On Thursday night, President Bush will give a 10-15 minute prime time farewell address. However, just a few weeks ago, in a Dec. 18 interview with C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, Bush said that he might avoid a farewell address because he didn’t want the American public to go through a “real emotional goodbye” with him:
SCULLY: Will you deliver a farewell address in this office?
BUSH: Thinking about it. Thinking about it. A lot of Presidents have, and I’m giving it serious thought. I don’t want it to be — you know, kind of a real emotional goodbye. If I give it, it’s going to be trying to leave behind some lessons learned.
White House spokesperson Dana Perino said yesterday that Bush will “uphold the tradition of presidents using farewell addresses to look forward — by sharing his thoughts on greatest challenges facing the country, and on what it will take to meet them.” However, as recently as the C-SPAN interview, Bush didn’t seem to have any idea what he was going to say. Scully told him that there was “a great tradition of presidential warnings,” and Bush eagerly replied, “[T]hank you for giving me some ideas.”
Yesterday on Fox news, Sean Hannity asked Bush, “When you know you have just a few days left, do you get emotional?” Bush replied, “I don’t get that emotional at this point, because I’ve been saying goodbye to people for a couple of weeks now. And I’m sure I’ll get emotional as we get to the end.”