The changeover to the Obama administration officially happens at 12:01pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, but the effective end of the Bush administration happens in just a few minutes, at 9pm tonight, when all but three of the highest-level White House staff members turn in their credentials and leave. Here's the play-by-play on what happens after that.
I'll have more on the end of the Bush presidency early next week, including an argument as to why it's a bit much to be calling him the worst president in American history. (Hint: Did he oversee the division of the republic in half or stage what amounted to a direct and deliberate genocide? No. Then he's not the worst.) For now, enjoy the holiday weekend, read a heartwarming story or two, and know that the republic is stronger than one bad presidency.