Thanks to the efforts of NBC News, Habitat for Humanity, and Warner Music Group, Rockefeller Plaza has been renamed "Humanity Plaza," as hundreds volunteers toil for the Today show cameras, working around the clock to build homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Katie Couric shouts intermittent words of encouragement in between segments, but just now her cheerleading became more disturbing: "Hurry up, guys!" she growls. "We've got to get moving!" She turns back to the camera, her voice uncharacteristically shrill, her face a bit more pink than the usual orange. She looks just. So. Happy.
If there is any justice in the morning show world, these on-air seconds shall hereforth be known as Couric's Howard-Dean-in-Iowa moment.