by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
I'm writing this while listening on the Web to my son's first-ever live radio broadcast for his high school radio station. It is thrilling and nerve-wracking and very entertaining. It's a football show -- sports is my son's area of expertise -- co-hosted with his good buddy, and apparently accomplished with a single microphone. It's great.
Was it something I said? After a broadcast on Friday that featured the heroics of the Emergency Room doctors in Bagdhad, and the effort to catalog all those affected by the 9/11 attacks, this email arrived. Always a warm feeling to be called out on your love of country.
Senator Barack Obama came to our building today for an exclusive interview. We'll be posting all of it on the Web, and running some of our conversation on the broadcast tonight. He gave a speech on economics today, while Senator Clinton spoke on her health care plan.
Tonight: the Fed, Blackwater, Greenspan and Greenland. Anne Thompson's reporting on the "meltdown" underway in Greenland (after which our crew got stuck there for a time) is a great piece of television, maybe the best work my friend Anne has ever done, and that's saying a lot. We can't wait to bring it to you, along with a piece at the end of the broadcast we're calling "Pay It Forward."
Fourteen Years Ago This Week
"When I launched our Nation on this journey to reform the health care system, I knew we needed a talented navigator, someone with a rigorous mind, a steady compass, a caring heart. Luckily for me and for our Nation, I didn't have to look very far."
-- President Bill Clinton, acknowledging First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress on September 22, 1993, laying out his sweeping plan for health care reform. Eight months earlier -- just five days after his inauguration -- Clinton had announced his Task Force on National Health Care Reform, headed by Hillary Clinton. It was the most powerful official assignment ever given to a First Lady. The Clinton Administration's efforts to get a health care bill through Congress continued through much of 1994, but ultimately collapsed amid competing political and economic interests. Today, unveiling her new health care reform plan, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, "Perhaps more than anybody else, I know just how hard this fight will be."
Please read the story of my friend Gordon Roberts.
We hope you can join us tonight for the Monday edition of Nightly News.