Washington -- President George W. Bush today announced that he would be leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democratic Party.
In a brief announcement at the White House, the president stated that the departure was not intended to disparage the Republican Party, which had been very good to him for many years; however, he wished to demonstrate a spirit of partisanship in the highly bipartisan arena of Washington politics.
"The Democratical Party has shown that it is more opener to the policies and ideas of their own members," the President said. "I am a believer, and I believe, as I am certain all American believers believe, that we can no longer continue with the bickering and backstabbering that existed until today. With the American people once again under the total control of a single political ideology, we can better serve the interests of the American government."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) welcomed the President.
"The Democrats have always been the party of inclusion," she said. "And it is really not terribly surprising," she continued. "His Prescription Drug Plan, the nation building in Iraq, the huge uncontrollable growth of government in general . I knew deep down he was a Democrat all along."