At the swearing in ceremony for the new head of the Secret Service, Joe Biden said "
Pool was led into the Oval Office at 3:14 p.m. for the swearing in of the new Secret Service Director Julie Pierson.
POTUS held a book (unfortunately your pooler couldn’t determine what book, although assume a Bible) while Pierson placed her left hand on it and VPOTUS administered the oath. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was also standing nearby.
When it was over POTUS said: “Great job, thank you so much.”
Then to reporters he said: “I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the service is extraordinary, she’s come up through the ranks, she’s done just about every job there is to do at the Secret Service. Obviously, she’s breaking the mold in terms of directors of the agency, and I think that people are all extraordinarily proud of her, and we have the greatest confidence in the wonderful task that lies ahead and great confidence she’s going to do a great job.”
“As Joe Biden already pointed out this person now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses, and I couldn’t be placing our lives in better hands than Julia’s.”
Biden then interjected: “And my agents are excited …we picked her.”
The president then answered a question from a pooler about her selection:
“She has extraordinary qualifications, and I think a lot of people who have worked with Julia know how dedicated, how professional, how committed she is. I think our absolute certain that she’s going to thrive in this job.
In response to your pooler’s question about how he’s feeling about his bracket, POTUS stopped to answer:
“Busted,” he said, smiling.
Biden interrupted: “Delaware won last night….”
Obama then added: “I think my women’s bracket ‘s done much better than my men’s bracket.”
Pool was ushered out at 3:17 p.m.