I am grateful to live in a country where pictures like this are possible -- because our Founding Fathers, through the grace of God, created for us a democratic republic in which the people elect their leaders and when their terms are over, those leaders surrender their power peacefully. Even in days of deep partisan strife and bitter division, our country's people and leaders have honored these principles. It is a wonderful thing that every living President -- three Democrats, two Republicans -- could and would gather today, in an implicit recognition of all that unites us, to honor George W. Bushand the traditions that transcend this time and place. God bless America -- and thank you, President Bush.
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