WASHINGTONPresident Bush congratulated President-Elect Obama Wednesday, offering a moving tribute to his successor that invoked Martin Luther King and the struggle for civil rights.

“No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday,” Bush said from the Rose Garden of the White House.

“Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day,” Bush said. “This moment is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggle for civil rights with their own eyes and, four decades later, see a dream fulfilled.”

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