In the Rose Garden of the White House this morning, Bush congratulated Obama on his “impressive victory,” praising "the vitality of America's democracy and the strides we have made toward a more perfect union." "No matter how they cast their ballots, all America can be proud of the history that was made yesterday," he said. Bush promised Obama would be kept "fully informed" of executive decisions until the inauguration on January 20 and said he had invited the Obamas to the White House. "Laura and I are looking forward to welcoming them as soon as possible," he said. He also praised McCain on his "determined campaign."