President Bush wrapped up his visit to coastal Georgia with a news conference at the International Media Center on Hutchinson Island about 3:30pm. He thanked residents of the region for their hospitality and said the G-8 summit was a success.
Taking questions from reporters, Bush said waiting for more NATO troops in Iraq would be "an unrealistic expectation." He said continued US and European help would hopefully be in the form of training, should the Iraqi authorities request it.
The president took a question from our own Sonny Dixon, who asked his opinion on the logistics, security, and facilities in coastal Georgia.
The president replied, in part, "I also had the honor of going by and thanking the local, state and federal folks who provided the security at the airport on Saint Simons Island. The cooperation was fantastic. The local sheriffs and police chiefs need to be commended. And so do the people for working so well with the state and federal people. We made the right choice to come down here for this summit."
To see the president's complete response in Windows Media format, click here.
Immediately following the conference, the president left for Hunter Army Airfield, where he boarded Air Force One around 4:30pm and headed for Washington. He's planning to deliver the eulogy for President Ronald Reagan, who died last Saturday.