WASHINGTON - President Bush named White House counsel Alberto Gonzales
as attorney general on Wednesday, picking the administration’s most prominent Hispanic for a highly visible post in the war on terror.
“His sharp intellect and sound judgment have helped shape our policies in the war on terror,” Bush said of the man who has served as the White House’s top lawyer over the past four years.
In an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Bush outlined Gonzales’ personal story — a boy who grew up in a family of eight children in a two-bedroom house in Texas and is now in line for a Cabinet post.
If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old Texan would become the first Hispanic to hold the job as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
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