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Obama Says He Will Miss Gregoire's Leadership

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama is applauding Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire for her years of service.

Obama issued a statement Monday after Gregoire announced that she would not seek a third term in 2012. He says he will miss her "outstanding leadership."

Obama says Gregoire "has demonstrated relentless determination in her efforts to foster economic growth, strengthen the communities she serves and improve the lives of millions of Americans." He says she has been a fierce advocate for American businesses and worked tirelessly to open up new markets for American goods abroad.

Obama says Gregoire has fostered bipartisanship among colleagues at the National Governors Association and helped build common-sense solutions.

OBAMA'S STATEMENT:

"I applaud Governor Gregoire for her decades of outstanding service to the people of Washington. From Seattle to Pullman, Gov.

Gregoire has demonstrated relentless determination in her efforts to foster economic growth, strengthen the communities she serves and improve the lives of millions of Americans. As a fierce advocate for American businesses, she continues to work tirelessly to promote American goods, open up new markets and strengthen American businesses abroad.

As chairwoman of the National Governors Association, Gov. Gregoire not only fosters strong bipartisanship among her colleagues, she helps build common-sense solutions to some of our nation's toughest problems. Michelle and I, along with the people of Washington, will miss her outstanding leadership and thank her for her years of service."

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