(CNN) – In his final Democratic weekly radio/web address on Saturday before being sworn in as president, President-elect Barack Obama acknowledged President George W. Bush for helping to make the transition smooth between the two administrations.
“Here at home, transitions also remind us that what we hold in common as Americans far outweighs our political differences,” Obama said. “Throughout the current transition, President Bush and his Administration have extended the hand of cooperation, and provided invaluable assistance to my team as we prepare to hit the ground running on January 20.
Although the two leaders don’t see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, Obama has repeatedly praised his predecessor for making the transfer of power as easy as possible. In an interview with CNN’s John King on Friday, Obama said they have been able to have “disagreements politically and yet treat each other civilly.”
In the address, Obama said even through the United States is currently dealing with a war and a faltering economy, transitions of power have happened in the past during difficult times and they have consistently been “peaceful and orderly.”