President Bush bids farewell

In his final address to Americans Thursday night, President George W. Bush offered a defense of his widely unpopular administration. The 13-minute farewell address was a solemn, gentle defense and reflection of his two-term presidency.

Bush told his fellow citizens he was proud of his country and admitted that during his presidency, he made decisions that some perceived otherwise. He is said he was nevertheless proud of his administration.

“Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks,” Bush said last night from the East Room of the White House. “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.”

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To read the full transcript of President George W. Bush’s farewell address on Thursday, click here.