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September 24th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

What do you want to hear from Bush tonight about the economy?

Bush will be addressing the Nation tonight about the $700 billion dollar bailout plan.

Bush will be addressing the Nation tonight about the $700 billion dollar bailout plan.

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?

Paula writes:
Absolutely nothing. There is no explanation or solution that he can possibly offer for not doing something sooner to have prevented this situation.

Anthony writes:
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?

Melanie writes:
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."

soundoff (381 Responses)
  1. Anthony Maffia

    The truth! For a change would be nice.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Elinor White

    I want to ask Pres. Bush why this bailout can't be in the form of a loan, with interest? Isn't this what we did for Chrysler?

    September 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Brian Becker

    I don't want to hear him talk about the economy. I want to hear of his resignation. Nothing would help improve investor confidence than that.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Meryl from NYC

    the TRUTH – that is what I want to hear from BUSH, what I am afraid we will get from him is what Congressman OAXLEY got when he went to the White house in 2005 to get the President to support a BI PARTISAN BILL to fix fannie and freddie – OAXLEY said " I GOT THE ONE FINGER SALUTE"

    September 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Glenn in California

    I hope we're not going to hear about attacking the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Pliny - St. Louis, MO

    Jack,
    I'd like to hear Bush explain why this is the government's fault and that free market capitalism is what we need to return to. It'll never happen though.

    Pliny,
    St. Louis, MO

    September 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Glenn in California

    I hope we're not going to hear about attacking the economy over there before it attacks us over here.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    I call it the trickle up theory. Take these Billions ot trillions of dollars and distribute it equally among all of the people who got taken to the cleaners by these ceo crooks.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  9. Frances

    I really would like to never hear anything from George Bush again. He has no idea what he is talking about., and if he does you cannot trust him to really be honest with the american people. Just a short time ago all he had to say was that the economy was strong, or that the economy was on an upswing. And now he comes out with these dome and gloom press conferences.

    Hampton, Virginia

    September 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Candee

    From Jacksonville, Fl.
    Let's see, what do I wanna here from Mr Bush? Hmmm? Not a damn thing!

    September 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Colleen, Weddington NC

    I want to hear that he was wrong; that the economy is not sound, that it is in the worst conditition since the Great Depression and that he is sorry to the American people for being asleep at the wheel and letting us get into this mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I want to hear that he's stepping down right now, having finally come to the realization that he's totally useless, and he'll be handing the keys to the White House over to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Paul

    Jack, I want to hear him say he is sorry that he helped get us in this mess. Fat chance.
    Paul
    Texas

    September 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  14. donta

    I would love to hear that he just messed up and made a bonehead mistake !
    ft. knox , ky

    September 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  15. Mike B. from Toledo

    what i want to hear from W. is that there is only one way out of this mess he has gotten us into...elect Barack Obama

    September 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    That the responsible people would get arrested, sent to prison and that their bonuses would be confiscated and given back to the American people. Further the $700 billion would be distributed to the tax payer since it is our money that would jump start the economy in a heart beat and keep people from losing their homes. Did I forget to say Bush needs to go to the lock up too?

    September 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  17. Dave in MO

    It's all the Liberals fault!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  18. Fem, Knoxville, Tenn.

    Jack,

    I will like him to say something like " I have betrayed your trust, I have let you down and I am no longer worthy of leading your nation. I will therefore like to announce my resignation."

    I do not expect anything less.

    Fem, Knoxville, Tenn.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Jayne

    I don't want to hear word one from Mr. Bush about the economy or any other matter. He's an untrustworthy individual who will no doubt give the direst of warnings in order to get his way. This is like deja vu all over again. Remember how we got into the Iraq War?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Raoul - Lake City, SC

    It's my fault, America. I take full responsiblility for this financial crisis and I am resigning as President of the United States, effective immediately. Oh, and I'm taking Dick Cheney with me.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Mike - Nashville TN

    I am not sure he will have anything to add that we did not hear this morning. Which is to be expected. Given he is not a financial expert, his focus will be on making us feel good. Which means he will parrot what he likes from this morning, leaving us the same as before. I wish him luck.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  22. Jan NY

    I don't. Why would we want to listen to someone who has lied to us throughout his administration? Do you think he would tell you the truth now? I for one will not be watching.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  23. John

    The truth, such as the economy is a mess thanks to 20 years of bad policy and that the $700 billion is nothing more than a power grab to separate the working people from everything we own so that the US can become a third world country quicker so that the rich feel even richer.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  24. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    What I would like to hear from Bush tonight is something that has seldom entered into any of his speeches; THE TRUTH!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  25. Jane in CA

    That his entire administration is resigning and letting the Democrats clean up the mess. That criminal charges will be brought against any and all who committed fraud. That the millions in Wall Street bonuses that were paid out based on that fraud would be repaid to the shareholders of their companies.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  26. Robin

    Just two words.....
    Buh Bye!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  27. Derek New Jersey

    Due to this financial mess, I shall resign effective immediately.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Daisy

    The only thing he could tell me is that he is staying out of the mess he and the Republicans made!! He should say he will let people who know what to do handle the mess!! He should also admit to he led this country into the worst economic mess since the Great Depression!! He should also tell the country he is SORRY!!!!~

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Jon Lamont

    Nothing at all. He's irrelevant. The only reason I'll tune in at all is to hear Rachel Maddow's take on it. Oops, can I mention her here?

    Jon Lamont
    Preston, CT

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  30. Ed from Twin Bridges Montana

    I want to hear Bush say "Ooops. My bad." And once he says that I'll have some stock in a frozen hell for sale.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  31. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    what can he say? he can't take it back he got us into this mess and these wars and he is leaving in days and he could real careless.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  32. Wendy

    I'd like an apology from President Bush for spending his two terms in office taking this country down so many wrong roads and leaving the American people holding the bag.

    I would also appreciate him deferring to Congress to determine what we should do about the horrible state of our economy.

    That's it, Jack. He should just give an apology and defer to Congress.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  33. Tom Huntington,NY

    I haven't believed anything Dubaya has said since he first started talking about WMD's. Why would I listen now?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  34. ajks

    Jack, at this point do you think that anybody would believe what he says?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    Just a simple apology with an explanation and resignation such as:
    " I'm sorry, I'm an idiot, Dick will take it from here.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  36. Ellen Rich

    No, no and NO! What insight can he possibly bring the citizens of the US? Are they kidding...why would they do this? This tilts the bailout into the don't do catagory if Bush wants it.

    Ellen
    Alexandria, Virginia

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  37. ann lee, Warne, N.C. 28908

    There is nothing that he can tell this retired, living on a fixed income person that I don't already know. What I would really like to hear is that he has been arrested, tried and found guilty of treason.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  38. Dennis from NM

    An apology!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  39. Susan, Fraser MI

    I want to hear why, if a company screws up and needs federal bail-out, he still gets his Golden Parachute. During the Hoover Administration and in 1999 in Japan, moey was given in the same way, and using the same language. The Fat Cat's got their money, got out, and banks still failed!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  40. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    Nothing , he is a has been. Will be watching cable and then
    continue watching Larry King Live after it is preempted for
    the Bill Clinton interview. Did Bush schedule this to preempt
    Good TV? After all the public deserves some diversion!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  41. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I'd like to hear that the proposal has a likely chance of returning all of the "$700 million" loan and I'd like to hear that there is a re-regulation plan that would put back into place at least half of the safeguards that existed thirty years ago, so that nothing like this could ever happen again.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  42. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack I stopped listening to George Bush several years ago. His face just reminds me of all the misery he has brought this country in the debacle of the Iraq War, the decline of America's position in the world, and a failing economy. The middle class and poor have suffered greatly over the last 8 years. Think how many young lives have been lost to HIS needless war.

    I am looking forward to January and his retirement and the election of Barack Obama/Joe Biden!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  43. Susan, Indianapolis

    NOTHING!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  44. Toni Smith

    I would like him to tell us why, if they had a plan in place for a while, and knew this crisis was at hand, did they try to ram their proposal through Congress, in the same fashion as they did with their 9-11 proposal?

    And, having known of the crisis for a while, how come they could only produce 3 pages for Congress to act on?

    Also, If it was as critical as they claim it to be, why the scare tactics?

    Finally, why has President Bush been absent from the scene, if he deems his country to be in dire straits?

    Toni S. Augusta, GA

    September 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  45. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    What I want to hear and what I will hear are two totally different things. I would like to hear Bush admit,along with the economy,how he has been a complete failure in every aspect of his terrible administration. How he ruined the economy by foolishly invading Iraq,cutting taxes for the wealthy,squandering billions overseas while our infrastructure has rotted away,etc. There ain't a snowballs' chance in hell that we'll hear this from a president who didn't even have the backbone to mingle with a crowd that didn't agree with his idiotic policies.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  46. Todd

    His resignation.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  47. Barb B Mpls

    Personally, nothing he says interests me.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  48. Jay-Mississippi

    I would love for him to say ladies and gentleman McCain is correct. The fundamentals of our economy is strong. Your financial hardships and this current bailout crisis is in each and everyones imagination. Thank You; Goodnight

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  49. just a voter in Kansas

    I want to hear him apologize for lying and getting us into this war which has drastically affected our debt burden.
    I want to hear him say he doesn't want to increase our debt by doing this Wall Street bail-out.
    I want to hear him say the crooks on Wall Street will not be rewarded but will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
    I want to hear him say his party has had 8 years, have screwed up just about everything and now it's time to turn over power to the Democrats and elect Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  50. Karyn

    I would like to hear why he ignored the new PDB talking about the impending Wall St. Crisis.....

    oh yeah, there wasn't one. Just a contingency plan put into place by those in this administration MONTHS AND WEEKS before this hit.........
    you can ask Tony Fratto 'bout that one....he is on record at rollcall.com about that.
    So, it would be nice to hear from Bush why they 'sat on their hands waiting for THIS one too......

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  51. scott

    A detailed plan would be nice. Sorry I forgot Bush is president.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  52. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Oh boy, Jack, that's a loaded question! I would like to hear that while he was at the helm our nation has suffered! I would like to hear that while he was in charge our national debt DOUBLED........and that he is sorry!
    I would like to hear that Wall Street CEO's will have to give back the billions they received in bonuses last Christmas, as well as the bonuses they gave to all their employees! Not going to happen. Its obvious that we, hard-working-tax-payers, will be saddled with more debt while Wall Street-types walk away with billions!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  53. Phil

    I'd like to hear his justification for continuing golden parachutes for the crooked CEO's.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  54. Patrick in Maryland

    Jack,

    George Bush needs to calm the Markets by announcing an independent bi-partisan investigation into Banking and in the process assure the American Middle Class that their American Dream of owning a home is still a reality. Unfortunately too much money has been spent on a pre-emptive War. Bush and his administration should be included in the investigation. It is high time they paid for their crimes against the American People. Then the rest of the World would finally start to believe in us again. Bush will probably blame the Democratic Congress which has only been around for 2 years without a voting majority.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  55. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    I would like to see him do a Jimmy Swaggart. Spread out his arms and with tears in his eyes say, "Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned."

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  56. tom cassidy-florida

    The date of his trial.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  57. John, Winston Salem, NC

    I want to hear that he will have nothing to do with it in the future.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  58. Janet of Illinois

    I also don't want to hear George Bush say anything. I've never seen
    a Republican candidate try to distance himself from the Republican
    president like McCain has been doing. It doesn't make any difference
    what Bush says, the American people don't believe him. He has lost all credability. They should have done something a couple years ago about the housing crisis. There was a reason for the housing bubble.
    I'd also like to see them take away some of the profits from the oil
    companies. If people didn't have to spend so much on transportation,
    they would have more money to spend on other things. Price of groceries would come down. It all comes back to housing and oil.
    Bush's buddies.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  59. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    Something new and useful but I don't think that will happen. I often heard people say Bush was the kind of person you could have a beer with and thats why they voted for him. Well so was Otis from Mayberry, but nobody wanted to hear from him either, but at least he had the decency to lock himself up at night.

    Bennie
    Avon, IN

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  60. Baltimore James

    I'm voting for Barack.

    It truly is the only thing that man could say at this point that would convince me that he isn't a complete and utter fool.

    Baltimore James
    Los Angeles, California

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  61. Dave Atlanta

    One meaningful sentence if it is possible.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  62. Pete, Lexington MA.

    What I would love to hear is how he is going to get us out of this mess. What I would expect to hear is that this is a justification to attack Iran. What I *will* be hearing is the Red Sox game as I pay bills...and pray.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  63. Ray, Florida

    I want to hear just three little word's, from President Bush tonight Jack!

    I AM SORRY!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  64. Rose, London

    I'd like Bush to say: "I've said I take full responsibility for many things, but I haven't paid a price for anything I've screwed up. Since I screwed up the reaction to 9/11, Iraq, outing a CIA agent;, the economy, etc. I would like to fire Cheney and then resign."

    Rose, London

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  65. mary stewart

    i do not want to hear from 'W' anymore.....this fiasco is the frosting on the cake and he wants that money fast and quick to cover his own hide...i do not want a bailout..i ve called every congressman to say so and trust me the economy will not melt and we will recover...it may not be pretty for awhile but throwing good money after bad is basic 8th grade accounting...no bailout....the thieves seem very greedy ,don t they???/

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  66. Shane from Montreal

    Nothing. The less this mans speaks before he leaves office the better.

    Has there ever been a President who's done more damage in 8 years than he has??

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  67. Talessian

    As a Canadian, I'd love to hear Mr Bush come clean with his pre-emptive strike on the economy, how he will drag (firstly) Americans into a financial hole, and that will drag many other nations into a financial war, and worse. Then he should review how his pre-emptive strike on terrorism "saved" Afghanistan and Iraq from the clutches of some other orchestrated jasmine-scented bs. Better: he should just consider the options "SLOWLY" before storming ahead and invading like a jackrabbit on amphetamines. And Americans are obligated to avoid repetitive patterns of lunacy.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  68. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    "We will not be fixing these peoples' problems for them. If they can't learn from making their own mistakes, they do not deserve a third chance. We will be changing a few laws in order to close any loopholes that they may have exploited on their way down, and bring this nation back to a real free market economy, with next to no govenrment interference."

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  69. Todd / Iowa

    Honestly Jack I don't want to hear anything else from GW Bush except Good-Bye. Haven't we heard enough from the CEO President? I'm tired of being lied to by someone that I'm smarter than.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  70. Toni myrtle beach, SC

    First an apology to the middle class. (it won't have to be long, there's so few middle class left. Then I want his resignation, along with his admission that it was his anti-main street policies that got us into this mess. After that he can crawl quietly back under a rock.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  71. Dante,vienna Austria

    my fellow Americans,,,i hereby tender my resignation and hope you guys elect the democrats because they know how to clean up mess like this.Remember 90"s.Thank you and God bless the united states of America.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  72. dennis Ky

    Bush might be moving his lips but are we sure it's not Cheney or Rove or McCain that we will be hearing?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  73. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    As yet another crisis has emerged due to my incapacity to lead this nation, I resign.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  74. Mike Bardini

    "Neither I, my administration, Congress nor Wall Street knows what the hell we are doing so by executive order, I am moving up the elections to the first week in October in order to bring in qualified people to deal with our gross mismanagement your money. I have also instructed the FBI to arrest all CXO level executives at these failed firms on charges of fraud and the first plane load of these crooks should be arriving in Gitmo as I speak."

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  75. Laura from Willis, TX.

    I am a recent Retiree'. I suppose I shouldn't believe in Fairy Tales at my age.
    However, wouldn't it be great if this horrible excuse of a President would actually tell the truth for ONCE?
    He lies, has an awful attitude; has mis-managed our Country and obviously misuderstood "reality" on quite a number of occasions.
    Hopefully he'll pull the plug on the well-to-do upper crusts of these institutions. Hopefully, honesty and his resignation would certainly make my evening.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  76. Mitzi Chandler

    Nothing! What can he say? Haven't the American people heard enough from this dim witted moron? Think I'll just go rent a movie.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  77. Kel in Auburn, AL

    A speech without any of these "lovable", unintelligent slip-ups of his. A bushism-free evening would be nice, but I think we all know that's not going to happen

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  78. karen raleigh

    That he is personally responsible for this chaos and that he will take care of the tab.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  79. Greg Lancaster, Tx

    American people I am sorry that I let you down. Be thankful that you have only a few more months of my administration.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  80. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I would really like to hear that he and Cheney are resigning. But since that won't happen, I would like to hear that he is going to work with the Congress to hammer out the best bi-partisan economic package that can be created. Unfortunately, I think that we'll hear more scare tactics–because he does want his way. I hope that he doesn't get it.

    Troy, Ohio

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  81. Joy Ferguson

    Not really anything, because you can't believe what he says! After all the lies and the devious things he has done this last 8 years...why should we pay any attention now? One of my wishes is that he and Cheney get charged for war crimes after Obama takes office. I've never in my lifetime seen a President get away with what he has. I think it Bill Clinton were running for President he would beat by at least 20 or 30 points.

    Joy from Texas

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  82. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    I would like Bush to try to convince Americans that the $50.5 Million he received from the finance industry since the 2000 election has in no way, shape or form influenced his decision to fast track a bailout bill with no limits placed on CEO pay.
    But, I don't think that will make it into his speech.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  83. Kent, Winston Salem, NC

    I am so sorry I messed things up so bad for you and you grandchildren. I know it may be to late, and I know I will go down in the history books as the worst leader in US history, but I hope you dont mind if I just get out of the way and let more intellegent and more qulified people than I am get us out of the hole that I led us in.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  84. Gina from Ohio

    Does anyone out there really care. He's coming in, unwanted, to do the job that Paulson and Bernake couldn't do. But the American people aren't drinking the kool aid this time and cannot be convinced that $700 billion, no strings attached, is the only solution. The only way to agree to this it to tie high interest payments to the loan or allow the government to share a stake in their profits.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  85. Michael Okojie

    Sorry folks, we messed up again!!!

    Michael
    Baltimore, MD

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  86. Jim Howland

    I'd like to hear Presidents Bush and Cheney announce their simultaneous resignations, and offer a hearty "good luck fixing this mess!" to President Pelosi.

    But I'll settle for _not_ hearing that we're giving Wall Street 48 hours to surrender before we begin bombing.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  87. Renee A.

    I want to hear him endorse Obama/Biden!

    Ft.Lauderdale,fl

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  88. Ed

    I would like to hear him open with rhetoric describing an end of the world financial crisis with grave consequences for all plant and animal life on the planet. His typical smirk, after which he loses his train of thought and begins to ad lib about the necessity for unsupervised unlimited control of the economy in order to conceal a global money laundering operation of unprecedented proportions, a sinister plot to separate most Americans from home ownership by selling mortgages across the globe, keeping prices high, mortgages high, taxes high and Americans in debt at interest paid to the likes of Russia, China etc. Some faux pas blunder giving us a glimpse of the purpose of this engineered financial crisis. Finish of the speech with Bush walking off stage, tripping and acting like he meant to do that.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  89. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I don't want to hear a thing from that goofball. Every time I see him on TV, I hit the mute button. I don't know who knows less about the economy - Bush or McCain. Now, Obama has a fabulous economic team around him. THEY should be the ones doing the talking!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  90. Marie Ontario

    For years now people world wide have talked about how Bush was the biggest buffoon to ever lead a country.

    Now he has gained a lot more recognition for his brilliance compared to the Republican's nominee to be his replacement so anything he says may be a vast improvement over anything else you might hear from this office if John McCain ever manages to get elected. He was a POW you know.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  91. DC, Connecticut

    Does this man have any credibility left worth taking the time to hear him speak? We continue to mistake leadership as something based on position or bravado with little regard for what substance is actually there. January 20, 2009 can not come soon enough.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  92. Larry -- darn near Craword TX

    What I want to hear from Bush tonight about the economy is something Bush cannot produce. I want an honest, informed evaluation of the situation and a complete, intellegent solution proposed. In other words, leadership. All we will probabaly get is a few sighs, some "hard work," and more blah blah blah that is totally meaningless and without value.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  93. Carol in Massachusetts

    It doesn't matter, no one will believe anything he says.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  94. Lisa from AZ

    Jack, I would find great relief if Bush says that he is going to his ranch for the last few months of this administration... on vacation. Don't worry America. If we've learned anything in the last eight years, we've learned that Bush does best when he is doing nothing at all.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  95. Ann from S.C.

    I would like to hear President Bush say, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry for not seeing that oversight and regulation were in place to avoid this finanacial meltdown. I'm sorry that government spending is out of control. I'm sorry I wasn't paying attention to financial activity in this country."

    P.S. I'm not holding my breath.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  96. gary o

    Ok, I'm at a loss as to what giving 700 billion dollars to giant companies is going to do. Besides prolong the agony. (and make the companies even richer)

    Seems to me that if they're going to throw the money away, they should just take it and pay off the American citizens credit card debt which would instantly give them access to more goods and services. Including giving them room to pay their mortgages. After all, the main problem with the whole mess, IMHO, is the fact that the credit card companies gouged them out of credit in the first place. Give it back to the people, not to the companies that stole it in the first place. They still get their money but at a hell of a lot less interest. (Sucks being them, huh?)

    But I guess it's un-American to help the people. Big companies come first.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  97. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Citizens of the United States of America! Mistakes have been made and I admit and accept my role in these crimes. I am now tendering my resignation as your president,effective at noon tomorrow. Good Bye!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  98. Patrick Ft Myers, FL

    That he will do his part by not taking his government pension and benefits. And will forgo Secret Service protection when he is out of the White House as a good faith effort in this debacle.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  99. Glen T. Moore

    I would like to hear Pres. Bush quote Thomas Jefferson's comment on the economy and debt. Mr. Jefferson said "I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not allow our RULERS load us with perpetual debt." Well, thats a stretch for him to quote Mr. Jefferson, but someone needs to inform him that Jefferson might have known Bush would come along.
    Thanks
    Glen
    Chelsea, OK

    September 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  100. roxanne Spring Valley new york

    What can George Bush say to me.My next door neighbor is gone the house is empty and in foreclosure and she worked 16 hours a day at a local hospital.My brother is out of work he worked at Lehman Bros. and didn't get out with a golden parachute just a theres the door.I have been fighting for two years trying to get health insurance after my medical leave was up and am now on disability with medicaid that none of my doctors take and to add insult to injury I just got a 8,000 dollar tax bill for 2006 based on a write-off from one of those wallstreet banking institutions.One of those banks that they are asking us to bailout now.What can George Bush say to me not a damn thing Jack just get out and go to the ranch.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  101. steve Fayetteville, AR

    He should announce another economic stimulus package in the form of an 800 million dollar tax rebate

    September 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  102. lyn

    I would like to hear him apologize to the American . " Go Obama & Biden "

    September 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  103. Rachael in Princeton, NJ

    I would like to hear that they were wrong when they said they needed 700 billion dollars of our money to get us out of this mess. I'd like to hear that they're going to start enforcing more regulation to keep greedy Wall St in check from now on. I'd like to hear that this is all a bad dream and when I wake up tomorrow, my 401k will still be there.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  104. Mike B. (Louisiana)

    Jack,

    I would like for him to stand up and admitt that this is the Republicans and his own mess. I would like to hear that he and his party has profited, off the hard working Middle Class. I would like to hear that they will return all the money that they have Jacked from the hard working Americans, and that he will start his exit stage left earily. One could dream can one.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  105. Linda Richards

    Nothing. I wouldn't believe him and I won't be watching. He's looking for new WMD's (Ways to Make $ Disappear) and this time, they will find them and will take all our loot.
    Linda in NJ

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  106. Elle from Pullman, WA

    I don't think he should even bother to talk. Nobody wants to hear what he has to say. He got us into this mess and he doesn't have the guts (or the brains) to get us out. Looks like tonight is "movie" night for me.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  107. Bobbie

    I want to hear that he is resigning over this massive mess he has gotten our great country into. And the fat cats of Wall Street will be going to a lengthy prison term. Nothing more.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  108. chuck baugh

    I would like to hear that Bush, Cheney and all Congressional members on any financial committee were resigning!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  109. Diana- Las Vegas

    The truth would be nice – but all Pres. Bush has told us is lies!!! Why didn't he come out last week when all of our financial problems came to a head. What is he going to say that we already don't know – we are in for one hell of a ride. I don't need him to tell me that because I already know that! It's a shame he has waited this long to tell us anything and what he said so far is nothing except we are in troubled times AGAIN.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  110. Bruce St Paul MN

    I expect to hear that we need to make the tax cuts permanent, that we should privatize social security to get more money slipping through Wall Street's fingers. I expect to hear that if we don't hand over total control of everything to the executive branch, the world might possibly end in four or five days. I expect a totally manipulative power grab. But your question was what do I want to hear? I want to hear that he is listening to all sides and taking their advice, including oversight, accountability, stock shares, and default reevaluation. And if he could just mention that he has no idea what he's saying, that would be sweet.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  111. wanda j brown

    Hi Jack,
    What do I want to hear Pres. "Dubya" say? Not a Damn thing!!! Unless he wants to leave the whitehouse early, before something else gets screwed up on HIS WATCH!!!!!! I'm all for letting him and his old sidekick Cheney take an extended vacation until Jan. 20th. Its not
    like anyone in the country cares, not NOW!!!!

    Wanda J. Brown
    Horn Lake, MS

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  112. Anna - Santa Teresa, New Mexico

    Let's see WMD in Iraq – there was none. Iraq was getting uranium from an African country – not true. I will fire anyone who had anything to do with the outing of a CIA agent – didn't happen. Mission accomplished – yeah right. Do you see a pattern here Jack? This president can't say anything that will make me believe him.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  113. Janice Pound

    Nothing of value. If anyone caught his little speech on C-SPAN yesterday you would have been mortified. Actually he ;again ;didn't know what he was talking about, and babbled incoherently. As his mental age is 10-12 yrs.. it was understandable. He is this county's biggest albatross. Maybe he'll admit He, McCain, Paulson & Graham were wrong when they destroyed our regulatory process and pushed thru that legislation to abolish it HA-HA-HA!!! When pigs fly!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  114. Mary - California

    I would like to hear him say that we, the people, do not have to carry the responsibility of this bailout, since we had nothing to do with it.
    I would like to hear him go after the Financial Institution CEO's that
    caused this mess and let them take the responsibility.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  115. Ashley Allen - England

    I don't want to hear anything, he should convey his message through mime.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  116. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Neither Bush, nor McCain, nor Obama know much or anything about economics and finance. I would rather hear a joint presentation by Greenspan, Robert Reich, and Pres. Clinton. And John Maynard Keynes, while we are at it, but that might be a bit difficult to arrange.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  117. Marcia from Indiana

    OH NO!!! He's going to touch the economy-Whatever this man touches disintigrates. I don't want to hear anything he has to say-he is the lamest of lame ducks and will go down as the worst President ever. Herbert Hoover just got a reprieve. Bush with so little time left should just keep his mouth shut but when has that ever bothered the ego man.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  118. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    SORRY & GOODBYE!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  119. john pryor

    NOTHINHG!!!...NOTHING!!!...NOTHING!!!...and then....NOTHING!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  120. Juan Ortega-Valencia CA.

    Fellow Americans, for your hard work, dedication and commitment to come to the rescue of the stock market and other big corporations, we the government want to reward you by issuing an additional stimulus check to all hard working Americans (legal) in the amount of $1million which would only cost the senate and the department of treasury a total amount of $350 million, for which I believe it will dramatically stimulate the economy and put at end to house market crunch and therefore getting us out of this economic crunch that you are all facing. Thank you and God Bless America.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  121. Chryssa

    Bush? Oh yeah, that guy. Doesn't matter what he says – I won't be listening. I'll be busy volunteering for Obama.

    Boise, ID

    September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  122. Marty

    Other than a sincere apology with real tears of remorse, nothing. Zip; zilch; zero; nada; nil.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  123. George

    After listening to him put a sell job on the citizens of our great Nation by using faulty information (lies) , I don't hope to hear anything positive. Everytime he opens his mouth it cost the taxpayers of this country billions, and billions of dollars. I expect more of the same tonight, and if the Congress gives him his way, I'll move to Canada..

    September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  124. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I want to know the important details of the 700 billion dollar bail out:
    1. I want to know what makes him think he can simply throw the burden of this bailout on the middle class, and not raise taxes on upper income Americans.
    2. I want to know how much of these taxpayer dollars are going into the pockets of lobbyists and special interest groups as part of the bailout.
    3. Most of all I want to know how much the CEO's of these failed businesses will be taking with them as part of this package.
    4.Lastly I want to know why he hasn't been impeached, along with his cohort, Cheney.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  125. Kathleen in Massachusetts

    This is what I would like to hear President Bush tell the banking executives who are waiting to see what kind of a hand-out they are going to get from American taxpayers:

    You can keep what you have now hidden in all your accounts, but there will NO MORE coming to you; if you go away quietly, we won't prosecute you for the downfall of the American economy.

    It won't save us much, but it's a start.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  126. Glen

    Nothing, as a American tax payer i vote NO to a $700 bil. bail out. help the American people Mr. Bush.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  127. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I would like to hear him say that he has listened to the people and the members of congress. That he has opened up his original bailout plan to include a majority equity stake for the taxpayers in all the institutions that benefit, stringent oversight, comprehensive regulation, and severe limitations on executive compensation.

    Unfortunately, he is more likely to say he has consulted with the almighty and tell us we just need to "trust" him and hand over the $700 million.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  128. Cynthia

    Nothing.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  129. Tom from Virginia

    Mr. Irrelevant. Who cares about him. He has been MIA through this whole crisis.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  130. Raphael in New York

    Jack, I would just like to hear that any governmernt monetary assistance is to help citizens keep their homes and their livelihoods and not to bail out the CEO's who contributed to the mess and are used to high salaries they don't deserve.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  131. Sue

    I'd like the truth and "straight talk". He needs to calm the fear that many of us are feeling.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  132. Holly in Knightdale, NC

    I would love to see if he can actually say the word R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N!!

    We're in it now, we have been for a while and he needs to acknowledge that.
    I would also like to hear him say that he won't be bailing out the millionaires and billionaires that caused this mess as well but I'm not that naive!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  133. Carolyn Stadler

    He really can't say anything that I would want to hear. He has lied to the American people from the time he went into office so why would I want to listen to a LIAR.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  134. Douglas in Minnesota

    A resignation speech would be nice, but I don't count on it. In lieu of this, I'd like President Bush - for once - to assume and admit his (lion's) share of responsibility for the financial and global-political mess this country is in. For once, don't blame the Democrats, the terrorists, and leaders of other countries for all of America's woes. Fess-up, and leave office with a tiny, miniscule, infinitesimally small crumb of dignity.

    But you know Jack, I really don't count on this happening, either.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  135. Harry Pierson Bradenton Fl

    What a sweet change it would be to hear someone tell
    the truth instead of what they think we would like to hear.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  136. Pat - Butte Montana

    Jack, what I would like to hear from President Bush is the truth for once. He should stand up and admit he and his administration made mistakes and take responsibility for the mess. If he doesn't it will only further the dissatisfaction with him and Washington.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  137. David Brooklyn, NY

    That there will be an oversight of this bailout and no parachute for the fat cats who put us in this mess in the first place! If we must pay then so should they! Enough is enough!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  138. Mary Losch

    Jack,
    I would like President Bush ( for once) to admit that his administration
    was wrong, he is sorry that he failed us and he takes responsibility.
    I would also like to win the lottery, find a cure for cancer and solve global warming The last three sound more possible then the first three.
    Mary L
    Salem, WI

    September 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  139. me46

    Who listens to bush?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  140. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't want to hear from Bush again until he announces he's a private citizen.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  141. Mary

    I am sorry, I made a mistake.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  142. Forrest in North Dakota

    I want to hear President Bush, the Master of Ceremonies of the Bailout Ball, introduce the next act...the 35 or so top executives of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns and AIG all dressed to the nines in their fancy prison stripes and leg-irons, doing their latest version of the Jailhouse Rock.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  143. Patti

    Read my Lips....Stop the Unethical Behavior on Wall Street ... and start being tough! Enact regulations, policies and heavy oversight that actually works and ends the present influences on Wall Street!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  144. Shirley -AK OHIO

    I don't know, but since the FBI has gotten involved, seems if everybody wants to scramble around to get this 700 billion bailout passed. I would call their bluff just to see how much they really need and how much is a cover-up for what the FBI is about to find because some people in high office is going to jail.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  145. Lisa

    I'd love to hear him take responsibility and apologize to the country. Of course that would only happen in an alternate reality.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  146. Christopher, Fort Wayne, IN

    I want to hear that they're going to rethink this whole idea, you know, actually THINK. It's something that Bush has proven incapable of over the last 8 years and it'd be nice for a change if he said he was going to reconsider the necessity for speed for this legislation to pass. Fat chance, huh?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  147. Louie C Wingo

    Jack, I want to hear thr truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I must be dreaming.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  148. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    Nothing. I stopped listening to him eight years ago.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  149. JW Georgia

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The man has blown his shot at keeping the American experiment alive. He's used his office for enriching his friends, pushing his religious agenda, making offensive war, and now during these last weeks of Bush/Cheney it appears fat cats are taking their last opportunity during his hapless watch to raid the treasury just one more time.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  150. Doug, AZ

    It’s not going to happen but I would like Bush, being our so-called president and leader, to take responsibility for this mess instead of blaming everyone else.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  151. Donna, Wisconsin

    Won't listen to him. Haven't in 7 years. The Dems need to support Obama's plans. Bush is nothing if not for the rich. Evil just gushes from him.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  152. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    The Truth would be nice for a change. But for me to be truthful, whenever Bush begins to speak, I change the channel. I can't stand to listen to him. He's an embrassment to this country with his foolish ways and awful English. How did he ever get throuht Yale?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  153. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Certainly not the same old Blah, Blah Blah Blah Blah.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  154. Ann Briggs

    I would like to hear: "I have failed. And failed misserably. I am NOT going to ask for this 700B bail out, let them crash, and the the american people fix this country, because they are the only ones that have a clue.
    AND>>>>> I QUIT !!
    Ann, Maine

    September 24, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  155. Gretchen from Denver

    It would help if Bush could take some responsibility for the mess he has made of our beloved country...but I know he is too arrogant to do it.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  156. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    that he is quitting (because he has failed at everything he and his administration have done) isn't it sad what this man has done to this country?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  157. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Not one word. I will be watching whatever channel(s) he is not on.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  158. Teasha, Florida

    My fellow Americans, all of the money that my corporate buddies and I have squandered from the American government will be returned. So, we don't actually need $700 billion.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  159. Matt Lorain,Ohio

    Jack,
    I believe Bush will just make a fool out of himself just like he does everytime he steps up to the podium. something like "uh...uh... the economies fundmentally strong. so uh.... vote for McCain uh...... " comes to mind

    September 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  160. Nancy, Tennessee

    President Bush needs to tell the American public that he has turned this financial crisis over to competent people and that he will stay out of the way. He needs to tell Congress that whatever plan they deem to be the best from the advice given them that he will approve it. He needs to put his veto pen in his pocket and forget about it.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  161. Sharon/Florida

    We won't hear anything except a bunch of words on our tv's. He has nothing to say that will help our family out in this crisis. I'm tired of hearing how these companies are always bailed out and they go on the next day laughing all the way to work ( and the bank ).

    September 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  162. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    To lighten the mood of the speech, I would like to hear him open with a joke about how the fundermentals of our economy are sound or does he and his fellow Republican peers really believe this...

    C.I., New York

    September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  163. bill floyd

    Lets make this bailout simple,send the 700 billion to each legal tax payer.They would pay their homes off,buy cars,etc.which would make new jobs.This makes more sense than sending our taxes into the people who put us in this bind.They have proved already that they make themselves rich and care less about the peoples money they manage.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  164. Ann Briggs

    " I'm sorry, Barack, for what I have left you with..........Good luck dude."

    Ann Briggs, Maine

    September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  165. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    I want to hear him say that economy is in this condition because he deregulated it. I want to hear him say that takes full responsibility and therefore as of today both he and Dick Cheney will resign from office and cooperate with a congressional investigation on their criminal activities.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  166. KC in Ohio

    Jack, I expect Dubya to say.... "I have submitted our 3-page proposal to Congress, they know what to do..... Mission accomplished !!"

    Except he won't be landing in a jet on an aircraft carrier this time.'

    September 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  167. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, I want to hear him reassure the American people that this bailout will be considered a mission accomplished if the package is passed simply because his gut instinct tells him it's the right thing to do. I would also like him to make it clear that if he suspects any CEO had anything to do with the collapse of the market, they will be summarily fired. Also, I would like him to make it perfectly clear that the fundamentals of the economy are sound and the only thing Americans need to do, is go shopping. And, finally, I would like Bush to do the honorable thing and admit his government's economic policies were largely responsible for abetting the market meltdown.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  168. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The truth ... a statement of his personal responsibility ... and an apology. It won't happen - Bush and personal accountability are poles apart.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  169. Paul Eason

    Just two words Jack"GOOD BYE".

    Paul Eason
    Frankfort, Mi. 49635

    September 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  170. JAS

    NOTHING

    September 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  171. Allen L Wenger

    I would like him to say he is sorry for the mess he has gotten us into, that he will be turning over all his secret files to let the american people know the whole story, and that he and the Vice President will resign at midnight tonight.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  172. Harold from Anchorage, AK

    My bad, Dick and I will step down on Friday.good luck with that economerizing stuff!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  173. dennis quon

    Actually, he's a lame duck! all we're going to hear is quack-quack!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  174. Ron in Indiana

    So long as he does not cancel the elections, I dont care what he says. 99.9% of Americans are against this bailout. That is all they need to know.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  175. Terry

    I'd like to hear him admit for the first time in his presidency that he accepts responsibility for something. Anything. And I would like to hear some indication that he supports a fair sharing of the burden that will be placed on the backs of taxpayers and not a plan that is grossly weighted in favor of the wealthiest Americans based on the theory of "trickle down" economics. I think the middle class has been trickled on enough!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  176. Peggy in Iowa

    We all resign and you will never hear from and/or see us again.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  177. Peter

    What he is going to do for the rest of us who have worked hard, lived within our means and paid our rents and mortgages on time.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  178. Thomas

    I want Bush to take the blame for everything because it's his administration's lack of monitoring of wall street dirtbags which caused this problem. I want him to say we are taking money from people who are forced to work two jobs in order to make a living and giving it too wall street screwups. I want him to say that they're trying to fix a huge gash in our country with a Band-Aid and let the next President worry about. But saying that would be speaking the truth, and he's too arrogant to do so.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  179. Mary Kish

    The truth, that he has sucked us dry and he and Chaney are taking all their riches and riding off into the sunset...God help us

    September 24, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  180. kishen c.rao

    jack, i do want to hear is when these millioners are in need of money, going bankrupt with their malafied moto, after CEOs earning bellyfully, bush/mccain want to bail them out...i am in deep trouble financially...i can not pay my mortgage...do these guys bail me out with all the tax payer's hard earned money???

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  181. Jackie in Dallas

    OK, CNN, for the third time in two hours...
    Your comment is awaiting moderation...

    What I’d like to hear is that he is retiring to Crawford and will never open his mouth again. What I expect to hear is how trickle down economics, and soaking the middle-class for the wrong-doings of his buddies is good for the economy.

    I’d also love to hear an apology for his insensitivity to the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, the flood victims in the heartland this spring, and the thousands of dead or wounded American soldiers and Iraqis caused by his greed — but I don’t expect to hear any of that, either. We’ve known him in Texas as someone who has never taken responsibility for anything, including his two failed businesses his Dad bailed him out of, or the dirty politics he plays so I’m not waiting for a miracle.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  182. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    Nothing. Everything that comes out of his mouth needs to be scrutinized to the fullest. I do wanna see that movie W. though.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  183. Kristy Norris

    I would love to hear the miraculous statement of 'Wow, you really don't like this plan so we are working on something else.' I will watch his address but my neighbors may try to find the football game they are missing because I am sure I will be doing alot of yelling at my TV.
    Kristy Norris, Okanogan, Washington

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  184. Ellen

    No I don't. Actually I never want to hear from him again. Can anyone tell me if this is another WMD scare? I don't trust anything the current White House has to say.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  185. Sue/PA

    Jack,
    Not a damn thing. I live by the old adedge...... Fool me once, shame on you ( Iraq war)....fool me twice, shame on me (wiretapping).......Bush doesnt get a third try. Republican rule begone!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  186. Andy in NJ

    I would like to hear about how we got here. I mean it's obvious, a credit driven economy, to the point that loans were granted without the ability to pay it back. And a congress that continually strived to grant loans to those that could not afford them, as a 'public service'. It's not just Wall St. that is responsible, but our government and many of us too. If you want to know how we got here, it's one simple answer, 'buy now and pay later'!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  187. Amy

    I would love to see Bush apoligize to the American people who pays his salary say "I've been so busy getting us in a war, I have let the United States of America that you love go down the drain". Maybe then he could sleep at night knowing Cheney & himself and all his high dollar friends( Lobbyist & Corps) have totally ruined our name around the world!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  188. Surafel Melaku

    Nothing, Jack! To be honest, i give up trying to see positive things from this administration. Back in May/June this administration send out checks, thinking it boost the economy back on the right track. It didn't, and they also knew it won't but any ways they give it a shot, knowing 55% it won't work. Now, they want to buy bad morgage for $700 Billion from those greedy and irresponsible leander, why, Bush? Why, Treasury Secretary Paulson? The people who need help are not the CEO's. Why do you want to help CEO's? They make enough beside the tax break. Help individuals that seek your help really bad. Give/invest/spend $700 Billion to those who lost their house and live in their cars, parks, parking lots and under buildings. Those people need your help, until then i don't want to hear any thing that Bush or his follower have to say about this economy! They are always dead wrong. I just can't wait 'til Jan. comes! and when it does, i just wish it's for better!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  189. becky thompson

    Jack, I would like to hear him say that instead of giving 700 Billion to the financial institutions that caused this problem he will pay off the mortgages of homeowners with loans up to $300,000. or some set limit. That would really give the economy a boost.........

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  190. Connie, Chicago, Illinois

    Jack: For the first time during his occupation of the oval office, I, like many others, want to be surprised by Bush stepping out of character and tell people the truth. This would be not only a catharsis for him, but the American people as well. What the hell, the truth might serve as a springboard towards some level of credibility before he leaves office..

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  191. palenque

    I don't even want to hear the man speak.

    With our luck, he'll start alluding to a grave crisis upon us that will require the postponement of the presidential election. Crazy I know, but would it really be that ridiculous coming from these guys?

    Go home Bush, and take your cronies with you. Let the grown-ups solve the financial issues and get us to the election so we can start over.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  192. Michelle- Fort Myers, Florida

    I would like to hear Pres. Bush tells us that for the sake of the economy, for the sake of the country he is stepping down as President.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  193. kay

    Silience would be nice.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  194. Jerry,OK

    Jack Maybe the president could tell us why tax payers should pay for his failed economic policies, and if he and Cheney will chip in with a few billion.

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  195. Jerry from Jacksonville

    I have a plan to solve this economic mess, set up the bailout and take all the money over expenses from the banks and mortgage companies and pay back the American people plus interest. Do not allow any company to make a profit until the american people have been repaid in full... period. No CEO or officer of any comany to be paid more than $250.000 per year....Period No compensation packages...Period Can't employ a lobyist or make political contributions to anyone. Period Let them live like the rest of us for awhile.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  196. Rachel in McDonough, GA

    I want to hear that we are not giving Wall Street a $700 billion dollar bailout. Regardless of what either one of the presidential candidates are saying right now the fact is that if the government approves this bailout we will all be paying higher taxes.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  197. lori from Atlanta NY

    For once – I'd like to see Bush give a speech with a bag over his head – perhaps he would sound more credible if his devious looks could be hidden from a public. Personally I'm very tired of watching the slimy grin and shifting eyes that make him look more daft than he is.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  198. R in CA

    An apology.

    Some groveling would be nice, also.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  199. Sam Prater

    Jack, I want to hear him say " Good Bye & Good Luck"

    I stopped listening to Bush in 2003 when he lied to us about the Iraq War.

    Sam
    Hershey, PA 17033

    September 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  200. Adam

    If I have this right, Wall Street gets the profits and Main Street gets the losses. My question is: How can I get in on this action?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  201. Michael, Toronto, Canada

    Why rush through what is probably the most important financial legislation the US has drafted in decades?

    The financial problem is so complex and affects so many ordinary Americans that it is an insult for any politician to give Paulsen the sweeping powers that he seeks based upon a three page document!!

    Mr Bush should ask Congress to forgo its break and continue to work on a bipartisan solution that is all-encompassing in addressing Main Street issues, not just Wall Street issues.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  202. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    I hope to hear Bush say that he will reroute all of the fortune his family has earned from the Saudi oil interests to the Federal government to help pay for the crisis.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  203. Tonia

    I want to hear an apology.

    For job losses (I have been out of work two years), for foreclosures, gas prices, and for this bill there are trying to pass.

    Tell us he was not qualified for the job, neither are John and Sarah and we will be moving out the whitehouse post haste taking all my thieving cronies with me...ie Cheney, half of Congress, Some of the Senate etc.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  204. Karen Whittemore

    I believe since George Bush appointed Paulsen that he should let him and wall street work it out with the fat cats on wall street! Why should we pay for the greed and crime on wall street? Where was our government at Katrina? People buying mortagages is not what caused this mess!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  205. Jerry from Jacksonville

    How about the truth, I know this would be extremely hard for Bush since he has made a habit of lying to the american people for the past eight years that asking him to tell the truth would be almost impossible. Now his little pint sized want-a-be follower McBush is running along in his footsteps lying about everything also. Can't these damn republicans tell the truth for a change, would make them look alot better, but then again that is the way they operate, lie and that dosen't work lie some more

    September 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  206. G.O.

    I don't plan to hear Mr. Bush tonight would love it if he offered his profound apology for the mess he's brought to his fellow citizens of America and the world and is leaving the next administration to cleanup.
    I want him to offer to repay his salary of the last 8 year, as well as capital gains and appreciation on his personal trusts have earned him while he's been in office in the businesses of energy, outsourced government services or finance .
    Then I'd like for him to tender the resignations of himself, his vice President's and the associated evil doers still left in the current administration.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  207. Don (NH)

    Jack, I really don't care! I haven't heard anything yet that I would consider Presidential, why would he say something intelligent now?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  208. Russell from Portland, OR

    Bush and Cheney are resigning effective immediately. Stock Market will be bullish again!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  209. Chris, Southern California

    Jack, I hope Bush says he's going on vacation again so he can leave this mess with some other group of people who are better equipped to handle it. The last thing this country needs is yet another reminder of why he shouldn't have been re-elected.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  210. Dan NY

    Dear Jack,

    Bi-partisen to George Bush has always meant, "the other side does what I want". I wish on this one he would open his arms to a genuine bi-partisen solution. He won't of course.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  211. John

    Get us out of Iraq and you probably could balance the budget and pay this bail-out funding and with a little extra to fund a health care program and build our infrastructure and who knows what else. Maybe we should ask Iraq to send the US six years of free oil (3 million barrels a day) to help offset what the American taxpayer has or will be paying out (don't give it to the oil companies for they will charge the American public way too much).

    September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  212. Evelyne (Ottawa)

    Maybe that he and his hand picked team of economic advisors are resigning!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  213. Pugas-AZ

    What economy. I would like to hear him sing "I'am sorry now" as he rides into the sunset with the debris from his two terms settling like dust on the west Texas prairie.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  214. Kalajine from Oak Park IL

    Bush is done and we do not expect much from him.
    The Friday presidential debate should be changed from Foreign Affairs to the Economy. Let the candidates tell us what they have in store for us. This way we will know what they are made of not what their handlers have coached them on.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  215. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, I want to hear that the "People on Main Street", as Obama calls us, are protected.

    Louise IN

    September 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  216. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Jack,
    I would love to hear Bush say these exact words:
    "That propsal was my best shot and it's not a very good one so let's do this – you guys stay and figure out how to fix this economicalist (yes – that's spelled right – I'm talking Bush here) problem you need. I'll even let you take the credit when you come up with a solution. And in exchange for saving this "fundamentally sound economy" I promise to never make another decision that will effect the lives of these Americans I've let down for the last eight years. And I won't let Cheney make one either."
    Yep – that would be sweet.

    Doreen
    Cornelia, Georgia

    September 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  217. Mark

    Jack:
    After eight years of the most incompetent President this nation has ever had I hardly expect anything reassuring from the man, and certainly not the truth. Albert Einstein said it it best, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
    Mark
    Redding, CT

    September 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  218. Mic from the south

    I wanna hear they are going to put the money at the root of the problem. The mortage crisis made most of this mess. So, we need to fix that first. This will help the people and the economy. I wanna hear we gonna stop saving the world and save ourselves first. I wanna hear I am not going to be responsible for someone else's mistakes. I wanna hear them make the right decision for once. I want to see them fix it without hurting my checkbook again.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  219. E.J.Pont-Briant

    O.K. I understand that some sort of a Bailout has to be made,But do we have to give 200 Million to an executive of a failed company? This is our money. Stop this foolishness. This would be the ultimate slap in the face to the citizens of this Country......Thank You

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  220. Tripper of PA

    I'd like to hear Bush take responsibility for a change and apologize for the mess he got us in. He needs to demand that this do-nothing Congress stay at work until they have agreed upon a workable plan that keeps people from losing their jobs and their homes, one that safeguards us so this can't happen again, and one that limits the income of, criminalizes neglect and abuses by, and eliminates "golden parachutes" for Corporate Officers.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  221. Dave from Maryland

    I don't want to hear a word from Bush. To me, he is totally irrelevant and I couldn't care less about what he has to say. He is an abject failure and has been at the helm of our Country for four major disasters, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, Katrina, and now this financial crisis. The way he and his administration handled any one of them would have carried him to the #1 position on the list of WORST Presidents in American history. He should just leave Washington now and take Cheney with him.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  222. Don (Ottawa)

    I really don't care Jack. He hasn't said anything yet that I can believe in, why should I think that he will say something important now!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  223. Stephanie, Alabama

    I want to hear that Bush is leaving and he is taking McCain/Palin/et al with him. Enough!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  224. Joshua from WV

    I want to hear him acknowledge that his policies have led to serious economic, environmental, and geopolitical crises. I don't want to hear him deflect blame or say that ""Why' isn't important." I would gladly hear what he thinks he has done wrong during his presidency.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  225. Cynthia-Michigan

    That he is going to give up the last 8 years of his salary and put it towards the bail out! And then tell Americans on "Main street" to vote for Real change ~ Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  226. corey H, minnesota

    i want to hear him say that the oil companies like haliburton and exxon footing the bill they have been having record profits right?700 billion should be chump change to them. or were they cooking thier books too?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  227. Linda

    I want to know, specifically, how he plans to make the leaders of these organizations accountable. I want to know if he plans to strip them off all their ill-gained wealth while he expects the taxpayers to bail them out from their bad choices. I want to know why leaders and board members are not being held liable for their actions AND inactions. It would also be nice for him to admit that deregulation is not necessarily in the best interest of our nation. When left to their own devices (sans oversight) people tend to make choices that are only good in a selfish & greedy sense – maximizing profits in the short term without a care as to the impact it will make on the well being of society or even the long-term ramifications for the organization itself.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  228. David A Morse, Stoneham, MA

    I am outraged by this $700 Billion bailout for the banks. Why is it always a top down bailout? I believe congress should set up a bailout fund which distressed homeowners could apply to and get help. Then the borrowers could repay their loans and save the financial system from the bottom up. We could still spend just as much but both Main Street and Wall Street would benefit. But it would be Main Street First.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  229. Colleen @ Saginaw, Michigan

    I'd like him to be honest and give us a real plan that will both work and punish the greedy CEOS & Co. who are in possession of billions of Americans' dollars. I'd like him to act like a responsible adult and own up to his part of this mess.

    Who am I kidding? It's never going to happen................

    September 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  230. Lloyd from NYC

    I want to hear that he's going to stay out of it. Seven-and-a-half years with the combination of a 'do-nothing' Congress and a 'know nothing' President got us to this point. Now that the Congress is finally prepared to do something, the President should be practicing throwing out first pitches at the World Series. Senators McCain and Obama show indications that they're not far apart on how they feel this should be handled. Since one of them is going to inherit this mess, I'd rather Congress consider their opinions over anyone from the outgoing administration.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  231. Wayne Griffin

    I don't think he will say any thing that is going to change the economy. I don't think tax dollars should be used to bail them out. There are over paid ceos with extra bonuses every year and they want the little guys to pay for there mistakes. Well how about take there salaries down and use it to help out with the bail out. These ceos think they are above everyone else.well they caused this let them get them selves out of it.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  232. miles

    No, I don't want to hear from Pres. Bush. I don't trust him – – – it is that simple. Why? Just look to what he said about WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) that brought up into a useless war that has taken so many of our young men and women in uniform; about the need for the Patriot Act, and now he wants main street to write a blank check because of the crisis on Wall Street. 'Me thinks' he has cried wolf too many times now for me to take up part of my evening listening to him. (I'd prefer to listen to the debate on Friday, but now that is in jeopardy due to politics conjured up by the Republicans as well).

    September 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  233. Andrew, Brier WA

    Nothing, Jack.

    This is a time when America can heave a sigh of relief that Bush has entered the lame-duck phase of his Presidency. By simply talking, he will make the crisis worse. But not as much as he would if he had the sway to actually do something.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  234. Deborah From Sacramento

    How come it is all of the sudden things are so bad? Weren't all the big wigs saying just not long ago that everything was ok? How come some economists say if we don't have the bailout, sure things will be bad, but not as bad as these so called big wigs are trying to scare us with? And that these same economists are saying the Bailout won't solve the problems anyway!!. So WHY on earth spend this money?
    It is just these people in charge, starting with the known liar BUSH, that are just trying to scare the people into forking over more money. I am not buying into it at all.
    I have already been unemployed for two years, where was their help to me? Why do the Wall Street fat cats get more than I can? I have not believed their idea we haven't been in a recession, personnally it HAS been the reality for me, my family and my friends. So now that the fat cats are starting to feel it, we have to ACT? HA !!!
    I have already emailed my two state senators and my state rep to say NO to the BAILOUT. I have even emailed my choice on the ballot in Nov. NOT to vote for this bailout too. I DO NOT want the BAILOUT.
    If businesses fail due to bad financial decisions, then let them fail. This is called survival of the fiscally fit.
    And for McCain to drop the campaign and go slowly running to DC tomorrow, and try to cancel the debate is nothing more than him pandering. I do not buy his sudden concern for this Bailout.
    Or now, the change of the name to 'Recuse Plan' is nothing more than a title change. A rose is a rose by any other name. I still don't buy it.
    Deborah in Sacramento CA

    September 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  235. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    Would the truth be too much to ask from a man who has been our President for the pas 8 years? Can he be a leader for a change rather than putting the blame on the Democratic party or others? What a sad President this has turned out to be for us as Americans and for those countries who use to look up to America's leadership!
    Liz in Tacoma

    September 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  236. Marty Thon

    I want to hear NOTHING about anything from George W. Bush.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  237. Mark

    I want him to apologize for being a lousy president and almost destroying our great country.
    It's not completely his fault since he was voted in again in 2004 and the people that voted for him should be ashamed of themselves.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  238. arlene

    the only thing i want to hear from bush is that he is standing up for main street and not wall street.i'm so sick of it all. arlene in clinton iowa

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  239. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    I want to hear how he screwed up, that he's sorry, and everyone that owns a house will get $3,000 tax credit per $100,000 borrowed on each home loan made in the past 7 years. Then he can step down and turn over the presidency to the Democrats so they can clean his mess up.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  240. Yael

    I am resigning. That's what I want to hear because there is no possible way that he could explain how he turned a democratic governemnt into a social democracy.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  241. Bob Theriault

    I'd rather he didn't say anything. Most of us know what is happening and why and every time he opens his mouth things seem to get worst.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  242. Pam

    The truth would be a good start. But I don't think Bush knows the meaning of the word. How about reaching into his deep pockets and having him contribute to the mess he, Cheney and the rest of the bunch of crooks have gotten us into. I would bet that between all of them they could bail the U.S. out of the mess they made, but are now ready to saddle the American people with. Pam, Laguna Niguel, CA

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  243. Nadine

    Nuttin! Nadda! Watch the move of God swiftly expose Bush & McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  244. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, how about Dick and I and my entire administration are resigning!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  245. E. Dandy

    No!! Presidents should be able to multi-task! It's important for the American public to hear from both candidates, as planned.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  246. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    That he has accepted Cheney's resignation and that he, too, is resigning effective immediately.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  247. zo

    “oooppps we did it again”…lol……just tell the truth, stop the fear-mongering,and the scaring, and rushing the american public into bad legislation that for the last 8 year have destroyed the america as we once new it.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  248. Pat

    Just give us the details of what happened and why we the middle class, seniors and poor have to pick up the bill. Are the rich opening up their purses proportionally? I feel they are keeping things from us.

    Pat
    MS

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  249. Lynn Forbus

    More than he could explain.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  250. Nancy New Smyrna Beach, FL

    At this point, nothing. I just hope he doesn't borrow the introduction "my friends" from McCain. That would really send me over the edge.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  251. Debbie, Florida

    I G W Bush will leave office on November 5, and let this country heal it's wounds of the past 7 plus years.
    Good bye and good luck [his little weird snicker],wheres my chain saw Laura?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  252. Curt W

    I want to hear him say "he is sorry"

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  253. marietta

    McCain is running running running from debates coward scared scared polls going down this is not about you Americans it is all about Mccain is doing serving himself period--coward Mccain cannot do two things at once !!!! mccain is an idiot this is right out of Karl Rove crap!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  254. Bill in PA

    Nothing from Bush.
    He does not know what is happening.
    He has been told to scare us and fan the flames of fear in an effort to stop thoughtful considerations or alternative solutions. Any solution can be done in small steps with each step measured for effectiveness.
    No, Bush only wants another big helping of public cash for his rich friends. "Thanks, but no thanks."

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  255. Caroline Keeble

    I think this idea to cancel Friday's debate is a political ploy, and it is wrong headed. Democracy comes before Wall Street. This ploy seems intended to add to the rush to do something hysteria, using scare tactics like a lack of credit and "potential" collapse of financial markets to frighten American taxpayers. Also, this idea that we must rise above politics is also dishonest. This performance is politics.

    Also, the idea that extraneous issues are issues that threaten to strain this legislation with politics and should be discouraged, is the same idea and language that was used to scare people away from debate on the Patriot Act and also on the Iraq war. Americans should not allow this garbage to work again. We must demand that Democracy come first, Wall street later. This "potential" collapse is not going to happen before Friday, if it happens at all. Let Wall street wait, let Democracy proceed.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  256. Dave from Veazie, ME

    Something that I'm not likely to hear, an admission of guilt for his part in the economic crisis. It was Bush and the Republican congress underneath him that deregulated the banking industry which led to the predatory sub-prime mortgages that started this whole collapse. I would have much more respect, that is to say some instead of none, for President Bush if he would just admit he made a mistake and then came out and said what he plans to do to fix it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  257. brian in garden city, michigan

    absolute silence-that's how he would sound the most intelligent.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  258. Loretta Lakota Plymouth, MA

    I know I'm dreaming but I would feel better if he admitted that todays economic crisis is a repeat of the S & L crisis / scandal of the 80's? Barely 20 years has past and the same evil, greedy people with the help of the same lawmakers, are playing the same game designed to rob a new generation. Now these people & lawmakers are pressuring the taxpayers into believing that we must immediately bail
    out the very institutions that robbed us in the first place or the entire world economy will fall apart. We are expected to give criminals, who intentionally mismanaged 100's of billions of dollars, a trillion taxpayer dollars. We are expected to believe the US government will actually make money buying this garbage. We are being told that this is all so complicated & difficult to understand that even the so called experts are stymied. Well I believe they understand exactly how it all happened because they engineered it. Bush senior and John McCain were right smack in the middle of the S&L scandal of the 80's and it is not a coincidence that Bush junior is in the Whitehouse today during this new economic crisis & that John McCain is trying to help Bush shove this bailout plan down our throat. This has all happened before and I have yet to hear anyone admit it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  259. Kris, Tampa FL

    I'd like to hear him say 'Im sorry that our party will have an empty podium in the debate this Friday. On behalf of myself and my entire administration, we all resign. Good night, and good bye."

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  260. Rick B.

    Bush needs to explain the details of the Bailout plan to the American people. Majority of Americans do not know or understand what the proposed Bailout Plan is and how it will effect them. It's a loan to the failing financial institutions on a temporary basis that when the financial crisis comes to an end and the financial institutions are once again profitable, the American Tax Payer will reap the rewards.
    This financial crisis has nothing to do with politics-this isn't political, this is financial for the state of the taxpayers. Politics should be put aside. If action is taken now, the financial crisis will turn around and the American taxpayer will be the beneficiary.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  261. russell bowles

    If the politicians really work for the people,then why don't they give each taxpayer ten thousand dollars,taxable as income,if they don't need it,the I.R.S. will end up getting a share of it back.Lets say this time we "trickle" up this time,trickle down has been a failure.McCain is in a double hurry,he is not only getting killed in the election,his or her millions are disappearing and he might have to start selling his or her houses.Maybe if he was to lose everything and and have to work for a living,he would understand that you can't compete with third world wages and put a minimum wage in our trade agreements.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  262. Diane Glasser

    I want him to apologize to the American people for the mess he has left this country in. Today people were saying he cried wolf to many times and I agree with them. I think Congress is again being lied to. I think Bush wants to save his friend's companies from bankruptcy and this was the sneakiest and most dishonest way to do it. So he and his goons concocted this frightening story thinking they could pull the wool over Congress again. But the American people have revolted and are all saying enough is a enough we do not want to be saddled with a debt of $700 billion dollars of Bush's mistakes.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  263. Denise McDonald

    Jack While they are looking for financial aid to help homeowners keep their homes what will happen to those that have already lost their homes?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  264. latreca

    I am going to leave it along.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  265. FoolUTwice

    I want Dubya to say "After careful consideration, I am an Obamacan. Only the "one" can fix this mess that I have created. God Bless America"

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  266. Sue Haught

    I don't want to hear anything from Bush. All I have to do is look at the mess this country is in and who put us there. I can't even stand to watch the man. What my lips. The ecomomy is good but if you don't give me the money we will be in a depression and you will loose everything you have. Iraq all over again.I just hope the American people aren't as stupid as the republicans think we are.
    God help us.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  267. Jon Lyles

    I predict this bill will be nicknamed "No Banks of CEOs left behind".

    Seriously I want to hear that there will be criminal prosecution of CEOs that take big payout and drive their company into the ground at the same time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  268. Elaine

    Gee this is a Democracy, Right! Let Bush make his case for a bailout, then let the citizens who think there is a problem write a check and send it to the 'boys' on Wall Street.
    I am sure the big oil companies and Halliburton could take a trillion out of petty cash.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  269. Sue Haught

    I don't want to hear anything from Bush. All I have to do is look at the mess this country is in and who put us there.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  270. Noreen in New York

    I'd like to hear him say, "I'm sorry - I let you down yet again. I deserve the low approval ratings you have given me, and I apologize to each and every one of you. I just wasn't up to the task(s). I hope you will remember this when you vote on November 4th - intelligence does count."
    P.S. Jack, I wish you were on in prime time so more Americans could see all your great commentary!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  271. C from GA

    Sorry – I screwed up and am resigning. So is Cheney. God Bless America.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  272. Fred, Omaha, NE

    "Hey, Secretary Paulson, you're doing a heckuva job!"

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  273. Clem Marshall

    Undoubtedly, anything W says will fail the Ronald Reagan test, trust but verify. Not only do I not trust Mr. Bush, anything he says that might be meaningful will not be verifiable. Talk about an exercise in futility!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  274. Annette Zennario

    Nothing! He is a lier and its just another power grab by the Bush Administration and the Republican Neocon Death cult! He and the rest of them should have been ousted a long time ago! Does the word "Facism" mean anything to you Jack?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  275. Lois; Roswell Ga

    Jack,
    I would like to hear him say, " I along with Cheny screwed the American middle class for our own personal gain. I sold out the middle class for Wall Street. I do not know how to handle the crisis and do not know how to make the decision to choose someone that may be able to handle the crisis. With that said, I resign, so America can move on, elect a Democrate, and the world can heal."

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  276. KCLaw

    "...And so today, I resign my position as President of the United States."

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  277. Jessica Ulloa

    GWB's time has run out. He's had two terms to demonstrate his competence (or lack of ). He has repeatedly shown that he can't lead. He is simply incapable of restoring order to our current economic crisis. In the corporate world, that's called incompetence. He has run this country into the ground. So why would we want him to be part of the solution? When a leader lacks credibility , respect and integrity, why would we want that same person to be our saving grace? I just want him and his administration out. Tonight's speech will be a bunch of hot air.

    Jessica Ulloa
    Los Angeles, CA

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  278. Ric

    They talk about that they care about us and our future, but if they did they would have down something years ago. I thought it was the American Dream to own a home and raise a healthy family. I guess not, they say we should rent and I guess be poor and scared. Now that Wall St.'s cash cow is about to get slaughtered and they're lifestyle will have to change they're worried. I'm sorry but if I don't do a good job at work I'll be fired, but on Wall St. they get fired, take home a few hundred mil and go on vacation. There is no accountability or incentive to do a good job because they get the money anyway. They all take care of themselfs and jump from company to company. Pass legislation to relieve Americans of their credit card debt if it can be legitimately explained as an urgent need not a sign of a frivalous lifestyle. That would help the honest hard-working americans. More than every Americans use credit cards to buy groceries, gas to get to work. and healthcare. THat would help the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  279. glen Florida

    It's my fault, I did it, if I get the chance I'll do it again!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  280. Ron from Minnesota

    I will not watch it..I will be watching the white sox/twins game instead. Bush should say that he and cheney are resigning effective 8 am thursday morning

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  281. ONEWOZ

    I would like to hear him say the same thing that I want to hear from these big buisiness execs. I am a greedy SOB and I don't deserve the millions of dollars I have earned ( taken ) from my fellow americans. Like that's going to happen!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  282. Tod Brewer

    The definition of Insanity is telling the American people the same thing over and over and expecting them to believe that this time he is telling the truth....

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  283. Wayne (Laguna Beach, CA)

    Yes! Let Bush talk! Based on Bush's historical bad judgement on nearly everything, especially the economy, by hearing what he says, we will know what NOT to do. And then do the opposite!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  284. kurt sipolski

    his resignation

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  285. Lupe Green

    Nothing, President Bush has no credibility and ability to influence anyone. The less he says, the better.

    Thank God, Republicans and Democrats are finally standing up to him by saying no to the Paulson Plan and developing a plan that will address the situation and be fair to taxpayers.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  286. Tim Webb

    I don't want to hear anything from Bush.
    He should have addressed the nation on the day this financial crisis happened on wall street.

    Tim in Vero Beach

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  287. mabellefernandez

    hell no .... bring them on !!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  288. ann utica ny

    NOTHING> He's a good part of the problem. He's clueless.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  289. Bob (Port Orchard, WA)

    That he understands why congress is not willing to give him or his Secretary of the Treasury a blank, $700 billon or more check without safeguards that in 60 days or so, he and the secretary will be back in private life, that they will never have complete control ever again!!!

    The Bi-Partisan congress does understand this could be a devastating consequence to the economy and they Bush, and Poulson can't be trusted.

    OR

    That he and Cheney are stepping down immediately!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  290. Michael

    I'd like to hear Bush take responsibility for the crisis his administration, the people he appointed and whole Republican strategy of get the people to concentrate on something else verses the issue that affect us.

    All he has to do is say I am responsible, I'm sorry it happened and let me know what I can do to help congress pass this legislation.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  291. Diane

    Why didn't they see this coming? Does this man live in a bubble who in the world are his advisors?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  292. Bruce Mockridge

    We should pull the electric plug on Bush. He is just blowing hot air into empty space. Please remember that Bush and his team, including John McCain, created this mess. A mess that has hurt all Americans. Bush take my advise and go home to TX.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  293. Richard Myers

    So President Bush is addressing America tonight. Telling us we must wage all out war to root out financial weapons of mass destruction. And immediately, with little debate and almost absolute power for the Secretary of the Treasury and Federal Reserve. And we must act NOW.

    Sound familiar? I didn't believe him when he pushed us into Iraq and i have no faith in his judgement now. Congress needs to act deliberately, responsibly, and intelligently. Once burned, twice careful. What we hear tonight is apt to be totally irrelevant. God save us from ourselves and our elected representatives.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  294. Carlos Scandiffio

    The truth would be quite fitting. Our country is severely wounded. Foreign interests dominate the landscape. Our economy has hit alarming lows. Our citizens have lost faith in their leadership. Our hope is now in the unknown, which is hardly a comfortable place from where to recover. The least that we should expect form our President is dignity. He is one of a long line of American Presidents who, when confronted with abysmal adversity, delivered dignified truth. Let this not be the exception.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  295. Rochelle

    The truth for once.

    Even I...just an everyday person saw all this coming....

    September 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  296. Lawrence Rugolo

    The last thing we want to hear is that we have to rush into another Iraq-like emergency. Let congress take the necessary time to debate the best way to solve this economic mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  297. SuzieSue

    President Bush needs to advise the American people what the consequences in our everyday lives will be if this plan fails. What will be the consequences for Main Street. He can acknowledge our fears of this plan and reassure us that he has heard us. He also needs to let us know the compromises he is willing to make to get the bill passed. There are four issues he needs to agree to: 1) No giant payouts for executives of companies covered by the plan, 2) Taxpayers share in any profits, 3) Transparency and bi-partisan oversight of the plan, and 4) Help to reduce foreclosures.

    It would be admiringly Presidential of him to advise both the Presidential candidates to avoid inserting politics into the process.

    Westport, CT

    September 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  298. Mark-VABCH, VA

    Jack...it would be too much to ask to hear the truth from President Bush tonight. So I guess I'll watch the Discovery Channel!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  299. chris from STL

    For once I would like for him to say "I am responsible and I messed up" instead of passing the blame on to congress.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  300. Al in Petaluma

    All I want to hear from Geoge Bush is his admission of responsibility (as Captain of rhe ship) and his immediate resignation. He has offered no leadership over the last last ten days.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  301. Carole Tower

    What do I want to hear from the President tonight: First of all, something that won't be repeated in late night comedy shows. Greatest Presidential Moments have never included any nuggets of wisdom from Bush.

    For once, I would like for him to acknowledge that he has to turn to the best economical minds of our time- doesn't matter if they are Republican, Democrat, Blue, Green, etc. Then he needs to convince the American people that whatever conclusions these great minds come to won't be spun by either party.

    For once to remember that all of the new citizens of htis country and all of the first time voters need to be inspired. They don't need any more lies.

    For once President Bush leave the country with something positive. and truthful.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  302. Ann

    I would like to hear President Bush say, "I apologize for my role in creating this crisis." However, I won't hold my breath waiting on such a statement.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  303. Andrea Parker

    I want to hear George Bush give this situation the slam-dunk:

    1. No more payments to men who make their living taking endless CEO jobs with golden parachutes which pay them big time whether they do the job or don't. It's a good ol' boys club for con-men.

    2. No more chance- taking by big business with the expectation that the taxpayers will bail them out. The taxpayers can't even bail themselves out at this time.

    3. Appoint someone totally outside the Beltway to work on this problem and give that person the leeway to be tough with Wall Street and the banking cabal. Treasury Secretary Paulson should not be given the authority he is demanding. Isn't that what got us here already – no oversight? No one trusts the politicians or their appointees to solve this to the benefit of the country as a whole.

    4. Guarantee that peoples' current pensions, 401-K's, etc will be safe from loss.

    5. Dispel the panic and guarantee that this will be looked at thoroughly, completely and without partisan politics.

    6. That regulation will be returned to those businesses which have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted to operate in the best interests of this country – banking, investing, utilities, etc. It has been proven that when no one is watching them, those in power will take it all for themselves and damn the torpedos.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  304. Beth in MD

    More then ever, our country needs to have an idea of leadership. This is not the time to make Democracy, the sacrificial lamb of the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  305. Toni (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

    Honestly, I feel a bit sorry for Bush, but I don't want to hear anything from him. He has lost all credibility, and even a good plan would leave me feeling very skeptical of anything he or his administration proposes.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  306. david carney

    I want to be reassured that Bush understands that the Constitution prohibits him from being president after January. As long as he is ready to turn the White House over to somebody else, the economy will improve - somehow.

    David Carney
    Cincinnati OH

    September 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  307. Marshall from Largo, FL

    I have mixed feelings on this issue. On the one hand, I do think it is important for all Americans to understand what it as stake here with the financial meltdown. What I do not understand is how a 10 to 15 minute speech will give us all of the facts. Another thing...Bush was the one that told us that Iraq had WMDs. He flat out lied about this to further his political agenda. How do we know this is not another political ploy by Bush??? With Iraq, there was loads of money to be made by Halliburton and others with the war. How do we know this is not another big under the table money maker for the Wall Street elite???

    September 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  308. Mr. Torres

    He should let the people of this country know that there is going to be a debate and all concerns need to be addressed, This is to serious of an issue to push through so quickly. As an consumer, when I purchase or invest thousands of dollars, I do my homework, research, and read everything I sign or agree to. This only makes common sense. So why does this President want to rush this.

    I do not want to bail out the same people that put people out of their homes, they had a chance to make this sitution right, but they only looked at their own interest, not the interest of the american people.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  309. Todd in Ogden Utah

    Mr. Bush should give the people the truth. For once

    September 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  310. Alison

    Can anyone realistically expect George Bush to say anything that makes any sense out of this situation ? Does anyone still believe this man is even capable of making a rational and believable speach to the nation ? Like Michael I would like to hear him take some responsibility over what has happened under his watch. But essentially I think most of this nation has concluded that Bush is simply not believeable .. and that nothing he says matters.
    Its shameful for America to have such a bumbling inept idiot as its leader,

    September 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  311. stefi bellingham Tigard Oregon

    I haven't been able to listen to Bush for years. There's no reason too. He's channel changer material. Tonight's speech will contain one theme. Scare Tactics. It's all he knows. His words mean nothing.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  312. Marc in the Virgin Islands

    1. I'm sorry
    2. Vice President Cheney will resign at 0800 tomorrow.
    3. I will resign at 0830 tomorrow.
    4. My best wishes to President Pelosi.
    5. Vote Obama!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  313. Linda from Bentley Spring, Maryland

    Jack, I would like to hear nothing, nothing at all from Bush. Haven't we all heard enough from this man the past 8 years? And look where it got us. It's pretty obvious he's already checked-out so I'm not even sure why he's going through the motions.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  314. Tiffany

    Oh! I know what he can say. He can begin with an apology to the next president for the mess they will have to clean up when he is out of office.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  315. Tony C?

    There is nothing Bush can say thats going to change anything. they may as well let the debate go on,I hope people are starting to see the truth

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  316. Charlotte K, Green Bay WI

    Quite frankly I am nervous about this team that Bush put together to solve this Financial Crisis. I do not trust him or them. All that I am interested in hearing from Bush is that he intends to do nothing more that will screw things up. This is all I pray for.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  317. Henry Schulte

    Nothing really. President Bush is currently
    a non-entity in this crisis; it should be solved
    by someone who is more aware of the issues.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  318. RF Potter

    How about the truth and an introspective view of how we got here – I do no not anticipate that he will admit to being the most inept president in history but would appreciate some reference to the "buck stops here".

    September 24, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  319. dave from NH.

    I want to hear him say that this is not a lie like the WMD in Iraq was, and I'd like to hear him say something about saving the millions of people that stand to either lose their homes or watch their homes plummet in value. Most of all I want to hear that the CEO's of these banks aren't going to walk away from this mess with a pocket full of cash!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  320. Robert Graham-Anchorage, Alaska

    I wish to hear him say something smart and to actually look like he knows what going on for once.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  321. nancy

    Is President Bush aware of how the economy is? Or did his buddies have to tell him? He has been an embarrasement to our country. I no longer feel reasssured by his words nor his actions.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  322. Edward

    I want to hear him tell me where the hell he has been this whole time. Obama and McCain are speaking more about this issue than the current president of the country

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  323. Sharon OConnor

    I wish he would 'man up' and tell us the truth for the first time. I want to hear him say that this can be blamed on no one else but this administration. That he made a huge mistake and he is doing his very best to find ways to fix this mess. I want to hear that he is sorry. Then again, my Mother always said I am a dreamer!
    Sharon
    Prescott, AZ

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  324. Tam Tam

    Absolutely nothing! For the past week to week and a half we were waiting on him to respond to the gas problem here in the south with everyone gouging the heck out of prices...he was on for about 30 seconds or so. Then he did it again the next day about the same amount of time. He has shown that he has nothing to say so why would this time be any different. We are all out of patience with you mr president. You SHOULD be embarrassed!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  325. Tawni Caldwell

    Our President cannot say much that has meaning right now, other than to share with us how his personal finances will be affected when the sky falls. That might make some have sympathy for him and his family , but not much. However, it might be revealing as to how deeply entrenched he is as a player with the wall street boys who he allowed room to hang themselves during the long, hard, ugly years of his presidency.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  326. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Fear, fear, and more fear because that is all he's about, just like Iraq. It may have worked before but not this time and especially with his credibility or lack of it I should say. I say let the chips fall where they may and let's get on with living life without Wall Street.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  327. Loren Brower

    I'd like President Bush to give us the $2,500 that this massive bailout will cost each taxpayer–let's watch the economy trickle UP for a change........

    September 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  328. alfred ross

    I my self do not want to hear from Bush tonight he has done enough and said enough!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  329. Kevin, Kennesaw, GA

    I want Bush to say trickle down economics and deregulation has been a monumental economic failure. But that is not going to ever happen. The Republican party of personal responsibility has never taken responsibility for any of it's failings.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  330. Jo G

    I would like to know why this huge bailout must be done right now. Where was he when everyone else was saying we were in a recession? Where was Paulson? Denying that we were in a recession. Now they want emergency coverage to keep our economy from collapsing. Honestly, this sounds much like the car salesman who tells you that the deal he is offering today is a one-time offer. Go home and think about it awhile. Believe me, he'll be calling later, after the time frame for the so-called emergency has passed. Whatever happened to letting people suffer the consequences of their decisions? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Desperation is not enough to warrant a hair-trigger response to our overall economic well-being.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  331. Jolly Potter, NY

    That he is selling his ranch in Crawford Texas on E-bay and donating the proceeds to the people he has betrayed: the homeless, the jobless, the sick and the poor of America and then he will emigrate to somewhere so far away that we may never hear from him again – maybe the caves between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  332. Linda Massey

    I would prefer he does not speak on the financial crisis. There is nothing President Bush can say to me about this financial crisis that will be enlightening or will in any contribute to a resolution of the matter. I do not look to him for guidance on any matter before this country.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  333. Donna , San Antonio TX

    I am hoping that President Bush will announce that he has listened to the American public and will order the senate to stay put until a satisfactory solution to the economic situation that faces our nation

    September 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  334. mike

    Jack,
    I just want to hear some real answers. We have felt for so long that our president is out for number one and not the American people and right now were scared, I pray that he says something positive and has a real fix for these problems after all our lives are in his hands.
    mike

    September 24, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  335. Christine

    Nothing!! He hasn't said anything all week, what makes you think he has something to say tonight? Just leave already!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  336. Tiffani (Atlanta)

    nothing...his actions have said enough

    September 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  337. Steve - southern Illinois

    I'd like to hear him explain why he thinks anything he has to say could possibly help the situation.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  338. AJ

    When did George Bush become an expert on Economy???

    September 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  339. Ann Marie

    The taxpayers do not believe or trust the White House at all. Bush has lied and misled the Americn people from day one that he came into the White House. If the Bush Administration lost, misplaced or squandered $50 billion that we know of in Iraq what do you think will happen to #700 billion! This is just Bush's last stand as a lame duck president to aid Wall Street CEOs after refusing to help out Main Street USA and keep people in their homes. As far as McCain is concerned he is another fear monger who threatens the taxpayer with gllom and doom without demanding and making sure all demands are met to protect the taxpayers. Before any plan is finalized we need to see safeguards included that will make sure Main Street is provided for before the disfunctional CEOs and that there are assurances the nation will be paid back when the economy returns to normal. Caps on executive compensation, no bonuses, no severance pay that will allow them to walk out with millions they do not deserve. An oversight committee to monitor where funds go, who get any funding, name people who will be held accountable and responsible for these funds. No blank checks to anyone.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  340. Lila Sullivan

    Basically, I want him to candidly admit that his administration dropped the ball. It's time for Bush to take responsibility for his failed policies.

    Lila Sullivan
    Salem, Va.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  341. Pat Knecht

    I do not need to hear from President Bush at this time unless it is to announce his resignation. I doubt I would even believe that. He has lied to us too many times.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  342. Cynthia Jones

    How many days he has left in the White House

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  343. Josh

    I want him to look at the camera and explain to the American people that there is nothing to worry about...I have experience spending money I don't have!

    Bangor, Maine

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  344. Stephanie

    Honestly. George W. can not say anything that we do not know already. We are in a bad financial crunch. Check! We need to bail out Wall St. immediately. Check! Drill, Drill, Drill. Check! The best thing he can say is "We agree with the Dem's, let's sign the bill that they recommend and press forward to the debates on Friday-as planned!!!I'm outta here!"

    Stephanie
    Panama City, FL

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  345. Alicia

    Well, Jack, for starters I would like to hear what steps are needed to be taken to protect my money and my house ,let me know what congress have planned and not what could happen to his friends business.Also I would not mind him taking back that $300,000,000.00 thats being held in Alaska for a bridge thats going nowhere, maybe that could help fit part of the bill?

    Alicia

    September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  346. Lisa- Florida

    No. He helped put us here, why would I want to here from him- unless it's to admit what a failure he is and the damage he's done.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  347. Bob from Jay Fl

    How can anything be wrong? I haven't heard of any firing of government oversight people charged with overseeing the market. This did not happen overnight. Government agencies are refusing to answer to Congress. Congress is doing nothing to hold anyone responsible to the American people. Does anyone really think that any of our government agencies are watching over the best interests of the people. What ever our government does is doomed to failure because of a ineffective and uncaring Congress. Their main concern now is protecting their upper crust buddies and corporations which supply them with their under the table cash to further their ambitions. Nothing done, something done, both with the same unknown result. At least if nothing done our national debt will be 800 billion less. Next time Congress says there is no money to bail out social security remember this. Putting that money in the hands of seniors and outsourced unemployed workers would probably be a better use.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  348. Patrick McGinnis

    An apology.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  349. henk

    That he will stay out of it!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  350. Chuck

    I'm Sorry!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  351. Peter Togel

    I want to hear the truth. Like this:"We need to give the money to my rich friends so they don't loose all their investments. If we don't give them the 700 Billions, my friends will loose all their money, inflation will rise and all people can pay their debts with just one paycheck."

    September 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  352. Marcus from San Antonio

    There's not really much Bush can say at this point to help the situation. The American people are more concerned with what Obama and McCain have to say about the issue rather than Bush. Besides, Americans are probably better versed on the matter than Bush is anyway...

    September 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  353. Bryan

    I would like to hear Bush say he is going to take the 700 billion and give every American an equal share of it. Then the taxpayers can use thier share to payoff mortages and cars. There you go no more mortage crisis and no more credit crunch. Best of all then Americans would truly be free of financial servitude.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  354. DT-Phoenix

    Jack. I want Bush to tell the country that he and his rich wealthy elitists who played a role in the current so called financial crisis are going to completely foot the bill for the 750 billion dollar bailout they are proposing for Wall Street. It is flat out wrong to strap us with the the sins and debts of these criminals in the GOP, at Wall Street and the banking industry. It is wrong to make responsible people foot the bill for the stupidity of those who took out mortgages they could not pay as well as those who made the sub prime mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  355. Mark Schaffer

    That he and his vice president are so ashamed of themselves over the mess that they have made of what was once the strongest economy in the world that they are both resigning immediately. President Bush's legacy will be that he sent the federal deficit for one year over 1 trillion dollars after inheriting a federal budget that was producing a modest surplus.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  356. Heather-Dawn

    President Bush needs to address us with the truth this evening. We citizens here in the $90,000 income housholds are suffering since he started the war. We (I feel) keep footing the bill to kepp the elites in control. President Bush and McCain are the elites they are pulling for straws every which way they can think. Why would one man need 13 cars? That shows greed and we don't need greed in the white house anymore!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  357. ken

    jack i want to hear bush say ,yes im responsable for all whats happening and a whole lot more, but instead just threating the country and adding fear and makeing this country affraid as he aways does. ken

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  358. Steve Salt Lake City, UT

    I want the impossible: I want him to tell the truth.

    This whole mess has been caused by greed, corruption and cooperation from governement leaders who have been bought and paid for one lobbyist gift and bribe at a time. We aren't going to solve the problem by giving the same people who caused it – Wall Street and Big Business and Banks – a free ride and a blank check that lets them go on doing it. I darn sure don't want to be paying millions of my tax dollars to executive compensations either!

    If Bush said, "I quit, I'm going home to Texas" we would be a lot closer to a solution then we are now!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  359. Regina, Dallas, Tx

    Not neccessairly in this order...
    I would like to hear him apologize for what he has done to our credibility in the world and our present economic situatuion. And I would like him to say "Don't worry America! I'm going to get the $700billion from my friends friends at Exxon Mobil!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  360. John from California

    I want an apology for the past eight years of lies and deceit. He and his cronies kept telling the American people that the economy is growning and the stipid that we were given would help boost it. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes and jobs under this administration. Myself included.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  361. Danny Langdon

    Remembering how the President lied in getting us into Iraq, I am not inclined to believe the President on how to fix the econmy through a bailout. Let's let Congress takes some serious time–two to three weeks–to work on this important issue. Certainly we can survive that long!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  362. Ed Moye

    What I WANT to hear is an acceptance of responsibilty by the President (and Sen. McCain and their party) for their vociferous and ferocious fighting against any regulation of the financial sector. I WANT to hear that them take responsibility for the spend-spend-spend/greed-is-good ethos that began in the Reagan administration.

    What I EXPECT to hear is that were just a few bad apples on bad old Wall Street, and, if we'll just give them a chance to get further in our pockets, everything will be OK. I EXPECT to hear is "Trust us! This time we really do know what's going on and how to fix it!"

    September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  363. Joe

    Jack,
    Do you really think after all the constant lies, trashing of the Constitution, refusal to work with or comply with Congress on any lawful requests, the utter and complete breakdown of virtually every government agency, that the American people would believe a word that Bush says?
    All I can say is Bye Bye Bush, Thank God and not a second too soon!
    I hope McCain will go with him!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  364. Chris, Columbia MO

    It's clear that what we want to hear will be dramatically different from what we're going to hear. Clearly he's going to use his typical scare tactics to coerce congress to pass this bill or else blame them of being unpatriotic.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  365. Sandra

    Jack, first he should apologize for what's happened during his 8 years. He owes us that much for two wars, and now the worst financial crisis since the depression. Then he should tell us to just go vote for Barack Obama. Anything else he could say would have no credibility.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  366. Gwendolyn in MD

    I agree with folks like Deb in Allentown, PA, Henry Schutte, andthe majority of others who said President Bush cannot help a situation he helped create. He should not try to give advice on an issue he knows little, or nothing about. Thus, as far as the Economy, he does not have anything of interest to anyone, so I want him to "Shut Up!" until he leaves office. Period!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  367. Tina

    I would like to hear President Bush say "I take the blame for this mess that we are in" and that he welcomes a new President that will do a better job then he has.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  368. Jennifer

    Absolutely nothing.

    No point in speaking when you have nothing of substance to say.

    All he's going to do is try to express how dire the situation he helped to create is. Then use it as a chance to try and flip the blame elsewhere by diverting focus on the current administration over to Congress with the sole intent of putting the American public into a panic so that they in turn put pressure onto the Democrats to "act quickly, without thought, and without holding anyone accountable".

    Here's an idea: have the 30% of the population who still supports Bush pay for the bailout, then none of the rest of us are stuck with that burden.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  369. Abel S. Delgado

    I want to hear him call a special session of Congress to deal with this mess after Friday. I want him to call for a meeting between him, Obama, McCain, Paulson, Bernanke, as well as Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress. I want him to remind everyone election politics can wait but our economy will not. Forget who this helps or hurts politically and lets remember they are all responsible and should all do something to fix it. That would actually be "post-partisan."

    September 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  370. David Stables

    Bush needs to put this crisis in perspective for the American public. As Election campaigns were not suspended in 1944, during the height of WW2 or in 1864 when thousands of Americans were dying on battlefields between Washington DC and Richmond VA, are we truly in a darker crisis than those times and is the suspension of a presidential campaign justified, as Senator McCain suggests? If this is the case, all of us should panic.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  371. Sandy Boshkoff

    Jack, an apology for his incompetency and failure to put average Americans first.
    He went in hiding on Sept. 11, he lied about the war, he lied about No Chile Left Behind, he lied about Medicare reform, and now he wants to lie about the economy.

    He should apologize, shut up, and walk away in shame.

    Vote Nov 4!

    Sandyb
    Granite City, IL

    September 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  372. Sharon L Haywood

    I think it is too little too late for Bush to make any comment. He knew this awful situation was happening, he was partly responsible for it. I frankly don't want to hear what he has to say at this point. He is a lame duck president and also an idiot.

    That is my opinion, I could be wrong. At his point I don't really believe I am wrong. The sooner he gets out of office the better.

    God Bless America, I love that I can be on my own computer and able to state my opinion about anything. I love my country and I am so sorry this is such a stain on her. I hope we can pull out of this mess and make the world see we are the wonderful country we really are.
    Thank you CNN and the Cafferty file for letting citizens state their point of view.

    Sharon Haywood, La Center, WA

    September 24, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  373. Hasna

    What I and probably many Americans want to hear, is the truth. We have not heard the truth from President Bush and his White House Administration in eight years. This situation is not to be taken lightly because of the horrific impact it can have on the American people. What I would like to know, is why we, as hard working Americans, are responsible to bail out a private sector that never cared about us anyway? They got themselves into this mess, we should not be the ones responsible to take them out of it. Paulson is only trying to make money off of this deal. If they cut back the pays of CEO's of the falling companies, I'm sure they can compensate their losses with out having the American people get involved.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  374. Chris from Durham

    Jack,
    I'd like to hear an apology. Bush has run the economy into the ground for the last eight years by waging war while lowering taxes. Even his father new that this was "voodoo econonomics". Add to this his deregulation of the financial services markets and no one should be surprised that we are in the current mess.
    While he's at it, he might as well apologize for suspending the Constitution, and just carrying on like an imbecile.

    jack,

    September 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  375. Debra - Plano, TX

    I would like for President Bush to say

    "I fooled all of the people some of the time; I even fooled some of the people all of the time; but I can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  376. Vic

    Jack,
    He has no credibility left these days ! I hear they are changing the words from Bail Out to Rescue. Rescue sound a lot nicer than bail outs and the American people will feel like paying than. Perhaps he can borrow more money from the Chinese and Arabs to Bail them Out, oh, I mean RESCUE THEM!!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  377. D Jones

    What I would like to hear from Bush is an admission that he and his administration is responsible for this problem and how he plans to fix it without burdening the American tax payer... Yeah, good luck with that!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  378. Rich Rubner

    Jack, I don't want to hear anything that man in the White House has to say, except good-by.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  379. Tom Bellhouse

    Jack, I'd like to hear this long-time champion of deregulation say, "I'm sorry for the mess I've helped to make."

    If he's driving the economic bus, I want off !

    September 24, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  380. Steve Stanardsville, Va

    I do not want to hear anything from him at all. He just needs to keep quiet for until January 20, 2009. He is the one primarily responsible for this mess, Barack Obama does not need his help cleaning it up, the only thing Bush could do is make it worse.

    September 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  381. sharan fishburn

    I want to know what makes Bush think that the taxpayers have any money left after eight years of foolish spending. Everyone keeps saying that the "taxpayers" are footing the bill for this " bail out", uh hum, sorry... "rescue", you know what they say about lipstick on a pig! Politians say "taxpayer" like it really isn't real people with families and dreams of their own. This is going to be a tremendous burden on the people of this country that are already struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. God help us all. Elect Barack Obama!

    September 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm |