By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
I had occasion over the long weekend to pull a boat up to a fuel dock and experience the bracing thrill of filling the tank -- and watching the pump dial as the numbers went by, at $4.99.9 a gallon. It will be interesting to see if any hard auto travel numbers become available for this past July 4th holiday -- as there were many advance predictions that car travel would be at a ten-year low.
I'm guessing the sheer cost of getting around is/was a factor in the Obama campaign's selection of an aged charter jet -- which today is in the news because of the unplanned deployment, from the tail cone, of the emergency exit slide, which forced the aircraft (and the campaign) to land in St. Louis -- where the candidate delivered his basic economic speech to a room full of journalists, instead of the North Carolina ballroom he was to address today.
The ramp workers at Lambert Field seemed surprised to see him, as I'm sure the Secret Service had to scramble to come up with the infrastructure to handle an impromptu visit. That's why they have field offices.
We'll have that story tonight, and the rest of the day's news, as we all get back into work mode following the first truly sleepy weekend of the summer...puncuated by an endless tennis match in London and the A-Rod saga here in New York.
With the exception of those last two stories, we'll have it all for you tonight -- and we hope you can join us.