This time next week, President Bush will be heading back to Texas, looking back fondly on his time in the White House.
With just a week to go of his presidency, Bush hosted his last cabinet meeting, saying he was proud of his administration’s attempts to protect America and promote democracy. Then he honoured three men he called his closest allies, who stood with America in its darkest hour. “This afternoon, I am pleased to award the Medal of Freedom to three extraordinary leaders,” he said. “We honour a sitting president, and two former prime ministers, each one of them a true friend of the United States.” Britain’s former leader Tony Blair joined the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and the Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in accepting the highest civilian honour the United States can bestow.