Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Obama Speaks to the FBI

FBI director Robert Mueller gives Obama an FBI cap (Obama put it on for a moment to big applause) and tries to recruit Malia and Sasha as future FBI agents. Mueller said he's not above taking the moment to recruit agents. Need a job?
Malia and Sasha also got FBI teddy bears.
As soon as Obama began speaking, someone fainted. The crowd seemed to love Obama, who was there to give them a morale boost.
"So much has changed in the last 100 years," he said. Obama talked about the transformation of the FBI to keep pace with the changing world of terrorism and cyberterrorism.
"In the end it's your hard work that makes the difference.... you have the thanks of a grateful nation."
He talked about the false choices between our ideals and our security. "I have no illusions that this is simple or easy."
The U.S. upholds its values and ideals not just when it's easy but when it's hard. Now is a critical time, he said. The FBI will continue to adapt to new dangers and will be critical in leading the way. There is much to celebrate in the FBI's 100 days, he said.
"We're calling on you again."
The end. It was a short and sweet speech, maybe 5 minutes. Then he shook hands with the crowd.