President Bush today emerged briefly from the seclusion of the Oval Office with gracious words for the new President-elect. At the same time Bush promised a smooth transition and no let-up in American vigilance during this time of transition.
I am not a fan of President Bush, I don't hate the man, but I do think he was the worst President in American history, and that he has left this nation a mess that will take years to dig out of. That said, I do think he was genuinely congenial today, and was honest with his congratualtions.
"Last night, I had a warm conversation with President-elect Barack Obama," Bush said. "I congratulated him and Senator Biden on their impressive victory. I told the President-elect he can count on complete cooperation from my administration as he makes the transition to the White House. . . .
"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. . . .
"The United States government will stay 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."
Bush also recognized the powerful imagery of the next first family: "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 awaited so long."