WASHINGTON – U.S. President George W. Bush told his last cabinet meeting Tuesday that he was leaving town with his "head held high," as he bid his team farewell and thanked them for their service.
"We also reviewed our record, and this administration has had a good, solid record, and I'm very proud of it," he said in a somber, brief appearance before reporters.
"I tell people I leave town with a great sense of accomplishment and my head held high."
Bush was accompanied by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the meeting which comes as he prepares to hand over to incoming president-elect Barack Obama.
Bush said he thanked the cabinet for their service and for "helping" the Obama transition team, and said he had a "genuine wish" that the new president will succeed in his mission.
The outgoing US leader also tallied what he called the successes of his eight years in power, placing at the top the fact that since September 11, 2001 there have been no other attacks on the United States.
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