Daily sign that the end is near: "President Bush created a special council yesterday to guide the transition to a new administration, another step toward the end of Bush's eight tumultuous years in office," Dan Eggen writes in The Washington Post.
Barack Obama finishes off his two-day bus tour in Ohio with rallies in Chillicothe at 9:40 am ET and Columbus at 1:20 pm ET. He then heads to Philadelphia for an evening fundraiser.
Joe Biden begins his Friday with a rally in Springfield, Mo. at 12:30 pm ET then heads to Chicago for a fundraiser -- where he'll appear with Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.
John McCain holds a rally in La Crosse, Wis., at 11 am ET, followed by a second rally in Lakeville, Minn. at 5 pm ET.
A busy Friday for Sarah Palin -- she attends back-to-back fundraisers in Cincinnati at 8:30 am ET and Cleveland at noon. In the Cleve, she then attends a ribbon cutting at the Michael T. George Center for Community Living at 2:15 pm ET, before heading to Pittsburgh for a third fundraiser at 5:30 pm ET.
At the White House, President Bush addresses the nation regarding the economic crisis (a presidential address -- that's what the stock market has been missing!) at 10:25 am ET from the Rose Garden.
Per ABC's Lisa Chinn, of the president's nine previous formal statements since the bailout bill was proposed, the market has gone up that day twice. (One statement came on a weekend.)
And don't miss Palin's time on the ice Saturday night in Philadelphia, when the vice-presidential nominee drops the puck at the Flyers' opener against the New York Rangers. (Real question: Will she fare better than Santa Claus in Philly?)
"We'd achieved our objective with getting the national attention." -- Kurt Gibson, a member of Gov. Sarah Palin's oil and gas team, on why outside PR help was no longer necessarily once Palin was named John McCain's running mate.
"Pee-pants over here." -- Darrell Hammond, as John McCain, with a new twist on "that one" on the Thursday night "SNL" special.
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