Lew Keilar Illustration

If The President is in the country then so is my niece

November 24, 2011

One of the privileges of having a niece who is a reporter for CNN at the White House is that when The President is in Australia like recently, there is a good chance you'll have a family catch-up with a difference.

The White House Press room at the National Press Club

Brianna ushered her cousin and me, into the working inner sanctum of the White House Press Corp bunkered in the meeting hall of the National Press Club, Canberra.

We were in time to see on the banks of widescreen monitors and laptops the Govenor-General welcoming President Obama to the capital and the country.

NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, while media rivals presenting their own take on events back to the U.S. network news shows, in reality and by economic necessity, share resources and work side by side in a single entourage.

It's always a pleasure spending time with Bri, the pride we take in having her in our family is not so much what she does (although it's pretty cool!) as just how well she does it and the obvious respect she commands from her peers, colleagues and support staff.

An extraordinary day trip to Canberra my daughter and I will not forget.

I scratched off a quick sketch looking towards the central video feed.