Bush: US Should Be Proud

Obama election 'triumph of the American story,' president says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 1:24 PM CST
President Bush makes a statement congratulating President-elect Barack Obama, and called for a smooth transition at the White House today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – All Americans, no matter who they voted for, should be “overcome with pride” at Barack Obama’s historic victory, President Bush said today, calling it “a triumph of the American story.” Bush promised he’d give Obama his “complete cooperation” in preparing for the transition. He said he looked forward to the inauguration, which “will be a stirring sight.”

“The United States government will stay vigilant in meeting its most important responsibility, protecting the American people,” Bush added, stressing that there will be no lapse in security. Obama is expected to get his first high-level intelligence briefing tomorrow, sources said, with Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell leading the session.