Hidden from the public’s eyes, seen only by those with special access, Washington D.C. sits on a treasure trove of unique spots off limits to the average tourist. For instance, a view from the top of the US Capitol building requires special permission. A tour of the Oval Office demands an escort and a secret service agent. Another one of those special spots sits right under the White House press briefing room.
A sign on a door reading “Restricted Area” leads down the stairway to an indoor pool built for President Roosevelt in the 1930’s. The pool was covered up during President Nixon's administration and the press briefing room was built on top of it. Today, the walls of the former pool are filled with hundreds of signatures of journalists and celebrities who have visited this secret place. Autographs include the likes of music legend Bono and actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Bono even drew his face! Baseballer Bernie Williams left his mark, so did former President George H.W. Bush. Other not so famous people, but those with special connections, have left their marks as well.
LISBON, Portugal (CNN) – CNN photojournalist Martin Dougherty and I take you behind the scenes of a recent trip with President Obama. We take you through our grueling 20-hour day, starting at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, flying overseas to Lisbon, Portugal, where we covered the president at the NATO Summit.
President Obama jokes with French President Sarkozy during the family photo at the NATO summit in Lisbon Portugal. No bunny ears allowed.
We went on a hunt for Lisbon's famous custard tarts near the presidential palace, but due to the NATO lock down of the city, we where unable to get there. So the next best thing here, a city with a long tradition in pastries, are its cupcakes!
Although there are a couple of shops where you can find them, the best is TEASE, Lisbon’s Rock-n-roll Bakery in Bairro Alto. They offer many different designs, colors and flavors, all for $3.25 a piece - very tempting.
President Obama waves as he board Air Force One for the red-eye flight to Lisbon.