President Bush used his final State of the Union speech Monday to call for a quick shot in the arm for the economy in "a period of uncertainty" and touted last year's progress in the ongoing war in Iraq.
With his approval ratings in the low 30s, an opposition-led Congress and his presidency overshadowed by the race for his successor, Bush offered little new.
But he urged lawmakers to work together to complete unfinished business and called for quick steps to bolster an economy unsettled by a housing and credit crunch.
"At kitchen tables across our country, there is concern about our economic future," the president told the nation in his annual address.
"In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth. But in the short run, we can all see that growth is slowing."