Bush promises G20 leaders of 'seamless' transition to ObamaPresident George W. Bush said Saturday he vowed to leaders of the world's biggest economies that the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. would enjoy a "seamless" transition to the new team of president-elect Barack Obama.
"I told the leaders this: that president-elect Obama's transition team has been fully briefed on what we intended to do here at this meeting," Bush told reporters after an economic crisis summit of the Group of 20 nations.
"I told them that we will work tirelessly tire·less
Not yielding to fatigue; untiring or indefatigable.
tireless·ly adv. to make sure the transition between my administration and his administration is seamless," he said.
"I told them that I hope he succeeds."
Obama, who takes office on January 20, stayed away from the summit and the Democrat is not bound to implement commitments made Saturday by Bush.
On Obama's behalf, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright Madeleine Korbel Albright (born May 15 1937) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 5 1996 and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate 99-0. She was sworn in on January 23 1997. and ex-Republican lawmaker Jim Leach
In the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, Obama said the US economy was already in "recession" and welcomed Bush's convening the summit "because our global economic crisis requires a coordinated global response."
"And yet, as we act in concert with other nations, we must also act immediately here at home to address America's own economic crisis," he said, calling for new stimulus spending following a package adopted by China.
The Republican Bush said of his fellow G20 leaders from the major industrialized in·dus·tri·al·ize
v. in·dus·tri·al·ized, in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing, in·dus·tri·al·iz·es
1. To develop industry in (a country or society, for example).
2. powers, along with big developing nations such as China and Russia, that "it was good for them to hear" about a smooth transition process.
"Even though we are from different political parties, that I believe it's in our country's interest that he succeeds," the outgoing president An outgoing president is a president or, generally, other head of state or government when he holds office between the election of his successor and the inauguration by which that successor assumes power. said of Obama.