All of Washington seemed exhausted this morning. It seemed as though the Inauguration and sudden spell of cold and wind had sapped the energy out of just about everybody. This was certainly true among the members of our group as all of us were still recovering from nearly twelve hours on our feet on Monday. But it was also evident as we visited the Washington bureau of CBS News Tuesday morning. Tired looks could be seen on the faces of nearly all the personnel. Possibly the most exhausted person at the bureau this morning was one of its most well-known personalities: Bob Schieffer.
When we first arrived at the bureau, we were allowed to step inside of Schieffer’s office, as he had not yet arrived for the morning. His life experiences spanning nearly four decades as a reporter were clearly on display with many photos and artifacts. The staff at the bureau called his office the “Bob Schieffer Museum.”
Soon we were lead into the newsroom and in walked Schieffer himself, wearing jeans and looking clearly worn out. His assistant had told us earlier that Schieffer had worked from 4 am to 10 pm on Monday covering the Inauguration. Schieffer greeted us and seemed impressed to have us all visiting.
We also had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Isham and Margaret Brennan. Isham is the Washington bureau chief for CBS News and has a wealth of experience with television. Isham is well known for organizing the first network interview with Osama bin Laden in May 1998. Brennan is the State Department correspondent for CBS News and spoke of her experiences following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cover her worldwide travels.
Visiting CBS News was very interesting. It was interesting to see all the different people and learn about their roles on all of the programs that CBS News has. Those at CBS News will have to recover quickly, however, as they have a long pipeline of upcoming events, including the Super Bowl and State of the Union address.