"Show me a man who never made a mistake and I will show you a man who never did anything."
-- President Lyndon Baines Johnson, June 12, 1967
"Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me."
-- President George W. Bush, Jan. 10, 2007
"As a wise man once said: 'An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.'"
-- President John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961
Tonight: our coverage of the President's speech, the reaction and aftermath. We'll go from the White House to the Hill, the Pentagon to Iraq. We'll also talk to Tim Russert, and we'll hear from Americans reacting to the speech last night.
There's news from New Orleans today, and news regarding the confluence of soccer, high fashion, stylists and the like: the product known as David Beckham will be coming to America. For an insane amount of money. One of the most interesting debates in our editorial meeting for a good long while took place today. It had to do with a question we wrestle with constantly regarding news stories we're considering: Who cares? On the question of Beckham, where Americans are concerned, I have my own suspicions about socio-economic influences, but he is plainly not what he is overseas. His status as a Walking Event is safe, however. So are his chances of snagging a good free checking account with ATM privileges at a Los Angeles bank.
Open mic night
I couldn't help but notice this gem on the Reuters wire service:
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice let slip her media preferences Thursday, saying "I love every single one" of Fox News network's correspondents and also favors CBS anchor Harry Smith.
In comments overheard on an open microphone between morning television interviews, including one with Fox, the top U.S. diplomat said: "My Fox guys, I love every single one of them."
But Rice told an aide that when she was next in Iraq she would like to do a "one-on-one" interview with CBS "The Early Show" anchor Harry Smith.
"He's a decent guy. I know they are like 55 in the ratings, but I like him," Rice said in comments monitored by Reuters on a television feed.
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We hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.