Mitchell headed an investigation into steroid use in baseball in 2007. His new job has him departing on a peacemaking mission to strengthen the Israel/Hamas ceasefire, Mr. Obama said this afternoon.
"When he speaks, he speaks for us," Mr. Obama said at the appearance, alongside Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Many Israeli analysts believe Mitchell's appointment could signal a shift away from the pro-Israel policies of President Bush. He arrives in Israel Wednesday.