By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
We reached Tehran against long odds -- and once we got here and rushed to the presidential palace compound -- it was clear from the opening moments that President Ahmadinejad had a specific message to impart, albeit wrapped in his usual rhetoric and talking points.
While we were flying here, our producers on the ground were busy -- setting up equipment (until this morning's Today Show, there had never been a live network television broadcast from the grounds of the compound) and assuring the Iranians that we would indeed make it here for the interview -- even though that looked highly doubtful for a while.
We departed New York Saturday evening on Lufthansa, planning to connect through Frankfurt to Tehran without breaking a sweat. When the flight to Tehran was cancelled, that's when we started to sweat.