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Bush on transfer of power to Obama
    2008-11-07 10:06:24     CRIENGLISH.com

   US President George W. Bush said on Thursday he would talk key issues with President-elect Barack Obama next week as his administration heads into overdrive to ensure a seamless transition of authority to his Democratic successor.

Bush told hundreds of Executive Mansion and White House employees spilling across the South Lawn that this peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of a true democracy.

The president's message was part of tasking of his employees and part of an attempt to show the nation how earnest he is about doing the 75-day transition job right.

"We must keep our attention on the task at hand, because the American people expect no less. Earlier this year, I promised that I would sprint to the finish. I am keeping that promise, and I know I have given some of you a good workout along the way. As we head into the final stretch, I ask you to remain focused on the goals ahead. I will be honored to stand with you at the finish line. May God bless you."

Bush said he'll ensure a seamless transition for the rest of his presidency and hoped to discuss key issues with the president-elect early next week.

Preparation for the complex process has quietly been unfolding for about a year, but accelerated with Tuesday's election of Obama.

The Bush administration arranged security clearances for key Obama transition staffers and is providing working space and policy briefings. The White House is also helping connect many world leaders who are calling for Obama.



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