August 29th, 2008
08:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush RNC speech to express 'gratitude'

Bush will deliver his speech Monday at the RNC in St. Paul.
Bush will deliver his speech Monday at the RNC in St. Paul.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush's final GOP convention speech as head of the Republican party will express "gratitude" to his supporters rather than attack Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Friday.

The president is due to deliver his speech Monday at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Perino said it will review "the major issues facing the country, from terrorism and war to the economy and the direction of our culture."

Perino added that in making the case for GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's qualifications, the speech will reflect "on the role of the presidency and the qualities that are demanded by the job" of commander-in-chief.

"In particular, it highlights McCain's unique judgment, perspective and experience to deal with the unexpected, to stand firm on his convictions, put the country above himself and make hard decisions necessary to protect the American people," Perino said.

Despite less than five months left in President Bush's term, Perino said not to expect the speech to define his legacy.

"This is not an opportunity to recap accomplishments of the past seven and a half years," she said. "It will not serve as a farewell to the American people, and it certainly will not attack Barack Obama."

Asked why, Perino replied, "Because he's got class."

She added, "This president knows better than almost any politician in America what it's like to face criticism. He watched his dad as vice presidential candidate for two terms go through that, and then when his dad ran for president, he saw it again, and then in his own campaigns, the two national
elections. He knows what it's like in high political season, and he's not going to respond to every attack."


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  1. No comments

    You guys fall asleep and not post the comments here? LOL... well I for one admire Bush for this reaction and wish him well as he finishes his term in office.

    August 29, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Derrick

    Oh yippy. Looks like tv ratings will be the lowest ever just like his Presidency!!!

    August 29, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. Jim in Bisbee

    I hope he thanks every Congressman and Senator running for reelection by name. And mentions how often they voted with him. And I hope he says the word "Nucular". It would be sweet if he would provide us with an emesis moment, or just mention how drunk he is.

    I can think of no other President who is so maladjusted to be in the position he's in, and I hope he drags down every Republican who helped him get to be President.

    August 29, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. halape

    George W. Bush.

    Worst President Ever!

    Thank God Almighty we only have a few more months of his disastrous administration. Please pray for an Obama/Biden win so we can move this country back in the right direction.

    August 29, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. James in Rhode Island

    Not surprising. He'll express gratitude to McCain for promising to continue all of his "brilliant" policies...

    August 29, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Luke Brown

    Bush = Worst President in the history of this country.

    An arrogant liar with blood on his hands.

    August 29, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. chip

    If McCain really was another Bush, he'd already have my support.

    August 29, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Tom

    "This is not an opportunity to recap accomplishments of the past seven and a half years," she added, noting that "even sound bites can be too short."

    August 29, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. linda n carolina

    Bush ought to be on his hands and knees thanking god that he won't be going to jail (too bad) for all his misdeeds.

    August 29, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. INDEPENDANT VET

    TO RESPOND TO ATTACK , WHY HAS NOT THE MEDIA COME OUT ON THIS BEHIND THE SCENES . IT START MONTHS AGO, THEN GOT SHOVED TO THE , 3 WEEKS AGO IT STARTED AGAIN . NOW IT IS COMING OUT AGAIN .

    " IT APPEARS THAT BARACK IS CONSITUTIOALLY INELIGIBLE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT .

    ARTICLE FROM THE JULY 2008 , ISSUE # 27 FROM " THE AMERICAN FREE PRESS NEWWSPAPER. OR ARE THEY WAITING TILL THE DAY BEFORE ELECTION ?????

    August 29, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. Sue

    Thank You RNS for sitting back and doing nothing while me and Dick violated the Constitution, ran the economy into the gounds (but helping our fellow rich boys like Cheney, Halliburton and mc Butt boy. Thanks for not stamding up while I had our country attack another country in an unjsut way, and for helping to kill over 4,000 citizens of this country. Thank you for allowing me to destroy the moral standard this country used to have. And thank you for sending me back to my ranch where i can live nicely off my big fat retirement check I will be taking for screwing this country!

    August 29, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. Paula from GA

    If you guys think for one second with Obama's plan's on Incomes over 200,000 at any company. Isn't going to cause Payroll problems with your jobs/ or you company's Tax position. Since most of you don't mind. Blog–Tell us who you are and tell your company at your level. Then cutbacks and layoffs begin. They can choose you first to go. Volunteer to leave now. Bills are coming no matter who gets the job. Everybody somewhere is gioing to lose something after January.

    August 29, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. terri ohio

    nanana nanananan hey hey good bye zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    August 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. American women

    If Bush is thinking about saying what Bill Clinton said was wrong, he should bring his kick me sign with him as well.

    August 30, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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