I asked the White House if I could mount a camera behind the stage about fifteen feet up. The White House said no, concerned that the camera could fall. Instead, they let me locate it about sixty feet from the stage. The time lapse, linked below, took photographs every minute starting about 45 minutes before the president took the stage. Watch for the man who came out and hung the presidential seal on the podium.
This man, Secret Service I believe, stood in one place for the duration of President Obama's speech about the economy Aug. 5, slowly scanning the crowd, methodically, back and forth. His feet never moved and he showed no emotion during the speech, regardless of what Obama said and how the crowd reacted. At some point during the day, someone said to me that being near the President of the United States is probably the safest place you can be at any given moment.