Thursday, November 04, 2004

Hit the Ground Running 

What did George Bush do on his first day (not a complete day, but the first day nonetheless) as the recognized President re-elect?

Accepts his Re-Election - Congratulates Kerry on his "spirited campaign," and his gracious concession; wishes John, Teresa and their family his and Laura's best wishes. He is humbled. Thanks his and Dick Cheney's family. Thanks supporters for hugs and prayers on the rope lines. America under his leadership "has restored the vigor of this economy", and "served the freedom of all mankind."

He pledges to reform the tax code, strengthen Social Security, "make public schools all they can be," and "uphold our deepest values of family and faith." We will assist the new governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, then bring our military home in honor. We will fight the war on terror "with good allies at our side."

And he reaches out:
"Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent: To make this nation stronger and better I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

He then reinforces his image as the high plains rugged American, full of the blessings of God.

Also of note yesterday:

U.S. Jets Pound Parts of Fallujah

Hungary Joins Others in Pulling Troops From Iraq

White House: Debt Ceiling Must Be Raised

Stocks to Fall After Post-Election Rally

Iraqis Challenge Bush to Do Better Than Saddam

Kerry Concedes, Says He Hopes Healing Can Begin

Conservatives Cheer Gay Marriage Bans

Britain Sees No U.S. War Over Iran Nuclear Plans

Supreme Court Considers Reach of Age Bias Law

Cancer Keeps Rehnquist Home, Prolongs Concerns

Thank you for your pledges, President Bush. We'll be checking back on your progress, and whether you manage to have your actions match your words better in this coming term than in the current one.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:45 AM