Sunday Talk Show Tip Sheet

The Sunday talk shows are taking a reflective look at the outgoing administration of President George W. Bush this Thanksgiving weekend.

First lady Laura Bush headlines NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where she and the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, will look back on the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and ahead to future of the war-torn country.

Mrs. Bush has visited Afghanistan three times while her husband has been president, the last time in June. And on each visit, she’s spotlighted development programs for women, particularly education. So, expect some special attention to those issues Sunday – and some discussion of the changing of the guard at the White House on Jan. 20.

CNN founder Ted Turner also stops to promote his new memoir, “Call Me Ted.”

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” a special roundtable panel of The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, The New Yorker’s Jane Meyer and Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson assesses the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war against terrorism and discusses the historic implications Barak Obama’s election as the nation’s first African-American president.

Other Sunday shows will look ahead to the new Obama administration, which began to take early shape with the introduction of his economic team, to be followed Monday with the expected announcement of the key players on his foreign affairs and national security teams.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supported Republican John McCain in the presidential race, and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who backed Obama, will look at the president-elect’s emerging foreign policy on “Fox News Sunday.” And Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) will discuss his runoff election Tuesday against Democrat Jim Martin.

The political ramifications of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, will be the focus of Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

And United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger will discuss the prospects of congressional bailout for the U.S. auto industry, as the top executives of the Big Three – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – prepare for a new round of hearings on Capitol Hill.

Finally, on Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” host Al Hunt lands Obama transition director John Podesta to go over the president-elect's staff and Cabinet picks.

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