Bush said there is no need for higher taxes Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The economy is "vibrant and strong" - that was President Bush's message to Americans, speaking from the the Oval Office Friday.
But to keep it that way, Bush called on Congress to keep taxes low. "If you want this economy to continue to grow and if you want to reinforce the fact that we've got - entrepreneurship is strong and people are working, don't raise taxes," he said.
In his address, the president also addressed recent press reports concerning the United States' approach to interrogating and detaining terror suspects. The president reiterated that the U.S. does not torture, and that the program is necessary to keep Americans safe. (Related: Bush: 'This government does not torture')
"I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people. And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we're going to detain them, and you bet we're going to question them," he said. "Because the American people expect us to find out information, actionable intelligence, so we can help them - help protect them."
– CNN's KD Fabian