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WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2008 — As President Bush begins to wind down his eight-year administration, he took a minute today to note that the peaceful transition from one administration to the next is one of the moments that makes our republic notable.
Bush met with Executive Office employees today, thanking them for their service. The president promised to work with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as he prepares to take power in January.
“Earlier this week, more than 120 million people voted for a new President and Congress — one of the largest turnouts in the history of the country,” Bush said. “No matter how we cast our ballots, this election gives us all reason to be proud of our democracy and our country. And I hope you will join Laura and me in congratulating President-Elect Obama, and wishing him the very best for his family and our country.
“This peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of a true democracy,” Bush said. “And ensuring that this transition is as smooth as possible is a priority for the rest of my presidency. We face economic challenges that will not pause to let a new President settle in.
“This will also be America’s first wartime presidential transition in four decades,” the president added. “We’re in a struggle against violent extremists determined to attack us — and they would like nothing more than to exploit this period of change to harm the American people.”