(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.
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I totally support President Obama and he will receive my vote and my financial support in the 2012 election. This man, educated, intelligent and with a heart that cares for all Americans, is the best thing that has happened to the presidency in many years. All the Democrats and Independents who failed to vote in the last election are now seeing what Republican control of the House is bringing – no yes vote to extend unemployment benefits to whose who lost their jobs unless tax breaks are given to the 2% most richest people in the country. That says more about Republican thinking than anything they have done in a long time. I fear for this country if Republicans take control in 2012.