President George W. Bush gave his final farewell address and stated that the practice of torture and the Bush Administration's war doctrine with conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have made the world a better and safer place.
Bush Farewell Speech
This is not a Saturday Night Live skit folks George Bush is serious. Relive 8 Years of Bushisms and remember that the Iraqi shoe bomber was absent from this press conference to show his symbolic objections to the farewell speech.
8 Years Of 'Bushisms'
President Bush used his farewell address Thursday to stress that the nation has not suffered a major terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001. But the threat remains, he said, and will be President-elect Barack Obama's biggest challenge.
"Our enemies are patient and determined to strike again," Bush said in a nationally televised address from the White House.
Bush, who listed the Iraq war as one of his efforts to combat terrorism, said he understands disagreement with some "tough decisions" he made, "but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions."
Speaking to about 200 guests in the East Room, Bush extended best wishes to Obama and his family. The election of the nation's first African-American president, he said, "reflects the enduring promise of our land" and is "a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation."
The two-term president acknowledged experiencing setbacks but also listed accomplishments, including creation of a Department of Homeland Security, new counterterrorism surveillance laws, the No Child Left Behind education bill, prescription drug assistance, and adding conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. source