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January 15, 2009

Bush plans farewell address tonight – we'll be watching

Posted: 09:53 AM ET

President George W. Bush is putting the finishing touches on a farewell speech that will be given tonight at 8pm eastern.

It is more than a goodbye to the nation that elected him twice. It is his last chance in office to define his tumultuous presidency in his own, unfiltered terms – a mission that will keep his fire burning even after he fades off to a quieter life.

Bush will say goodbye to the country Thursday night. He will follow the script of Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and many before them: Express thanks to the country and pride in the honor of serving, wish the next president well and outline what he considers to be the biggest challenges ahead. In a sense, the goodbye address will underscore the competing accounts of his presidency one last time as his loyal backers and his critics see his record in different ways.

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ROBIN   January 15th, 2009 10:58 am ET

Many Fools say there is no God, but you know what ?God does really exist.Thanx be to the almighty the Lord our God. The DEVIL IS FINALLY LEAVING.I wish this cruel man the best in his life.BUSH has killed more lives on this earth than the notorious Hitler.How can American leaders be so cold hearted, to give a deaf ear to the crying souls of innocent children in Gaza.If ever the holocaust happened to the Jews as stated by AMERICAN HISTORIANS, honestly ISRAEL should be the number one ambassadors of peace on this earth, BUT BECAUSE THE HOLOCAUST IS A MITHY HENCE ISRAEL IS KILLING PEOPLE LIKE FLIES, AND NONE OF THEM HAS A PINCH OF SYMPHATHY.BUSH GO WELL, ONE DAY YOU WILL FACE YOUR DEATH AND ALL THE SOULS OF THE INNOCENT CHILDREN OF GAZA WILL JUDGE YOU.YOU ARE NOT IMMORTAL. YOUR DAY SHALL COME, DOG.TO OBAMA, THE WHOLE WORLD CELEBRATED YOUR WINNING, YOU ARE GOD SENT, PLEASE HAVE A HEART FOR THE SUFFERING BRING PEACE TO THIS WORLD. THERE IS A REASON WHY GOD CHOSE YOU. MAY THE LORD GOD GIVE YOU WISDOM TO MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS.


GRANT HANCOCK   January 15th, 2009 11:12 am ET

LARRY KING: LAST YEAR BANK OF AMERICA WOULD SEND ME AT LEAST 2 OR 3 NOTICES EACH WEEK WANTING TO LOAN ME MONEY AT 2.9 PERCENT AND THE LAST NOTICE SAID THEY WOULD LOAN ME $35,000 AT ZERO PERCENT INTEREST FOR YEAR. NOW, I HAVE WRITTEN THE PRESIDENT, KEN LEWIS TELLING HIM I WILL SELL MY INSURANCE AGENCY TO THE BANK AND PAY SIX PERCENT INTEREST. THEN, BY USING THE LOSSES ON MY BOOKS FROM ENRON AND WORLDCOM I COULD PAY $12,000 A YEAR TAX FREE. I WANT TO HELP THE BANK MAKE MORE MONEY SO THEY WON'T HAVE TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND ASK FOR MORE FUNDS, BUT THE PRESIDENT OF BANK OF AMERICA DOES NOT REPLY AND ACCEPT MY OFFER. I THINK THE STOCKHOLDERS NEED TO BE TOLD ABOUT THIS. TO ME THIS IS A STORY WORTH TELLING. I AM NOW IN MY 89TH YEAR OF LIFE AND STILL WORK 18 HOURS A DAY HELPING PEOPLE. IF YOU DO NOT THINK THIS IS A STORY, THEN YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR SHOW TO LARRY KING – DEAD!
GRANT CARSON HANCOCK OF YUMA, ARIZONA
928 317-3159


GRANT HANCOCK   January 15th, 2009 11:20 am ET

LARRY KING: I AM NOW IN MY 89TH YEAR OF LIFE. LAST YEAR THE BANK OF AMERICA WOULD SEND ME NOTICES AT LEAST TWICE EACH WEEK WANTING TO LOAN ME MONEY AT 2.9 PERCENT AND THE LAST TIME THEY WANTED TO LOAN ME $35,000 AT ZERO PERCENT INTEREST FOR A YEAR. NOW, I HAVE WRITTEN THE PRESIDENT, KEN LEWIS AND TOLD HIM I WOULD BE GLAD TO SELL THE BANK MY INSURANCE AGENCY AND PAY THE BANK SIX PERCENT ITEREST ON THE MONEY RECEIVED. AND, $12,000 OF THAT COULD BE GIVEN AS A GIFT TO HELP THE STOCKHOLDERS. THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT A PROFIT TO HELP THE STOCKHOLDERS, BUT THEY WILL TAKE BIG LOSSES AND STILL PAY THE PRESIDENT TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR COMPENSATION FOR HIS FAILURE. TO ME THIS IS A STORY WORTH TELLING ALL BANK CUSTOMERS IF YOU DO NOT THINK SO THEN YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR SHOW TO LARRY KING...DEAD! GRANT CARSON HANCOCK 88 YEARS OLD AND STILL WORKING 18 HOURS A DAY HELPING PEOPLE. CALL ME PLEASE. 928 317-3159 IF YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY I WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO BE WITH THEM A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW.


Shakti Sheling   January 15th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

I sure do praise Mr.Bush for being able to take so much of a blame. I've seen nothing more than people clinging to the past, something that can't be changed and casting their judgements on it. We can't ignore the past totally, and so for the sake of many lives that we've lost, let's focus more of our energy on what we can do to change and prevent such actions. People need to talk more on matters that need to be done rather than wasting their time and energy on how bad somebody is.


Indedemopublican   January 15th, 2009 3:29 pm ET

I have to say thank you President Bush for eight great years of service! Under the circumstances that he was handed when he took office I think he did an outstanding job considering everything that was thrown at him, even the shoes. Bush is an extraordinary president and one of the best this country has ever seen in history. I applaud his service and his character.
Thank you president Bush for serving eight wonderful years, you will be missed!!


adela palenzuela   January 15th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

We here in the family don't know wheter to laugh

or cry.......

GODD BYE BUSH!!!!!!

Hope its a one way trip back to TEXAS!

adela palenzuela
miami, fl.


joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 15th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Us Canadians will be very happy to see George Bush leave. Their will be celebrations all across canada I am sure. What hurts America also hurts Canada. Finally we can get off the painkillers because the ACHE is now gone.


Rose   January 15th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Bush should admit that the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future came to visit him back in 2000. He refused to believe their warnings. It's too late for "should have, would have. . .didn't", especially in light of the infinitely long and heavy chain made for his eternal use.

Bush and Cheney both have much blood on their hands and should be charged as a war criminals. So much for the goodbye wave on the White House lawn. They're getting off easy. It's hard to turn the page on this ugly chapter in American history as it was so damaging. The ramifications of their actions will take a very long time to correct – both domestically and internationally.


Jesse   January 15th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

about Bushie's farewell tonight

Stoopid is as Stoopid does.
And Bush is the Stoopidest.

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Jesse   January 15th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

And Bush and his crew have made American stoopid too.

Why are Americans paying $25,000/month to a private attorney to defend Alberto "Mr. Waterboarder" Gonzales from suits about his authorization to break America's laws and TORTURE prisoners?

Why is Paul Bremer walking around, free as a bird, after failing to account for more the 300 million dollars of TAXPAYER cash in Baghdad?

How long will it be before the world arrests Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, Rice, Bremer, et al for TORTURE?

Why is Bush walking away from office with the taxpayers paying for so many houses? Kennebunkport, Crawford, Dallas and now Midland TX?

Is he talking the towels and soap from the white house too?
Yo! The Obama Family. Bring your own towels and soap for the first night.

Will anyone care that Bush is gone on January 20 (besides his croonies who have been raping the American Taxpayers)?

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lawrence from VT   January 15th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

he's had BOTOX & so much make/up ! but what does he feel inside ? any guilt? shame?...can he sleep at night ?...so many problems he's leaving our new Pres/elect..I remember FDR, Larry..he was a God/sent after Herbert Hoover..hope history repeats itself..let's hope & pray..I've never seen this country in such bad shape except in the 30's...no one wanted Al Smith to be the Pres because he was a Catholic & Italian..so they voted in Herbert Hoover..what a mistake..we've been ill/emotionally,mentally/ for 8 yrs/ we pray for peace faith and hope..thank you ...


hugh ~ california   January 15th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Bush will probably never admit that going into Iraq was a mistake. One may never know the true motives for his actions, but if it really was to protect America, finding ever loophole in our laws to trample on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to spy on his own people is one explanation–or better worded, an excuse–that I can not wait to hear him justify. As he gallops into the sunset he can only wonder what history will write concerning his legacy. Most of us already know what history the rest of the world thinks of our beloved country.


EqualBranchesofGovernment   January 15th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Smart move Mr. President.......thank you for making it short and sweet!!.......And once again invoking the 9/11 attacks for political purposes!!..........How did our country survive all those years between the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 until the attack on Sept. 11, 2001......It's amazing........Maybe it is because we didn't attack CHINA after Pearl Harbor!!!


daniel from va   January 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

this man is not pro/life, Larry...read the Bush Dynasty by Kitty Kelley..his former girlfriend refused to be interviewed..the Bush family paid her off very well to have an abortion..Bush is not pro/life, Larry...more than 4200 lives lost in this crazy war...he's in denial..he's living w/blinders on & not very realistic..he's spoiled rotten..so many yrs in the white house & camp david at our expense !


janet minehan   January 15th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Give the Flight attendants some credit for ONCE ! The pilots did an amazing job, but its the Flight Attendants that get the doors open and get you out ! Thats what we train for, not mixing you a drink. I was shocked to see that CNN was saying it was a flight crew of 2 ! They should know better. Flight attendants are a crucial part of the crew as any pilot will tell you.A 35 year flight attendant.


Obinna Emeadi   January 15th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Larry, I know a lot of americans see bush as a devil incarnate or something worse but I'd like them to know that BUSH is my Hero. we can't appreciate freedom until we are in bondage.
Every man has his purpose in life and his purpose is not for popularity but of freedom for the rest of humanity... for our brothers and sister in Iraq and Afghanistan who have never know peace and freedom.
Greedy American business men shud be blamed for the falied economy


Michele   January 15th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

I hope tonight was the absolutel last time we EVER have to hear from W or Laura. He's in denial and she shows extremely poor taste. The mess we're in, a new President and First Lady coming in, and she just HAD to buy new White House china two weeks before the Inauguration. Absolutely tasteless – but then look who she married. Bush is the worst President in my memory – and Laura is just as bad for being an enabler. And the American public is just as much to blame – those who voted him in the second time around gave him his "mandate". Under his administration we are fighting two (losing) wars, stretched paper thin with our troops, ratcheting up the national debt like there is no tommorrow, and allowing greedy big business and Wall Street to run totally amuck. The man has been a puppet for Cheney. Bush, Cheney, Paulson and Chris Dodd should ALL be arrested and tried for TREASON.

GOODBYE BUSH – and GOODS RIDDANCE – don't let the door hit ya in the ### on the way out...........


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