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Bush’s Farewell Address – Not The Final Chapter

President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Ron Edmonds
President Bush speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

President George W. Bush will be on TV tonight to deliver his farewell address.

It’ll be “W’s” final televised opportunity to put his own imprint on his legacy before he leaves office. He’ll do all this in front of a friendly crowd of invited guests gathered in the White House East Room. The rest of us will have to watch it on our TVs at 8 p.m. EST.

The White House says it will be his last major appearance before power transfers to Barack Obama on Inauguration Day.

Mr. Bush has recently, through a series of news conferences, speeches and interviews, tried to re-shape how history might judge him - even though - he has repeatedly said it will be up to the historians to define his years in office. He says now, "I leave town with a great sense of accomplishment and my head held high."

Recently in an Oval Office interview, Bush said tonight's speech would include “a lot of thanks and a lot of praise for folks in the country, thank you for letting me serve, and probably go through a little bit of lessons learned.” He added, “Whatever I say, it shouldn’t be very long.”

I’m sure he’s saving the "long" stuff for his book.

And this programming note: "CNBC REPORTS: PRESIDENT BUSH'S FINAL ADDRESS TO THE NATION" WILL AIR TONIGHT 7PM-9PM

Send me your suggestions for the title of the President's book and your other comments? bullishonbooks@cnbc.com

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