Day 93, January 31, 2009
V.I.W - VERY IMPORTANT WEEKEND
The Iraqis go to the polls for the second time in five years. Iran celebrates the 30th anniverary of the Islamic Revolution that created the Islamic Republic it is today. Israelis meet and try to tell the presidential wannabes apart as they go on TV to state their case.
And millions of Americans will be watching General David Petraeus. He has been given the honour of conducting the coin toss that opens the SuperBowl football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.
Officially this is the National Football League's way of honouring the men in uniform.
Perhaps Obama was busy.
But then again maybe he doesn't come with an Air Force Thunderbirds to do a pregame fly-over and a Special Operations Command colour guard to present the flag for the national anthem.