Last week we got word that Obama would be addressing the nation from the Oval Office at 8 Eastern, 5 Pacific. ABC was going to be airing the speech and we wouldn't have a 5 o'clock show. Great news for us!
During the day everyone got a chance to breathe a little easier knowing the our deadlines had been pushed back a little and when the address aired at 5:00, many of the reporters and editors in the newsroom stopped what they were doing and gathered around our TV bank to watch the address. It was something I hadn't seen at the station before: Everyone was transfixed by the speech and what President Obama was announcing.