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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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Billy

    We will forever be in Bush's debt.

    August 29, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Mark W.

    I am looking forward to this speech and the convention... At least John McCain does not want to start a war in Pakistan like Barack Obama does.

    August 29, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Anna

    it's a gamble...
    Historically, most PRES/VP combo tickets are former rivals, and do not necessarily like each other, but are thrown together to complement the other in their weakness...Obama/Biden is true to that heritage.
    Remember after inauguration the P and VP are never in one place at the same time.

    But to not know much about your running mate.

    very interesting.

    August 29, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Tom in CA

    President Bush will pander to the fear element of the hockey, soccer or every other sport Mom's! We may as well be endorsing THE EMPEROR FROM THE DARK SIDE (aka Dick Cheney) for President of the USA.

    Too bad that McCain has to listen to this VILLAGE IDIOT give a speech at his (John's) convention!

    VOTE BOB BARR! VOTE BOB BARR! VOTE BOB BARR!

    August 29, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Kristina, Seattle

    Aw, is he going to thank the 16 people who still support him? That's cute.

    August 29, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. John

    It doesn't matter what he says, no one is listening to him anymore.

    August 29, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. W

    I would like to thank all the drunken bands of merrily liberals that have been spewing mindless hate over the last 8 yrs. You have help revealed yourselves and the corrupt media as nothing more than far left ideologs whose idea of change includes squashing all diverse thought. And you call me evil? Pinheads..

    August 29, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Brandy, NJ

    Good bye Bushy! It's about time. You will go down as one of the, if not the, worst president ever.

    McCain is about to follow as one of the worst presidential candidates for the GOP, especially with this VP nomination

    By the way, I am a Clinton supporter who planned to not vote at all in this election. However, because McCain has disrespected women every where by his poor VP choice I will be now voting for Obama.

    Bush disrespected women and women's rights. McCain picked his VP based solely on her gender. Why else would you pick someone you only met once and whom never campaigned with you to be your VP? You underestimate the intelligence of women.

    I'm all for history but not simply for history's sake.

    August 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Gratitude For What?

    For us letting him wreck our country?

    August 29, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. America is NOT fooled with this imposter (read on)

    With all due respect to Our President, if George Dubya wore a dress, his name would be "Palin."

    August 29, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. independent for obama

    i hope we see a lot more of gw bush on court TV.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. No Way McCain

    When this woman allows guns to be put in the hands of everyone we'll see a rise in crime and school shootings.

    August 29, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Republican in NC

    John McCain is a joke to the republican party. I sure hope he doesn't win. We can't have an old man that don't have all his marbles running our country, talking about war and NOW picking a person without a lick of experience.

    August 29, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Wolf in sheep's clothing

    I am so sick of Republicans trying to sell Palin to us. She has practically NO experience in anything. (folks, believe me, being the governor of Alaska for less than two years is NOTHING compared to larger populated states.) McCain has lost his mind.

    I do not trust her to be the head of this entire country if something should happen. Hillary was ready to LEAD, this woman is a joke and no matter how many times Republican 'experts' repeat the lie that she's experienced, I cannot trust her with to be a good VP.

    This is scary that once again, they're trying to pull the wool over our eyes.. Quit LYING TO US- SHE HAS LITTLE TO NONE EXPERIENCE!

    August 29, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Franky

    "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."

    What case?? How my beloved President turned Conservatism to a whole another level? How the GOP have changed since Ronald Reagan?? How Senator McCain can cope with Conservatives?? How my government cares about the American People?? How the GOP doesn't American lives?? How they believe they're right?? Etc...

    And by the way, what about us young Conservatives?? Don't we care for the future?? Why doesn't God gives us hope instead of finding it, huh? What about us young Conservatives?? I don't wanna talk about because I feel like crying...

    August 29, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. anonymouys

    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."

    August 29, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Give it a Rest

    You are kidding...right? Does not want to talk about the "accomplishments" of the last seven years??? I will be so glad once Obama is elected in November because I just can't take this type of comedy anymore...

    August 29, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Remy

    who cares?

    August 29, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Dion

    For the week he was at the Olympics representing us as America's superfan, I was able to forget just for a little while how much I abhor this man. But now that he's back on US soil and the Olympics are over, I'm back in countdown mode. If God is merciful, he will speed up the next couple months so we can be looking forward to the Obama inauguration.

    August 29, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Franky

    I hate to say this but our President is one of the worst since who knows. He makes meel ashamed to what I believe. He makes me look bad. Our President turned this country to a level that I can't remember...

    August 29, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Sandi from Michigan

    I hope as many Americans as possible watch the Bush and Cheney speech at the RNC.

    The question is...If they are so proud Republican leadership over the last 8 years...Why are McCain and Hockey-Mom-with-a-Gun promoting themselves as reformers?

    If Cheney and Palin are proud Republicans and Conservatives, they should be proud of the last 8 years. And they shoud take Bush and Cheney everywhere.

    August 29, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. NOBAMA

    Bush should endorse Obama.

    August 29, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Bob

    The newly elected President has died. The Vice President is in charge. The Red Phone rings at 3AM with a critical international incident. The Red Phone is answered by the squeaky voice of a former Beauty Queen with two years of Government Experience. Holy Crap are we screwed! Thanks McBush.

    August 29, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Too much spin

    To Republican commentators,
    PLEEEEZ stop lying to us about Sarah Palin. She doesn't have a lot of experience and is not qualified to lead.

    You keep saying OVER and OVER again that she is more qualified than Barack. Do you think that repeating this again and again that we the American people will be fooled to believe this??

    Stop lying to us- this shows that nothing has changed with McCain, who selected her completely out of his own chauvinism and shallowness. There were MANY more qualified women to choose from- this is a slap in the face to women everywhere.

    August 29, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. RapidRay

    "This is not an opportunity to recap accomplishments of the past seven and a half years,"

    No, but it is an opportunity for him to apologize for them.

    August 29, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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