Posts with tag: "Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Iowa 1992"
On the Road With the Clintons
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
By Kevin Manning

In 1992 Bill and Hillary Clinton left the Democratic National Convention in New York and took a bus trip with Tipper and Al Gore.  They drove to St. Louis where they had a rally in East St. Louis and left for a barnstorming trip through Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and on to Detroit, Michigan.  I was along for the ride and it was somewhere between these making two photos that I realized that I was photographing the next president of the United States.  If you told me that 23 years later Hillary would be doing the same thing, I would have laughed.  But life is stranger than fiction sometimes and it is happening.  The bus in this photo was named "Flagship" which is not as catchy a name as Hillary's "Scoobie" van, but the second bus they used was named "Yehudit", a Peter Pan character.

I remember walking into a cafe in Stawberry Point, Iowa,  covered with cameras,  to get a coke and stopping all conversation.  The clerk asked me if I was from National Geographic.  When I acted puzzled and said no, that I was from the Post-Dispatch they all laughed and than explained that they were all reading "The Bridges of Madison County" in which a National Geographic photographer has a passionate affair with an Iowa housewife.  Mmmm hmmm!