Behind the scenes: Covering a presidential campaign
November 8th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Behind the scenes: Covering a presidential campaign

The 2012 presidential campaign is now over, and it’s back to business as normal for CNN’s White House unit. Covering a campaign requires a lot of planning, mental focus, and great physical effort.

The days were 20-plus hours long while sleep was elusive and short. For example, one day the press following President Obama woke up in Cleveland, Ohio for a campaign event in the morning, then traveled to Dubuque, Iowa for an evening rally, then flew to Concord, New Hampshire and took an hour long bus ride to Nashua, checking into a hotel at 2 am, only to wake up a few hours later and do it all over again.

An example of some of the memories from election night in Chicago is this “eye-candy” picture of the shadows of (L to R) CNN White House correspondent Brianna Keilar, photojournalist Burke Buckhorn, and producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy doing a live report from the floor of McCormick Plaza on election night.

Topics: 2012 Election

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  1. Michael Colson

    After Getting Re Elected I Would
    By Michael Ego
    After getting re elected I'll go to New York and Jersey and ask companies like Walmart Kmart BJ's Costcos and Sams to donate blankets socks water water dry foods and canned goods. I would also ask the surrounding states how to open up shelters to the elderly and open hospitals for emergency cases such as pregnancy dialysis and other severe cases. Also I would get with Congress and ask for a mandatory blank check for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the snow storm. Also put into play a budget for those such as clean up men electricians and plumbers to be compensated for their time effort and energy. This would be the first step in showing that the government is for the people and that congress can finally get something done. Also it will show the world that the US cares about its people first and will always come together in times of need.This is good for foreign policy and homeland security.
    I would speak briefly in the rose garden at the white house and declare these things on Friday or Monday no later than Tuesday of next week.
    If I were re elected I would do this first
    Words by Michael Ego
    (keep smiling cause I am)

    November 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Howard

      “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

      November 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm |