Friday, July 29, 2005
This is a shot of me from 2002, when President Bush came to visit Medford, Oregon, in order to tour the site of the Squire Fire, which I covered extensively for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Security was extensive. Snipers were posted on the roof of the airport. Marine 1 -- that's the code name for the President's chopper -- swept the area prior to the arrival of Air Force One. Jackson County Sheriff's Office provided hundreds of men in riot gear. And protesters were cordoned off in a "designated free speech zone" that the President wouldn't have to look at as he exited the airport to tour the fire site.