January 12th, 2009
09:38 AM ET
9 years ago

HAPPENING NOW: Bush holds last press conference

President Bush is holding his last press conference.

President Bush is holding his last press conference.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush said Monday that a "sustainable cease-fire" in Gaza could only be accomplished when "Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel."

Bush said that the "choice is Hamas's to make." He also stated that the best way to get a sustainable cease-fire is to "work with Egypt to stop the smuggling of arms into... Gaza.

"Countries that supply weapons to Hamas have got to stop," Bush said.

Watch the event on CNN.com/live

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Pat Omaha, NE

    To be sung to the popular melody:

    Bye, bye, Bush....
    Hello, Happiness....
    Here comes intelligence.
    I think I'm gonna smile!
    I KNOW I'm gonna smile!

    January 12, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Hamas

    I don't want to even talk about Israel's phase 4.

    January 12, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Sean

    Farewell Mr. Bush. I wish you all the best and thank you for your service.

    January 12, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Sebastian

    Goodbye and good riddance. Enron, Katrina, the Iraq fiasco, torture, unilateralism, the destruciton of our standing in the world, an economy in tatters, a doubling of the national deficit, the treasonous outing of a CIA agent for political gain, the politicizing of the Justice Department, the overreaching, incompetence and hubris- anyone who argues that Bush isn't among the worst President in history (if not THE worst President in history) isn't too bright. I wish nothing but bad karma on the man for all of the suffering his Presidency has inflicted on the world.

    January 12, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Daren


    January 12, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. NiceGirl

    Yes......the end of an ERROR!

    January 12, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Amber

    I don't mean to sound mean or anything, but... did he seem a little intoxicated to anyone else? His speech seemed very off, even for him.

    January 12, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Iran

    I wonder who he is talking about.

    January 12, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Joan

    I have never been aBush supporter, but i think he handled himself wee in this situation. A gracious exit.

    January 12, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. AV

    Shouldn't that title read "FIRST press conference?" I kid, of course...I know he's held two or three.

    January 12, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. oscar in myrtle beach

    when president bush addressed the nation from ground zero it could have been said he was in the way of first responders, but the country needed his comfort and lead...i think had he done the same and landed in new orleans during its bleakest time the country might have been more forgiving...but time to move on and forward.

    January 12, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. zaqphod2000

    Thank you Lord. Last anything else from this airhead.

    January 12, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Joan

    I have never been a Bush supporter, but i think he handled himself well in this situation. A gracious exit.

    January 12, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Tristan

    Lol omg look at his face!

    January 12, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Richard Lipka

    We will miss you Mr President

    January 12, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Fenarkleman

    It could not have come soon enough. Really, he should not have held his first news conference as president back in 2001 because...uh...um...well... HE DID NOT FREAKIN' WIN! AL GORE WON!

    January 12, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Mike

    vile liberal comments in 3...2....1

    January 12, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |

    Thank God.

    January 12, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. geen

    YEAAAAAAAAAY! finally...finally after 8 long years of misery under this moron...LAST TIME WE WILL EVER HEAR HIM MALIGN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE in front of the world,,,seems that what he is most proud of, along with those who voted for him, is that, for the last 7 years, america has not been attacked. What people must remember also is that, for the seven years prior to the moron getting in office, america wasn't attacked either...He is still in denial about the incomptence of his regime....4225 americans dead in his war for oil...katrina...economy...7.5 million unemployed (wonder how many of THOSE voted for him)....it occured to me, as I was watching this event, that the dumbest correspondent asking questions was 10 times smarter than this moron who has lead the country for the past 8 years! Good riddance, dubya...12 noon, 20 january cannot come soon enough, and we can only pray that nothing happens where we ever have to listen or see you in front of cameras again!!

    January 12, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. JIM...TX

    Last speech:) Can't wait for his last departure!

    January 12, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. PA

    Does President Bush believe that untill Hamas stops firing Rockets into Israel, Israel has the right to bomb schools, hospitals, and other shelters the Gazan people have been taken to for refuge?
    Even if Hamas is placing Gazan people in these shcools for refuge and using them for death toll propaganda, can President Bush confirm that it was dire for Israel's security to bomb these buildings?
    And why can't other Nations of Nato demand that one of the neighboring countries allow the Gazan people refuge? It is deplorable that Gazans' lives are not given the same respect as their enemies!

    January 12, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. facts are facts

    Ordinarily a person with the credibility and intellectual capacity of Bush would not have much to contribute to other politicians within his party but from what I can tell Bush appears to be the best the have by far in both these categories.

    January 12, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. rice, bryan

    hello is anyone home?

    January 12, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |


    January 12, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Proud American

    8 more days and I won't have to see or hear this Idiot again.

    January 12, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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