My Legacy of Mistakes and Triumphs, by Bush; Emotional: Mr Bush after His Speech

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My Legacy of Mistakes and Triumphs, by Bush; Emotional: Mr Bush after His Speech


Byline: ED HARRIS

GEORGE BUSH warned his successor that a terrorist attack "on our homeland" remained the greatest threat to the US as he delivered his final press conference.

The outgoing US president said of Barack Obama: "The most urgent threat he, and other presidents after him, have got to deal with is an attack on our homeland. I wish I could report that is not the case, but there's still an enemy out there that would like to inflict damage on Americans." Mr Bush said he believed North Korea may have an enriched uranium programme and Iran was "still dangerous".

Appearing before the White House press corps to thank them for their work during his two terms in power, he said he had received a security briefing every day except Sundays for the past eight years. He was just eight months into his presidency when New York and Washington were attacked by terrorists on 11 September 2001.

In a wide-ranging question and answer session, Mr Bush was asked about his mistakes, the economy, the Middle East and his future. …

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