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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz talk politics. In Barack Obama's final week as president-elect, the gang discusses the Treasury nominee's problems and the last days of the Bush presidency.
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Obama moved his family into Blair House, located across from the White House, on Thursday. Obama and his family also visited the Lincoln Memorial, where he paid tribute to a president he says he turns to periodically for inspiration.
The group discussed Obama's dinner with a group of conservative columnists at the home of George Will. David says the meeting has symbolic significance for the president-elect, and John remembers Obama's earlier comment that although he "may not have won their [conservatives'] vote," it's important to hear their voices.
Emily wonders whether Timothy Geithner will survive confirmation hearings to become treasury secretary. Geithner's hearing was delayed after he revealed that he had failed to pay self-employment taxes for the years 2001-04.
President Bush held his final news conference this week, in which he acknowledged making some mistakes but said he was at peace with what he had done while in office. Emily said he had not owned up to the real messes he has created, while John called it the best public indication of what Bush is really like in person.
David chatters about a work of art commissioned by the European Commission. Czech artist David Cerny created Entropa, which bears the outlines of each EU nation on a grid. Germany's autobahns form the shape of a swastika; France is shown as being on strike; and Bulgaria is shown to be a squat toilet. The artwork has created a major controversy in Europe. Czech officials apologized for the work.
John talks about Obama and Joe Biden's visit to the Supreme Court. They met with all the justices except Samuel Alito. Obama will be the first incoming president to be sworn in by a justice whose confirmation he voted against.