By NBC’s Adam Verdugo
Members of opposite parties, casually they walked side by side- one, all but officially running for president, the other, on the verge of making his first major political speech. As I deboarded the underground subway beneath the Capitol building, excited about covering my first State of the Union, Senators John McCain and Jim Webb were walking together - by themselves, absent their respective staffers. They were conversing, collegially. Both had relaxed postures. At one point McCain patted Webb on the back, perhaps to wish him luck for the task that lay before him, or perhaps McCain was sending well wishes to his son.
Now, standing anxiously idle with my media cohorts (probably close to 200 of us), I see the entrance of the House chamber about 50 yards away. In just a few moments, for the first time in history, we will hear the words ‘madame (italics) speaker, the president of the united states.’
Not bad for my first.