This is Wednesday morning, about eight.  (Five my time.)  I am at a press briefing in the press room at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative.  (Notice: I will hereby use CGI from now on.)  This is just a logistics briefing, questions about schedules, etc.  This is my third year so I’m writing this instead.

Yesterday I made my way to the CGI site to get my press credentials and then from the lobby wrote a post about the day.  The blogging software seems to have ate the post and that is too bad because it was brilliant.  Just brilliant.  Possibly the best thing I have ever written.  (I hope the post doesn’t show up now.)  I’ll see what I can remember.

Yesterday I started by taking a subway down to Wall Street and the NYSE building, hoping a few crumbs of the $700,000,000,000 bailout request might fall off a truck or something.  Actually I was looking for people jumping off of buildings, or maybe riots in the streets.  But things seemed calm — too calm — suspiciously calm — and I found a nearby Starbucks to sit and get some work done.  Then I made my way up to the Sheraton where they are holding the CGI.

At the Sheraton they had the CGI Exchange which was an Expo of organizations showing what they do.  Instead of trade show booths they each had table space.  The CGI "members" were walking around learning about the organizations.  Lots of the faces were familiar.  If the faces weren’t familiar many of the badge names were.  Michael Douglas doesn’t look the same as in the movies.  Madeline Albright walked by…

So at 10am the opening plenary begins, titled: A Call To Action.

"The opening plenary session will engage a divderse group of world leaders in an actio-oriented discussion of the major challenges that CGI is focusing on this year: education, energy & climate change, global health, and poverty alleviation. This session will explore the transformative capacity of business, government and NGOs to collaboratively develop and implement sustainable solutions."

Special Remarks Participants: Lance Armstrong, Bill Clinton, Her Majesty Rania Al-Abdullah, Bono, Al Gore, E. Neville Isdell, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

More later…