August 9, 2002
On the 28th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, we here
at Democratic Underground wondered what George W. Bush's resignation
speech might sound like...
This is the 397th time I have spoken to you from this office
and numerous high schools where so many decisions have been
made by uncle Dick that shaped the history of this Nation.
Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter than
I believe affecticated the national interest and to hide my
In all the decisions others have made in my public life,
I have always tried to do what was best for the Harken, Halliburton
and Kenny Boy. Throughout the long and difficult period of
Enrongate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make
every possible effort to complete the term of office to which
the Supreme Court appointed me.
In the past few days, however, it has become evidentiary
to me that I no longer can purchase a strong enough political
base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. As
long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was
necessary to see the constitutional process through to its
conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the
spirit of that deliberatedly difficult process and a dangerously
destabilizing precedent for the future.
But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that
the constitutional propensity has been served, and there is
no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.
I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever
the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously
urged me to do so. Jenna even said she would give up drinking.
But the interest of the Nation must always come before any
personal considerations when the money runs out.
From the discussions I have had with Congressional and other
leaders, I have concluded that because of my roll in the 9/11
matter I might not have the support of the Congress that uncle
Dick would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions
and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests
of the oil companies would require.
I have never been a quitter. I always had daddy to bail me
out. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrident
to every instinct in my body. But as the appointed one, I
must put the interest of America first. America needs a full-time
President and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time
with problems we face at home and abroad. Since I would rather
be in Crawford anyway, this is obviously impossible.
To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal
vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention
of both the President and the Congress in a period when our
entire focus should be on the great issues of building pipelines
abroad and prosperity without inflationatory problems in the
Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon
tomorrow. Since Vice President Cheney is already in jail,
former President Bill Clinton will be sworn in as President
at that hour in this office.
As I recall the high hopes for America which we threw out
the window as soon as this term began, I feel a great sadness
that I will not be here in this office working on my personal
wealth to achieve those hopes in the next 2 1/2 years. But
in turning over direction of the Government to former President
Clinton, I know that the leadership of America will finally
be in good hands again.
In passing this office to President Clinton, I also do so
with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that
will fall on his shoulders tomorrow and, therefore, of the
understanding, the patience, the cooperation he will need
from all Americans.
As he assumes that responsibility, he will deserve the help
and the support of all of us. As we look to the future, the
first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this Nation,
to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind
us, and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the
heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people.
I understand that President Clinton will repeal all aspects
of the PATRIOT Act as his first order of business so you,
the people, will once again be truly free.
By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the
start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed
in corporate America.
I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the
course of the events that led to this decision, except of
course to the brown people. I would say only that if some
of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were
made by uncle Dick and that's why he is in federal prison.
To those who have stood with me during these past difficult
months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined
in supporting my portfolio because they believed it was right,
I will be eternally grateful for your support.
And to those who have not felt able to give me your support,
let me say you were right all along that I was a criminal,
and that Rush Limbaugh is being severely punished by God.
So, let us all now join together in affirming that common
commitment and in watching our new President succeed for the
benefit of all Americans and the benefit of the world.
I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my
pipeline, but with gratitude for the privilege of almost serving
as your President for the past 1 1/2 years. These years have
been a momentuous time in the history of our Nation and the
world. They have been a time of war, and a time of fascism.
But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too,
will require the support and the efforts of the Congress and
the people working in cooperation with the new Administration.
We have ended America's longest dictatorship, but in the
work of securing a lasting peace in the world, the goals ahead
for President Clinton are even more far-reaching and more
difficult thanks to me fucking things up.
We have locked the doors that for a half of a century stood
wide open between the United States and the rest of the world.
We must now ensure that the world's people once again will
be not our enemies but our friends.
In the Middle East, 100 million people in the Arab countries,
many of whom have considered us their enemy for nearly 1 1/2
years, now look on us as their friends. We must continue to
build on that friendship so that peace can settle at last
over the Middle East and so that The Carlyle group can remain
Around the world, in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, in
the Middle East, there are millions of people who live in
terrible poverty, even starvation thanks to my policies. We
must keep as our goal turning away from production for war
and expanding production for peace so that people everywhere
on this earth can at last look forward in their children's
time, if not in our own time, to having the necessities for
a decent life.
Here in America, we are unfortunate that most of our people
used to have not only the blessings of liberty but also used
to have the means to live full and good and, by the world's
standards, even abundant lives. We must reverse uncle Dick's
policies, however, and work toward a goal of not only more
and better jobs but of full opportunity for every American
and of what we are striving so hard right now to achieve,
prosperity without inflation.
For more than a few months in public life I have caused turbulent
history of this era. I have fought for what I was told to
believe in. I have not cared one bit to discharge those duties
and meet those responsibilities that were entrusticated to
Sometimes I have told you I succeeded but most of the time
I lied. I have failed, but I have never read what Theodore
Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena, so I can't
quote from it or anything else.
I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of
life in my body, I shall continue to extract the black gold
and build my fortune. I shall continue to work for the great
causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my months
as President, the cause of killing evildoers not just for
my daddy's war aspirations but among all nations, prosperity,
justice, and opportunity for all of our shareholders.
There is one cause above all to which I have been devoted
and to which I shall always be devoted for as long as I live.
When I first took the oath of office as the selected President
1 1/2 years ago, I made this sacred commitment, to "consecrate
my office, my energies, and all the wisdom I can summon to
the cause of gathering oil and profiteering from as many wars
as I could start."
I have done my very best in all the days since to be true
to that pledge. As a result of these efforts, I am confident
that the world is a more dangerous place today, not only for
the people of America but for the people of all nations, and
that all of our children have a better chance than before
of dying in war.
This, more than anything, is what I hoped to achieve when
I bought the Presidency. This, more than anything, is what
I hope will be my legacy to you, to our country, as I am forced
to give it back.
To have stolen this office is to have felt a very personal
sense of kinship with each and every Freeper. In leaving it,
I do so with this prayer: May God's grace be with you in all
the days ahead.