A transcript of tonight's speech by President Bush:
I address you tonight, not as the President of the United States, not as a Leader of a Country, but as a citizen of humanity. We are faced with the very gravest of challenges, the bible calls this day Armageddon.The end of all things, and yet for the first time in the history of the Planet, a species has the technology to prevent it’s own extinction. All of you praying with us need to know that everything that can be done to prevent this disaster is being called into service. The human thirst for excellence, knowledge, every step up the ladder of science, every adventurous reach into space all of our combined modern techologies and imaginations, even the wars we fought have provided us the tools to wage this terrible battle.Through all the chaos that is our history, through all of the wrong and the discord, through all of the pain and suffering, through all of our time. There is one thing that has nursed our souls and elevated our species above its orgins and that is our courage. The dreams of an entire planet are focused tonight on those fourteen brave souls travelling into the heavens and may we all citizens all oversee these events through.Godspeed and good luck to you.
Well, that was more or less it. One of the most unpopular presidents in recent times has invited the leaders of the most unpopular congress in history (and two members of that congress applying for his job) to Washington to attempt to negotiate a bipartisan solution. Reaching out to publicly invite Obama was a good move, I thought.
With a thousand ways to fuck this up and probably only a handful of ways to get it right, I would actually be more comfortable if Bruce Willis and Owen Wilson were invited. But not Ben Affleck.
UPDATE: What the prediction market has to say after the break.
Intrade price for US Government bailout plan to be passed by Congress by 9/30/2008
They seem generally positive, although easily spooked. In other words, typical.