- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 5, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the Senate to act quickly to approve his nominee to head the nation’s spy agencies.

He says his choice of Pentagon intelligence official James Clapper must not fall victim to Washington politics.

Obama says he’ll be counting on Clapper to ensure that the U.S. has the most capable and efficient intelligence operations as possible. The president says the U.S. has struck blows to al-Qaida’s leadership. But he says the U.S. needs to do even better — especially in light of the bombing plot against a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas.

Clapper said at the White House on Saturday that he was humbled, honored and daunted by his new responsibilities.