President Bush threw a Rose Garden endorsement of newly-minted GOP nominee John McCain this afternoon, and a press-conference broke out! The on-hand press corps passed on the opportunity to bask in the moment in order to fire a number of questions at the once and potentially future presidents, including: how will McCain "make the case that you'll provide the change that the voters seem to want both on Iraq and on the economy?" Bush's answer was, "Uhm, sort of we won't!"
BUSH: Let me start off by saying that in 2000, I said vote for me, I'm an agent of change. In 2004, I said, I'm not interested in change. I want to continue as president. Every candidate has to say change. That's what the American people expect. And the good news about our candidate is, he'll be a new president, a man of character and courage, but he's not going to change when it comes to taking on the enemy. He understands this is a dangerous world. And I understand we better have steadfast leadership who's got the courage and determination to pursue this enemy so as to protect America. John McCain will find out when he takes the oath of office, his most important responsibility is to protect the American people from harm. There's still an enemy that lurks. An enemy that wants to strike us. This country better have somebody in the Oval Office that understands the stakes and John McCain understands those stakes.
To which McCain replied, "I don't have anything to add." Future DNC talking point alert!