November 26, 2008
Bush counts blessings, pardons turkeys
U.S. President George Bush, leaving office with the lowest approval ratings in history, counted his blessings Wednesday as he pardoned two turkeys.
This is my final Thanksgiving as the president, Bush said.
Over the past eight years, I have been given many reasons to be thankful. I'm thankful to our men and women in uniform and I am incredibly proud to have been their commander in chief.
In his remarks, Bush also said he was grateful to his wife Laura for her love and for their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, and thankful that his mother's illness doesn't appear to be serious.
In recent weeks, I've talked a lot about sprinting to the finish, he said.
Yet I've assured these turkeys they will not be trotting to their finish.