Bush's Farewell Speech

"Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks," Bush said. "There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind.

"I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions."

Bush also said he is "filled with gratitude," and characterized Obama's inauguration as a "moment of hope and pride for our whole nation."

"We have faced danger and trial and there is more ahead," Bush said. "But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter and never fail."

He discussed the attacks of September 11, 2001, saying, "As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did.

"Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe."

He noted "America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil."

However, the soon-to-be former president warned Americans that "our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again."

At the same time, "We must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism."

The presidential farewell address is a tradition dating back to George Washington's departure from office in 1797. Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan, Carter and Clinton -- among others -- all delivered farewell speeches.

Bush leaves office with about one in four Americans approving of the job he is doing.

Bush is planning to spend the weekend at Camp David, Maryland, the presidential retreat, Perino said, before his term ends at noon Tuesday with the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the country's 44th president.

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  • by Captain Crunch Location: MLK Parade on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    To Oz: African father/White mother=Biracial, why the denial? Case closed.
  • by American on Jan 17, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    While in office "Bush" 1.He was the first person who gave us doubts about the elections process. ("One minute he didnt get Florida the other he did")Thanks Jeb! 2. Provided us with "In Loving Memory" of over 1,000 soldiers. Many of them were just out of high school (But "Bush" is credited for fighting a war while he and his family were hidden during the 9/11 attack). 3. People have lost there jobs. (But his daughter had a beautiful "private" wedding) 4. Many people have lost there homes (But "Bush" has a beautiful home waiting for him when he comes out of office.) Now I ask the question...what was the agenda of "Bush"? TO GET IN THE WHITEHOUSE AND "COME UP" OFF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! He stole from, lied to and killed the American people. All I can say now is Good luck Obama. I am praying that you can clean up the mess "Bush" has made.WE ARE IN A CRISIS! Obama '08
  • by TALLYHO Location: USA on Jan 17, 2009 at 07:56 AM
  • by Toni Location: Perry on Jan 17, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    All I can say, and I really mean this from the bottom of my heart, is "Good riddance". He was a lying, power crazy scumbag.
  • by American wife/mother Location: Florida on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    First I would like to thank our Commander in Chief for keeping America safe after 9/11. Although President Bush was only a man, he did the best he could with the Lord's help to lead an unthankful and unholy country during difficult times. I believe that we as Americans have forgotten how this great country got started, and the foundations that it was built upon. How can we continue to expect God to bless America when we don't want Him in so many places in our country?! I pray for any and all that take office in this country. Without the LORD our country cannot stand. The Bible says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD:" Ps. 33:12 As for our support of Israel-"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:" Gen.12:3 It really doesn't matter what you or I think. God has already spoken. His WORD will stand forever. My prayers are with all that read this. May we continue to bless God, so that He in return will bless us.
  • by SHAY Location: TALLY on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    How in the world are these comments now about Obama and his race, when the story is about Bush?? Well if white america has an illness, what about black america? I don't know why you think white America has an illness, they voted for Obama too? Please make some sense for me by explaining.
  • by Gena Location: Perry on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    FAREWELL TO A GREAT PRESIDENT............He protected this great country and was a GOD fearing, Godly man with GODLY morals and stood for what is right in the eyes of GOD....He is a HERO!!! Thank GOD he was the one in office on 9/11, and he has protected us from another attack here at home.....Farewell, President Bush, A Great American President and HERO
  • by Oz Location: Tallahassee on Jan 16, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    Captain Crunch, it is very sickening that many mentally ill white folks want to proclaim Obama as the first biracial president. Obama's father is pure African which actually makes him have more African blood in him than the average African American in this country. Barack, like me, although not by physical demeanor has a large heritage of African blood in him and his mother is white. It is not the case that when a biracial person in this situation proclaims himself black is discounting his mother. It is just the case that genetically the 'black' gene is dominant over the 'white' gene. Along with the genetic factor, it has always been customary in America that if one had one ounce of black blood in them they were always considered black. Captain Crunch, why do you want to change the rules now that white America created? Face it, I am biracial, but I am black and so is Obama. I am proud of my white heritage as well, but white America has a mental illness that they must overcome.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Bull--> I guess you are not very educated..try making complete sentences!Dummy!
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