Thankfully 'Idol' Is Over By Bedtime

President Bush isn't the only one who's early to bed, early to rise. Add Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who hits the hay at 9:30 p.m. and rises early to exercise. During a grueling Middle East swing last week aimed at reviving a dormant peace process, Rice explained why she delayed a Jerusalem news conference from late Monday night to Tuesday morning.

"Quite frankly," she says, "I'm better in the morning than I am at 9 o'clock at night. And people who know me know that I go to bed at 9:30." Once back home, Rice planned to watch her fave show, American Idol, which-lucky for her-ends by then.

By Paul Bedard