By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
I've been coming to New York almost every September for a long time, because of the United Nations General Assembly. It convenes at the same time each year. Leaders flock from all over the world, making it a good opportunity to sit down with some of them.
In recent years, I've also been able to interview former President Bill Clinton. He hosts his Clinton Global Initiative in New York at the same time, to allow world leaders to attend both the General Assembly and the CGI. In fact, tomorrow I'll be sitting down with Clinton.
There's no shortage of subjects to discuss, including this week's showdown over the status of the Palestinians. On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will officially ask for state recognition from the U.N. It's turning out to be quite a dilemma for President Obama and his administration. As of this writing, I don't know how this issue will play out.
President Obama arrives here today. He will address the General Assembly on Wednesday, as well as attend a political fundraiser for his re-election campaign and attend the CGI. So like almost all the leaders coming to New York, the president will be multitasking.
With all these world leaders in town, you can only imagine the gridlock in New York during a week like this. Driving crosstown can be a nightmare, especially if you're anywhere close to the United Nations. Security is very tight for understandable reasons - probably tighter this year because it comes just after the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Having said that, there's no place I would rather be right now. For a journalist, you always want to be where the action is, and the action this week is here.
Wolf's interview with former President Bill Clinton airs Tuesday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," 5-7 p.m. ET on CNN.