Washington (Examniner.com) –- White House conference the 82nd Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday made the public announcement that he will resign. President Barack Obama commemorated Mr. Holder for being the first in American history to have held the position of Attorney General for well over 6 years. Mr. Holder has agreed to stay in office until a suitable candidate is found to replace him.
President Obama had a solemn appearance as he stood next to Mr. Holder while he read his resignation speech: “I come to this moment with very mixed emotions, proud of what the men and women of Department of Justice have accomplished over the last 6 years, and at the same time very sad that I will not be a formal part of the great things of this department and this president will accomplish over the next two. I want to thank you Mr. President for the opportunity you gave me to serve and giving me the greatest honor in my professional life. We have been great colleagues but the bond between us, are much deeper than that, in good times and in bad, in things personal and in things professional you have been there for me, ‘I am proud to call you my friend’.”
Mr. Holder is a pinnacle of solvency to reform the criminal justice system. His speech was an eye opener when he made his thoughts clear in a 2013 visit to the American Bar Association. He said, “As the so-called war on drug enters its 5th decade. We need to ask whether it, and the approaches that comprise it have been truly effective, and build on Administration’s efforts led by the office of National Drug Control Policy to usher in a new approach, and with an out-sized unnecessarily large prison population. We need to insure that incarceration is used to punish, to deter, and to rehabilitate, but not to merely to warehouse and to forget. Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. In many aspects of our criminal justice system it acerbates these problems rather than elevates them. It’s clear as we come together today that too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no-truly-good law enforcement reasons, it’s clear at a very basic level.”
Mr. Holder at the age of 63, was the very first African-American attorney general in President Obama’s administration, and carried the liberal metal of honor, and protected voter’s rights and forced an end to the racial discrimination in the congress. Conservatives have been known to mock Mr. Holder’s creditability within the Justice Department.
President Obama has a list of possible nominees that qualify to take his place. Mr. Holder’s successor can possibly be Kathy Ruemmler, a former White House counsel; there is also Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, and the Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.