Mixing Things Up/Seeing John McCain

Mixing Things Up/Seeing John McCain

Once again, it’s time to mix things up a bit and highlight a non-internship experience I’ve had so far this Fall. We begin with this unflattering selfie of me outside SOME which I had to take to show I had completed one of my TWC civic engagement service projects.

 

My selfie outside of SOME.


I chose to learn more about homelessness in the District and SOME (So Others Might Eat) is a service organization that provides services to help fight homelessness in the city.

One of those services is feeding meals to those in need and I got to help out with breakfast before work on a Wednesday. A word of advice... you may want to walk over to SOME with a friend if you’re going to go before daybreak. When you cross from N to O Street in that area it’s a little rougher and you wouldn’t want to get lost there in the dark.

Anyway, I was assigned coffee duty, which meant I walked around the room with a hot coffee pot, serving it to whomever raised their cup in the air. It was a fun job because I actually got to interact with the clients and chat with them. I found it rewarding because I might be one of the only people who interacts the person I’m waiting on that day.

My favorite moment of the morning was when one of the clients with a long beard and long hair who had some trouble speaking started to play some of the best jazz I’ve ever heard on a piano in the corner of SOME’s dining area. It was completely unexpected and awesome.

Now back to CBS. My big internship highlight that week was going on a shoot on Capitol Hill with CBS News correspondent, Jan Crawford. We were following up on a story about an Afghan interpreter who saved an American soldier’s life in Afghanistan. He was being denied a visa to live in the United States by the State Department, and the solider was working to enlist lawmakers to help get him one.

We followed the pair as they began a meeting with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Arizona Senator (and 2008 presidential candidate) John McCain. Jan interviewed all four of these people and I snapped these pics while it was going on.

 

Jan interviews the interpreter as he arrives in Shaheen's office.


Senator John McCain arrives.

 

I also went back to watch another live broadcast of Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer was in California where he interviewed former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, so CBS This Morning co-anchor, Norah O’Donnell, filled in. While I was there, I also got a look at the room where the guests wait and watch the show right before they’re taken into the studio. It’s an old control room which made it a neat place to explore.

Inside the room where the guests wait just before appearing on "Face the Nation."

 

Grabbing a quick shot with Norah O'Donnell.

 

John Dickerson on "Face the Nation," just one room over.

 

That’s it for the time being. I managed to get over to Capitol Hill a while ago to see what covering that beat is like. Stay tuned to find out what one of the least popular and most dysfunctional groups in America is like, up close and personal.

Cheers,

Dustin

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