"John," President Bush told Republican presidential nominee John McCain Tuesday night, "you gave it your all. I'm proud of you and I'm sorry it didn't work out. You didn't leave anything on the playing field."
Bush called McCain, who conceded earlier to President-elect Barack Obama, at 11:38 p.m.
"Your statement was fabulous and very classy. Please give our love to Cindy," Bush said. The president plans to make further comments Wednesday morning from the Rose Garden.