By Ann Curry, NBC News Anchor
I'm starting to wonder if even President Bush's trips to the war region have ever gotten as much play in the media as Barack Obama's.
All weekend, we heard about it as a top story, and now, with the Senator's arrival in Iraq this morning, the story is playing high today. And with interviews with all three network anchors this week, the coverage has long legs, a rarity in news these days.
Public curiosity about this candidate's readiness as Commander-in-Chief, as well as the news he's making along the way, is driving a lot of this attention.
There are memorable images we will show you tonight of Obama and General David Petreaus, one showing both men smiling broadly in a helicopter today, and frankly, it looks campaign-perfect.
This raises a question. After this week is over, will the media feel it had addressed the public's interest in the Obama campaign, with the public's need for balanced reporting of the political process, now four months before the general election?
I hope the public feels so.
On Nightly News tonight, we will have full reports on both Obama and McCain, as the war over the wars intensifies.
Andrea Mitchell will report from Baghdad and Kelly O'Donnell will be in Maine, where McCain appeared with former President Bush today.
We are trying to be not only accurate and informative, but also balanced, so you have the best chance of judging for yourself what these men who could be President are saying.