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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 9, 2007


Swearing-In Ceremony for Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker as Chief of Protocol

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver remarks at the Swearing-In Ceremony for Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker as Chief of Protocol, October 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m., in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. First Lady Laura Bush will also be in attendance.

As Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Brinker will advise, assist and support the President of the United States, the Vice President and the Secretary of State on official matters of diplomatic procedure. She will accompany the President on official visits abroad and serves as the President's personal representative and liaison to the foreign Ambassadors in Washington, D.C. Under her direction, the Office of the Chief of Protocol is responsible for activities including the planning, hosting and officiating of ceremonial events for visiting Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, as well as coordinating logistics for the visits. The office also manages Blair House, the President's guesthouse, and oversees the accreditation of foreign government personnel to the United States.

Ambassador Brinker previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, named after her only sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer in 1980.

This event is OPEN PRESS COVERAGE.

Access for Cameras: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final Access for Writers: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

State Department Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of a valid Department of State press building pass. Media representatives without a Department of State press building pass must register with the Mrs. Bush’s Press Office by faxing their full name (as it appears on their driver’s license), Social Security number, and date of birth on their media organization’s official letterhead to (202) 456-1523, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2007.

Press Contacts:
Office of Press Relations, Department of State (202) 647-2492
Mrs. Bush’s Press Office, (202) 456-6313
Paige Heck, Office of the Chief of Protocol, Department of State (202) 647-2299

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Released on October 9, 2007

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