January 8th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush Delivers Final Policy Speech with Few Watching

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Twelve days before he leaves office, President Bush delivered his final policy speech, choosing to focus on his signature education reform law known as "No Child Left Behind."

But as he spoke, television networks – including CNN – carried another address happening simultaneously: President-elect Barack Obama's speech on the ailing US economy.

"At the end of the presidency, you get to do a lot of 'lasts,'” Mr. Bush noted in his remarks at a school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"This is my last policy speech. As President of the United States, this is the last policy address I will give," Bush said.

"What makes it interesting is that it's the same subject of my first policy address as President of the United States, which is education and education reform."

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Alex

    PATRIOT Act... Let America Vote Act... No Child Left Behind... George Orwell was right!

    January 8, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Moonbeam

    Um..., he is still a President?!
    Sorry, I can't respond properly, my shoes are too good!

    January 8, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. ga

    It was only by the grace of God that we haven't been attacked again. It had nothing to do with King George. He was the one who left our borders wide open for the cheap labor. We have no way of knowing who has entered this country, and what they brought with them. If you thank anybody for us being here today, then thank God. G W had nothing to do with it.

    January 8, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Flagship, NC

    This man has done more damage to the United States than all of the terrorist we have been fighting, put together!!!

    He has dis-honored the USA and it people.

    He and his VP should be stripped of their Citizenship and dumped in some in some no-mans-land in central Africa.

    January 8, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. JC

    That's a good boy Georgie....now you can build your library starting with your favorite book, "My Pet Goat"

    January 8, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. fred

    I honestly think Dubya was a great president. Americans are getting greedy and lazy, and that's why our economy is going downhill. We need something new. In the 90s, internet, cell phones, etc came into the picture, and the market flourished. Now, everyone has those things, and we need something else to take over. Factories being shipped oversees are jobs of the 20th century. We need to create new jobs, but not just more of the ones that are going oversees. We need new companies, and more entrepreneurs with great ideas. Those ideas could come from me or you, the American people. Don't blame Bush. His job was to keep us safe. He did that. The economy situation is NOT his fault. If you think it is, tell me WHY it is BUSH'S fault. And don't bring up the trickle-down theory. That has nothing to do with it. Other republicans that were successful leaders had that policy, and the economy didn't suffer. You all say Reagan was great, and Dubya was the worst president ever. Then you say McCain and Bush are alike. Then you say all republicans are alike. However, Reagan's popularity level was way up, and Bush's is way down. What's the difference? Maybe people just blame the president for whatever goes wrong, and praise the president for whatever goes right. Really, the people have more power over the economy than the president does.

    January 8, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Vic

    Farewell, George Bush! You came in riding on a questionable win, with much support from your party. Well, what happened? You served eight years of dissolutionment, which always happens when one gains something he/she is not entitled to. Not being one of your supporters, both times, I, nevertheless wish you and Laura a good life in retirement. Being a near-Houston resident, I've been proud of your mother and dad through the years, and can't help but believe that they're glad your term is ending. Good luck and God Bless You!

    January 8, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Brent

    Yeah, real interesting, retard.

    January 8, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Yay!

    11 more days to go until sanity reigns again.

    thank you networks for not cutting into the real news with this irrelevance.

    January 8, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Yeah Right

    Buh Bye!

    January 8, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. seabee

    Cheney and Carl Roe should each have been handcuffed to the only chair in the room and made to be the ONES that listened LAST to bush. While everyone else listens to more important things like OBAMA and cleaning up the Bush/Cheney/Roe mess!!!

    January 8, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Still a bevy of morons that support the WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.

    January 8, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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