Bush sets the record straight
Updated on 12 January 2009
In the last press conference of his administration George Bush describes the failure to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a "significant disappointment".
In what Mr Bush called the "ultimate exit interview", he also admitted that flying a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard a US aircraft carrier was a mistake
After eight years which will be remembered for its disastrous foreign wars, an economic crisis of global proportions and the most unpopular presidency in living memory, this was President Bush's final chance to set his record straight.
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George Bush used his last scheduled press conference today to reflect on his eight years in power, admit failings and wish his successor "all the very best".
The outgoing president said that he had made mistakes during his tenure, describing the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a "huge disappointment".
But he disagreed with the assessment that people around the world viewed America "in a dim light" adding that it was a country that "cared deeply about the universality of freedom".
Appearing in front of the White House press corps for possibly the last time, President Bush initially appeared relaxed as he joked with journalists.
Thanking them, he added that at times he did not like the stories they wrote about him.
"Sometimes you misunderestimated me," he told them, recalling a celebrated "Bushism" from his first years in office.