January 29th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Bush's final State of the Union: Boost 'uncertain' economy

 President Bush vowed to cut or eliminate 151 government programs in his budget for 2009.
President Bush vowed to cut or eliminate 151 government programs in his budget for 2009.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush used his final State of the Union speech to call for a quick shot in the arm for the economy in "a period of uncertainty" and tout last year's progress in the Iraq war.

With his approval ratings in the low 30s, an opposition-led Congress and his presidency overshadowed by the race for his successor, Bush offered little new.

But he urged lawmakers to work together to complete unfinished business and called for quick steps to bolster an economy unsettled by a housing and credit crunch.

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