President George W. Bush announced the nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed John Ashcroft as the next U.S. Attorney General during a press conference in the Roosevelt Room Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004.
A few days later, President George W. Bush announced his nomination for Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, in the Roosevelt Room. A CEO with the Kellogg Company, Mr. Gutierrez immigrated from Cuba as a child. "He learned English from a bellhop in a Miami hotel, and later became an American citizen," said the President in his remarks. "When his family eventually settled in Mexico City, Carlos took his first job for Kellogg as a truck driver, delivering Frosted Flakes to local stores. Ten years after he started, he was running the Mexican business. And 15 years after that, he was running the entire company. At every stage of this remarkable story, Carlos motivated others with his energy and optimism and impressed others with his decency.