Gold is where it’s at…?

Today I covered Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill.  Republican Presidential hopeful Ron Paul served on the committee that Bernanke was testifying in front of as well.  I know Paul has a strong and loyal following, but I was unaware of all of his thoughts on all things — so I was shocked to learn Paul is a supporter of precious metal investing.  I’m an avid listener to Dave Ramsey, a personal finance radio talk show host – who has made a pretty clear-cut statement about gold.  It seems pretty clear to me that the current high price of precious metals has just been inflated by fear –  So it took me by surprise when I heard Ron Paul start talking in the hearing about his thoughts on gold and silver!

Republican Presidential Candidate RON PAUL questions Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a hearing on on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Federal Reserve Chairman BEN BERNANKE testifies before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK and Congressman EDWARD MARKEY speak to the media about high gas prices. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Clinton’s Ring

Sitting about 5 feet in front of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today shooting a budget hearing, I thought that with all the brides that I shoot….  some of them might be interested in seeing the huge ring she has on her hand!  —  so I snapped a few…

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Every Once In A While…

Not often, but every once in a while I have the opportunity not to shoot models with a specific product….  but instead shoot models just for the sake of shooting models.  – Oh yeah, thats right….  they need to market themselves too and not all shoots involving models are just about whatever product we are trying to sell!  — I tend to forget that!  –

But recently I was contacted by Gabby to do a shoot aimed at grabbing some variety of images for her comp-card.  Here are a handful of the results.

As always – special thanks to Amanda Wagner for her help with styling, makeup and hair —  she is truly such a blessing to have on set during a shoot, and I always love working with her! 🙂


 

Iran wants to attack us. . . News?

Congress has regular hearings with top brass of the military, and intelligence agencies to go over world wide threats to US interests.  And shockingly (sarc) – it came out in recent hearings that the US is worried about Iran wanting to fulfill an attack on US soil.  — so no new news.

 

 

CIA Director DAVID PETRAEUS testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on "World Wide Threats" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Director of National Intelligence JAMES CLAPPER (right) and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. RONALD BURGESS just prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Forces Committee Hearing on Worldwide Threats. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Director of National Intelligence JAMES CLAPPER testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Worldwide Threats. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. RONALD BURGESS greets Sentor JOHN MCCAIN prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Forces Committee Hearing on Worldwide Threats. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

We Could Have Spent A Lot More…

I always enjoy covering Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood –  Although on first impression, he has what could be considered a very intimidating personality.  But LaHood has always been friendly and outgoing with the photogaphers.

Arriving early that day, I was able to observe LaHood chatting with a reporter before hand, and making a phone call.  He seemed in a good mood, so I was pretty shocked when the hearing started to hear the senators voice their concern for LaHood’s son who has recently been barred by the Egyptian Government from leaving Egypt after Egyptian government forces raided the offices of Washington-backed groups monitoring recent parliamentary elections there.  Read the full story about this situation at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71981.html#ixzz1mz4qQbkR.  Of course I should have been aware of the situation prior to shooting, but I was not well prepared this day.

Once the hearing progressed into the questioning, I particularly got a kick out of Secretary LaHood’s response to questioning by Senator Kent Conrad in regards to recent DOT spending of 48 billion.  Conrad asked LaHood how much money he could have spent effectively, to which LaHood responded “a whole lot more.”  —  Really – no surprise that a government official would have no problem spending “a whole lot more” of tax-payers money.

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD prior to testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of Transportation RAY LAHOOD testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on President Obama's proposed 2013 budget (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)