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SHOTLIST 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 STORYLINE: 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. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/2fa200219adad4f7856826ee20527d8b Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Born Rebel (2 days ago)
Bush is the realest terrorist.
MJ Garcia (4 days ago)
I LOVE this man!
Souza Pedro (9 days ago)
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70chiponwhite (23 days ago)
I remember class - that was nice
donkeygospel6 (27 days ago)
Classy speech. You can bet if a Democrat wins in 2020 or 2024, Trump will not give a speech like this and it will instead be full of recriminations, petty personal grievances, and self-adulation.
Blessed Servant (1 month ago)
the illegally elected president through the supreme court.... He does shows class by welcoming President Obama Elect
Shootzembu (1 month ago)
I was so happy when Bush left office, then I was so happy when Obama left office. If this is nothing but a pattern of events to come for elections as being selected that way, then I will be happy when Trump leaves office in 2024. The way things are going and how horrible and radical the Democrats are becoming, the more easier of a landslide it is going to be a victory for Trump's reelection. I don't think he's going anywhere... I voted for Trump in 2016. I leaned towards Obama in 2008 as a teenager who knew nothing about politics but couldn't stand John McCain and definitely hated George W Bush with a passion. In 2000 I was very young but I remember kids talking about Al Gore and my parents voted for Bush. I remember seeing Clinton on TV and I thought he was a decent president minus the Lewinsky scandal, until all the Clinton Body count came out and I did more and more research. I just knew I always hated his wife, hated hearing her voice and didn't trust her, like since the 90s I didn't like her but I liked (past tense) Bill Clinton.
Richard Richard (1 month ago)
Trump makes me not miss this guy.
PhillyFrank1 (1 month ago)
I have no desire to participate in the rehabilitation of former Worst-President Bush, but this was the right thing to say and, though scripted, Bush delivered it in heartfelt earnest. He clearly understood the leap forward America displayed in electing Barack Obama. Tragically for our nation, the man most publicly determined to delegitimize President Obama's election is the current Worst President -- another Republican elected without winning the popular vote. Trump does not have even as much grace, intelligence, professionalism, or humanity as George W. Bush, who himself was no match for President Obama. In his cruel, impulsive, racist incompetence and narcissism, Trump is turning back the clock on decades of progress and turning his back on reality in general. Racists will disagree, but President Obama took the United States far forward; Trump is taking us brutally backward. Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million ballots yet aspires to be an autocrat in the manner of a fascist dictator. It's past time to abolish the dysfunctional Electoral College, undo gerrymandering, fight voter suppression and low turnout, and return to progress as a nation. Until then, we live in dark times.
Omar D. Kopti (1 month ago)
Seriously, Trump makes George W. Bush look really good.
Donald Berry (2 months ago)
At least Bush exited with Class, unlike that Bitch Boy Obama!!! Worst mistake ever with Obama!!! Will be a long time before another Black Person is President!!!
movieman175 (1 month ago)
Donald Berry I don't even have to make a mockery of you because history will make a mockery of yourself.
movieman175 (1 month ago)
Donald Berry yes he had class unlike the president who says he would grab women by the pussy.
Centrist Philosopher (3 months ago)
Bush comes across as a statesman compared to the current incumbent.....
David Ledger (3 months ago)
Damn that Will Ferell is good.
Zed Shaban (3 months ago)
How about not reading a script
Zed Shaban (3 months ago)
Vincent (3 months ago)
Jesus Christ, what a cuck.
meboneme1 (3 months ago)
Night Hawk (3 months ago)
Johnny Rodela (3 months ago)
Bush is better than the clown sitting in office, still not a bush fan but opinion is oipioin
supernumery (3 months ago)
At the time Dubya was seen as a fool but now when a genuine, card-carrying fool sits in the WH, Dubya seems statesman-like and a gentleman. I find it striking that all the former presidents have become close friends, this is a testament to the basic humanity of them however your political pendulum swings. Trump will never fit in and the sight of Melanoma yesterday (Mrs Bush's funeral) sitting alone and clearly out of her depth was very sad. Obama tried to speak to her but she was like a bunny caught in the headlights. She know that no one will ever regard her in the same way as Barbara Bush.
luis manuel (3 months ago)
He showed class, respect & understood the historical moment to welcome the first African-American President in the White House. Well done Mr. Bush... :-))
Brett Kensett (3 months ago)
A dignified ex POTUS - what a contrast with asshole Trump!
Fuck YouTube (4 months ago)
8 years later.... TRUMP 😨
Rugby Man (4 months ago)
Bush was a shit president but at least he didn’t have Twitter storms and big tantrums over things
lolo (4 months ago)
It’s sad that our current president is not like this. One thing that President Bush said though struck me in a weird way. He said the night President Obama became president showed that our union is getting closer. Well Trump changed that. Our union is the most divided since the Civil War. I’m sad.
jr oliver (4 months ago)
john mccain is a trader,like trump.IM PEACH TRUMP
Mike Davis (5 months ago)
I have great respect for President Bush. While not in favor of many of his policies, his personal warmth and genuine empathy for people, particularly after 9/11, has left an indelible impression on me.
Matthew Williams (5 months ago)
The peaceful transition of power. I can't see Trump following the same format.
Michael Anderson (5 months ago)
I did not support for George Bush, but THIS is class!!!
cleomar oliviera (5 months ago)
Tomatoes4life (5 months ago)
This man may not have been the best pres in my eyes, but he was a good sport talking about Obama’s winning
The Bacons (5 months ago)
Say what you want about Bush, but just like Obama he was honorable in his acceptance of his successor and transferred power in a respectful and peaceful manner Would be shocked if Trump was as graceful, but I hope he will be. America needs to stay united and focused on preserving our democracy first and foremost. God bless America and our commitment to democracy
Street Lover (5 months ago)
It's always been known that he is a good speaker.
BeoJack (5 months ago)
Ah Bush and Obama. When presidents spoke and acted like presidents.
Shivpi3141592654 (5 months ago)
Remember when Bush was the worst president in modern history? Good times.
Michele Hallock (5 months ago)
I have never liked bush as president but looking back now i respect how he held himself with dignity and how well he treated obama and his family. We may have different political views but we can express our views with dignity. Thank you George w Bush i wish you and your family well
Margo Lib (5 months ago)
McConnell, Ryan and especially Trump are like a cancer in our great country. It was hatred of Obama that brought down our democracy. I don't know if we can recover. I'm heartbroken over it.
CHASEMARC (5 months ago)
Bush had class, this is presidential. Obama also had class, also presidential Trump ....... 🤣
Hingle McCringleberry (5 months ago)
Never thought I'd fuckin say this but I miss George W Bush now.
Whyinem (5 months ago)
Not a fan of his presidency at all, but he's a stand up guy
nightmuffin937 (5 months ago)
Now I'm starting to miss both Bush and Obama
xcdj60 (5 months ago)
I would choose Bush over Trump any time any day.
abdul jabbar (5 months ago)
God bless America !! Good Manners and respect for each other make these country better not hate .
D-Gauss (5 months ago)
I used to sort of like Bush.... until Trump came along. Now I can't stand that family.
George Waters (5 months ago)
Im glad everyone can forget all the mistakes and horrible decisions the bush administration made because George W Bush read a lovely speech at the end
Lynda Kierans (5 months ago)
Ya 2 war Presidents 2 wankers Freemasonry in good health ,new world order , Agenda 21 ,power to the people, Ban the Bomb
I'm a Bush and a Obama fan
Adam Brynes (6 months ago)
Hey, remember when even the leaders we hated maintained a basic level of decorum and human decency?
MooseT (6 months ago)
Thank God President Trump spends every day erasing obamas traitorous legacy.
jings brar (6 months ago)
george bush is a loser
V Calderon (6 months ago)
I was not a supporter of President Bush. I am a Modern Liberal and a proud Registered Democrat. That said, I never doubted President Bush’s love for his country. Peace to everyone from Houston.
Basketball Man (5 months ago)
V Calderon I was actually born in Dallas believe or not, but currently residing in Minnesota, attending Augsburg University as a Film/English major about to move to California. But yeah I been to Houston last summer with some friends (I like your beaches) I just didn't expect much liberals/democrats in the rural/suburban parts of Texas lol.
V Calderon (5 months ago)
Universe Man Well, I’m in Harris county. A bright blue county in a red state. Not all of us a douchebag Trump fans my friend. In Houston, we have voted out the right wingers, our mayor is African American and a Democrat. Our previous mayor was a white woman, she’s gay and even married a woman while in office. We have a vibrant LGBT community, an amazing Muslim community that give the city culture and great food. Also, we have many Hispanics and even some cool white people. No, not all are gun obsessed, white nationalists, alt-righters or Trump fans. If you’re ever in Houston let me know. I’ll recommend some cool spots to visit. 😊
Basketball Man (5 months ago)
V Calderon A liberal in Texas ? That's rare.
Cballin (6 months ago)
Still can't get over trump throwing his tantram over losing the popular vote, but not really suprised, most unpopular president in modern history
Daniel Lushbaugh (6 months ago)
Can’t really say Bush was a good President, but he does have class, just like his father.
misfit2519 (6 months ago)
Too bad Obama couldn't give this man the same courtesy and respect.
33604 Jake (6 months ago)
Last great president!! Obama hurt us to no return
Jazz-Time (6 months ago)
This president Bush made two of the greatest mistakes in American history; Afghanistan and Iraq but he was presidential, if that's any consolation, compared with the clown's act of today's presidency.
Ewolf5150 (6 months ago)
Lol. when this guy was in office all the left did was bitch and call him a war monger. Now he is a "class act" and a very Presidential man with respect from libs. Funny how people change over night
Steven Andrews (6 months ago)
I'm not a fan of his time in office but George Bush is leaps and bounds ahead of Donal Trump. Trump looks like a child in comparison to Obama and Bush. How do the American people go from Obama to Trump? What a fall from grace.
Kyle Clark (6 months ago)
Bush was classy I don’t care what anyone says. So was Obama.
Shahenn Choudry (6 months ago)
So many innocent people killed, god have mercy on ur soul, so called president.
Numis Mm (6 months ago)
100% PURE CLASS ACT, not like OSAMABA, thank G-d For Trump, put Class back into the whitehouse! MAGA
James DEFRANGE (6 months ago)
Never thought I’d say this but Bush 2 wasn’t so bad after all... at least he can speak in full sentences with more than one syllable words. Ohh... and he’s not wearing orange makeup.
davindranauth (6 months ago)
This is when the U.S. Government was admired and respected in the Bush Era and Pre-Obama Era.
Mysteryskatin (6 months ago)
I miss the days of civility.
Yash Akhouri (6 months ago)
Oh my God, I'm watching this in January 2018 and this seems so surreal... This used to be the White House and the American Government that was the ideal for the world to follow. Fine, Bush made errors, but the way he's conducted himself here is so 'Presidential'. What has Trump brought America down to...? And in 2 years. Fack...
Andrew Meek (6 months ago)
America's democracy; jackals admired by jackasses!
Qaalid Haji (6 months ago)
Agnetha (7 months ago)
I miss how our country was before the terrible Obama years
Shootzembu (7 months ago)
It's all Bush's fault we got Obama in the first place, and Obama's fault we got Trump. Everything happens for a reason! Fuck em all!
Sharon Martinez (7 months ago)
My god. What class compared to Chump.
Agnetha (7 months ago)
Obama is the one who shows no class...all other presidents had the decency to not bad mouth the next president. Obama is the only creep to do that
Afzal Akbar (7 months ago)
Motherfucker bush
Gaurav Arya (7 months ago)
Thank you very much Mr President
blockzo tragedy (7 months ago)
Best president ever America miss you GWB
anonymous B (7 months ago)
Great president, let's face it every president is a murderer
patrick skovgaard (7 months ago)
i will not have money i wiil pay whit my own money to all the girls i will not have a war how cant we fine a stitution how everyone not can be hurt i will duing my best to came a Construction i wil not have no people get hurt i am sorry for that messe i have duing can we all forgive i thoghter
DeAnte Stoneville (7 months ago)
Not a fan of him as a President but as a man I'm truly a fan of President Bush and will always respect the office held while holding it
JoJo Ber (8 months ago)
Boy how I miss you GW, the new guy in office now is a real whack a doo, you were very gracious and kind to the Obamas thank you
DisciplineOfSteel (7 months ago)
Let's thank him for getting us into these counter insurgency wars that killed and maned so many. Dem supporters are no different from the warmongering neocons.
Farzaan Ali (8 months ago)
Fuck Bush, cocksucker ruined so many peoples lives. Fuck this man and his filthy family.
Brenda Gray (8 months ago)
What a very good speech, I'm a black female and very proud, This man has class and is very funny as well. I miss George W Bush.
Zach The Bernie Bro (8 months ago)
Trump makes me miss Bush. Bush was a very bad president, but 90% of it was because of Dick Cheney. At least Bush was man enough to take criticism, unlike the clown we got in the White House right now.
Chris Miner (8 months ago)
Thank God and his mercy Chaney didn't become president.But under Bush Gas prices went to the moon.If you remember he was an oil man and it has dropped and still relatively low.
Khalid Anis (8 months ago)
Honourable Ex President United States Of America Barack Obama I regret & I say sorry for my mistake of spelling which occurred while writing today’s comment. Associate Electrical Engineer Khalid Anis Ex Instructor Y.M.C.A Polytechnic Institute Karachi, Pakistan.
Khalid Anis (8 months ago)
Excellent speech I have ever heard given by Most Honourable President Of United States Of America George W Bush, Which he has given on winning of election by Honourable President Barack Of Bahama . Although the speech was very brief but it had covered all important points to congratulate the new coming president, praising to his parents & Grand parents. Welcoming new President & his family to White House. Associate Electrical Engineer Khalid Anis Ex Instructor of Y.M.C.A Polytechnic Institute Karachi Pakistan Of following subjects Principles Of Electrical Engineering, Engineering Drawing, Utilisation Of Electrical Energy, Basic Electronic, Analogue Electronics, Applied Mathematics, Technical Mathematics, Technical English...........
Maxine Harper (8 months ago)
Writing this in 2017... Wow, what a time that was back then. Everything seems tame compared to the shitshow today. This was a great speech. And I didn't even like this guy! Yet I miss him...
Agnetha (7 months ago)
I feel the same way Maxine, I miss how things were before the Obama years
ARK P (8 months ago)
As a real republican I have to say this is how a real commander and chief acts . Not how the peace of shit we have in the White House now Trump destroyed the Republican Party now all we have is pussy / scared elected senators that won't stand up to him
Jeffrey Osborn (8 months ago)
and now we have Trump...
Red Wine (8 months ago)
The worst thing that ever happened to my country is Obama!!
Raul Mendoza Hernandez (8 months ago)
mexico df a 03/12/17 le pido al precidente george wus blair que me pencione porque no puedo pencionarme yo solo por fabor les pido alos estados unidos de norte america que me pencionen y que me adocten para siempre para que me den trabajo de precidente de los estados unidos de norte america porque los elementos del ejercito mexicano ya no me quieren aser caso y no me quieren pencionar con nada al mes de dinero espero que dios yano me ocupe por medio de mexico y sus estados sino me paga aunquesia 10000 pesos al mes en esta vida etc . 10/10/17 fui a isfam pues no me quieren pencionar y fui a archibo y istoria y tanpoco no me isieron caso y fui a atencion ciudadana y tanpoco me isieron caso , nomas me sacaron sangre en la mojonera sapopan jalisco en el año de 1990 y me isieron correr dos beses y gane dos medallas corriendo 42 kilometros en mexico df y guadalajara jalisco por medio de un coronel segun que es miguel angel cilba garcia, dise un sr que asi se llama el sr que me dijo esto se llama guadalupe del primer regimiento de transportes pesados y el es teniente pasado y me dijo que lo pencionaron con dies mil pesos al mes , el nonbre del sr seme olbido cuando me saco sangre el del nomas pero me acuerdo del nonbre del sargento antonio chaires rodrigues del estado de sacatecas que fue el que me conbencio que me subiera al dina cuando se canvio el terser batayon de transportes pesados del primer regimiento de transportes pesados que esta aqui en mexico df lo que pasa es que cuando entre al canpo ya iba mas lastimado porque me lastimo el sr juan carlos velasques con asido sulfurico en el año de 1988 aqui en mexico df ,y cuando entre al canpo n 1 conosi al general manuel orosco pimentel del estado de oaxaca el cual estaba en el canpo n 1 aqui en mexico df
Pradeep (8 months ago)
Bush is a good guy. If not for his Iraq war...His presidency would have been alright...
Noahboy ! (8 months ago)
This guy is considered one of, if not, the worst president in history. I'm a Democrat, but that is not true. He wouldn't be in my top twenty-eight, but he wouldn't be the worst. A few of months into his presidency, 9/11 happened. A few months into is re-election, Katrina happened. A few months before his presidency ended, the Virginia Tech and Westroads shootings happened. This guy had a plethora of crap happen at the beginning and end of both of his presidencies.
Evan Bernard (8 months ago)
hate his policys loved the man
Felipe Bernardes (8 months ago)
He should’ve just said two words. He should’ve said “we’re fucked” and then he should’ve walked away, lol.
discord mykong (8 months ago)
I like when bush said of him
Jared Klock (8 months ago)
Wasn't a Bush supporter at all but This was a great speech by him on Obama winning. Very humble. The way the President should act.
fozzy882001 (8 months ago)
43 was an idiot and it seemed to be tolerable but 45 is both an idiot AND dangerous as a leader. I pity the secret service who protect him and his family.
James Thacker (8 months ago)
This vs the moron Russia sympathizer that we have now who signs things without reading them and seems to make it a mission to destroy America a little bit more every day.
Jack Salamone (8 months ago)
its kind of funny to watch him read his speech off the podium
Ryan Friedman (8 months ago)
Bush will be more welcoming to his successor than Trump who will just say and tweet that's it's rigged and could try to illegally keep a grip of power
I miss the days when Bush was considered the worst president of all time and Sarah Palin was considered the craziest person in politics. Good times.
Asrat Mengesha (8 months ago)
Hi George Bush.

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