President Bush called Rumsfeld "one of America's most skilled, energetic and dedicated public servants."
"We've been through war together," the president said. "We have shared some of the most challenging moments in our nation's history."
Rumsfeld's departure was due to the growing opposition of the war and materialized after t he November elections--in which the GOP lost both the House and the Senate.
"I've never worked harder for a boss and I've never learned more from one, either," said Vice President Dick Cheney, who began his career in politics as an intern for Rumsfeld in 1969.
Cheney also went on to praise the man when he said "near perfect recall. He has the way of asking you the one question you are not prepared for. And apparently he does not sleep."
It seems the man worked without pause during these last 2 years of his stint as Defense Secretary..but despite all his work, he couldn't seem to get out of a rut...a rut that eventually caused him to be replaced by current Defense Secretary Robert Gates.