All of us can occasionally benefit from a change of scenery. Perhaps no one more than President Bush. Battered by low approval numbers at home, and a Democratic Senate with which he rarely sees eye to eye, he had to be looking particularly forward to at least one stop on his current European tour. The video out of Albania today says it all. The President was literally swept into the arms of crowds who lined the streets of Tirana eager to greet the American president as a hero. The Reuters wire service described it as an "ecstatic rock-star reception." Remarking on Albania's communist past, the president called Albania a society that had "known tyranny" and overcame it. Our Kelly O' Donnell is traveling with the president and will have a full report on his welcome, and what he said there about independence for Kosovo.
John Yang will report on the tough week facing the president when he returns to Washington, including a no-confidence vote Senate Democrats plan to hold regarding Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, as well as Mr. Bush's visit to Capitol Hill to try and persuade Republican senators to get the derailed immigration bill back on the tracks.
If, like mine, your family has been touched by Alzheimer's disease then you know all too well what a particularly cruel and frustrating disease it is. Today at a conference in Washington we learned of a study that predicts a lot more families will be affected by the disease. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University presented a new report that forecasts the number of people afflicted by Alzheimers will quadruple by 2050. Currently more than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheime'rs. I never like reporting these stories without getting into advances in treatment and detection and so we have asked a noted Alzheimer's expert to come on with us for a few minutes tonight to put this all in perspective.
I really like our In-depth segment tonight. John Larson tells a terrific story about some American college kids who traveled to Uganda a few years ago to shoot a documentary. As it turned out they got more then the bargained for when they came face to face with the children of war, and it launched them on a quest to truly change the world.
And you just know the office water cooler will be one popular place tomorrow, as fans of the HBO show "The Sopranos" discuss tonight's series finale. Our Dawn Fratangelo is working-up a report for our broadcast tonight on why this fictional mob family has managed to endear itself to so many Americans.
As always, I appreciate your stopping by our site to see what we're up to. I hope you can tune in for our Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News. In the meantime, enjoy what's left of your weekend.