Remarks at the Swearing In of Donald L. Jackson as a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
BEFORE you have the swearing in, would you please sit down? I would like to indicate to all of those who are our guests here that it is not usual for the President to be present for the swearing in of a member of one of the Commissions. It seemed that there is always a reason for an exception, and since Don Jackson and I came from almost neighboring districts in California to the Congress 22 years ago, campaigned together--he in my district and I in his--and have been friends and associates through those years, that as he moves now to the Interstate Commerce Commission I wanted to be present.
I am very confident he will do a very effective job as a member of that Commission, just as he was one of the exceptional Members of the Congress beginning in the Both Congress, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Since he is an expert in foreign affairs, he will now concentrate on commerce within the United States.
[At this point, the oath of office was administered by Attorney General John N. Mitchell. The President then resumed speaking.]
I have never heard the press applaud so much before. They are some of your colleagues, Mr. Jackson.
Note: The President spoke at 12:04 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room at the White House at the swearing in of Donald L. Jackson, Representative from California 1947-1961.
Following the President's remarks, Mr. Jackson spoke. The text of his remarks is printed in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (vol. 5, P. 440).
Richard Nixon, Remarks at the Swearing In of Donald L. Jackson as a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/239656