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Live Thread: President Bush Farewell Address 8 P.M. EST ("this great Nation will never tire ")
Thursday, January 15, 2008 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/15/2009 3:25:03 PM PST by kristinn

President George W. Bush will address the nation from the East Room of the White House at 8 p.m. EST.

The White House released excerpts of the speech to the media:

Five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole Nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.

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Tonight I am filled with gratitude. I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.

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This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house – September 11, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor.

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.

Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has been created. The military, the intelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. Our Nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists’ movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them.

There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil day and night to keep us safe – law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

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When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We are standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.

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For eight years, we have also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air, water, and lands are measurably cleaner. And the Federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

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Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. 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.

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The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.

While our Nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.

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. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.

As we address these challenges – and others we cannot foresee tonight – America must maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise.

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Even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead.

I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people. This is a Nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. This is a Nation where citizens show calm in times of danger and compassion in the face of suffering.

These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there is more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great Nation will never tire … never falter … and never fail.


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Anyone have an online link?


41 posted on 01/15/2009 5:01:50 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: retrokitten

This moment in time is what makes us the greatest nation on earth. As one leader leaves the stage a new leader takes his place.


42 posted on 01/15/2009 5:01:57 PM PST by Dog
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To: retrokitten

I’m glad he’s doing it this way, not just talking to the camera.


43 posted on 01/15/2009 5:02:17 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: kristinn

Sniff... we are so screwed.


44 posted on 01/15/2009 5:02:57 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: silent_jonny

Did he say 5 years from now?


45 posted on 01/15/2009 5:03:14 PM PST by pbear8 (I have plenty of credit, there is no crunch)
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To: silent_jonny

I wasn’t either....not that you asked me. lol


46 posted on 01/15/2009 5:03:34 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: silent_jonny
Pass them to the right...


47 posted on 01/15/2009 5:03:56 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: AliVeritas
Try this (C-SPAN).
48 posted on 01/15/2009 5:04:07 PM PST by kristinn
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To: retrokitten
LOL--don't worry about it :)

The President looks great. He probably feels the burden he's been carrying all these years finally being lifted off his shoulders.

49 posted on 01/15/2009 5:04:28 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: AliVeritas

No we are not ..we are Americans we will survive.


50 posted on 01/15/2009 5:04:43 PM PST by Dog
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To: retrokitten

I’m not going to make it very long without tears.


51 posted on 01/15/2009 5:04:49 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: kristinn

I believe this president deeply cares about his fellow Americans and put them first....even if they reciprocate with hatred. Consider this and ask yourself, do you believe Clinton cared more about the country than himself?


52 posted on 01/15/2009 5:06:12 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: retrokitten; Wolfstar; STARWISE

President George W. Bush holds the badge of a police officer killed in the September attacks. "And I will carry this," said President Bush during his address to Congress Sept. 20 [2001]. "It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end."
53 posted on 01/15/2009 5:06:30 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: Shortstop7

I started when Major Garrett started talking about all the people in the audience. I’m a crier. :-)


54 posted on 01/15/2009 5:06:47 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: kristinn

Tell them George...kicking Al Qaedas ass we are!!


55 posted on 01/15/2009 5:06:47 PM PST by Dog
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To: kristinn

All very nice but this means nothing to me unless he frees Ramos and Compean

—As above so below


56 posted on 01/15/2009 5:07:11 PM PST by dennisw (On the thirty first floor a gold plated door won't keep out the Lord's burning rage ---FBB)
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To: silent_jonny

this man speaks truth and has the courage to hold fast to truth!


57 posted on 01/15/2009 5:07:19 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: retrokitten

Me too. I’m surely going to miss this dear man.


58 posted on 01/15/2009 5:07:27 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: dennisw

Give it a break!


59 posted on 01/15/2009 5:08:02 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (FREE BLAGO !!! LET HIM SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER !!!)
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To: Dog
This moment in time is what makes us the greatest nation on earth. As one leader leaves the stage a new leader takes his place.

I agree.

60 posted on 01/15/2009 5:08:02 PM PST by silent_jonny
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