Monday, September 08, 2008

The Day

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, both here in one day. Sure, it doesn't sound like it should be tough for a reporter, right? Pelosi's "tour" of the Birdland area was first scheduled to take place at noon. Then, we received a press release to say it had been moved up to 11:45am. Problem was, Biden's event was scheduled to start at 3:15 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Big deal, right? "Pre-set" for us was between 11:30 and noon. "Pre-set" is what we call it when we have to drop off our gear (camera, tripod, tapes, batteries, lights, cases,etc.) so the secret service can check them all out.

Obviously, I couldn't be at two places at once. So two photographers brought all our stuff to the fairgrounds, while a third photographer and I headed to North High School to cover Pelosi. So much for the early start time. It started 13 minutes late, not exactly what I needed on a busy day. One thing I noticed...this was hardly a bi-partisan tour. Pelosi sat along with Iowa's Democratic Governor Chet Culver and the state's 3 Democratic members of Congress. Obviously, all 3 don't represent the Birdland area. Only Leonard Boswell does. But they were all there.

BTW, to my knowledge Pelosi never did take the tour of Birdland.


Shane Vander Hart said...

I've never heard of the Speaker of the House doing such a thing. Did they invite their Republican counterparts?

I think we'd be better off if she stayed back in D.C. and allow a vote on drilling.

Anonymous said...

right on bro.they need to take away her aiplane so she will tend to th job she is supposed to be doing.