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. Chuck

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

    January 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Louis

    ...and the debacle that is Bush's presidency ends as it should, with a whimper.

    January 8, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Steve

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

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Chuck

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

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Cheryl from MN

    :P
    I could care less what he has to say any more.

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Maggie

    HALLELUJAH!

    No more insulting, condescending Bush speeches!

    January 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Marlon P!

    She's stupid!! She's the one got herself in the game. Pee-wee leaguer in the majors, laughable!!

    January 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. joe

    I've been ready for Bush to give his "last speeches" since 2004.

    I still to this day have no idea why people reelected him, only to let him continue to trash this country.

    Thanks.

    January 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. GOOD BYE

    Best Wishes to you and Mrs Bush!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. In Houston, TX

    No Child left behind was a bad idea, we need to go back to The "It takes a village" program where lots of community programs in tutoring and keeping kids out of trouble. No child Left behind does not benefit anyone.

    January 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Steve

    Goodbye to the worst administration in US history.

    January 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    I don't know which is worse – the shoe throwing or the media "diss". Interestingly, his first and last address touched on education which begs the question: Why is the illiteracy rate in DC (right under his nose) so painfully high?

    January 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Ken in Dallas

    Putz.

    January 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. rob10001

    And just like everything else Bush touched, education is much worse off now than when he began.

    January 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Mike

    Typical media.. cover the dems over the rep

    January 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Sandra

    Can't believe Obama was allowed to give a speech at same time as PRESIDENT BUSH! Networks should be ashamed. I guess the American people paid for Obama to speak. I have no problem with his comments that he wishes to make, but he is not President yet and we owe President BUSH our respect. He is still the president of the United States. The President of the American people. Thank You:

    January 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. rich

    LOL

    January 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Jeremy

    hillarious. Good job CNN!

    January 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Buckeye

    No Child Left Behind is an unmitigated disaster, just like the whole Bush presidency has been. Thank God America will leave him behind on the ash heap of history.

    January 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. patriot

    Whatever...

    January 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    "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."

    No Georgie boy...what makes it 'interesting' is that no one gives a crap what you have to say. You're old news, just slink away like the coward you are.

    January 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. CNNGuy

    THANK GOD! WE"RE FREE AT LAST!

    January 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Saul virginia

    Sorry every one i really need to post this here.

    Talking about Exploitation, Sarah Palin did nothing but exploited John McCain and his campaign during the election. If you wan't any change of apolitical future, she should stop criticizing the media and stage engaging herself in serious education about the world.
    I would have voted for McCain if it was not for Sarah, who was so self absorb but intellectually deficit in many subjects important to running the country. Most importantly, she lack the undertanding that America is made up of people with different races, backgrounds, experiences and believes, and requires a president and vice president that serves all people and not just people she is in the same party with.
    The country is going through difficult times and the last thing we need right now is to focus on her and her feelings.

    Lastly, She may have a shot if she stops being devisive and talk about real issues.

    January 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Eight years later and still no progress with education. Our children are far worse off than they were eight years ago. No child left behind was a complete failure.
    We spend more and our children get less.
    You didn't do very well on this one Bush.
    Thank God it is your last!

    January 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. TCM

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

    Why not? CNN has led the way of disrespecting the President, while being a part of the wave that ushered in a greenhorn....so, in four years, who will they be showing as Obama's giving his last speech?

    It's sad when a media source, who's supposed to be fair and balanced, has driven the country so far toward a liberalism that it's endangered the core beliefs and structure of this nation....all in the name of ratings and sensationalism....

    CNN – you have dishonered this nation.... go ahead and have some courage...post this, and learn from your mistakes

    January 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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