Bolton Appointed To United Nations

President Bush announced John Bolton as the U.S ambassador to the United Nations today. The president named Bolton to the position through a recess appointment.

The president had nominated the controversial figure to the key diplomatic post nearly five months ago, but many democrats and some republican lawmakers questioned Bolton's record and viability.

In brief remarks at the White House, President Bush blamed "partisan delaying tactics by a handful of senators" and said Bolton was "unfairly denied the up or down vote that he deserves."

The president has the authority to issue an appointment while Congress is in recess. Bolton will serve as U.N. ambassador through at least January 2007.

Bolton said he was "profoundly honored" and "humbled."