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President Bush reacts to Obama's victory in 2008 election

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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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Text Comments (1424)
Atlor Merjo (4 days ago)
People “missunderestimated” Bush
Kevin Glenn (5 days ago)
If Bush had done his job we never would of had a Muslim in office
Max McEwen (7 days ago)
2 of the worst presidents on the phone with each other. Bush and Obama
joe hatu (13 days ago)
Good personality 🌹🌹🌹
ritishp (18 days ago)
Undoubtedly, this is his finest & most impressive speech ever !!
JMLawson80 (25 days ago)
"The American people will always be grateful for the lifetime service John McCain has devoted to this nation." Well, all minus one...
Mordy Slmn (27 days ago)
A true American Statesman. He mentioned all Americans. Obama will come in and says we are diverse in gay, lesbian, transgender,etc..Liberals always divide to unite asking for special treatment.
The Entrepeneur (1 month ago)
Bush was a high class man
The Entrepeneur (1 month ago)
Bush was a real president , not like our actual president who’s just a clown
Donny Kiles (1 month ago)
You can have nice words for anyone as they begin their journey. But it's when you finish that you will be judged the harshest. Thanks Obama, do nuffin president.
Ilyas (1 month ago)
Total and utter idiot.
Don Heine (1 month ago)
A simple, honest and good man...
Tommy MacArthur (1 month ago)
Remember when real fucking people were president?
Panthir 67 (1 month ago)
Busch: I congratulate President elect Obama Trump: FAKE ELECTION
Mike Rizzo (1 month ago)
So WHY do people have a problem with Bush?? He showed complete respect for the President-elect despite him being a Democrat. But yes, Bush is evil...
Soggy Wombat (1 month ago)
Just because you're a good person, doesn't mean you're good at your job. We all have our flaws.
Brian Orr (1 month ago)
Ah~ I miss Bush :) He seems like a great man!!
Tim Mcguire (1 month ago)
What a disaster this man put this country through,,,,and Obama just put his foot on the gas pedal and made it even worse...SMH
peter pan (1 month ago)
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...).
peter pan (1 month ago)
I'm African. But only America shows the way. America has become the land of the new black AND white pharaos.
Ravi Teja (1 month ago)
Ah, back when President could speak in coherence.
Jun Lee (1 month ago)
Still better than Trump
Power (1 month ago)
American politics will be back to this point
ch13t (1 month ago)
Even Donald makes Bush look like a well respected politician.
TubedFisch (1 month ago)
Good speech President Bush. But still you'll always be the inside job President. We don't forget.
Black Knight (1 month ago)
I'm looking forward for Trump's speech after her loses to a woman in 2020.
agentd36 (1 month ago)
Remember, Obama won because he spoke better than W
agentd36 (1 month ago)
He did “Palin” with some side eye...
Yann LL (1 month ago)
Trump would just be shouting FAKE ELECTION!!! SAD!!! and refuse to leave. W had class on that day, something that Trump will never have.
darrylsh (1 month ago)
Can you picture Trumps speech?....Do you want to?
RoyalsKnight (1 month ago)
I like how they are good friends now! Michelle and Bush friendship always delivers memes!
Adi R (1 month ago)
Class act from Dubyah, gotta give him credit for that.
Trump can learn a thing or two about decency from President George W. Bush
Ƥ4Ƭяι0т (1 month ago)
3:19 Fuck u Bush Fuck the American Nationalism
Brendan Harrington (1 month ago)
Lol at the increasing comments against Trump, it's a little late don't you think?
NCC-1701 (1 month ago)
Bush is a moron, but at least he had class.
D Stuart (1 month ago)
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.
Anette Locke (1 month ago)
Two paid puppets, welcoming each other on betrayal of the American people!
John Roehsler (1 month ago)
A supper loser for sure.
Emigdiosback (1 month ago)
I miss Bush.
MediTruth (1 month ago)
Amazing people belive anything that comes out of these parasitic puppets.
cedargroves (1 month ago)
I wasn’t really a Big Bush fan but wouldn’t complain about having him instead of what we have now. This message is what an American president is supposed to sound like.
*김태진 (1 month ago)
At least Bush had the class to refrain from publicly criticising his successor, unlike what Obama is now doing to President Trump!
Loco Brodie (1 month ago)
Trump even makes me miss Bush!
zachary sherman (1 month ago)
I wish bush could of ran again he would of beat obama easily
TuckFrump (1 month ago)
Bush is and always has been a class act. I’ll never forget how Hannity tried so hard to bait this man into criticizing Obama and he refused.
William Payton (1 month ago)
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.
Sydney Howe (1 month ago)
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?
Jack (1 month ago)
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.
devonguy02 (1 month ago)
This is what a president is about,
Anakin Skywalker (1 month ago)
And he got the right door from the first attempt! :) Seriously, a class act. Wish all his presidency, albeit not so disastrous as often berated, had more moments like this.
AndrewTheAwesome100 (1 month ago)
Though he was pretty ignorant for being in the office, Bush was presidential, just like many presidents. With the exception of our current one.
Class that trump will never have!!!
True words of being a president..
Rohit Raj (1 month ago)
Simpler Times
Atharva Avhad (1 month ago)
God bless America 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
qwe qwen (1 month ago)
Can Trump make a speech like this if he looses in 2020? lol
prank lover (1 month ago)
43rd > 45th
Juan Barragan (1 month ago)
Fuck Palin Donald Trump we love John McCain the Obamas and Bush that was a real deal not this fucking clown that doesn't even know how 2 run the country. I like the cool Republican fuck the rest
Martin Trejo (1 month ago)
this is a real president not clowns like we have now
Dark Angel (1 month ago)
This is what a true leader looks like and talks like.
Jayant Srivastava (1 month ago)
The profound impact trump had on people is that he made people miss w bush. Incredible
george varughese (1 month ago)
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.
Bård (1 month ago)
To think that we thought this man a buffoon. He was a great President compared to the current one, and a great man regardless
Roger Gustafsson (1 month ago)
Seriously I kinda didn't appreciate Bush at all but now with Trump it's like we've entered a different dimension!
E'raan Lue (1 month ago)
Only if Obama could be as classy as this.
Manoj Jacob (1 month ago)
GWB is the reason Obama became president. Obama is the reason Trump became president.
Christopher McD (1 month ago)
This is what class is, imagine the orange blowhard saying stuff like this? ... I wasn’t a fan of a lot of Bush decisions but I trusted him to keep us safe and I believed he was a good and decent man.
pride booker (1 month ago)
This can't happen in Africa
Kevin Watson (1 month ago)
Proves no single man or woman is more important than a nation.
mighty Power999 (1 month ago)
Fuck this criminal cunt.
Will Deutsch (1 month ago)
lulz imagine trump reacting to a loss in 2020
Dwight K. Schrute (1 month ago)
+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. 😂
Will Deutsch (1 month ago)
+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
Dwight K. Schrute (1 month ago)
+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.
Will Deutsch (1 month ago)
+Dwight K. Schrute Well ig kinda. It's not really his competition though. I'm actually conservative but it would be great to see his ego shatter if he loses a campaign himself
Dwight K. Schrute (1 month ago)
We don't have to wait. We'll see in two months.
Svsca (1 month ago)
John McCain is a shameless racist.
Greatness Awaits (1 month ago)
Since he’s left office I can see the man outside of the position he’s a decent person.
Shahenn Choudry (1 month ago)
This son of a bitch, should be on trial for mass murder.
Justin Gilbert (1 month ago)
Worst 2 presidents in recent history.. TRUMP 2020
Brown Dwie (1 month ago)
I have always like this guy
Signal Racer (1 month ago)
Those were the days of civillity.
Jack Wheeler (1 month ago)
See lets say Trump is re-elected and the following election a Democrat wins I just don’t see Trump doing this.
Clay (1 month ago)
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
John Doe (1 month ago)
I wonder how Ole W is doing now ?
SR-71 Black Bird (1 month ago)
Yo Yo (1 month ago)
*The Best Presidential Victory*
Barro the Broadcaster (1 month ago)
Trump is so much better than this guy.
Christopher Connor (1 month ago)
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.
Bayarmaa Anderson (1 month ago)
Well spoken.
Amjad Farooq (1 month ago)
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.
nuno gomes (1 month ago)
Trump Makes me love This Guy
Amanuel Reda (1 month ago)
President George Bush is an honorable leader!
gwimmer98 (1 month ago)
What was he doing with his jaw?
M. Dieng (1 month ago)
Trump makes Bush look like a Saint!
lazaglider (1 month ago)
Weird. I never liked this guy at the time, mainly because I was ignorant and believed what the media told me. Looking back, and knowing what I now know, this guy was a class act.
David Goldin (1 month ago)
Gracious speech. It highlights the degradation that Trump has brought to the Presidency and the United States.
Robert Boekee (1 month ago)
RIP John McCain
Sam 7 (1 month ago)
What happened to the American people ? Why they went so low?
klaxorcyvr (1 month ago)
I was never ever a Fan of Bush but since some crapy respectless and filthy Orange Face named Trump took over, Bush was and still is way much better then this Orange Face Idiot Trump!
Notice how he never explicitly mentions race. Bush was a good man.
SIoyvenheaven1 (1 month ago)
Fuck Obama
Born Rebel (2 months ago)
Bush is the realest terrorist.
MJ Garcia (2 months ago)
I LOVE this man!
Souza Pedro (2 months ago)
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