Remarks and an Informal Exchange With Reporters at a White House Ceremony for President-Elect George Bush and Vice President-Elect Dan Quayle
The President. George and Dan and Bar and Marilyn, it's wonderful to have you here, and if anyone wants to know how Nancy and I feel about this moment, just read our smiles. [Laughter]
though, I have some figures here that I thought you and the rest of the country
might be interested in. According to my calculations, it's only 1,188 days to
Now in this hard-fought campaign, George and Dan, I also want to complement you for going to the people on the issues and asking for a mandate on critical matters like the taxing and spending power, the nature of judicial appointments, the strength of our defenses, and the firmness of our foreign policy. I think that mandate has been unmistakably delivered, and I know in carrying it out you will be true to your promises and faithful to the people's wishes.
With George Bush and Dan Quayle, I feel our achievements are secure, our change now a permanent feature of American government. But I also believe your mandate will make it possible not just to continue but to build upon the achievements of the past 8 years. This is not the end of an era but a time to refresh and strengthen our new beginning. In fact, to those who sometimes flatter me with talk of a Reagan revolution, today my hope is this: You ain't seen nothin' yet.
finally, let me say that despite the long months of campaigning, the seemingly
endless controversy, and the sheer human exhaustion of it all, choosing our
leaders is, after all, a decision critical to our own future, to the future of
this much-loved nation, and to the cause of human freedom. And that's why today
Americans of every political persuasion and background can come together as
one. Even as we accept the verdict of the majority, and pledge to protect
always the rights of the minority, we've put behind us the divisions and
controversies of the immediate past and begin anew. So, it's a day for
congratulations, yes, but it's also a day for remembering that whatever may
temporarily divide us is far outweighed by that which unites us.
Thank you. God bless you.
The President-elect. Thank you, Mr.
President. And all I will say just in the shadow of the office that you
ennobled: We're very, very grateful to you. I don't believe there's a case in
modern Presidential politics where a President has worked so hard to help
someone else achieve this office. And I will always be grateful. I can hardly
believe it, but it's sinking in now, the enormity of what has taken place --
peaceful election, eventually a peaceful transfer of power. And I just think
for all the Bush family, and I expect I speak for Marilyn and Dan on this one,
we are grateful to you and to
The President. Dan?
The Vice President-elect. Well, Mr. President, as
one who came to the Senate in 1980, thank you for all that you have done for
The President. Now you'll find out it's time for us to go to work.
James A. Baker III
Q. Mr. President, what do you think of Jim Baker as Secretary of State?
Q. Let the women talk. Let the women talk. How about Barbara?
The President. I think he's been fine in every job that he's had here in the administration, and I think he'll be fine in the jobs in the next administration.
Q. How about Brady for the Treasury? What about Nicholas Brady in Treasury?
Mr. Bush, do you plan to go to
The President-elect. The NATO alliance is shorn up, as strong as it's ever been.
Q. Mr. President, do you feel like a has-been, Mr. Reagan?
Q. Mr. President, what can you do to pave the way for a Bush-Gorbachev summit, since Mr. Bush seems so anxious to meet with the Secretary?
The President. We'll do everything we can, but I think that they already have indicated that they would anticipate such a meeting.
Note: The President spoke at in the Rose Garden at the White House.