Honolulu, Hawaii: During the 2015-2016 Holiday season, I as a stringer for Reuters partnered with White House media correspondents from the nation’s top media/news agencies.
Our purpose was to document generally what President Obama (and family) did during his Hawaii Holiday vacation and be there in the unlikely case that something serious happened.
While it was interesting to be a member of the motorcade (and especially to see the logistics involved), interacting with these correspondents who travel the world with Obama was intriguing, indeed. Jiving with Secret Service agents, hearing soldiers’ war stories, as well as wining and dining one evening at a posh restaurant was amongst some of the activities.
Mostly though, this job entailed long hours — loitering in coffee shops (well, we did buy stuff) or wherever else we were stationed — while Obama went about his Holiday plans.
I was not assigned as an official photographer and therefore was limited to quickly getting whatever images I could and without crossing the professional and personal boundaries of the official photogs and reporters.
Still, it was indeed a pretty cool experience. The following is a brief photo blog-glimpse into this rarely seen world. …