Amazingly enough, on Monday evening the invitations had still not been sent out (Tuesday should be the day), but the State Department was adamant in its insistence that "there will be a positive reaction." This means that the party preparations are complete. The host (Bush), the DJ (Rice), the time (Tuesday), and the venue (Annapolis) are all set. Abbas and Olmert, the main guests, just need to respond the way President Truman responded to the invitation to his own inaugural festivities: "Weather permitting, I hope to be present."
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