(CNN)-President Obama traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then returned to Washington Monday afternoon to finalize tax negotiations with Democratic leaders at the White House. It was a brief trip, just three hours on the ground, thanks to the luxury that presidential travel affords, like Marine One, Air Force One, and a motorcade. Meanwhile, journalists who also made the trip weren't so lucky, contending with flight delays and long drives back to Washington.
White House producer Erika Dimmler and photojournalists Martin Dougherty and Geoff Parker covered the president's trip for CNN. Dimmler provides an ALL ACCESS PASS of their trip with these behind-the-scenes photos.