FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Tonight President Bush will address the nation about the financial crisis. He is expected to put pressure on Congress to pass the $700 billion financial bailout plan Treasury Secretary Paulson has put on the table.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the president earlier in the day for not explaining the plan to the American people. Tonight he will.
Then comes the hard part for Congress. They are scheduled to adjourn on Friday for the rest of the year... Bailout package or not.
And some lawmakers are more eager to leave Washington than others...
Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman from California said yesterday congress should stay put until they "find the right answer to this problem."
According to Politico.com, Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan and Republican Senator George Voinovich have both expressed doubts that a consensus on the bailout can be reached by Friday. Senator Sherrod Brown, the Democrat from Ohio, said "if it takes two or three weeks, that's okay."
But we haven't heard much from other lawmakers about sticking around in order to solve this problem.
Of course the President could order them to stay.
Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear from President Bush tonight about the financial crisis?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Absolutely nothing. There is no explanation or solution that he can possibly offer for not doing something sooner to have prevented this situation.
I want to hear one thing: "I'm sorry. I am sorry that my administration has yet again failed you, the American people." Think I'll get that?
I'll listen to what Bush says tonight, but honestly, with his history of failures coupled with the fact that I have little respect for or trust in him, I probably won't give much credit to anything he says.
Barbara from New York writes:
Nothing. He has no credibility. He has proven himself to be an opportunistic liar. I'm more interested in what John Stewart will have to say about what Bush says.
Josh from Maryland writes:
I want to hear: Oops, my bad. This trickle down economic philosophy sounded really good at the country club.
Alan from San Diego, California writes:
Frankly, I don't really care much about what he has to say. I'm skeptical that this really is a valid emergency as he and Paulson say it is, and given that the Administration plan has asked for absolute and unquestioned powers to do whatever they felt was necessary to 'resolve' this it makes me even more skeptical.
Jon from Pennsylvania writes:
I want to hear "I'm going to let someone else fix this."