Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Julia Pierson Sworn In as First Female Secret Service Director
Obama said Pierson is “breaking the mold” by becoming the first woman to lead the male-dominated agency. “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,” he said.
Obama hosted the brief swearing-in ceremony in the Oval Office and held what appeared to be a bible as Vice President Biden administered the oath.
The president later joked, “This person now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses. I could not be placing our lives in better hands than Julia’s.”
“My agents are excited as heck that you picked her,” Biden interjected.
The White House today pushed back against claims that Pierson was given the position to signal a culture shift at the agency, citing her vast experience.
“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… She’s going to thrive in this job,” Obama said.