Obama: Eric Holder's Departure Is "Bittersweet"

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BARACK OBAMA: As one of the longest serving attorney generals in American history, Eric Holder has borne that burden. Over the summer he came to me and said he thought six years was a pretty good run. I imagine his family agrees... Miya and Buddy are excited to get their dad back...

So this is bittersweet but Eric has agreed stay on as attorney general until I nominate his successor and the successor is confirmed by the Senate. Which means he'll have a chance to add to a proud career of public service, one that began nearly 40 years ago as a young prosecutor in the department that he now runs.

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