The Note: Ten Minutes from the New New Normal

By the sheerest of coincidences, President Bush has events related to the war on terror and 9/11 today, where he will no doubt relish the honor of swearing in Ms. Hughes as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy at the State Department at 10:10 am ET. Later in the day, he will make remarks at the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor ceremony on the South Lawn at 1:05 pm ET.

If by the end of the end presidential rhetoric has not attempted to fuse 9/11, the war on terror, and Katrina recover efforts, we will give all readers a full refund on this week's Notes.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Representatives Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Al Green at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX to meet with victims of Hurricane Katrina. There will be 3:00 pm ET press availability.

Sens. Kennedy, Lieberman, Pryor, and Stabenow will hold a conversation on how to heal the communities of the Gulf Coast with NAACP President Bruce Gordon, Jim Wallis, and members of the faith community at 9:30 am ET.

Though there will be no roll call votes in the Senate today, Senators will resume consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill.

Judge Roberts has a meeting and photo-op with Sen. Martinez (R-FL) today. Lt. Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. John Edwards will visit a Charlottesville, VA preschool at a 3:15 pm ET campaign event.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman will be the featured speaker at the Pennsylvania GOP annual fall dinner Friday night at 6:30 pm ET at the Harrisburg Hilton in Harrisburg, PA.

Two ABC News programming Notes for you:

On "This Week," George Stephanopooulos will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in his first Sunday morning show appearance this year.

Vice Admiral Thad Allen, Coast Guard Chief of Staff and FEMA Director Brown's deputy for Katrina relief will also be George's guest Sunday morning on "This Week."

George Will, Newt Gingrich, and Fareed Zakaria make up a powerhouse of a roundtable. That's all coming up Sunday morning on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

And don't miss Barbara Walters' exclusive interview with Colin Powell where the former Secretary of State calls his controversial presentation before the United Nations on WMD a "blot" on his record. That's at 10:00 pm ET on 20/20 on your local ABC station. LINK

Katrina: Bush test/strategy:

The "Even Judy Keen (and Richard Benedetto) Rule" kicks in, with a USA Today news analysis questioning whether too much Yankee reserve remains in the Texas boy for him to show sufficient emotion and compassion at times of national crisis. LINK

In Dick Stevenson's New York Times analysis that contrasts the President's post-9/11 leadership to his post-Katrina leadership, he has Michael Deaver saying it is time for a "My fellow Americans" speech to the nation. LINK

"Mr. Cheney expressed little emotion at what he had witnessed, instead taking the pragmatic problem-solver tack," writes the New York Times Jodi Wilgoren of the Vice President's visit to the region. LINK

The profanity being hurled the Vice President's way from a passerby during a rare live press availability certainly made for a memorable moment. However, it was Mrs. Cheney's interview on Fox immediately following her husband's press avail that made us chuckle most.

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