Photo Blog: Marc Lester at the Convention

The Party's Over - 9/5/2008 7:05 pm

That's A Wrap: Final Night of the RNC - 9/4/2008 8:48 pm

Photojournalism in the Deep End of the Political Pool - 9/4/2008 2:55 pm

The VIPs - 9/4/2008 6:58 am

Sarah Palin's Moment - 9/3/2008 9:09 pm

Get the Party Started - 9/3/2008 2:41 pm

Outside the RNC: Protesters Congregate - 9/3/2008 1:23 pm

A Stern Talking To - 9/3/2008 12:50 pm

The Party's Over

One last frame to punctuate the week in St. Paul. Team McCain-Palin have had two campaign stops in two states since the house lights came up in the Xcel Engergy Center less than 24 hours ago. This was the scene there Wednesday night, two hours after Gov. Palin gave her speech to accept the Republican nomination for vice president.The convention ended, but the contest has just begun.The convention ended, but the contest has just begun.Return to Photo Blog homepage

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That's A Wrap: Final Night of the RNC

McCain speaks. Reporters write.McCain speaks. Reporters write.The script.The script.The conclusion.The conclusion.Sarah fans.Sarah fans.McCain's accepts the nomination.McCain's accepts the nomination.A family moment.A family moment.The Alaska delegates make it official. Palin for veep.The Alaska delegates make it official. Palin for veep.Return to Photo Blog homepage

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Photojournalism in the Deep End of the Political Pool

Toto, we're not in Alaska anymore.

I think it was like two or three weeks ago that I last covered a press conference at Governor Sarah Palin’s office in Anchorage. I walked in a little early and had time to kill so I sat in her office waiting area and read their newspapers. When the press conference started, I was the only still photographer there.

Flash forward to today. A reporter and I get a call at our hotel telling us that if we’d like to cover a Palin-related event, we’d better get to downtown Minneapolis in twenty minutes. What’s going to happen? Details are few.

Unfamiliar with downtown Minneapolis, we get there with no time to spare. There we wait with a small pool of reporters and photographers. We’re led upstairs to the campaign Secret Service detail. Our bags are inspected, our backgrounds checked. We wait.
Finally we rush to waiting vans parked in a closed-off street outside the swank hotel. Two large vans are marked “Palin Press.” We cram in.

A police-escorted motorcade makes its move. We’re headed to the Minneapolis Museum of Russian Art, a small building in a residential neighborhood. We’re told this is a luncheon of the Republican Governor’s Association.

We’re led down a back alley and herded near a rear entrance. We wait. KTUU’s Jason Moore and Scott Jensen met up with the pack and asked for access.
Finally let inside, we packed into a small, dark gallery room. It had been pre-lit for the event.
A podium. Governor Palin stood with eight other Republican governors. She made a statement rehashing many of the points of her convention speech last night. She took no questions when she was done. In fifteen minutes, maybe, it’s over and we’re rushed out the back door.

We’re ordered back to the vans, not even allowed to watch as she exits the building. From down the street I made a couple frames as Palin exits, paparazzi style.

We’re transported back downtown. Walking into the hotel we asked the Secret Service when we’ll be allowed to go back to our car. He assured us we can go. “I won’t arrest you,” he says.

Awaiting entrance to the press event.Awaiting entrance to the press event.I hasten to set an exposure.I hasten to set an exposure.Comments for the media.Comments for the media.Back to the motorcade.Back to the motorcade.Across the street from the museum, a polite protest.Across the street from the museum, a polite protest.Return to Photo Blog homepage

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The VIPs

There's been such heavy, heavy scrutiny on the Palin family this week, so it was interesting to watch how they handled it when so many cameras of the world were focused on them. Quite well, I'd say.
The Palin family with Cindy McCain.The Palin family with Cindy McCain.
Levi and Bristol caught in the glare of a flash.Levi and Bristol caught in the glare of a flash.The other star of the show, Piper.The other star of the show, Piper.Proud parents, Sally and Chuck Heath.Proud parents, Sally and Chuck Heath.The young couple on stage.The young couple on stage.Track gets a smooch from his mom.Track gets a smooch from his mom.Return to Photo Blog homepage

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Sarah Palin's Moment

The hall.The hall.
Piper, Levi and Bristol.Piper, Levi and Bristol.
The wave.The wave.
Todd and Trig.Todd and Trig.
The smile.The smile.
The audience.The audience.
The congratulatory hug.The congratulatory hug.
The Republican Party ticket.The Republican Party ticket.
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Get the Party Started

Wake her up. RNC's third night starts soon.Wake her up. RNC's third night starts soon.
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Outside the RNC: Protesters Congregate

Protesters began to crowd Rice Park in St. Paul this afternoon. This is the last I'll see of them today. I'm inside staking out my spot for the big speech.
More Code Pink, more anti-Palin sentiment.More Code Pink, more anti-Palin sentiment.
Various causes intermingle.Various causes intermingle.
Protester protests protesters.Protester protests protesters.
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A Stern Talking To

Today a group of Republican women held a press conference express their disgust at what they perceive to be a sexist "smear campaign" by the media and bloggers against Gov. Palin.
Rosario Marin, former US Treasurer, has something to say.Rosario Marin, former US Treasurer, has something to say.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Unhappy.Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Unhappy.
Questions from the press.Questions from the press.
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Outside the RNC: Some Unique Demonstrations

Protesters come in a variety of flavors. Some are violent, some are loud and some are just odd. Here's a tour of the latter as delegates line up to enter the second night of the Republican National Convention. You've been warned: The protesters' brand of humor might be offensive to you.

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Laura Ingraham Channels Sarah Palin

Remember those protesters outside the Republican National Coalition for Life event in Sarah Palin's honor? Here's a taste of the scene inside. Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers the keynote in which she gives her version of what she hopes Palin will say during her RNC speech this Wednesday evening. I can tell you the very large ballroom was packed. What I failed to get on video was the "Sarah, Sarah" chant that broke out. Its volume was impressive.

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Faces in the Crowd

Cindy McCain maks a rock star entrance.Cindy McCain maks a rock star entrance.
President Bush, the elder.President Bush, the elder.

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Scenes Inside Day Two

George W. Bush addresses the Xcel Center.George W. Bush addresses the Xcel Center.
Alternate delegates from Texas - rapt attention.Alternate delegates from Texas - rapt attention.
Jason Brown, a state representative from Missouri, is emotional during a video tribute to the flag.Jason Brown, a state representative from Missouri, is emotional during a video tribute to the flag.
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'Code Pink' Hoopla

Outside a party held in Sarah Palin's honor at a St. Paul Hotel, Code Pink protested. Palin wasn't in attendance. Code Pink's signature issue is ending the war in Iraq.
The group dances and sings for Alaska delegate Ralph SeekinsThe group dances and sings for Alaska delegate Ralph Seekins
Opinions were expressed, on camera and on signs.Opinions were expressed, on camera and on signs.
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Anchorage Street Preacher at RNC

Gary Mathes came here from Anchorage to tout what he calls his "Salvation Party Candidate." Watch him at work.

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Campaign Buttons

These are being sold for $5 a pop.These are being sold for $5 a pop.
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Bad Hair Day

A journalist preps for an interview on MSNBC.A journalist preps for an interview on MSNBC.
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Executive Session

The masked Kai Ostrander and Kelly Van Pelt outside the RNC.The masked Kai Ostrander and Kelly Van Pelt outside the RNC.
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Dancing Around the Issues

There were intense protests outside the RNC on Monday. Hundreds arrested. I didn’t see any of them because I was inside. I may see it today. When I did get out to take a look around I found this - a dozen dancers getting loose in Rice Park, just outside the convention’s gates, in the background of a massive MSNBC broadcast set-up. What was it all about? Was it a silent demonstration with a cause in mind? Tough to say, because they weren’t talking. I asked Sarah Jacobs, the dancer in black shown last in this video, what was up? She said only, “Don’t you feel it too?” Looks like it feels better than a nose full of pepper spray, at any rate.

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Abreviated Day at the Convention

The shortened first day of the Republican National Convention ended with Laura Bush and Cindy McCain drumming up support for various hurricane charities.The First Lady takes the stage.The First Lady takes the stage.
Cindy McCain joins the effort.Cindy McCain joins the effort.
AK delegates Rex Shattuck, of Chugiak, and Ron Warner II, of Fairbanks, answer questions.AK delegates Rex Shattuck, of Chugiak, and Ron Warner II, of Fairbanks, answer questions.

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Reaction to Bristol Palin's Pregnancy: Randy Ruedrich

More reaction to the news of Alaska's growing first family. Randy Ruedrich is chair of Alaska's Republican Party.

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