George W. Bush has used a farewell speech to the American people to defend his presidency, as he prepares to stand down after eight years in the White House. With a legacy of unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an economy reliving the days of the Great Depression, Bush leaves with one of the lowest approval ratings of any president in modern times.
He said: “Like all who have held this office before me I have experienced setbacks. And there are things I would do differently if given the chance. I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.” Bush went on: “I have often spoken to you about good and evil and this made some of you uncomfortable, but good and evil are present in this world and between the two there can be no compromise.”