President George W. Bush is wrapping up his time at the White House, returning final calls from world leaders and preparing for his own farewell address.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Bush planned few public events for the rest of his tenure. Instead, he planned to meet privately Wednesday with families of those killed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, followed Thursday by a lunch at the State Department and a prime-time speech to the U.S.
His spokeswoman said the president planned to spend his final weekend in office at Camp David, the presidential retreat in mountains north of Washington.
"I think it'll probably be really cold up there this weekend, but he loves to be able to go up there and he can ride his mountain bike, as well. And just spend a little bit of quiet time out," Perino said.
Bush's time is about to get quieter. He plans to leave Washington on Tuesday for his home in Texas, where his focus will turn toward a presidential library and Freedom Center at Southern Methodist University. On Wednesday, Bush named former aide Mike Meece to run day-to-day life after the White House.
"And I'm probably going to write a book. ... I'm interested in HIV/AIDS, help dealing with HIV/AIDS on the continent of Africa, dealing with the malaria initiative that we started on the continent of Africa," Bush told CNN television's Larry King on Tuesday. "I'm interested in good ocean policy. I like my mountain bikes. I like national parks. There will be a lot of things to do."
Bush also planned a farewell lunch for his senior aides on Friday.