“I followed my conscience”, Bush

George Bush has used his farewell speech to tell America he always did "what I thought was right". The...

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The outgoing <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">US</country-region> President spoke about the tough decisions and challenges he faced during his eight years at the White House, including the aftermath of September 11.

"There are things I would do differently if given the chance," he said.

Bush also said that he has always acted with the best interests of the country in mind and has followed his conscience and done what he thought was right.

He said not everyone may agree with some tough decisions he made, but hoped everyone could agree that he was willing to make the tough decisions.

Bush acknowledged some of his actions after September 11 had been controversial but he stood by them.

He also said there was legitimate debate about many of the decisions, but that there could be little debate about the results.

The 43rd American president also said his country went more than seven years without another "terrorist attack on our soil".

Bush warned that the gravest challenge facing president-elect Barack Obama remained the threat of another terrorist attack.