The Note

As for Sen. Kerry: he is in Wisconsin and Nevada today. He will be in Nevada and Wisconsin on Saturday and Wisconsin on Sunday for the debate, to be aired on MSNBC.

This morning, per ABC News Kerry campaign reporter/superstar Ed O'Keefe:

While the reporters and crews of ABC, CBS, and Fox were arguing with the Kerry press staff on the plane about shooting Kerry boarding his plane, the Senator quickly boarded and sat down in his seat -- which means there is no video of Kerry boarding his plane.

Shortly thereafter, Kerry walked back and talk with the press, off camera for some idle, quick chitchat.

He said he took 20 minutes out of his day yesterday to buy his wife Theresa a Valentine's Day present.

When asked what he bought her, Kerry responded, "I won't say. You'll have to ask her."

When asked what she bought him, Kerry smiled and said, "I don't think you want to know."

Kerry's mood is light. He looks and sounds much healthier than he did before he took two days off, and his cough has diminished significantly.

Kerry and press are heading to Wisconsin, where he will receive the endorsement of Gen. Wesley Clark.

It is not yet clear whether there will be a press availability either before or after the endorsement.

Kerry will be in Nevada and Wisconsin on Saturday and Wisconsin on Sunday.

This weekend in Wisconsin there is the J-J dinner Saturday in Milwaukee, where Sens. Kerry and Edwards and Rep. Kucinich will speak. Gov. Dean will join them at the debate sponsored by MSNBC at Marquette University in Milwaukee Sunday night.

Sen. Edwards is in Wisconsin today and appears on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight in California. He will be in Wisconsin through the weekend.

Gov. Dean is in Wisconsin today and through the weekend (although returns to Vermont on Saturday night).

Rep. Kucinich is in California today. He will campaign in Wisconsin through the weekend.

President Bush is in Washington, D.C. today, talking with governors who visited Iraq and a group on school choice. He will attend the opening ceremony of the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Monday is one of The Note's favorite holidays -- so we will next publish on Tuesday. Enjoy your weekends!!!

ABC News/Washington Post poll:

ABC News' Polling Director Gary Langer analyzes the latest poll figures on

Writes Langer, "President Bush is at a low point in public approval, his popularity depressed by questions about the Iraq war, continued economic frustration and public interest in his leading Democratic rival. Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 50 percent, a career low. His rating for honesty and trustworthiness is likewise at a new low. "

Langer continues by Noting that "context is critical" as "these results come at the zenith of the Democratic primary season, after a period of intense and positive coverage of Kerry; and they follow a slump for Bush extending from his poorly reviewed State of the Union address through his admission that Iraq might not have had weapons of mass destruction after all." LINK

The Washington Post leads thusly, "A majority of Americans believe President Bush either lied or deliberately exaggerated evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll."

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