September 2nd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Delegates ‘proud’ of Bush

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bush addressed the GOP convention Tuesday."]

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – His popularity may be at an all-time low, but President Bush’s comments at the Republican National Convention were warmly received by many of the delegates.

“His speech basically passed the baton to John McCain,” Mark Quandahl, chairman of the Nebraska state party said.

Bush addressed the convention via satellite from the White House. Bush was originally scheduled to speak on the opening night of the convention. But he was forced to cancel as Hurricane Gustav bore down on the Gulf Coast. Quandahl said, “delegates would have preferred to have him here, but he did the right thing.”

Bush spent much of Monday visiting hurricane response centers in Texas.

Kathi Thompson, the wife of a retired Army officer from Hawaii, said whatever you think of President Bush’s administration, “He never wavered, and what you see is what you get.”

“[Bush] is a man of conviction,” she added.

Liz Tait from Houston, Texas, said “We’re extremely proud of him.”

“He kept us safe, and he fought for the values we believe in,” she said.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. shadman


    September 3, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. April in Texas

    Well Im from Texas and I will be proud when hes out of office and we get a real president in there to help the american people..

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  3. Enrique

    The delegates are proud of Bush and those of us not in that convention hall are deeply ashamed of him.

    September 3, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. Tracey

    What for?

    September 3, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  5. denniseC

    Of course their proud of bush, bush is McCain!

    September 3, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. aohs

    I imagine there are McDonalds employees who are "proud" of Ronald McDonald, too.

    September 3, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Chad in Cincinnati

    Take a good look, America. THESE are the 29% who still think W is doing a semi-good job.

    September 3, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  8. Zaley

    For heavens sake, proud of what? Are they walking around with their eyes wide shut? Time for a change..GO OBAMA!

    September 3, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Sandy

    They are only proud that his term is ending soon.

    September 3, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. gc

    I am pretty sure that Laura Bush spoke to the convention longer than did George Bush. And she as actully welcomed at the convention. This seems to show the complete fear the repiblicans have of the distain that most Americans have for the current president. We will soon see the severity of the backlash.

    West Texas

    September 3, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Pam

    Geez people, raise your standards.

    September 3, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. 'Bama for Obama

    Wha...!!! Kept us safe! When? We have more security problems now than we've ever had. Some people will say anything when in front of a camera!

    September 3, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. Observer

    Yeah, he may stay the course, but that's not always a good thing. In fact, doing the wrong thing over and over again won't make it right in the end. It's like the man wears blinders and ear plugs, and ignores everything around him. That's not something to be proud of.

    September 3, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    At least someone is proud of him. Everywhere I went in Europe, I got the following: “How could you elect this man?” I had no response since I did not vote for him.

    September 3, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. Democracynow2008

    Republican Delegates are proud of Bush but Americans are fed up with 8 years of failed policies around the world and here at home.
    Bush and McCain and the GOP are history come November .
    bye bye GOP

    September 3, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. david Almanza

    WOW . I guess most people have'nt learned the lesson, or just really don't care.

    September 3, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  17. Eric

    The only people that approve of Bush is right there in the convention. Im most certainly sure if you were to open the doors, the story would change rather quickly.

    September 3, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  18. Greg L. N.C.

    I am very proud to have had President Bush as our president for the past 8 years. Hey said at the begining he would make those pay that attacked us and he has stuck to that promise. He is an honoranle man.

    September 3, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  19. Joseph Adewole

    So they will continue with his policies as they are proud of his 'achievement' in office....which means the Dems are right to have said that McCain is on THIRD TERM of Bush administration.
    Hope Americans will see the light now.

    September 3, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Rob

    I think all of the people who will be voting Republican this year were in that arena. Everyone else will be voting for the best choice – Obama/Biden

    September 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  21. Faiz

    If the delegates are so proud why was the image of Pres. Bush replaced by President Reagan as soon as the speech finished?

    September 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  22. hugo-philadelphia

    Proud of him for losing their jobs, proud of him for crippling the economy, proud of him for wasting money left and right without having ways to make up for it, proud of him for sacrificing 4000+ american soldiers in a war that should never have been, proud of his failed policies Waving their cowboy hats proud of their president of 8 years, hoping that one day John McCain too can make them "proud"

    September 3, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  23. cali Bar-rocks

    they would be...but the 7,000 people who loose their homes everyday might feel just a little different

    September 3, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  24. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    REALLY?? Come on guys, be honest!

    September 3, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Republican for Obama

    OK, lets wait and see on Nov.4

    September 3, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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