Obama praises Bush for smooth transition

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, in his last address to the nation as president-elect, on Saturday lauded the Bush administration for facilitating the transfer of power.

“Throughout the current transition, President Bush and his administration have extended the hand of cooperation, and provided invaluable assistance to my team as we prepare to hit the ground running on January 20th,” Obama stated.

The incoming president said that the peaceful transfer of power “goes to the heart of the greatness of our nation” and that it proves “that what we hold in common as Americans far outweighs our political differences.”

Obama reminded the nation that billions of people in the world do not experience the transfer of power from one democratically elected administration to another.

He portrayed his swearing in as a “new beginning” that all Americans can be part of and touted his inauguration as the “most open and accessible…in history.”

However, Obama also noted the intricacy of the challenges the country will face in his administration.

“Difficult days are upon us, and even more difficult days lie ahead. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in great turmoil. And there is so much work that must be done to restore peace and advance prosperity,” Obama said. “But as we approach this time-honored American tradition, we are reminded that our challenges can be met if we summon the spirit that has sustained our democracy since George Washington took the first oath of office.”