By TERENCE HUNT
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President Bush announced today amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and Republican concern about Bushs tumbling poll ratings.
Bush announced the changes in an nationally broadcast appearance in the Oval Office.
I have relied on Andys wise counsel, his calm in crisis, his absolute integrity and his tireless commitment to public service, Bush said. The next three years will demand much of those who serve our country. We have a global war to fight and win.
Card, 58, stood stoically with his hands by his sides as Bush lauded his years of service through the Sept. 11 attacks, war and legislative and economic challenges. Gripping the podium, Card said in his farewell: Youre a good man, Mr. President. Cards eyes were watery. Card said he looks forward to just being Bushs friend. Bush then gave him five quick slaps on the back and the two walked out of the Oval Office together.
The president called Bolten, 51, a man with broad experience, both on Wall Street and in Washington, including the last three years as director of the Office of Management and Budget.