Ice skating along the National Mall under the watchful eye of the National Archives almost makes winter worth it in my book. The weather went above 50 degrees and that was my cue to give another shot at this whole ice-skating thing. We only had to wait about 45 minutes for space to open up and a new session to begin. Very fun and very painless–given it was my second time ice skating in my life. I highly recommend it.
I made my first visit to the White House on Wednesday January 6, 2010 and I didn’t even get a fist bump from Obama. On the flip-side I did get to meet National Security Adviser General James Jones in his West Wing office. I was there to capture a very important & exclusive interview with notconducted by Susan Page, our Washington D.C. Bureau Chief & all around brilliant reporter for USA TODAY. I wasn’t afforded the opportunity for any creative visual storytelling but that’s how it goes sometimes. Turns out it was a really good move to have me there as Jones talked about how the American people might be “shocked” by the reports the White House would release the next day regarding the attempted Christmas Day flight bombing attempt. Producers from The Today Show called our office late that evening telling us they wanted to run my footage.
Bummer: I had to cancel my date with my lovely lady to get the footage to the networks.
Bonus: Over eight-million people saw excerpts from my interview on TV that day. 19 million people heard reference to our USA TODAY cover story. Here is a clip of one such airing of my footage. Begins 20 seconds in.
“Slow down everyone you’re moving too fast, frames can’t catch you when you’re movin’ like that” – Jack Johnson, F-Stop Blues
P.S. Thanks also for the indelible memories that happened outside of this frame : )
Garrett Hubbard is a visual storyteller. He utilizes both video & still photography to connect his clients with their audience. He has spent the past four years with USA TODAY—taking him to the White House, the Olympics, The Royal Wedding, and many other places around the world.
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