The Note: What Doesn't Kill You Only Makes You Stronger

The House meets at 10:00 am ET to attend the Inauguration. No votes are expected.

Inauguration events:

Tuesday at 8:00 am ET, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton holds a pen and pad only briefing with members at the National Press Club to discuss funding and security of Inauguration 2005.

President and First Lady Laura Bush attend "America's Future Rocks Today: A Call to Service" at the DC Armory at 6:45 pm ET.

On Wednesday at 5:00 pm ET, President Bush participates in "A Celebration of Freedom" event on the Ellipse, and then attends three candlelight dinners and the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball in the evening. The ball begins at 8:00 pm ET and features performances from Robert Earl Keen, Yolanda Adams, Del Castillo, Lyle Lovett, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy; Asleep at the Wheel, the Derailers and the Gourds. If organizers thought Kid Rock's language is salty, we can't wait to hear a review of the Gourds' cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."

Also on Wednesday at 8:00 pm ET, the North Carolina Society of Washington holds an inaugural ball, as does the Illinois State Society. At 9:00 pm ET, the Organizing Committee for the Entrepreneurs Opportunity also holds an inaugural ball.

On Thursday:

--9:00 am ET: President Bush attends morning church service at St. John's Church. Vice President Cheney also attends

--Noon ET: President Bush and Vice President Cheney are sworn in to a second term at the Capitol

--12:05 pm ET (approximately): President Bush delivers his inaugural address. Then he signs Cabinet nominations and joins invited guests in Statuary Hall for the congressional luncheon

--2:30 pm ET: The President attends his inaugural parade. The parade route at the intersection of Constitution and Pennsylvania and continues down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House

--7:45 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Constitution Ball

--8:30 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Freedom Ball

--8:45 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Texas-Wyoming Ball

--9:05 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Liberty Ball

--9:25 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Independence Ball

--9:45 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Stars and Stripes Ball

--10:05 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Patriot Ball

--10:25 pm ET: The President and First Lady attend the Democracy Ball

On Friday at 10:00 am ET, President and First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President and Mrs. Cheney attend the National Prayer Service at National Cathedral.

On Saturday, President and Mrs. Bush attend The Alfalfa Club Dinner.

Bush agenda:

The New York Times picks up Dan Bartlett's reassurances on behalf of the President, whose comments to the Post about the federal marriage amendment, were, natch, solely about the realities of vote counting. LINK

Bob Novak has a weird column about Michael Chertoff, questioning whether his "intransigence as a Justice subordinate will characterize him as a Cabinet member." LINK

We're looking forward to checking out the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll tonight.

Time's pre-election poll gives the President a job approval rating of 53 percent but contains land mines about Social Security.

According to a new Associated Press/Ipsos poll, 60 percent of Americans say they're hopeful about a second Bush term, and 53 percent said they think Iraq is the President's highest priority. LINK

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