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. Franky

    I'm sorry GOP but you lost, history will be made...

    God bless this country...

    August 29, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. McCain/Palin

    The "How McCain Chose Palin" article was "closed for comments," so I will leave my comments here.

    Several other individuals also mentioned this fact; Campbell Brown became so flustered with Bay while discussing Gov. Palin, that she lost total objectivity and credibility.

    Shame on you Campbell, control your emotions on air; Gov. Palin was referred to as a "Former Beauty Queen," however YOU came across as a total flake!

    Is this Gov. even going to have a chance via CNN?

    August 29, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Anne

    Bush's legacy. An illehal war, the country up to its eye balls in debt, the rest of the world thinks the US is a joke. Wow what a legacy. Mayeb he will write a book How I screwed the US in less than 8 years.

    August 29, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Sam from Maryland

    Initially, I wanted to say something along the lines of "thanks for nothing, sucker" but truthfully the man has done more for African issues than any other American President, and you can't take that away from him. From this Obama Democrat to the worst President we've ever had: thanks for that, at least.

    August 29, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. KATHLEEN

    Gratitude? Does this man know what that word means? Graditude
    for what he stole from the American people. Cheney with his millions
    he made off the war with NO BID Contracts.

    And, at their recent roast, it was mentioned by Bush that Cheney
    thinks it is funny-a joke that his approval rating is so low and Bush
    and Cheney have a good laugh on the very people that voted for
    them. OMG.

    Communist China owns us and they can move to Dubai and forget
    us. They have robbed our country mentally, spiritually and financially.
    Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney 4 months is too long. Why, you guys can
    do more damage in a day that most Bad Presidents have done in
    a term and the American people were STUPID enough to give you
    2 turms. How dumb were we? Dub ya?

    Thank you Carl Rove, Hannity, Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Focus on
    the Family, Pat Robertson. etc.

    August 29, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Sara

    Mavericks are hot-tempered and unpredictable. That button?

    If he wants to play russian roulette with his own personal life, or make unconventional stands in the senate – fine.

    But the USA should NOT be controlled by the likes of McCain

    Obama/Biden '08 (or Barr or Nader if you don't like Obama)

    August 29, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Boy, that's a good one.
    What..., you mean she actually being serious?
    I wonder how she said it with a straight face.

    August 29, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Republican For Life

    I Have Voted Republican Since I Have Been Able To Vote! Not This Year! I Am Furious About Mccain Choosing This Woman When There Are So Many Others That Could Have Helped Up Beat The Democrats This Year! You Are A Fool Mccain! You Had It And Let It Slip Away At The Finish Line! Im Voting For Obama Out Of Anger!

    August 29, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Mike Dallas

    "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.

    Yes, all of America saw an example of his "unique judgment and perespective" today when he selected Palin as VP only to show that he is willing to throw the entire country under the Straight Talk Express. Obama and Palin's experience may be similiar but Obama was ELECTED, while Palin was CHOSEN as a pawn by an anrgy old man desperate to do anything to win an election.

    August 29, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. David in Illinois

    Gratitude?????????? Puh-leese. Bush should not show his face. Actually, who cares....most Americans won't be watching the GOP hatefest.

    August 29, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Walter

    He shouldn't be so modest. He should take plenty of time and recap all of his accomplishments. Here's a script for him to use. Nice short sentences with mostly small words.

    1. Squandered the Clinton budget surplus.
    2. Destroyed our system of alliances.
    3. Wrecked our military.
    4. Committed war crimes.
    5. Caught the guy who attacked us on 9/11.
    6. Oops. Knew I forgot to do something.

    August 29, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. S. Boatman

    Thanks For Giving The Democrats An Easy Win Mccain!

    August 29, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. MIKE ELDER DANVILLE,VA

    What could a man in Bush's shoes say negative about someone else?

    August 29, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. lol

    Knock, knock ... Who is there? Sarah, Sarah Palin ... Who? No really, who is there?

    August 29, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Flora

    As I watched the report on McCain's decision for VP I as a women did not get the feeling like, hey a women I am so happy no not at all i thought of this as a strategic move and
    i feel sorry for this women who is being used her and her children will be used and it is sad that some of my fellow americans will vote for this reason, when will we finally end the reign of hell we have been in for eight years , exoerience, we must think of the people and that is what Obama /Biden care for. not the trumped up speeches that the republican make by beibg blind to the eight years we have suffered as a diminishing power. my vote will count as a women with children in need of change for the future and that will be Obama

    bad move McCain bad and sad that you would use this women I am a strong Hillary supporter and I will follow her cause

    August 29, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Sara

    Elaine, you are just like Bush

    AND MCCAIN

    CONTROL CONTROL CONTROL CONTROL

    IT'S NO WONDER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FED UP.

    Mavericks are hot-tempered and unpredictable. That button?

    If he wants to play russian roulette with his own personal life, or make unconventional stands in the senate – fine.

    But the USA should NOT be controlled by the likes of McCain

    Obama/Biden '08 (or Barr or Nader if you don't like Obama)

    August 29, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Gary

    7 1/2 years of accomplishments? Let's see:
    (1) An illegal war in Iraq and heading towards $1Trillion in cost with +4,000 dead American soldiers and +10,000 wounded or maimed
    (2) Lost focus on the real enemy regrouping in Afghanistan
    (2) High unemployment and -$2,000 ave. American worker income decrease since taking office
    (3) $4 gasoline and $5 heating oil
    (4) Housing values plummeting
    (5) Millions of lost jobs at home and sent overseas
    (6) NO alternative energy policy -He is an OIL MAN!
    (7) Food prices soaring
    (8) Medical care costs through the roof

    Bush desecrated the office of the President, he has fouled our global standing. He very likely could be prosecuted for high crimes against the Constitution after leaving office. The hard the facts are already showing he will go down as the worst president this country has ever seen. We can not stand 4 more year of his policies in the form of John McCain. Why would a Republican even want this?????

    August 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. blahova

    With our troubled economy, Romney was the intelligent choice for McCain. I think McCain's insane for not doing that! Most of us republican's were hoping for that, if his people, or he himself ,had listened to the people he wants to represent.

    Without Romney, they lost my vote here!

    Susan Eisenhower is a republican who is changing parties, as are many other's, who know the same old...same old isn't going to work! Adding a female "hunter" to the ticket –last minute, only shows McCain's desperation! We need someone who thinks before he acts!

    There may be SOME disenchanted Hillary fans, but Palin is opposed to the issues that matter most to these women -and they are smarter than that! I would have liked to see Hillary on the ticket, but life goes on and women– especially– can move past this and see that we need change and that McCain's record proves he will go on forever with the same OLD and we can't afford that!

    I think the Obama party is energized, will unite and will also bring over many Independents and Republicans. It really IS "time for a change!"

    Maybe I will have to wait in long lines for medical care, but at least I'll have a line to stand in.

    Right now, I'm afraid to even go to the doctor, because if they discover something serious, it will bankrupt my family, be considered a pre-existing condition and I will end up uninsurable.

    Maybe I will pay higher taxes; to help people in need, improve health care, the economy, develop other sources of energy, improve education and not line the pockets of big business and crooked politicians! McCain didn't even bother to vote on a recent bill that affects many of our elderly - our parents, friends, loved ones! Teddy Kennedy, against doctor's advice cared enough to go and vote. What was McCain doing, taking a nap? Wake up America!

    Add me to the list of Republicans for change! I'm voting Obama!

    August 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Lisa D

    Palin is not change... she is strange! Palin is, well, Dana Perino. A pretty face that explains away terrible Bush/McCain policy in action. John Mccain thinks any woman will do. He is a sexist!

    August 29, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. VOICE OF REASON

    W'S RECORD IS AT BEST CLOUDY. SEEMS IF A PILE DROPPED HE ALMOST CERTAINLY STEPPED IN IT. BIG PHARMECIES ON EVERY CORNER, BIG OIL AT EVERY PUMP, AND BIG MANUFACTURING IN CHINA. WE KNEW AT THE OUTSET OF HIS PRESIDENCY HIS MORAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR OUR SOCIETY AND THE CONSERVATIVE BASE WOULD HAVE AN ECONOMIC COUNTER WEIGHT. MAYBE WE SHOULD COMPARE HIS ECONOMIC GROWTH LAST QUARTER TO CLINTONS LAST QUARTER IN OFFICE. WE SHOULD ASK WHERE THE YELLOW CAKE URANIUM RECENTLY REMOVED FROM IRAQ WENT. I GUESS WHAT REALLY SUMS UP THIS MANS PRESIDENCY WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST DEFINING ENIGMAS FACING HIS DETRACTORS. THAT BEING: HAD AL GORE WON THE ELECTION WOULD BIN LADEN HAVE NEVER KILLED THREE THOUSAND PLUS INNOCENTS????? THIS EVENT SHAPED HIS PRESIDENCY WHETHER ANY ONE LIKES IT OR NOT. WHAT WOULD GORE HAVE DONE WHEN WE WERE ATTACKED WITHOUT PROVOCATION AND PLUNGED THIS PRESIDENT FRONT AND CENTER. BEFOR WE DECIDE HIS LEGACY WE MUST ADDRESS WHAT GOT US TO THIS POINT. DO THE MATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Karl

    I can only imagine what it must feel like when a failed President of our United States starts off the RNC with a 20 something percentage approval rating. That should give the convention a good shot in the arm. Its unfortunate that its not from a jail cell for him and Cheney.

    August 29, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Adrian Veidt

    One important thing to remember – no matter who our next president is, he will be a vast improvement over this moron.

    August 29, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. SA in OO

    "This is not an opportunity to recap accomplishments of the past seven and a half years," Perino Said. Good thing because if the speech were to "recap accomplishments" it would be very short.

    "Fallow mericans . . . ?

    I honestly can't think of any lasting positive thing this president has accomplished.

    Self-righteously claiming that “I stuck by my principles” he will probably live out his days clueless and content – unlike the thousands and thousands of people who’s lives he has destroyed.

    August 29, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Jon Galt

    Whatever......

    August 29, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. William

    I just want to say thank you to the most unintelligent President the American People can ever have voted for. And losing my home and my job has been a very good thing. Thank You president Bush !

    August 29, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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