The Note: Found in the Flood

WASHINGTON, Sep. 16

NEWS SUMMARY

What did you see in the President's speech last night?

Was it this? LINK

Or, perhaps, this? LINK

Do you share Bill Frist's "That Guy's Awesome and Bold" reaction?

("[The] president outlined a bold and optimistic vision for restoring communities throughout the gulf region. The awesome scale of this rebuilding effort is surpassed only by the inspiring talents and generosity of the millions of Americans who continue opening their arms to care for their fellow citizens.")

Or the less favorable Pelosi/Reid sense?

("The Gulf Coast region does not deserve to be treated as a laboratory for political opportunism or ideological experimentation. Now is the time for unity.") (Note Note: those two have an excellent sense of irony.)

For those Americans who look to The Note to tell them What It All Means -- well, we've moved on (mentally, practically, attitudinally) from last night to today (although we do round up some Speech Reax below.)

President and Mrs. Bush attend the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service at National Cathedral at 10:50 am ET.

President Bush returns to the White House to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at 1:40 pm ET. The two leaders will hold a 3:00 pm ET joint press availability before the President departs for Camp David.

Prior to the prayer service, First Lady Laura Bush visits the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA to thank volunteers for the efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and to highlight the ways parents and children can find each other through the Center's website and hotline.

A coterie of United States Senators--including the Majority and Minority Leaders--holds a 12:30 pm ET media availability in New Orleans while touring the devastated region.

Speaker Hastert is in Glasgow, Scotland attending a G-8 Speaker's conference where he will lead a service of prayer and remembrance.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) delivers a 3:30 pm ET speech on global climate change at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to announce at 3:00 pm ET that he is running for re-election during a town-hall meeting in San Diego, CA. (To understand the reasons why Schwarzenegger is announcing now -- amid staunch union opposition and accusations that he is paying his consultants too much -- read Michael Finnegan's Los Angeles Times light romp, ending with Ray McNally's cheery quote: "No politician is dead until there's a flat line on the monitor . . . He can come back.") LINK

Lynne Cheney marks the first-ever Constitution Day with a 1:00 pm ET speech to 180 fourth grade students from Fairfax County Public Schools at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson discusses emergency preparedness, homeland security, and Medicaid reform during the DGA's "Fall Policy Conference" in Nashville, TN.

On Sunday, President Bill Clinton will be George Stephanopoulos' guest on "This Week." Check your local listings for this must-see interview.

Katrina: the Bush speech:

Pretty favorable coverage for the President in broadcast and print, given that he didn't give the media the czar, price tag, or racial mea culpa that was being demanded (by the media).

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