WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising David Petraeus for a lifetime of service that Obama says "made our country safer and stronger."
His statement follows the resignation by Petraeus from his post as CIA director, after the former Army general admitted he'd had an extramarital affair.
The resignation marked a sudden end to the public career of the best-known general of the post 9/11 wars.
In a statement, Petraeus said he had asked Obama yesterday to let him resign, and the president today accepted. Petraeus said he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having the affair.
Obama said Petraeus had provided "extraordinary service to the United States for decades." He made no direct mention of the reasons for the resignation, but offered his thoughts and prayers to the general and his wife, saying that Holly Petraeus had "done so much to help military families through her own work."
Obama says CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell will serve as acting director. The president says he's confident that the CIA will "continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission."
204-c-15-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"as the CIA"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports David Petraeus is acknowledging he showed "extremely poor judgement" in having an affair. (9 Nov 2012)
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205-c-18-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"this difficult time"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the president has accepted Petraeus' resignation with thanks. (9 Nov 2012)
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192-q-06-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, with reporters, at news conference)-"give to you"-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked if President Obama asked for the resigation of CIA Director David Petraeus. (9 Nov 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: David Petraeus headshot, as CIA director, with PETRAEUS RESIGNS lettering , partial graphic (9 Nov 2012)
APPHOTO WX107: FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2011, file photo, new CIA director David Petraeus, right, accompanied by his wife Holly Knowlton Petraeus and Vice President Joe Biden, speaks following his swearing-in ceremony, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (6 Sep 2011)
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APPHOTO WX105: FILE - This Feb. 2, 2012 file photo shows CIA Director David Petraeus testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus has resigned because of an extramarital affair. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) (2 Feb 2012)
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