U.S. President George Bush says a potential attack by terrorists is the
greatest threat his successor Barack Obama will face when he takes
office next week.
In what is likely to be his last news conference as president (Monday
Mr. Bush said there are still enemies who would like to inflict damage
on America. He noted that in addition to terrorist groups, North Korea
and Iran remain dangerous for the United States.
During the wide-ranging news conference, the president said he rejects
assessments that America's moral standing in the world has been damaged
during his eight years in office. He said he refused to allow critics
to prevent him from doing what was necessary to protect the country.
The White House says Mr. Bush has asked television networks for time to
make a farewell address to the country Thursday night.
During Monday's session with reporters in Washington, Mr. Bush said he
has taken extraordinary measures to address frozen credit markets as
the first step toward economic recovery.
On foreign policy, Mr. Bush pointed to progress in Iraq. He said Iraq's
young democracy is still fragile, but he said his decision to send in
extra U.S. forces helped turn the tide of the war.
President Bush leaves office on January 20th, when Mr. Obama will be
sworn in as the country's 44th president.