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What it was like covering President Barack Obama’s Phoenix visit

A presidential visit is no small thing for a city to experience, but it marks an especially busy day for reporters.

While some think it’s as easy as passing a security sweep and walking in a few minutes before the president takes the stage, it’s actually a long, drawn-out process that begins in the wee hours of the morning.

One of our reporters, Mark Remillard, was assigned to cover President Barack Obama’s speech at Central High School in Phoenix. Despite Obama taking the stage about 11 a.m., Mark’s day began at 3 a.m.

He was setup inside the school an hour or so later and endured hours of live “hits,” or updates from the field, and multiple security sweeps. At one point, he was forced to leave all of his work materials behind for hours.

But Mark’s day wasn’t over when the president finished speaking. He still had to report on the scene after the speech and wrap up his day. In all, he worked about 14 hours to cover a 20-minute address.

He chronicled the entire day in the video above.

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