To John's wife Gretchen and daughter Jennifer Sarah and other friends of John who are here with us today, we thank you for all that you do.
RICE: But, John, your most important work is yet to come. And I look forward to working closely with you on behalf of our nation and the international community in support of the United Nations.
BOLTON: Madam Secretary, you and the president have done me a great honor in nominating me to be the United States permanent representative to the United Nations.
If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue to work closely with members of Congress and our colleagues, both in the foreign service and in the civil service, to advance President Bush's policies.
As you know, Madam Secretary, I have worked in the government for many years -- at the Agency for International Development, the Department of Justice and here at the Department of State. This work has afforded me the opportunity to learn from some of our nation's finest public servants.
It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the United States' government in crafting many multinational and bilateral agreements to further our national security objectives.
BOLTON: And, Secretary, my record, over many years, demonstrates clear support for effective multilateral diplomacy, whether it be the Proliferation Security Initiative, the G-8 global partnership or adopting U.N. resolutions. Working closely with others is essential to ensuring a safer world.
We all agree that there are numerous challenges facing the United States And the security of our country and all freedom-loving peoples must be protected.
Close cooperation and the time-honored tradition of frank communication is central to achieving our mutually held objectives.
The United Nations affords us the opportunity to move our policies forward together with unity and purpose.
As you know, I have, over the years, written critically about the U.N. Indeed, one highlight of my professional career was the 1991 successful effort to repeal the General Assembly's 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, thus removing the greatest stain on the U.N.'s reputation.
I have consistently stressed in my writings that American leadership is critical to the success of the U.N., an effective U.N., one that is true to the original intent of its charter's framers.
This is a time of opportunity for the U.N., which likewise requires American leadership to achieve successful reform.
I know you and the president will provide that leadership. If confirmed by the Senate, I will roll up my sleeves to join you in that effort, which will require close bipartisan congressional support.
Finally, a personal note, I'd like to thank two very special people who have been with me for many years, my wife, Gretchen, and our daughter, Jennifer Sarah, who have endured my many foreign trips and long absences in the service of our country.
Madam Secretary, again, I want to thank you and the president for your confidence and for your support.