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Remarks at the Swearing In of Joseph H. Blatchford as Director of the Peace Corps.

May 05, 1969

Ladies and gentlemen:

The purpose of this occasion is to swear in, as Director of the Peace Corps, Joe Blatchford.

I think this appointment is a particularly good one for reasons that go beyond the fact that he, like myself, is a native Californian. In checking the statistics in the Peace Corps, I found the greatest number of volunteers in the whole country have come from the State of California. It has caught the imagination of the Nation, but particularly of the western part of the United States and the State of California.

Joe Blatchford, throughout his private career, has had a tremendous interest in this kind of activity, particularly in Latin America.

He brings to this position an enthusiasm and some new ideas which he will be glad to discuss with members of the press after he is sworn in.

I am very privileged to have him as a member of the administration in this vitally important function. He has the responsibility, despite his very young years, to come up with new ideas. He has the opportunity to develop new programs and those programs will receive the very highest priority within the administration.

Judge Hart, of the District Court, will conduct the ceremony.

Note: The President spoke at 10:11 a.m. in the Rose Garden at the White House.

The oath of office was administered by Judge George L. Hart, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

The text of a news briefing held by Mr. Blatchford following the ceremony was released by the White House Press Office on the same day. A release containing biographical information on Mr. Blatchford is printed in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (vol. 5, P. 435).

Richard Nixon, Remarks at the Swearing In of Joseph H. Blatchford as Director of the Peace Corps. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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