|November 6, 2008|
|President Sets Right Tone; Here's to a Quiet Transition|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|President Bush is not known for his eloquence, but he set exactly the right tone today in warmly congratulating Barack Obama on his historic victory. He phoned Obama last night to congratulate him and Joe Biden on their "impressive victory" and pledged "complete cooperation" during the transition.|
"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 America’s democracy. And the strides 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 struggle for civil rights with their own eyes—and four decades later see a dream fulfilled."
Bush predicted it will be a “stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step though the door of the White House. I know millions of Americans will become overcome with pride at this inspiring moment that so many have awaited so long."
The President promised to keep the President-elect fully informed on important decisions during the transition. Bush will be in office for 76 more days. That is a very long time. The President said he will “continue to conduct the people’s business as long as this office remains in my trust.”
One hopes that Bush takes the results of the election to heart. The people spoke loud and clear. They want change from the past eight years.
America is a vastly different place then it was in 2000 when Bush first assumed office and from '04, when he was re-elected. Here’s to a speedy, quiet and uneventful transition.
(Photo: White House)
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