January 8th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
5 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. TAG

    Got to still get in the last digs you can at George Bush..tell me, can he tie his shoe laces correctly for you "unbiased" so-called journalists and I use the term very loosely..I am over all of you and your network

    January 8, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. freeman

    To little to late

    January 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Jan Illinois

    2 words Thank Goodness!!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Tom

    Finally, the Worst is almost over!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Sidney P.

    Thank God!

    January 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. David Gregg

    Hey, seriously, what is CNN's obsession with Palin? She was a complete political non-entity until McCain foolishly picked her as a running mate; the GOP got blown out in the election more than two months ago.....why do you feel the need to give us daily updates on this woman's every move?

    Who cares?

    January 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. DJ in TX

    Why would President Bush (or Obama) give speeches at the same time. Unfortunately people are going to want to hear from the incoming President vs the outgoing one.

    BTW – I have a friend that is a principal of a middle school. He says all "no child left behind" did for him was add more paperwork – not any money nor real improvement.

    January 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston TX

    That no child left behind thing has been nothing but a Joke for the last 8 years !!! It's never worked / Never has / never will....

    Why do you think Obama has to re-vamp the Education laws !!

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    A farwell kiss from a Dog!

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Mike S. New Orleans

    Bye Junior. Go away.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. ED

    Thank you President Bush for keeping America safe! Many thanks from someone who knows you were a great President...

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Angie-OHIO

    is he still around. please shut up and begone.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I thought his policy was "No Millionaire Left Behind." Bush is a moron..... shut up and go away.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Proud American

    LOLOLOLOL What a Idiot. 12 more days god help us to make it through.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Gracie

    Please NO MORE SPEECHES, NO MORE PRESS INTERVIEWS
    We're begging you Mr. Bushman.... ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. bobbie

    ***yawn***

    January 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Steve

    And the hatred begins in 3..2..1!

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Meka

    Bush's "Educational Reform" did nothing for the Millions of Children, or Teacher's!

    NOW WE KNOW WHY NOONE CARED TO HEAR HIM SPEAK!

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Chris Obama

    You know, its funny when CNN doesnt cover the current President final policy speech, but when they boast out it, now that really cracks me up. Its best that we dont pay this guy anymore attention. He was a total failure anyway.

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Meka

    Bush's "Educational Reform" did nothing for the Millions of Children, or Teacher's!

    NOW WE KNOW WHY NOONE CARED TO HEAR HIM SPEAK!

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. linda in AR

    DLTDHYITB* on the way out. And take that beautiful oval office rug with you. At least something of value will be in your lieberry.

    *Don't let the door hit you in the backside

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Tim E

    No, sir, it didn't make it interesting at all.

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Chuck

    The imbecile Bush needs to do a disappearing act now if not sooner.

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Go ahead and work on your legacy, Dubya. It will be the hardest thing you actually work on. Try as you will, daddy still won't be proud.

    And to the morons who will undoubtedly post the fact that "he kept us safe since 9/11", congratulations on being the Rove / Limbaugh sheep that you are.

    They issue talking points, and you talk. get a spine, and think for yourselves.

    Finally, NCLB. What a mess that turned out to be. It should be renamed "No Child Goes to College because Mommy & Daddy can't afford it"

    January 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Jim

    George who?

    January 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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