By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
Imagine leaving the cocoon of St. Paul, Minnesota and hours later arriving in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. We walked in around 2am, with yours truly still wearing the suit and credentials I'd been wearing on the GOP convention floor hours earlier. The permanent collection of hipsters who line the lobby looked up from their Blackberries long enough to watch us pass by, assuming perhaps that I was part of the security detail for a visiting celebrity. We exited a few hours later (after what was euphemistically called "a night's sleep") into the blinding Los Angeles sun, and walked along Hollywood Boulevard, the stars of the famous underfoot, until we entered the Kodak Theatre. All three network evening newscasts will originate from here tonight -- and more importantly, so will the live 3-network effort called "Stand Up To Cancer." We're enormously proud of the effort -- and it will be exciting as the actual celebrities arrive to fill the seats that now contain cardboard likenesses of them -- Halle Berry, Jennifer Anniston, Forest Whitaker, Charles Barkley, and on and on. Here are details. Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric and I have had fun rehearsing this afternoon -- finding the tape marks on the stage where we have to stand, going over our remarks, lamenting our collective lack of sleep...but thankfully united in what is a much larger cause than any individual in this theater.
Of note in the news today: the reviews of last night, the viewing audience from last night, the view across the Atlantic, today's economic numbers and more.
We fly back to New York late tonight, hoping, all of us, for something approximating a weekend. I hope for the same for all of you during this busy season. We hope you can join us tonight -- for NBC Nightly News, and for Stand Up To Cancer.