January 8th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
9 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. Wont miss him

    Thankfully, we are finally seeing the LAST of Bush. January 20th can't come quickly enough.

    January 8, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Matt

    No Child Left Behind

    Yeah, they wanted to make sure all the children were stupid so they would stick with the pack of uneducated lemmings that follows the GOP around.

    January 8, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Danny in Chicago

    Awww......that just about makes me sad.....

    Who am I kidding?

    Get out old man – it's time to let the grownups take over!


    January 8, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Adios

    Via Con Dios

    January 8, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Alan


    January 8, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. dee

    Good bye and good riddance. I certainly hope you are losing sleep over the death, destruction and economic upheaval that you've cost.

    Oh...BTW...there are a lot more kids left behind then there were when you took office. You were a miserable failure and history will judge you so.

    January 8, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. MB

    Bye bye cowboy...see you on the ranch!! From the first "policy" speech to the last "policy" speech, nothing was done in between but you have branded our nation horribly. Pasture for you and not a minute too soon.

    January 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. PJP

    I agree, go and enjoy yourselves!! The best to you and yours.

    January 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Buh-bye

    See ya.

    Don't leave any of your things behind, take them all as you will never come back to hurt another American.

    January 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    This is not surprising news. I didn't know it was happening, but if I did, I wouldn't watch.

    January 8, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. George

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. N. Manetavat, MD

    Confuseus said " One who never made mistake is who never done anything at all" Economy goes bad not from your policy. It's American peoples who spend too much on imports.
    Good luck.

    January 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Bushwacked

    Miserable failure.

    January 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Mike/Chicago

    What about all the dead soldiers left behind in Arlington National Cemetary, or buried around the country, from Iraq? Those who scoff haven't lost a son or daughter. Those who agree, understand his complete failure as a leader. George W. Bush – America CAN'T WAIT TO LEAVE YOU BEHIND.

    January 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    ...who is listening?

    this guy is irrelevant as my dog pooh! – puff, begone sob!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. ConsiderThis, FL

    The office of POTUS should be highly respected; and it will be, once again, when we have a president (OBAMA) that respects the office. Our disrespect for Bush is no different than his disrespect for the American people. You reap what you sow – it's the law of the universe and God only knows what Bush has truly sown. As for his "lasts", the "lawt" that I'm most excited about is the "LAST TIME A BUSH WILL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE."

    January 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Just Go Already

    The only child we don't want left behind is YOU. I hope Laura remembers to pack your little bags, take your stupid hand and lead you the heck out of our White House.

    January 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. King of NJ

    No Bush left behind, in the White house that is.... peace out!

    January 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Jessica, FL

    So GW walks out of the White House and into the pages of history, where he will be forever known as the WORST PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY. Priceless.

    January 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Art in California

    Incredible that he thinks he did something good for the kids and education. While the title and concept sound wonderful, those educators who deal with the range of challenges in educating children know all too well that the standards set were not reasonable for "all kids" in school. Predictably some teachers and schools taught to the test rather than to the objectives and as such gains were not significant. Worst of all, the NCLB did not properly promote evidence based instructional methods even though they used some of that wording. Instructional models that have proven to be vastly superior were not made the standard and too much choice was left to teacher unions and old school educators.

    Sit down George, rest, start packing. God be with you, so few others can support the damage you've wrought on the nation with your war of choice, your abandoning conservative principles and the reputation you brought on the United States.

    January 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah...

    Here's two shoes for you–and I won't miss.

    January 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. AnaB

    No Child Left Behind – what a joke.

    January 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. JW

    THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT for caring about our country's safety first and foremost and not about your approval ratings. I am praying that the new administration will not forget that terrorists do not take vacations or want to sit down and talk over a cup of tea. The US must always be aggressive in our pursuit and punishment of terrorists and not be so willing to go "soft" on them in hopes of winning popularity contests throughout the world.

    January 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Ian

    We pay more in taxes to the Department of Education in order to support this policy. The DOE gets paid first, then the money trickles down through the system. How does this benefit our children's education or the tax payer?

    January 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Grumpy

    Bye Bye Bush ... And take No Child Left Behind with you. =)

    January 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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