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Bush: Terrorism Is Most Urgent Threat for Obama

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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 in Washington), 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.

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