belief that those of us who serve in public service owe their allegiance not to party but to the people who elected them to represent them. And it helps that we're from the same state -- Ray is from Peoria; I'm from Chicago. But we both love the state of Illinois, and we both get out there on the golf course -- and we're not that good -- (laughter) -- but we dont take ourselves too seriously. He is a good man, and has been an outstanding public servant and a model for the kind of bipartisan approach to governance that I think we need so badly in this town. So, Ray, on a personal level, I could not be more grateful to you for your service and for your friendship. (Applause.) Now, unfortunately for us but fortunately for them, Ray is now looking forward to spending more time with his wife Kathy and their family - especially a whole gaggle of grandchildren. And so, today, Im proud to announce my intent to nominate another impressive leader to carry on his great work at the Department of Transportation: the Mayor of Charlotte, my friend from North Carolina, Mr. Anthony Foxx. (Applause.)
Anthonys life reflects the values he learned growing up in West Charlotte, where he was raised by his single mom and his grandparents. I should add, by the way, that his grandmother is here, and she informed me that she worked here in the White House in the Truman administration. So she's just coming back to -- (applause) -- she's just coming back for a visit. And so, the values that they instilled in them was to take pride in hard work, to take responsibility for your actions, to take care of your community. And over the past three and a half years, those values have helped Anthony become one of the most effective mayors that Charlotte's ever seen.