WASHINGTON (CNN) – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation Monday, telling reporters he informed President Bush on Sunday that he will leave his post "effective as of" Sept. 17.
In a very brief statement before reporters, Gonzales offered no explanation for his decision and did not take questions.
"I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve the American people," Gonzales said.
As the grandson of Mexican immigrants, Gonzales also said he has "lived the American dream."
"Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days," he said.