Back in New York following our State of the Union coverage. Today the President took his message on the road (as is customary for The Morning After) to Nashville, where he expanded on and repeated some of the same themes of last night, and where he paraphrased the plain-English argument for domestic eavesdropping that he used in the speech. The range of coverage has been interesting to watch, from Powerlineblog's assessment of the President as "Churchillian" to critiques on the other side that accused him of re-hashing old material and raising either conflicting or too-modest themes. The radiosphere and blogosphere have both been rather active today on the topic of T-shirts... the banned kind. Pete Williams, who covers the law for us, will look at the question being asked around the country today (following the arrest of Cindy Sheehan and the detention of a Congressional spouse who was wearing a shirt with a pro-troops sentiment) concerning why there isn't free speech via clothing in the House Gallery. Late today, as Capitol Hill producer Mike Viqueira posted below, there's been an interesting development in this story.
We'll look at how some swing voters viewed the President's remarks last night, and at the vivid displays of deep partisanship before our very eyes.
Also tonight, the Katrina hearings on Capitol Hill -- while New Orleans sits there, again we look back at those awful initial days of the disaster. Tonight: what are people saying now about demands they were making for help back then?
We have also just watched the swearing-in ceremony for Justice Samuel Alito... Chief Justice Roberts read the oath as the President who appointed both men looked on.
A personal note: Bob Schieffer and I found ourselves on the same Shuttle flight back to New York this morning, where he also spotted ABC News President David Westin prior to boarding. It gave us a chance to convey personally the best wishes of all of the staff members on both broadcasts -- who are cheering for a speedy recovery for both Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt. Perhaps the best moment came a short time later, while I was taking part in our morning editorial conference call from the shuttle lounge... separated by one faux-leather lounge seat from my friend Bob, he gestured, clearly daring me to hand him the phone, and so I did. He thus became the first-ever CBS Evening News anchor to participate in the NBC Nightly News morning conference call. I would have loved to have been on the New York end of the call when that unmistakable voice broke in on the roll call of various story pitches for the day. As our Executive Producer John Reiss reportedly later said to the gathering, "now THAT was a moment."
We hope you can join us for the broadcast tonight.