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President Bush, standing before Congress one last time, urged the nation Monday night to persevere against gnawing fears of recession and stay patient with the long, grinding war in Iraq. He pressed Congress to quickly pass a plan to rescue the economy.
"We can all see that growth is slowing," Bush said in a blunt acknowledgment of rising food and gas prices, increasing unemployment and turmoil in the housing and financial markets.
"We have unfinished business before us, and the American people expect us to get it done," Bush declared.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne stayed away from the Capitol on Monday night in case of a catastrophic attack or accident as President Bush delivered his seventh State of the Union address.