Fayetteville, N.C. 2pm
Catching my breath for the first time today... it's finally setting in that I'm on a campaign plane with the press (sitting next to Annie Leibovitz no less) following Sen. Obama around North Carolina today.
It all started LATE last night a little before show time. I'm an editorial producer for 360° which involves booking guests for the show as well as coordinating the interviews – sounds simple when you put it that way, but in reality it always ends up being an adventure.
Top interviews, such as Sen. Obama can take months – or even years – to set up depending on the nature of the interview you're trying to get. I've been working on setting up a behind-the-scenes day with Sen. Obama for a LONG time now. So when Sen. Obama's press person called us last night to invite us to join them today on the trail we jumped at the chance.
But then we realized mid-jump that we had to get to Fayetteville, N.C., by 10am for Sen. Obama's first event – NOT the most accessible place to get to last minute. After a few hours of resourcefulness on the part of our Unit Coordinator, and a few hours of sleep for us, we're here – and will be bringing you some fun behind the scenes moments that people rarely see... as well as a fabulous sit-down interview Anderson just conducted with Senator Obama on the trail today.
Oops, we're in our "final descent into the Charlotte area" – see you tonight in Charlotte!
– Jackie Puskas, 360° Editorial Producer
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