1. US President George W. Bush walks to podium
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, US President:
"Good morning. Last night I had a warm conversation with president-elect Barack Obama. I congratulated him and Senator Biden on their impressive victory. I told the president-elect he could count on complete cooperation from my administration as he makes the transition to the White House. I also spoke to Senator John McCain. I congratulated him on a determined campaign that he and Governor Palin ran. The American people will always be grateful for the lifetime of service John McCain has devoted to this nation, and I know he will continue to make tremendous contributions to our country. No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday. Across the country citizens voted in large numbers. They showed a watching world the vitality of American democracy and the stride we have made toward a more perfect union. They chose a president whose journey represents a triumph of the American story. A testament to hard work, optimism and faith in the enduring promise of our nation. Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day. This moment is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggles of civil rights with their own eyes; four decades later, see a dream fulfilled. A long campaign is ended and we move forward as a nation. Embarking on a period of change in Washington, yet there are some things that will not change. The United States government will remain vigilant in meeting its most important responsibility: protecting the American people. And the world can be certain this commitment will remain steadfast under our next commander in chief. There is important work to do in the months ahead and I will continue to conduct the people's business as long as this office remains in my trust. During this time of transition I will keep the president-elect fully informed on important decisions. When the time comes on January 20 Laura and I will return home to Texas with treasured memories of our time here, with profound gratitude for the honour of serving this amazing country. It will be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House. I know millions of Americans will be overcome with pride at this inspiring moment that so many have waited so long. I know Senator Obama's beloved mother and grandparents would have been thrilled to watch the child they raised ascend the steps of the Capitol and take his oath to uphold the constitution of the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Last night I extended an invitation to the president-elect and Mrs Obama to come to the White House and Laura and I are looking forward to welcoming them as soon as possible. Thank you very much."
3. Bush walks away
US President George W. Bush fully embraced the election of Democrat Barack Obama as his successor on Wednesday, paying stirring tribute to the election of the first U.S. black president-elect and hailing the campaign of change that led Obama to victory.
Bush promised Obama his "complete cooperation" during the Democrat's 76-day transition to the White House.
The president said he would keep Obama informed on all his decisions between now and January 20, and said he looked forward to the day - soon, he hopes - that Obama and his family would take him up on his offer of pre-inauguration White House visit.
The defeated leader of his own party, John McCain, won accolades not nearly so glowing with Bush hailing his lifetime of service to the US.
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He was raised by a gentleman (Nr. 41) and a loving mother (Barbara).
But Donald Trump's dad taught Jr. how to buy properties under "fake" names from those he now pretends to defend and promote.
Trump also asked journalists to publish articles revealing the personal and family secrets that a CEO had shared with Trump in tears without mentioning him as a source. Pathetic. To do that is already being cursed. (The above-mentioned journalist refused to do so, as he explains in recent Bloomberg article (published last Sunday I think...).
I protested at his initial inauguration and hated his policies, but I forgot what a soft-spoken sorta classy Republican sounds like. Man. Kind of what a President or a man of business should sound like. Of course Pence sounds like this too--and he's insane.
Didn't vote for this guy, but served under him. And was proud to do so. I guess I'm cut from a different cloth than most. While many laughed when the Iraqi threw the shoe at him, I was pissed. "How dare you throw a shoe at "MY" President. In light of current circumstances, and never believing I would say this, I miss this guy. We have all had our favorites, and we have all disagreed with several former Presidents. But never in the history of our Nation have so many lost faith in the Office of President as it is today. No matter which side of the isle you sit on, you must agree that our political landscape looks like shit to the rest of the world. That's not good. President Bush outclasses President Trump at every level. Again, I didn't vote for this guy but he owned his mistakes, held himself accountable, and held others accountable when shit hit the fan. I will always respect a man who practices humility while in possession of power.
Him and his wife maintained a level of credibility and respect to the office. Mrs. Bush was a class act, still is. That's not a dig at the current first lady. I think Mrs. Trump got dealt a bad hand. She's playing it out with grace and dignity. I never liked Donald Trump. But I will always support the Office of President. I hope and pray he wakes up one day and realizes that he needs to consult and listen to his staff as well as humble himself sometimes while accepting advice, counsel or suggestions. I will never hope our President fails. That's not why I wore the Uniform. I'm an American. And being Americans we have the right and the ability to disagree. But as Christian Americans (for those that are), we are charged to do so respectfully and with grace. Sadly, it seems those days are gone. Heck, even an Atheist can disagree and show respect while voicing that opposition. Either we need to clean this mess up, or close our living room blinds, because the rest of the world is watching.
Wow, for all his faults I cannot remember seeing this speech at all so moving and gracious, wait. Now. Theres a point, has someone explained to trump he will have to give up the white house after 4yrs?
Bush made a few mistakes as president, but even in the worst points of his presidency he delivered an inspiring speech with class to America. If Trump does this to a Democratic President-elect, he will fail miserably.
Bush will go down as the worst president in U.S. history. Under his watch we had: 9/11, worst financial crisis in the U.S., unnecessary wars with loss of many soldiers, and Obama. How he and Cheney never faced criminal actions is amazing.
+Will Deutsch Don't worry about it. XD. I was republican before Trump came along and I was disgusted by the way the GOP just bent down to him. Can you imagine if Obama had said POW's weren't war heros? The guy is a disgusting, vulgar pos who has no respect for the Constitution (save for the 2nd amendment which he only uses to Garner votes) or for peaceful civil discourse. He practically turned me into a democrat. 😂
+Dwight K. Schrute Yeah, I see your point. And thanks lol, that might only be one of the things we possibly agree on though lol. It's just sad to see that Trump basically has made the entire Republican party his bitch, yet he doesn't really hold our values. He's possibly racist, talks about grabbing women(you know), and has slept with that one pornstar when he was married. These are just the things we do know about him, but as you can tell he has no moral compass. And also, just the way he talks. No dignity and no decency, something that literally every president before him has had. Makes me lul when Trumpers point to Bill Clinton. Ffs, idek how so many conservatives can support him, makes me feel ashamed
Edit: sorry about the rant lol I got a little bit carried away
+Will DeutschGlad to see a conservative who's disgusted with trump's narcissism. I feel like you guys are a rare breed. I think he knows how much power he'll lose and the trouble he'll be in if the dems take control.
Commentators shouldn't stop at appearances and smooth words: Bush is a guy who concealed the truth about 9/11, cooperated with the Zionist agenda and made wars to Afghanistan an Iraq Killing so many innocent people
Whatever you think of the legacy of George W. Bush and every former president of this great country that still lives on today, they ALL have displayed a dignity of our highest office that makes us proud to be Americans... all but Trump of course who simply brings upon us one disgrace after another. Thanks W. for being such an honourable man.
Bush will be remembered as the President who brought down America from its grace. Historians will look back at 9/11 as the trigger that marked the end of America's greatness and dominace around the globe. The 9/11 experiment conducted by the traitors in Bush's administration (or the deep state but with Bush's full cooperation) terribly backfired. He sold his country to terrorists. He added $8T of debt to the nation, largely to fight illegal and unethical wars. He makes Trump look like a great President.
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