WEEK IN REVIEW: Bush Stays in White House

BUSH ELECTED: Shortly after 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, President George W. Bush received a phone call from Sen. John Kerry, to concede the 2004 presidential election. “Congratulations, Mr. President,” a “very gracious” Kerry reportedly told Bush. The president delivered a brief victory speech later that day, telling the public, “We had a long night and a great night.” Thanking Americans for their support and for their record turnout at the polls, the commander in chief said, “I am humbled by the confidence and trust of my fellow citizens.

Bush, Kerry Square Off over Iraq War

The war in Iraq took center stage during Thursday night’s debate, with Sen. John Kerry calling President Bush’s invasion of the country “a colossal error in judgment,” while the incumbent hammered home his message that the world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.

Bush Vows to 'Confront Threats to America'

Pres. George W. Bush took center stage at the Republican National Convention in New York City Thursday night and accepted his party’s nomination to run for a second term.

During his 62-minute speech he took aim at terrorists, taxes and his Democratic opponent John Kerry and, never mentioning Osama bin Laden, defended his decision to go to war in Iraq after the events of Sept. 11.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Kerry-Edwards Make a Team

KERRY’S CHOICE: North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was named as the running mate for Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. Edwards, 51, is said to have met privately with Kerry, 60, last week in Washington after calling short a family visit to Disney World in Florida, said NBC. Edwards, a former lawyer who made a run this year for the Democratic presidential nomination, is known as an energetic vote-getter and has been compared to Bill Clinton in his dynamic speaking ability. George W. Bush dismissed Edwards by saying of his own veep, “Dick Cheney can be President.”

Stars Raise $7.5 Mil for Kerry-Edwards

New York’s Radio City Music Hall became a 6,000-seat Democratic convention Thursday night, as stars took the great stage to sing the praises of the new John Kerry-John Edwards ticket – and to pour $7.5 million into the campaign’s coffers.

Whoopi Goldberg, in what is being described as an X-rated routine, momentarily watched her language to greet Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry, then peered into the crowd – which included Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Bon Jovi – to find Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, reports the Associated Press.

Stars Rally for John Kerry Campaign

Brooklyn’s best, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, are tuning up to sing together for the first time in 24 years on Thursday, topping the bill at an all-star Los Angeles fundraiser for Democratic hopeful John Kerry.

A New York concert, with a different celebrity cast, is set for July 8, Reuters reports.

On the bicoastal roster, reports Reuters: Mary J. Blige, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Crystal and the Dave Matthews Band.