To all the dads out there I hope you are having a good father's day. I got a few hours off after the TODAY show this morning and was able to go out to brunch with my wife and 17-year-old son. The older one, studying in Europe this summer gave me a call this afternoon to wish me a happy father's day. He's been away at college now for two-years but I'm still not quite used to having him away. It's nice we take this special day to show gratitude to our dads, but I owe a debt of thanks to my two sons for continuing to allow me to be a big part of their lives. As I noted earlier in allDay, the todayshow.com blog, as far as I'm concerned, any day I'm with them or sharing a moment with them is father's day.
It's back to work now preparing for tonight's broadcast. Because of NBC Sports coverage of the US Open Golf tournament we will only be airing on the west coast this evening. Among the stories we'll be covering is that horrible accident in Tennessee where a drag racing car sped out of control into a crowd killing several people, and leaving a number of bystanders badly hurt. Jim Maceda will report from Baghdad where a curfew has been lifted following last week's bombing of a Shiite Mosque. US military leaders today are also offering a candid assessment of the troop surge. We're covering the swearing-in of the new Hamas-free emergency government on the West Bank, and the fallout in Washington where the administration's dream of an independent Palestinian state seems shattered tonight.
As always thanks for checking-in. I'll see you on TV.