[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.bush.ap.jpg caption="President Bush called Gov. Palin Friday to congratulate her."]
(CNN) - The White House is "energized" over John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the No.2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket, White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters Friday.
Perino also said President Bush phoned Palin earlier Friday morning to congratulate the Alaska Republican for being selected for the position.
President Bush believes the McCain-Palin ticket is "very strong," and he looks forward to a "great victory in November," Perino also said.