The Note: Fat Tuesday


Today is:

-- Elizabeth Vargas' exclusive White House interview with President Bush, conducted right before he leaves for his commanding overseas trip. LINK

-- Bill Clinton's stemwinding remarks to his former colleagues at the National Governors Association, in which he will outflank Broder, Balz, Fordice, and Pear in expressing his love for the group. [See our exclusive excerpts below.] LINK

-- The day to make obvious Anna Nicole Smith jokes. LINK

-- National Pancake Day. LINK

-- Fat Tuesday. LINK

-- The birthdays of Will Robinson, triathlonist Laura Tucker LINK, Jack Abramoff, and Lee Ann Smith.

-- The end of The Note's latest experiment in which we see how easy it is to get liberal bloggers and e-mailers mad at us, and the beginning of the experiment in which we see how mad they get when we joke about their getting mad. LINK (We particularly recommend post #26.)

Another chance for Matthew Dowd to take issue with the polling methodology of CBS News. LINK

World News Tonight's Elizabeth Vargas sits down for an exclusive interview today with the man who is the focus of that CBS poll, President Bush, at the White House. The interview is expected to cover topics including his upcoming trip to India and Pakistan, the six month anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and the controversy surrounding the Dubai ports deal.

The interview will air tonight on "World News Tonight" and "Nightline" and on "Good Morning America" tomorrow morning. Excerpts from the interview will run on World News Tonight's daily webcast on LINK

Earlier this morning, President Bush met with the Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in the Oval Office. Later this afternoon, President and Mrs. Bush travel to India and then head to Pakistan later in the week.

Vice President Cheney delivers remarks at the 46th annual American Legion conference in Washington, DC at 11:30 am ET. Sen./Dr./Leader Frist addresses the conference just prior to the Vice President at 11:00 am ET.

It's Anna Nicole Smith day at the Supreme Court! Justices will hear oral arguments in her probate case. The Supreme Court will also hear oral arguments in Randall et al. v. Sorrell et al. concerning Vermont's campaign finance law. Arguments get underway at 10:00 am ET.

Former President Clinton addresses the National Governors Association about his personal health journey and his foundation's efforts to combat childhood obesity. Clinton, a former NGA Chairman, is expected to take the stage at approximately 10:15 am ET as part of Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R-AR) "Healthy America" initiative, the theme of this year's gathering.

With several of his wife's potential presidential rivals in the room, President Clinton will urge the nation's governors to take an active role in preventing childhood obesity.

"Nine million children and adolescents are overweight today," President Clinton is expected to say. "These children have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Not only does this pose a great health risk, but it also carries economic consequences, as obesity-related healthcare costs for young people continue to rise and show no signs of declining. We must act now to stop and reverse this deadly trend because3 if we do not, today's generation of young people could be the first generation of Americans to have shorter life expectancies than their parents."

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