U.S. President George W. Bush gestures at the White House in Washington during his last news conference as president on Monday.
Bush says U.S. moral standing not diminished under his watch
In the final news conference of his presidency, U.S. President George W. Bush strongly dismissed suggestions that the United States lost its moral standing during his administration, insisting his most vociferous critics are few.Quote has been trimmed
Bush touched on a wide range of topics during the press conference, including foreign policy, the economy, criticism of his administration, the mistakes and disappointments of his presidency and the pressures and challenges facing president-elect Barack Obama.
The president bristled when asked whether certain policies like the war in Iraq, U.S. interrogation tactics and the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had a negative impact on America's moral standing.
"I strongly disagree with the assessment that our moral standing has been damaged," Bush said. "It may be damaged amongst some of the elite, but people still understand America stands for freedom, that America as a country provides such great hope."
Bush pointed to Africa, India and China, where he said people have a positive view of U.S compassion and generosity.
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