A woman carries an American flag as she walks through empty seats before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Romney campaign gave behind-the-scenes access to my friend Justin Sullivan at Getty Images, who took photos of the candidate as he campaigned in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin this week. The lead photo above features the candidate on his campaign bus Monday, as he and aides debated how to handle his schedule ahead of superstorm Sandy. You can see all of Justin’s behind the scenes photos on the Getty Images site, but a few of my favorites are above
When you are in the bubble, it’s easy to forget what a strange sight the campaign entourage is and how disruptive it can be.
The motorcades for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can sometimes be as long as 20 cars—including vans and buses carrying staff and reporters. And that doesn’t even include the local security detail, which in Florida last weekend included almost 30 motorcycle cops alone for the Romney motorcade. Anywhere the candidates go, there are major street closures and horrible traffic gridlock—and, almost always, people out of their cars trying to figure out what exactly is going on.
Justin Sullivan, a Getty Images photographer covering Romney, has been taking some great photos this week documenting people reacting to the motorcade as we’ve traveled across the country. I’ve posted some of my favorites above, but you can see all of his images on the Getty Images site.
As a reporter who has covered two presidential campaigns on the road almost full time, it never ceases to amaze me that people are willing to stand in line for hours, in heat, rain and cold, to hear political candidates speak. On Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla., people waited for more than three hours on what was a very steamy late afternoon/evening to see Mitt Romney—and that doesn’t count the time they spent standing in line waiting for doors to the event to open.
Not unlike President Obama, Romney makes the same speech at almost every stop—which means it’s sometimes a lot more interesting to watch the crowd and how they react to the candidate. My friend Justin Sullivan, a Getty Images photographer covering Romney, always seems to find magic in shooting crowds (as I’ve noted here before), and his photos from Friday are pretty great.