by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
The President showed up in Iraq early this morning, and so we are all here on this Labor Day to cover a major news story. We're watching golf carefully -- not that we're actually following the leader board, per se -- but we're fearing a collapse of our East Coast broadcast should golf run over its allotted time.
It's always painful when a sports division event runs into a news division broadcast -- and the worst instance on my watch was the night of the Iraqi election. There we were, at 3:00 in the morning, listening to a sporting event run right into what was to have been the first live feed of Nightly News. Much of the East Coast was prevented from seeing our work that night -- and many of our personnel had risked their lives covering that story. I remember a mortar loudly landing on the steps of the U.S. Embassy, not far from our anchor location, that very night.
Our own John Yang is with the President on this trip, and so, for those of you on the East Coast, we hope to bring you his reporting from Iraq and our coverage of this surprise trip...along with the rest of the day's news, when we join you from New York on this Labor Day Monday evening.