August 29th, 2008
08:01 PM ET
10 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. Patriot

    It's hard to respond, because he knows it's the truth.
    I do appreciate the fact that he won't try to deny the facts. Thank you.

    August 29, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Joe

    Gov. Palin has more experience than Obama having governed a state. What has Obama governed? McCain and Palen have actually changed things. As Hillary said, Obama just talks about it.

    August 29, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Voting for Obama

    Bush is an idiot..

    August 29, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Gratitude for what? Allowing him to royally screw us over?

    August 29, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Bulldog

    Palin is just a trophy VP. McCain thinks he can win with his wife and VP both beauty pageant contestants. What a joke.

    August 29, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. robert in raleigh

    I will not listen to bush , what's he thanking us for ???????

    August 29, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Sara Laurent

    Love you Bush.

    August 29, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Just a thought... If Senator McCain is elected president, then dies while in office, Palin will be president..... that's almost as scary as if Cheney would have died in office and Bush would have become president.

    August 29, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Anon Y. Mous

    He's not going to respond because he CAN'T respond. He's run this country into the ground!

    August 29, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    My hat is off to you Mr. President for taking the 'high road' and putting the saftey of our country and of the whole world above the smears and attacks on your administration over the entire 'Lies led to War' stance that the Liberals and the MSM hit you with every day because you didn't reveal the finding of 550 metric tonnes of Uranium Yellowcake until after it had been safely shipped out of the country just last month.

    That's real nobilty and will go down in history as one of the humblest acts ever performed by any administration in the face of such harsh and untrue criticism.

    I think it's shameful that there hasn't been more news coverage about this very important reversal.

    Iraq had violated 16 UN Mandates, and even the Democrats and the press couldn't find anything to complain about with 15 of them, but on the issue of WMD they just went crazy.

    Every day we had to hear the reports that 'no evidence of WMD has yet been found', then readily published the thinnest shreds of 'evidence' that 'Lies led to War'. Shame on you.

    This was how the entire idea of "we're fighting the wrong war" was born, and you could have killed that idea at the onset, but it would have identified the location in the country and been suseptable to being taken if that were known.

    Thank You for taking one on the chin and not playing tit-for-tat with those knuckleheaded Liberals.

    The Bush Doctrine is the future for Freedom and Democracy in the world.

    Go McCain/Palin '08 Down with Obama Bi(de)n Drama

    August 29, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Will, NJ

    People still giving this sorry excuse for a man any credence are the ones that need to be in Guantanamo.

    August 29, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Brian Phoenix AZ

    Thank goodness that Monday is a least the stock market won't go down like it generally does every time this baffoon opens his mouth

    August 29, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Molly

    Good Job McCain!!!!
    Anybody BUT obama – he is a FRAUD!!!!
    Bush was OK – he had more problems/criticism than any President –

    Obama and the DNC are a Disgrace – what a "show" they put on – shame on the DNC for picking the Wrong, Arrogant, Radical FRAUD – he will never be elected.

    August 29, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. RealityKing

    57 million people owe their freedom to this man. Who has done better? A great and selfless leader indeed..

    August 29, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. Patriot

    Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
    Biggest insult not only to women but to the American people as a hold.
    I know the Republicans believe we are pretty stupid and easy manipulated, but please. Even my 14 year old daughter is asking me "
    Daddy, why do people think that just because she is a women, all women will vote for her; or just because Mr. McCain has been around a longtime that he's a good leader? What has he really done in all that time, that we are still where we are today?" You're right dear I said, you are absolutely right!

    August 29, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Evan

    Maybe if he is a few seconds under-time he can go ahead and re-cap all of those accomplishments.

    August 29, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. sharon

    If he's making the case for McCain's presidential
    judgement, can't wait to hear him explain away this most recent lapse in good judgement .As I see it, a VP is second in command and must stand ready at ALL times and be qualified to speak for and lead the American public on day 1.The choice of Sarah Palin frightens me .The Obama/Biden ticket is covered in that aspect..the McCain/Palin is not. Biden's experience can carry Obama but I don't think Palin's limited experience can carry McCain.

    August 29, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. Steve

    Why would Bush attack Obama? How could he prove Obama was wrong? I am a Republican, but Bush has been a major dissapointment. If Obama is elected over McCain it is surely because the American people have had enough of the crud of the last eight years. This is a sad time for Republican's. I personally do not defend a president just because he is from my party. This is not football.

    August 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. sad voter

    Wow !!! The lowest rated President in history, McCain (the old guy) and his awful pick for VP, she is going to look like his nurse standing their with him on stage, what a crowd pleasing, get the base excited Republican convention.

    August 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. PoliticoMike

    Stay home and start packing!

    August 29, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |


    August 29, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Bush is to blame

    Who care anymore what this crook has to say and what he feels..he bankrupt our country and now we should listen to anything he says...

    August 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. S.L. Sessoms

    I have two comments. The first is regarding McCain's pick of Vice President. I think that this is an insult to women for McCain to pick such an unseasoned, lightweight running mate and then try to offer her up as an alternative to Senator Hilary Clinton. My second comment is that President Bush must discuss his 8 year term and outline his administration's accomplishments. To not do this would harm McCain's chances at winning since they are so closely tied together in the voter's minds. President Bush needs to tell the American people what he has been doing the past 8 years because frankly the past 2 years have been so bad that they are overshadowing the other years. Like all Leaders, we need to know what were his goals and what was his performance related to accomplishing those goals.

    August 29, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. AncientMariner

    I hope it's gratitude for us allowing him to take us to the outhouse.

    August 29, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Straight Talker

    I wish to express gratitude too for him leaving in January.

    August 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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