November 5, 2008

Bush Congratulates Obama, U.S. Voters

U.S. President George Bush congratulated Barack Obama, saying Americans can be "proud of the history" made when Obama was elected the first black president.

"No matter how they cast their ballots," Bush said Wednesday, "all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday."

Obama, the Democratic U.S. senator from Illinois, defeated Sen. John McCain, R-Ill., in the historic election to become the 44th president of the United States.

American voters "showed a watching world the vitality of America's democracy and the strides we have made toward a more perfect union," Bush said.

The president also congratulated McCain for running a determined campaign and said Americans "will always be grateful for the lifetime of service John McCain has devoted to this nation."

By electing Obama, voters chose a president "whose journey represents a triumph of the American story." Bush said. "Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day. "

The election "is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggle for civil rights with their own eyes and four decades later see a dream fulfilled," Bush said.

Bush pledged complete cooperation from his administration as President-elect Obama makes his transition to the White House and said he will keep Obama "fully informed on important decisions."

"It'll be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House," Bush said. "I know Senator Obama's beloved mother and grandparents would've been thrilled to watch the child they raised ascend the steps of the Capitol and take his oath to uphold the Constitution of the greatest nation on the face of the earth."