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!