President Bush spoke by satellite TV hookup to Republican National Convention delegates, calling John McCain "a great American and the next president of the United States."
A larger-than-life image of Bush speaking from the White House
was seen on the convention floor, projected in a way that made it
appear as if Bush actually were on the stage.
The president was introduced for his remote-control talk by his
wife, Laura, who told cheering delegates that he had kept the
country safe in the nearly seven years since the Sept. 11 terror
He told delegates he couldn't be there in person because
of Hurricane Gustav, which hit the Gulf Coast earlier this week.