Laura Bush, Tom Brokaw to Mark 9/11
To mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to put the events of that day into perspective one year later, NBC "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw will host the Washington, D.C.-based prime time "Concert for America," reports the Associated Press. The event is slated to feature remarks from Laura Bush and a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra. The First Lady, 55, said she hopes the concert "will allow us to use the arts to soothe our emotions." Added Brokaw, 62, speaking to AP: "My own strong impression is there has been a drifting away emotionally and intellectually" from the attacks. Though no headliners have been announced for the concert, which will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (and taped Sept. 9), AP reports that performers will include Gloria Estefan, Alan Jackson, Placido Domingo and poet Maya Angelou. The show will be but a part of NBC's daylong "America Remembers" coverage on Sept. 11 that will kick off with a six-hour edition of the "Today" show. Competitors CBS and ABC also reportedly plan to expand their morning shows that day. The Washington Post reports Friday that President Bush has granted one exclusive Sept. 11 interview, which will run on CBS's "60 Minutes II."
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