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A day in the security bubble with Barack Obama

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While his inauguration is still weeks away, a group of journalists already follows Barack Obama in the Secret Service motorcade where ever he travels.

It might sound like being in the security bubble that surrounds the president-elect would offer many glimpses of the nation’s new leader.

But it all depends on the day.   The 12 journalists – wire service and newspaper reporters, TV network videographers, and still photographers -- who spent Friday following Mr. Obama around Chicago were fortunate if they caught just one glimpse of him.

A high profile Sunday

Obama will be very visible this weekend.  He appears on “Meet the Press” this morning followed by a 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) press conference where he is expected to speak about the contributions of those that have served our nation.

News organizations have several reasons to have a representative group shadow the president-elect during his daily travels.  A group of Washington bureau chiefs explained the reasoning in a letter to the Obama campaign earlier this year.  “There may be times when the Senator needs to address the press corps about unexpected and dramatic news events, and there may be times when history demands the press corps be in close proximity to the Senator,” they said.

The demands of history can refer to various things – unexpected protests, unscheduled stops to address bystanders, accidents in the motorcade, or an attempt on the life of the president.

A day of hidden history

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