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George W. Bush: Remarks During a Meeting With Former Presidents and the President-Elect
I want to thank the President-elect for joining the ex-Presidents for lunch. I am— one message that I have, and I think we all share, is that we want you to succeed. Whether we're a Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country. And to the extent we can, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you. All of us who have served in this office itself understand that the office transcends the individual. And we wish you all the very best, and so does the country.NOTE: The President spoke at 12 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. Participating in the meeting were former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton; and President-elect Barack Obama. The transcript released by the Office of the Press Secretary also included the remarks of President-elect Obama. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of these remarks.Citation: George W. Bush: "Remarks During a Meeting With Former Presidents and the President-Elect," January 7, 2009. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=85418.