tv The Presidency President George W. Bush Farewell Address CSPAN January 18, 2021 10:23pm-10:40pm EST
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tonight, with a thankful heart, i've asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey that we have traveled together in the future of our nation. five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of american democracy. in a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the american people. standing on the steps of the capital will be a man whose history reflects the enduring promise of our land. this is a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation, and i join all americans and offering best wishes to president elect obama, his wife michelle and their two beautiful girls. tonight i'm filled with gratitude to vice president cheney and members of my administration. to laura, who brought joy to
this house and love to my life. to our wonderful daughters, barbara and jenna, to my parents whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. and above all, i thank the american people for the trust you have given me. i thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. and i thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity and grace that i have witnessed these past eight years. this evening, my thoughts return to the first night i addressed you from this house, september the 11th, 2001. that morning, terrorist took nearly 3000 lives in the worst attack on america since pearl harbor. i remember standing in the rubble of the world trade center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. i remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke filled corridors at the pentagon and to husbands and
wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard flight 93. i remember arlene howard, who gave me her first fallen son's police shield as a reminder of all that was lost, and i still carry his badge. as the years past, most americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. but i never did. every morning i received a briefing on the threats to our nation. i vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe. over the past seven years, a new department of homeland security has been created. the military, the intelligence community and the fbi have been transformed. our nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists movements, freeze their finances and break up their plots. and with strong allies at our side, we have taken to fight to the terrorists and those who
support them. afghanistan has gone from a nation where the taliban harbored al-qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. iraq has gone from a brutal? dictatorship is sworn enemy of america to an arab democracy at the heart of the middle east and a friend of the united states. there is legitimate debate about many of these decisions, but there can be a little debate about the results. america has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. this is a tribute to those who toil day and night to keep a safe, law enforcement officers, intelligent analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the united states armed forces. our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteered to
defend us in this time of danger. i have cherished meeting the selfless patriots and their families, and america owes you a debt of gratitude. and to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight, there has been no higher honor than serving as your commander in chief. the battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. under one, a small band of fanatics demands total a beat eons to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience and marks under levers for murder. the other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of almighty god and that liberty and justice like the path to peace. this is the believe that gave birth to our nation. and in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens.
when people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders or perceived campaigns of terror. when people have hope in the future, they will not see their lives to violence and extremism. so around the world, americas permitting promoting human liberty, human rights and human dignity. we're standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing aids medicine to dying patients, to bring diane patients back to life, and spring mothers and babies from malaria. and this great republic born, alone in liberty, is leading the world toward a new ways we're freedom laws to all nations. for eight years we've also strive to expand opportunity and hope here it'll. across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. on your prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the
disabled. every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. the indicative suffered is finding new hope from faith-based programs. vulnerable human life is better protected, funding for our veterans as nearly doubled. americas air and water and lines are measurably cleaner, and the federal bench includes why you members -- went challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. these are very tough times for hardworking families, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. all americans are in this together. and together, with determination and hard work we will restore our economy to the path of growth. we'll show the world once again
the resilience of america's free enterprise system. like all who have held this office before, i have experienced setbacks. and there are things i would do differently, if given the chance. yet i have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. i have followed my conscience, and done what i thought was right. you may not agree with some of the tough decisions i have made, but i hope you can agree that i was willing to make the tough decisions. the decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that shape, should shape our course. while our nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the greatest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. america did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict, but we
have given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. we must resist complacency. we must keep our resolve. and we must never let down our guard. at the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. in the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. but we must reject isolationism, and its companion, protectionism. retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. in the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. if america does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be lead. as we address these challenges and others, we cannot foresee tonight, america must maintain our moral clarity. i have often spoken to you
about good and evil, and this says made some uncomfortable. but good and evil are present in this world. and between the two, there can be no compromise. measuring the innocent to advance and ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. frank people from oppression and despair is eternally right. this nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. we must always be willing to act in their defense, and to advancew.gs8 the cause of peace. president thomas jefferson once wrote, i like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. as i leave the house he o share that optimism. america is a young country, full of vitality, constantly growing and renewing itself. and even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead, i have
confidence in the promise of america because i know the character of our people. this is a nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. this is a nation where citizens show calm in times of danger, and compassion in the face of suffering. we see examples of america's character all around us. laura and i have invited some of them to join us in the white house this evening. we see americas character in doctor tony recasner, a principal whoopened a new charter school from the ruins of hurricane katrina. wesee it in julio medina, a former inmate who leads a faith-basedprogram to help prisoners returning to society. we see it in staff sergeant aubrey mcdade, who charged into an ambush in iraq and rescuedthree of his fellow
marines. we see america's character in bill krissoff, a surgeon from california. his son matt, in a marine gave his life in iraq. when i met the doctor and his family, he delivered some surprising news. he told me he wanted to join the navy medical corps in honor of his son. this good man was 60 years old, 18 years above the age limit. but his petition for a waiver was granted. and for the past year, he has trained in battlefield medicine. lieutenant commander could not be here tonight, because he will soon deployed to iraq, where he will help save americas wounded warriors and uphold the legacy of his fallen son. in citizens like these, we see the best of our country. resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. these virtues give me an unshakable faith in america. we have faced danger and trial,
and there is more ahead. but with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter, and never fail. it has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your president. there have been good days and tough days. but every day i have been inspired by the greatness of our country and uplifted by the goodness of our people. i have been blessed to represent this nation we love. and i will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other. citizen of the united states of america. and so, my fellow americans, for the final time, goodnight. may god bless this house and our next president. and may god bless you and our wonderful country. thank you. [applause]
at past presidential inaugurations. beginning with john f. kennedy's from january 20th 1961. our lineup also includes inaugural ceremonies with franklin roosevelt and ronald reagan. watch tuesday beginning at 8 pm eastern and enjoy american history tv every weekend on c-span 3. up next, on american history tv, from the national constitution center in philadelphia, john avlon editor and chief of -- discusses book washington's farewell, the founding fathers warning to future generations.