When President Bush delivers his farewell speech to the nation tonight from the East Room of the White House, he'll do so before an invited audience with "stories to tell," the White House said.
Among them: Florida Sen. Mel Martinez. (The 13-minute prime time speech will begin shortly after 8 p.m.)
According to the White House, Bush will look to frame his legacy, portraying himself as having "always acted with the best interests of our country in mind." He'll also offer a salute to Barack Obama who will assume the presidency on Tuesday. The speech will mark Bush's last public appearance until he greets Obama on Inauguration day at the White House's North Portico.
"This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation," Bush is to say about the Obama inauguration. "And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls."
Martinez will also get to witness Obama's inauguration. A spokesman said he'll be on hand for Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony.