WDBJ at the White House

Hollani Davis interviews President Obama at the White House. Someone get me a box to stand on. I’m 5’1 1/2. The President is reportedly 6’1 1/2.

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC with my news director and one of WDBJ7’s award-winning photographer’s.  We were invited to the White House to interview President Obama.
Before I go any further let me say this.  Yes it is an election year, and yes, we are very much aware that the President is trying to garner support.  I will also say, that our station would have also accepted an invitation to interview Mitt Romney if he was occupying the Oval Office.  But guess what?  Romney will be in Salem, Virginia on Tuesday, June 26th and we’ll be there!

Preparing for the 6PM Live Shot on the South Lawn. Gotta read over that script. No fumbling!

No matter your politics (and I will not divulge mine), going to the White House is an experience.  For me, it was a long and rewarding day.  7AM -12PM.  There was very little downtime.  Between touring the residence, going on a garden
tour, interviewing the president, meeting with several of his cabinet members and other staff, having lunch with his advisers, attending an afternoon press briefing, cranking out 4 stories, you didn’t know if you were coming or going.

Bo KNOWS how to bring in the crowd!

WDBJ7 Photographer Rob Chewning. Getting things set up! He’s the best!

Oh, and I forgot to mention the excitement of Bo (the presidential dog) coming out onto the White House Lawn twice!

Whether or not you like the President and his policies, being in the White House is incredible.

It’s American pride at its best.  You feel like you are watching history unfold right before you, and maybe that’s because in some aspects, you are.  White House staff aids, the Secret Service, even the kitchen staff are always on their A game.  By the way, shot out to the kitchen cooks.  The meal they served for lunch was incredible.

Hampton University alumna Danielle Crutchfield. We met freshman year. Today she serves at the pleasure of President Obama.

6 responses to “WDBJ at the White House

  1. Mz Kitti Wright

    IT IS AN HONOR & BY GRACE THAT YOU’VE REPRESENTED WDBJ~7 & THE STAR CITI OF ROANOKE, VA. HALLELUJAH!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE ELECTION & I’M PROUD to be a Democrat. And very supportive.of President Barack Obama.
    He’s like “The Atlas”..He’s got the world on His shoulders and it ain’t over till GOD says it over. *;}

  2. FABULOUS JOB!! So proud of your representation of SW Virginia. Thank you for your yard work and professionalism!!

  3. Susan Hetherington

    As usual you did a great job

  4. Hey, you got to interview the Prez! Way to go. My journalism genes are seriously green with envy. I always knew you’d go far. Shirley Alford

    Sjalford@zianet.com

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