I don't know what other parents do in the morning, but my daughter is used to listening to all-news radio on the way to school. I keep half an ear on what's happening while we talk. (Full disclosure: the amount of conversation depends on how wide-awake we are on a Monday morning.)
Today's news included the item that President Bush would meet with the Iraq Study Group this morning at the White House. If you are not familiar with the term "study group," any student can probably tell you. It's used in schools as an informal learning strategy in a group setting.
Her question was, "Mom, shouldn't they have studied Iraq before the war?"
Good point, although we know that they did. This bipartisan study group's mission is to now figure out a new approach to ending the turmoil in that country. The one thing everyone appears to agree on is that the current plan is not working. The Iraq Study Group plans to issue their recommendations before the end of the year, and everyone knows the stakes are daunting.
David Gregory will be reporting on their meeting with President Bush earlier this morning, as well as his national security team.
Right now we're all watching a very moving ceremony as the famous and the not-so-famous celebrate the life of Martin Luther King; there's a groundbreaking today on the National Mall to dedicate a new memorial to King. Bob Faw will tell us about this gathering and the new memorial site. It's not far from the the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
Photo caption: Brian speaks to Army Spec. Crystal Davis and her father Jimmy. Crystal lost her right leg in Iraq in Jan. 2006.