Before we could conclude our morning editorial meeting, it was time to turn our attention elsewhere and watch the news of the day actually being made: the president's news conference in the Rose Garden. The president was highly energized -- he was very familiar with reporters -- and clearly had a message in mind, coming off his six-hour stay in Iraq. Tonight we will have details from the event, plus we will debut some new numbers: our brand new NBC News poll, showing a change in President Bush's approval rating and that of Congress. Tim Russert will join me with those. We'll also check in on the ground in Iraq, which today saw another kind of "take back the streets" military initiative.
Robert Bazell will have a notable and interesting report on this nation's emergency rooms, Chip Reid on the outright theft from our government by some following Katrina, and Rehema Ellis on the campaign for, and the debate over, breast feeding.
Remember to show the colors before the day is out: it is Flag Day.
A brief note concerning some e-mails we received last night: Following our item about Congressman Kennedy and his probation, we mentioned that he had been joined yesterday by his Alchoholics Annonymous sponsor, another member of Congress, Jim Ramstad of Minnesota. Because of a visual omission on our part, some viewers thought we had taken it upon ourselves to somehow "out" Congressman Ramstad as a member of AA and as Congressman Kennedy's AA sponsor. Officially and for good reason, it is AA's policy that such information remain private, though there is obviously nothing they can do if members or sponsors choose to identify themselves publicly. That is exactly what happened yesterday. Our error was that we failed to air some videotape in our posession -- it would have shown Congressman Ramstad (with Congressman Kennedy) explaining his role as AA sponsor. I appreciate those who did write us, as it told me we had made an error in our choice of what pictures to air or not to air. And I applaud the work AA does, every day and around the clock, for all those who turn to the organization -- and each other -- for help.
Thanks to the kind e-mailer from Cheshire, Conn., who read my post on Paul Newman yesterday and took the time to alert us to more great works relating to his well-known Hole in the Wall Gang camps. Your e-mail will soon become a "Making a Difference" segment on our broadcast. I can't thank you enough for writing and bringing it to our attention.
We have a good broadcast planned for this evening, and we hope you'll join us.