I don't want to ruin the surprises in tonight's nationally televised press conference, but I wanted to tell you about the dress rehearsal we did for it about an hour ago.
Don't get in a lather about the scripted nature of the event. It's true the Bush Administration never rehearsed with their press corps, but no one ever wanted to actually watch their primetime specials. "The Obama Show" is a primetime info-tainment show, like "Access Hollywood" and "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." We need to rehearse.
I have to say, The Boss was on fire today at rehearsal. We worked extra hard on his pointing. So when David Gregory asks the third question of the night, The Man will wheel around and point emphatically at him to reinforce his resilience and long fingers. It looked really good from where I was standing next to the podium.
The plan right now is for me to be there doing my job, but I'm a little uncomfortable with the layout of the room. The Huffington Post correspondent's chair is right behind me, and I don't like having my back to him.