The Note: Carving Out the Carve-Outs?

7) Get out there more. Yes, yes. We understand that you're trying to send the signal that you're here to work and don't wish to hog the limelight. But Sen. Clinton's first year in office proved that you can both stay low key and get more exposure for it.

8) Whenever you first ride the DC Metro, we wanna come with.

9) Look, we're not going to name names here, but we all know where you lodge while in town and, well, while admirable, we would feel safer if you upgraded to at least a Motel 6.

10) Stop lighting incense all over the building. People are growing suspicious.

11) It's always a good idea to let state parties know you might be coming to their state to visit. In advance, we mean.

12) Our blog: sure it's fun and all, necessary too, but NOT SUFFICIENT.

13) As you know from reading The Note every day, we're soclose to defeating bush on Social Security. So let's pony up some $ -- our side needs it.

14) Hello. We are your staff and we are here to help. Let us. Otherwise we'll turn into a soft, gentle people and it won't be pretty.

15) But...on the other hand: hey hey, ho ho, some of us have got to go.

16) Can we keep Tina?

17) GOP leadership? '08ers? Tell us how to go after them. Bush no longer matters.

18) The Republican Party has a very clever plan to keep you from re-making your public image. Don't be fooled by that Ken Mehlman "good cop" stuff. You can be one of the best chairs this party has ever had, or you can end up a cartoonish joke.

19) Do you have a plan -- secret or otherwise -- for the next four years? If so -- and if it needs to be secret to work -- by all means, keep it secret.

20) Transitions are hard. For all of us.

Thanks for hearing us out.

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Neither Gov. Dean nor his spokesperson could be reached by publication time for comment.

At 9:35 am ET, President Bush attends the swearing-in ceremony for new Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

At 1:25 pm ET, the President delivers remarks and receives briefings at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.

Today the Administration's "60 Stops in 60 Days" to promote the President's Social Security plan kicks off, with Treasury Secretary John Snow speaking in Fayetteville, AR, today and New Orleans tomorrow. Also tomorrow, Jim Lockhart Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, heads to Michigan for five town hall meetings with Rep. Pete Hoekstra tomorrow and Saturday.

At 2:30 pm ET, Democratic women Senators hold a news conference to announce a report highlighting the negative impact of the administration's Social Security privatization plan, especially on women.

President Bush travels to New Jersey and Indiana tomorrow to pitch Social Security.

Keith Hennessey, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, heads to Maryland for a town hall meeting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett on Monday.

Secretary Snow delivers remarks to the American Banker Association and the American Insurance Association in Washington, DC next Tuesday and Wednesday.

At 9:30 am ET, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks at the meeting of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.

At 9:00 am ET the House Republican Conference holds a closed-door meeting on the budget.

At 1:30 pm ET, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) hold a pen and pad briefing on the committee's preliminary recommendations for the $82 billion supplemental request.

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