Secret Service, look out for that creeper…

Today, I covered the Easter Egg Roll at the White House – after sending my appropriate credentialing info about 2 weeks ago for this, I arrived around 8am. Of course, Obama’s press office somehow managed to not submit my info to Secret Service. So after waiting in the long line, I had to call the press office and re-send them my vitals from my phone. So I did that, and waited… and waited… and waited…

At about 8:50, I tried again to gain access — still Secret Service did not have my info. At this point, media pre-set was at 8:45 so I missed that. Called the Press Office again, and had to send the e-mail with vitals again, and wait some more.

Come 9:30, I finally was able to get in – and considering final call was 9:30, I was worried I’d miss the entire event! Luckily, I got in — but am not a fan of the disorganization seen in the Obama Administration’s Press office.

So after writing all of that, I realize that it sounds like the “creeper” I mentioned in the title of this blog sounds like it is referencing me.   It was not.  I intended the “Creeper” title to refer to the scary looking Easter Bunny that was roaming around this event! Something about an adult in a bunny outfit that seems a little creepy to me — and I don’t like the way he is looking at President Obama!

President BARACK OBAMA participates in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the south lawn. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Kids participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Kids participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA walks with MALIA and SASHA OBAMA past the West Wing and Rose Garden during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

President BARACK OBAMA walks past a TV camera outside of the West Wing during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

President BARACK OBAMA shakes hands as he walks past the West Wing and Rose Garden during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Editorial Month in Review

Wedding season, and quite a bit of product work has taken me away from the editorial work for a little bit recently, but I have managed to catch a few recent events – here were the highlights from my batch…

Washington, D.C. – March 3rd, 2010: President BARACK OBAMA looks to his teleprompter as he addresses the nation in the East Room of the White House. Obama spoke about the need for congress to move forward quickly in the health insurance reform debate.(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. – March 3rd, 2010: Members of Congress gather in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol during a memorial service held in honor of the late Rep. John Murtha who passed away Feb 8th.(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

March 10th, 2010 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – President BARACK OBAMA and Haitian President RENÉ PRÉVAL shake hands after speaking to the press in the Rose Garden following their meeting. President Preval thanked the United States for the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid provided since his country’s ruinous earthquake Jan.12.
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

March 10th, 2010 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – President BARACK OBAMA and Haitian President RENÉ PRÉVAL wave after speaking to the press in the Rose Garden following their meeting. President Preval thanked the United States for the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid provided since his country’s ruinous earthquake Jan.12.

(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Washington, D.C. – March 16th, 2010: President and CEO of VeriSign MARK MCLAUGHLIN speaks at a 25th Anniversary .COM forum. The internet celebrates a landmark event on the 15th March 2010, as it’s the 25th anniversary of the day the first dot-com domain was registered.

(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Washington, D.C. – April 14th, 2010: Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice”. Holder was asked tough questions regarding the situation in Guantanamo and his treatment of enemy combatants as US Citizens.

 

(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. – April 15th, 2010: A Talon 4 robot climbs the steps inside the Rayburn House office building as part of the displays represented at the The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International during National Robotics Week. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Washington, D.C. – April 15th, 2010: US Supreme Court Justice STEPHEN BREYER cathes up on some sleep during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing regarding the “FY2011 Budget Request for the U.S. Supreme Court.”(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. – April 15th, 2010: US Supreme Court Justice CLARENCE THOMAS testifies before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing regarding the “FY2011 Budget Request for the U.S. Supreme Court.”
(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. – April 15th, 2010: JOHN POTTER, postmaster general and CEO of the United States Postal Service testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Potter explained that the US Postal Service is in serious financial trouble and told the committee that “… current projections show that we will risk running out of cash in early fiscal year 2011.” (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Editorial — Month(s) in review….?

I know all my posts typically start out by making excuses as to why we have not updated the blog as much as we would have liked…. so I dont want to break the trend here! –

We experienced a much busier than normal winter with a ton of January weddings, and a huge bridal show which lead to multiple meetings every day of the week! – Plus after a slight lul in the news cycle, things have picked up again. Then came the snow, and after shoveling blizzard after blizzard I just didnt have the energy to blog! And would you believe it, now here we are in March!!

I’m writting this the day before our spring wedding season starts, and it is on track to be our busiest year ever! Thank you to all the previous clients who continue to send business our way by telling their friends and family about us!! – We could not have done it with out you!

With that said, we should have plenty of ammo for more frequent blog postings — if we can just get around to logging in and writting them that is! 🙂

But for now, here is some of the news I managed to cover over the last month or 2 in between my meetings and the shoveling! 🙂

January 20th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA -  TARAQ SALAHI and MICHAELE SALAHI, who managed to attend portions of a White House State Dinner without proper clearance testify before the House Homeland Security Committee.  The Salahi's were subpoenaed to testify but repeatedly refused to answer any questions asked by the committee.  ...  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

January 20th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - TARAQ SALAHI and MICHAELE SALAHI, who managed to attend portions of a White House State Dinner without proper clearance testify before the House Homeland Security Committee. The Salahi's were subpoenaed to testify but repeatedly refused to answer any questions asked by the committee. ... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

January 20th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - CEO of ExxonMobil REX TILLERSON and Founder of XTO Energy Inc. BOB SIMPSON testify before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing focusing on the proposed merger between ExxonMobil and XTO and it's impact on US Energy markets. ..  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

January 20th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - CEO of ExxonMobil REX TILLERSON and Founder of XTO Energy Inc. BOB SIMPSON testify before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing focusing on the proposed merger between ExxonMobil and XTO and it's impact on US Energy markets. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 1st, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA -  President BARACK OBAMA walks into the Grand Foyer of the White House as he prepares to give remarks about his fiscal year 2011 budget...(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 1st, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - President BARACK OBAMA walks into the Grand Foyer of the White House as he prepares to give remarks about his fiscal year 2011 budget...(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 1st, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA -  President BARACK OBAMA delivers remarks about his proposed FY 2011 budget in the Grand Foyer of the White House.  ..(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 1st, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - President BARACK OBAMA delivers remarks about his proposed FY 2011 budget in the Grand Foyer of the White House. ..(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 2nd, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - Treasury Secretary TIMOTHY GEITHNER is heckled by Code Pink Protestors as he prepares to give testimony about the President's proposed FY2011 budget. ...(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
February 2nd, 2010 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Treasury Secretary TIMOTHY GEITHNER is heckled by Code Pink Protestors as he prepares to give testimony about the President’s proposed FY2011 budget. …(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
February 2nd, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - Treasury Secretary TIMOTHY GEITHNER gives testimony about the President's proposed FY2011 budget. ...(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 2nd, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - Treasury Secretary TIMOTHY GEITHNER gives testimony about the President's proposed FY2011 budget. ...(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 24th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA -Toyota President and CEO AIKO TOYODA testifies at a congressional hearing on the Toyota Gas Pedal recall.  Due to reports of malfunctioning gas pedals, Toyota had to recall millions of cars.  ....(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

February 24th, 2010 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA -Toyota President and CEO AIKO TOYODA testifies at a congressional hearing on the Toyota Gas Pedal recall. Due to reports of malfunctioning gas pedals, Toyota had to recall millions of cars. ....(Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Editorial Month In Review

The only things that were talked about these last 2 months were health-care and the White House party crashers. Unfortunately, the health-care issue does not really open itself to many great still photographs — so for the most part I have not covered much of it. — Possibly a mistake on my end, but the same talking head-shots of pelosi and reid just don’t inspire me too much — not to mention much of the photo ops surrounding health-care seem to have been day-of planning and not on any schedules I see the night before.
That leaves us with the White House party crashers …. Well, I was at the White House for the official state visit by the Indian PM, but had other plans and didn’t see too many big notable names on the guest list anyway so opted not to cover the guest arrivals.
Big mistake on my part for how much press this story has been getting! — but an entire night of searching google trying to find out who the people I took pictures of were and why they were important didn’t appeal to me after spending all day at the White House to begin with! — but in retrospect, it would have been the most profitable part of the day for me! grrrr….
So then the crashers were invited to testify on Capitol Hill. I wake up that day, start heading down to cover it, and as I get about half-way thru my sometimes 2 hour commute — I hear on the radio that they are not going to show. — turn around and come home!
The same thing happened again later for another Capitol Hill hearing, except this one had been postponed — I must start checking the schedule in the AM before I leave!! Anyway, the crashers are supposed to be subpoenaed to Capitol Hill now, and there seems to be a big cover up over the White House Social Secretary’s lack of work that day as she herself wanted to be a guest at the party more than wanting to take responsibility for her job.
— No worries though, she’s a long-time Obama family friend, so I’m certain her job will be safe …. as for the Secret Service members involved…… probably not so lucky!
Other than those two items — nothing else seems to be going on in DC right now!
Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009:  Swedish Prime Minister FREDRIK REINFELDT meets with Senator JOHN KERRY.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009: Swedish Prime Minister FREDRIK REINFELDT meets with Senator JOHN KERRY.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009:  National Football League (NFL) Commissioner ROGER GOODELL testifies on Capitol Hill during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Sports Anti-Doping Programs.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 3rd, 2009: National Football League (NFL) Commissioner ROGER GOODELL testifies on Capitol Hill during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Sports Anti-Doping Programs.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 9th, 2009:  Isreali Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU speaks at the 2009 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 9th, 2009: Isreali Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU speaks at the 2009 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.... (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009:  CEO of Nissan Motor Copmany CARLOS GHOSN came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition.  The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.  .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009: CEO of Nissan Motor Copmany CARLOS GHOSN came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition. The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009:  US Senator BYRON DORGAN (D-NV) came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition.  The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale.  .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 16th, 2009: US Senator BYRON DORGAN (D-NV) came together with other business leaders to form the Electrification Coalition. The Coalition was formed to promote the policies and actions that will facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. .. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: JUAN ZARATE, former deputy assistant to the President George W. Bush and former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism, and current senior advisor for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: JUAN ZARATE, former deputy assistant to the President George W. Bush and former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism, and current senior advisor for the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: BRIAN JENKINS, senior advisor at the RAND Corporation answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: BRIAN JENKINS, senior advisor at the RAND Corporation answers questions before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009:  Senator JOE LIEBERMAN , chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee headed a hearing discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack.  (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: Senator JOE LIEBERMAN , chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee headed a hearing discussing a preliminary assessment of the Fort Hood attack. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: A sign promoting World Toilet Day sits outside the US Capitol.  2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: A sign promoting World Toilet Day sits outside the US Capitol. 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009:  ARI SINGH, stands outside of the Capitol promoting World Toilet Day.  2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Washington, D.C. - November 19th, 2009: ARI SINGH, stands outside of the Capitol promoting World Toilet Day. 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, and the goal of Water Advocates is to bring awareness to about the lack of proper sanitation world wide. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press) (James Berglie/ZUMA Press

Editorial Month-In-Review

Well the summer has proven to be very busy combining news, products and weddings all in one giant busy season, so I apologizefor not being more up to date with the blog as I have been in prior months. So, again I am doing a month-in-review because we have been lagging with the updates!However, this review could be summed up in about a week, as now that Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s senate hearings are now over with, the DC News cycle has slowed dramatically! It actually makes me wish there was another election coming up!! — Although I’m sure the next presidential election coverage will start soon enough!

This month also brought some bad personal news for me, as I am now scheduled to have open heart surgery a the end of August. Alas, our blog updates will probably be few and far between during the rest of this month and thru October as I will not fully be back on my feet until the first few weeks in October. However I’ve got a lot of plans for the business and for the website that I would like to begin to implement during my down time – hopefully I will be with it enough to get some of the things on my list scratched off.

Anyway, on to the photos:


Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Judge SONIA SOTOMAYOR sits in front of The Senate Judiciary Committee in a Senate hearing room to testify at her confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Judge SONIA SOTOMAYOR sits in front of The Senate Judiciary Committee in a Senate hearing room to testify at her confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)
Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Senator Al Franken receives a note from Senator Patrick Leahy during the hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Senator PATRICK LEAHY listens during the hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – A Pro-Life activist yells out interrupting the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


Jul 13, 2009 – Washington, District of Columbia, USA – Senator CHARLES SCHUMER during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Sotomayor (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 16th, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: Senator PATRICK LEAHY speaks with Senator DIANNE FEINSTEIN prior to the start of the fourth day of the Senate hearing to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court
(Credit Image© James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 16th, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Nominee SONIA SOTOMAYOR during the fourth day of the Senate hearing to confirm her nomination.(Credit Image© James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 22nd, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: President BARACK OBAMA and Iraqi Prime Minister NURI KAMAL AL-MALIKI walk to the Rose Garden at the White House following their meeting.
(Credit Image © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 22nd, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: President BARACK OBAMA and Iraqi Prime Minister NURI KAMAL AL-MALIKI speak to the press in the Rose Garden at the White House following their meeting.
(Credit Image © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 22nd, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: After meeting with President Obama, Iraqi Prime Minister NURI KAMAL AL-MALIKI speaks to the press outside of the White House.
(Credit Image © James Berglie/ZUMAPress)


July 22nd, 2009 – Washington, D.C.: President BARACK OBAMA speaks in the East Room of the White House at a prime-time news conference at which Obama outlined the case for health care reform as well as provided an update on what has been accomplished since he took office in January.
(Credit Image © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)