So I just scanned the big Internet stories today, and they include Senator Schumer getting treated for a tick bite, Senator McCain's swipe at Senator Obama, the President getting hit by bird poop during yesterday's Rose Garden news conference, and a Brit who has set the record for going without sleep.
It must be the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
In the broadcast tonight, the Iraq war intel, last night's Senate vote, the weekend getaway (bring your wallet), immigration and more.
Also tonight we will feature an interview I conducted with Lee Iacocca this week. The Chrysler sale had us thinking of him -- you may be interested to see this icon in winter on our broadcast tonight.
Our feature on the Medal of Honor recipients continues here today. I'm hoping the cumulative effect of these stories will mean an increased awareness of their heroism and values. These guys are the real deal. Take today's profile of John Baker. Earlier this week, as I watched the door to the new Medal of Honor museum swing open and the older recipients filed in with their wives and family members, I noticed something: off to the side, helping guide the crowd into the door, was John Baker. He stayed at his post until the last of the visitors had filed in. To museum visitors, he was simply a quiet, modest, diminutive man greeting them at the door. Until you noticed the ribbon around his neck. Until you realize that on November 5, 1966, he killed 10 enemy soldiers, took out six machine gun bunkers, and saved eight American men. All in a day's work, just like minding the door at the museum.
So as I wish you a good and safe Memorial Day weekend, I'd also ask that you take a moment, at some point over the next three days, to think about its meaning. Go to the parade where you live, and whatever your opinion of the current war, clap hard when the soldiers pass by. Remember those who are not in the line to march. Many of the recipients I was with this week told me they are unhappy with what Memorial Day has become in modern-day America... because they remember what it was for in the first place.
Please forgive a day off on Monday to be with my family. Lester Holt will be in the chair. I'll see you Tuesday from Boston. We hope you will join us for tonight's broadcast.