George Duhhbya Bu$h at his best:
"There's important work to do in the months ahead, and I will continue to conduct the people's business as long as this office remains in my trust. During this time of transition, I will keep the President-elect fully informed on important decisions. And when the time comes on January the 20th , Laura and I will return home to Texas with treasured memories of our time here -- and with profound gratitude for the honor of serving this amazing country."
US President George W Bush telephoned Barack Obama on his "awesome night" - a historic election win fuelled by the two-term incumbent's vast unpopularity.
Cloistered at the White House with family and senior aides while tens of millions of US voters flooded the polls coast to coast, Bush reached out to Obama and Republican rival John McCain when the outcome was no longer in doubt.
"Mr President-elect, congratulations to you. What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters. Laura and I called to congratulate you and your good bride," Bush's spokeswoman, Dana Perino, quoted him as telling Obama.
"I promise to make this a smooth transition. You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself," Bush told Obama, she told reporters by email.
After months of near invisibility during the campaign, Bush planned to make a public statement on the hard-fought 2008 White House race in the mansion's Rose Garden at 10.40am (0240 AEDT tomorrow).
And the president invited Obama and his family "to visit the White House soon, at their convenience", Perino said.
The US president also reached out to his defeated chosen heir, telling McCain "John, you gave it your all. I'm proud of you, and I'm sorry it didn't work out. You didn't leave anything on the playing field."
Bush also praised the Arizona senator's "fabulous and very classy" concession speech and sent his best to Cindy McCain, the candidate's wife, said Perino.
Vice-President Dick Cheney telephoned his successor-elect, Democratic Senator Joe Biden, to congratulate him, and planned to reach out to McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said spokeswoman Lea Anne Foster.
Earlier, at a private dinner that doubled as First Lady Laura Bush's 62nd birthday party and the kickoff to an election-watching party, Bush had invoked God's blessing on whoever succeeds him, Perino said.
"The president gave a toast at the start of the dinner thanking those present for all the work they've done and for their friendship. He ended by saying, 'And may God bless whoever wins tonight'," she told reporters. Continued...
Well, there it is folks, a nice picture of Bu$h on the desk phone, and Dana Perino telling us what he said to Obama. The picture of Duhbya and the video of Duhhbya are both on the whitehouse.gov website, but his actual conversation is released in an email to reporters by the Whitehouse press secretary...G:?
Remember what colin Powell said about January