February 10th, 2011
08:02 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is known among the TV photographers and audio techs as being a little verbose during the daily press briefings. Sometimes we are forced to insert the dreaded second hour-long disk while recording the Q&A. This is the last week on the job for Gibbs and I finally figured out a way to make the briefing shorter. Here it is, the White House daily briefing in 20 seconds, thanks to the magic of time-lapse photography. The actual briefing duration – one hour!
January 31st, 2011
05:32 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Those of us at CNN are mourning the loss of one of our beloved photojournalists, Jerry Thompson, who passed away this weekend after a long-fought battle with brain cancer.
Jerry was not only a wonderful cameraman and photojournalist, he was also a friend to many. He joined CNN in 1985 and was on the front row of many events, including many at the White House. You may not have realized it but you saw his work for years and years as he was the steady eye and hand behind the camera. Whether it be for a high-profile interview or presidential news conference or world summit, Jerry was one of the ones who brought us pictures of so many historical moments. Beyond his consummate skills, he was a caring friend who made every work environment a great experience. All of us who had the chance to be on a shoot with Jerry can count it as a blessing to have been able work along side of him. He was a truly great guy.
Jerry leaves behind a wife and three sons and a host of friends and colleagues. We'll miss him tremendously.
December 22nd, 2010
10:12 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Feeling the wind at his back President Obama decided to surprise the White House Press Corps as he prepared to depart for his Hawaiian vacation.
While walking from the Oval office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, the president made a turn and then walked over to reporters, producers, and crews and shook as many hands as possible.
He wished the startled and shivering members of the press, who had been waiting for nearly a half hour in the cold, a "Merry Christmas" and asked if anyone was coming with him to Hawaii.
This is a unprecendented move for the president. While he always waves goodbye and sometimes will shake hands with visitors who line up to watch his departure, he has never "worked the rope line" for those who cover him everyday.
Mr. Obama, carrying what appeared to be a card in his hand, seemed enthusiastic as he handed out holiday greetings. He departed with a "huge bag of gifts" himself: A START treaty, "don't ask, don't tell" repeal, a tax cut, health care for 9/11 responders, and funding for the funding for the federal government until March.