Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Thursday, January 15.
- Watch President Bush’s final address tonight at 8 pm ET. Watch to see what he says and how he says it. Pay attention to what issues and achievements he mentions and what he leaves out in this farewell to the country. See what kind of tone he sets as he leaves the White House and what kind of reception the speech gets.
- Watch to see Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton both giving farewell speeches in the Senate this morning. Biden will speak at 10 am ET and Clinton at 11 am ET. Watch to see the theatrics and drama of those two speeches.
- Watch the progress on some of the trickier cabinet nominations. No one expects any of President-elect Obama’s nominees to be knocked down and not confirmed by the Senate. But watch to see what happens with the more controversial choices as they come before the Senate. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder’s hearing before the judiciary committee begins today at 9:30 am ET and will likely include questions about his role in the 2001 pardon of financier Marc Rich. Also watch to see what happens in the controversy over Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner’s taxes and housekeeper.