WHITE HOUSE (AP) _ President Bush promises a timely choice of a successor to William Rehnquist as Chief Justice of the United States.
Rehnquist died of cancer last night at his home in suburban Washington. He was 80. He served on the high court for 33 years.
In a nationally broadcast tribute from the White House this morning, Bush offered the nation's respect and deepest sympathy to "this good man's children." They were at his side when he died.
The president said Rehnquist was respected for his powerful intellect, respect for the rule of law and profound devotion to duty. Bush noted that the chief justice stayed on the job even during his illness to complete the work of his final term. And Bush said he was "honored and deeply touched" when Rehnquist came to the Capitol last January to swear in Bush for his second term.