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. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Get the "F" out, already!

    January 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. RealityKing

    Bush's legacy will be great when compared to Obama's deficit spending depression four years from now...

    January 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Mya

    He's still here....??????

    January 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Ben

    'At the end of a Presidency'......what music to my ears!

    January 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. CH in Maine

    I don't see what he could add at this point. You know what? I'm done. no more comments on W unless he really messes up again or if the new administration finds even more Bushisms once they actually take control.

    January 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Patty in the CA mountains

    No Child Left Behind has been a colossal failure....no wonder no one was watching....the focus of his pride in office has changed 3 times over the last as many days....so much for a legacy

    January 8, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Calvin Beckett

    Don't let the White House door hit you where Barney shoulda bit you.

    January 8, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Joe From Florida

    Almost like nothing happened in between ..... Oh Yeah that's right nothing good did !!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Michael

    Nah, whats interesting is you choosing to talk ed. reform during the most savage economic storm ever. You're paralyzing incompetence will be your legacy.

    January 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. HouseDiva

    Jan. 20 cant come soon enough...I am soooo tired of Bush...the only news i want to hear about Bush when he leaves is that he is being investigated along with his crownies.

    January 8, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Felonious Monk

    This policy needs to be renamed "America left behind."

    January 8, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Clinton Voter

    He did what he had to do to keep us safe.
    Thank you George Bush, history will be kind to you.

    January 8, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Education reform?!?!?!?!?

    Look what a disaster "No Child Left Behind" is in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. pat defalco

    yea but that was funny

    January 8, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. boered1

    he is still doing things? Not sure we can survive this! Why doesn't he go back to doing the job the way he started.. on vacation

    idiots

    January 8, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. jr the ..simpleton

    as he leaves office..he turns ...and sees..

    ..destruction of two countries!! Iraq and the United States!!!

    ..put that one in your resume...!!!

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

    Good bye and good riddance. Now stay "gone away."

    January 8, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. 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 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. ArielB

    Well there you have it...same speech from beginning to end with no resolution.

    Truly sad for our country.

    January 8, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. crabappl@psci.net

    go to hell mr.bush and take dark vader with you.you have done more damage to our country.than the last presidents combined.SOME RECORD MR BUSH.LAST SPEACH. LAST LIE THANK GOD.IS HE GONE YET

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

    Yikes...

    January 8, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Wayne

    Let's see now...we have a liberal media that thinks Obama was born in a manger -vs- a normal human who they've hated intensely for 8 years...
    I believe the statement was something about how a lot of people watched Obama and a few people who couldn't get Obama on their tvs were forced to watch Bush; and they feign surprise!!!
    I'll wager the Bush speech wasn't covered by the Obama loving media in the same way the Obama speech was covered – or was it covered at all?

    January 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Veronica

    Good luck..and thank you for nothing

    January 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Janet in Reno

    Nothing to watch or listen to here – move along. We have heard and witnessed enough these past 8 yrs. Go to Texas and leave the American people alone.

    January 8, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Mike

    I thought the program was "no dollar left behind".

    January 8, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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