E-Sylum reader J. Edgar Hoover forwarded this article about a commemorative medal (called a "coin" in the article) given to President George W. Bush on a recent visit to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. -EditorBush visited the CIA HQ to receive briefings on the war on terror and the situation in Georgia. But instead of a quickie stop, he stayed for over two hours and met with many of the agency's workers during lunch. In his fifth visit to the CIA since becoming president, Bush was joined by CIA Director Mike Hayden and Deputy Director Steve Kappes to meet with counterterrorism experts and then political and military analysts on Georgia and Russia.
Bush then walked into the agency's cafeteria where he was greeted with a standing ovation by the 2,000 employees inside. Clearly pleased, he told them, "I appreciate your service more than you could possibly know."
Bush then took a seat at a table with two dozen junior employees. They included analysts, clandestine operatives, scientists and engineers, and support personnel. In between bites, he asked them about their jobs and where they have served overseas. One analyst, who played a key role for the CIA in identifying the nuclear reactor that was being built in Syria with North Korean assistance, gave the president a bronze commemorative coin that Hayden had presented to each agency employee who was directly involved in that intelligence effort.
The 3-inch diameter coin was inscribed with, "Syria-North Korea Project" and the words, "No Core, No War."
During the visit, which went two hours longer than scheduled, we hear that the president shook hands, gave hugs, and signed autographs, even on $5 and $10 bills some employees gave him for signature because they didn't have another piece of paper handy.
Will the "coin" end up at Bush's presidential library? Other numismatic souvenirs were created that day when the Prez signed some $5 and $10 bills. There are (relatively) lots of notes signed by the signers of our money (the Treasurer of the U.S. and Secretary of the Treasury), but how many notes are signed by a sitting president? -EditorTo read the complete article, see: A CIA Standing-O for President Bush (http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers
Wayne Homren, Editor
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