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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 15, 2009

Fact Sheet: President Bush: Farewell Address to the Nation

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President Bush Expresses His Gratitude To The Nation,
Recaps The Events And Accomplishments Of His Presidency,
And Describes The Challenges That Lie Ahead

Tonight, President Bush will deliver his farewell address to the Nation from the East Room of the White House, and discuss the journey traveled over the past eight years and the course ahead. The President will thank the American people for allowing him to serve and thank the military for serving our Nation and keeping us safe. The following are excerpts from the President's address as prepared for delivery, followed by supporting facts and data.

President Bush Transformed Our Approach To Combating Terrorism After The 9/11 Attacks

President Bush: "As the years passed, 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. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe."

President Bush Strengthened Support for Dissidents and Democracy Activists And Helped Millions Of People Around The World Through A New Approach To Development

President Bush: "When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity."

President Bush's Domestic Policy Achievements Built A More Hopeful America

President Bush: "For eight years, we have also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home."

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