Tonight, at 8pm Eastern Time (midnight UK time due to the US being in daylight saving already), Barack Obama will give his second primetime conference (duration about one hour) carried by CBS, ABC, NBC as well as cable channels such as FOX and CNN. Live web coverage will also be on C-Span as well as other outlets like CNN. The press conference will probably follow the pattern of the last one which was an approx. 10-15 minute statement followed by questions from the White House press corps. Top of the White House's messaging will probably be laying out the case for the Secretary of Treasury's bad bank plan, as well as shaping the dialogue about AIG and a number of other bailed-out financial institutions. Given that this is live and is a bit different from taped interviews and late-night shows, this is an opportunity to watch and make judgement on primarily two things: 1. Is the President explaining himself and his administration's plans adequately to the American people? 2. Given the importance of a functioning press to a democracy, is the White House press corps also giving a good account of itself? Is it asking the questions you want to hear or is it tossing softballs? Couple of things to also watch for: • Will Helen Thomas get called upon? She's the grande dame of the press corps and is a shrewd cookie. • Will one of the blogs get called upon? Last time around, Sam Stein from The Huffington Post got a call, which is unprecedented and sent the usual print and TV journalists into a tizzy. I look forward to reading your reaction.