And the White House press corps did get there -- eventually. "As the plane taxied to its gate, just hours before the start of the 2008 Summer Olymipcs, the journalists scurried to collect their belongings, an announcement was made by the White House administrators that there would be a delay in exiting the plane," ABC's Stephanie Simon reports. "Delays are a common occurrence on overseas White House press flights, but this one was particularly unusual due to the length of the delay: just shy of three hours."
Coming Sunday: Jake Tapper fills in for George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" -- with guests Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.
Get all the candidates' schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek."
Also in the news:
Maybe actually good for Obama in Michigan? (Seeing him sidelined is probably best at this point.) At least it happened after his mom won her primary . . .
"Shortly after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wakes up in jail this morning -- still reeling from becoming the first sitting mayor in Detroit's 307-year history to spend a night behind bars -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is expected to charge him with felony assault," per the Detroit Free Press. "At 10 this morning, Cox is expected to announce that he is charging Kilpatrick with assaulting an officer in July as he tried to serve court papers on one of Kilpatrick's best friends."
The DNC's platform draft has some new abortion language, per ABC's Teddy Davis: After stating support for Roe v. Wade, the platform continues: "We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions."
New knock on T-Paw: Too ready (and readying). "If anything, Mr. Pawlenty's critics say, he is too prepared for this moment; they say he has been so conscious of the possibility of higher office that he has been overly careful as governor," Monica Davey writes in The New York Times.
"This year, he vetoed 34 bills passed by a Democratic-dominated Legislature, more than any other Minnesota governor had vetoed in a year since at least World War II, leading his most fervent critics to describe him as more of a goalie fending off pucks than a leader rushing the net Some critics even note changes in his haircut — once a mullet-style, now a cropped conservative look less common at a Minnesota hockey rink — as evidence of his political calculations."
Surprise! It's a sellout in Denver: "Colorado's tickets to see Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High were more than spoken for within about 24 hours, officials said, and the application process closed Thursday for all but those willing to be put on a waiting list," Chuck Plunkett writes in The Denver Post.
Oprah's coming! "Oprah Winfrey has rented a house in a historic neighborhood near Cherry Creek for the week of the Democratic National Convention, according to a source," Gargi Chakrabarty reports in the Rocky Mountain News. "Rent for the house, which is on South Gaylord Street, is said to be $50,000 a week."
Bloomberg's Kim Chipman profiles Obama's grandmother -- the reason for the Hawaii trip, really. "When Barack Obama referred to his grandmother as a 'typical white person,' he was underestimating her," she writes. "As a banker in 1960s Hawaii who offered her grandson one of his earliest models for overcoming barriers, Madelyn Dunham was anything but typical."