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.