2017 Drago Year in Photos Comey Day: President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks at the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House, in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. In the center background is FBI director James Comey. (Al Drago/The New York Times)
What. A. Year.
2017 was one for the books. There’s no denying that politics dominated the news this year, and it was incredible to be working in Washington to see it first hand. I wrapped up my internship with The New York Times and jumped into the (not so) scary world of freelance. I cannot thank Doug Mills, Stephen Crowley, Tanner Curtis, and all the rest of the editors at The Times for teaching me and pushing me a stronger photojournalist and better person. Also a big thank you to editors at Bloomberg, Getty Images, and of course all of my colleagues for the hours, days, and months we spend together.
Below are a few of my favorites from this past year. From daily coverage at White House or the hill that went from a quiet day to historic in a matter of seconds, to the Boy Scout Jamboree, and of course the countless trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster. Here’s to 2018! Last flight out of Washington: Reporters and guests cover as snow blankets the South Lawn of the White House as Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes off on a snowy Saturday, January 7, 2016 in Washington. Obama is attending a wedding in Jacksonville, Fla. (Al Drago/The New York Times) Big Hats: Dallin Jensen, 13, a Star Scout from Jamboree Troop 3237, Trapper Trails Council, dances as he wears a foam bucket hat from Wyoming, at the Celebration of Scouting Show, at the AT&T Summit Stadium, at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, at Mount Hope, W.V., on July 22, 2017. (BSA Photo by Al Drago) Trump meets Congress: President Donald Trump arrives to address a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Feb. 28, 2017. Trump said that the government’s obligation is to ‘serve, protect, and defend’ US citizens, an that the administration is taking strong measures to protect the country from ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ (Al Drago/The New York Times) The Thing: Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) departs the U.S. Capitol in his 1974 Volkswagen Thing after an early morning vote to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Feb. 3, 2017. By voting at 6:30 a.m., Republicans have a chance of confirming DeVos by late Monday, unless Democrats drag out the post-cloture debate for the full 30 hours, which could lag intoTuesday. (Al Drago/The New York Times) Don’t Look Up: President Donald Trump, beside first lady Melania Trump, looks up at the sun to view the solar eclipse from the Blue Room balcony of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 21, 2017. Millions of people ventured to a spot on the path of totality hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare celestial event. (Al Drago for The New York Times) Evening Votes: A biker treks down Pennsylvania Ave., away from the Capitol, Nov. 8, 2017 in Washington. (Al Drago for The New York Times) Trade ya?: Scouts trade patches after dark, at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, at Mount Hope, W.V., on July 26, 2017. (BSA Photo by Al Drago) Peek A Plane: Arabella Kushner, granddaughter of President Donald Trump, looks out the door of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Aug. 4, 2017 before President Trump heads to his first vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. (Al Drago for The New York Times) Let’s Make a Deal: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C. Trump and McConnell appeared to give themselves some breathing room on their goal of completing a tax overhaul before year’s end in remarks that emphasized the difficulty of passing major legislation. (Al Drago/Bloomberg) Service: Secret Service patrol as President Donald Trump departs on Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, April 28, 2017 after speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta. Trump is the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group’s annual convention. (Al Drago/The New York Times) Window Talk: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks to President Donald Trump, following a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House, Sept. 6, 2017 in Washington. Trump struck a deal with Democratic leaders on Wednesday to increase the debt limit and finance the government until mid-December. (Al Drago for The New York Times) “Discrimination is a Disqualifier:” Danica Roem, democratic candidate for the Virginia House District 13, leads a cheer during a gathering before canvassing and phone banking, at a Democratic Party of Virginia coordinated campaign office, Oct. 29, 2017 in Manassas, Va. Roem became the first openly transgender person to be elected in a U.S. statehouse, as she defeated Del. Robert G. Marshall, a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” (Al Drago for The New York Times) #Resist: Protestors are removed and arrested as they interrupt a Senate Budget committee hearing, on Capitol Hill, Nov. 28, 2017 in Washington. The committee voted along party lines Tuesday, 12 to 11, to approve the Republican tax legislation, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. (Al Drago for The New York Times) New Chief in Town: John Kelly, White House chief of staff, listen as reporters call out questions to President Donald Trump during a news conference about infrastructure, in the lobby of Trump Tower, in New York, Aug. 15, 2017. . Trump on Tuesday repeatedly rejected the torrent of bipartisan criticism for declining to specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups involved in the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and continued to say there is “blame on both sides.” (Al Drago for The New York Times) Dems Fight Back: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), departs a news conference on the east lawn of the Capitol to unveil a new economic agenda titled “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs,” in Washington, August 2, 2017. (Al Drago for The New York Times) Corker Distances: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), speaks about whether he will seek re-election, during a news conference about efforts to end modern slavery, on Capitol Hill, Sept. 14, 2017 in Washington. (Al Drago for The New York Times) SCOTUS: The sun sets over the Supreme Court on a gloomy Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Washington. (Al Drago/The New York Times) Scalise Returns: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) returns from the House floor on his first day back on Capitol Hill after being shot, Sept. 28, 2017 in Washington. (Al Drago for The New York Times) Juggalos: Marchers walk past the Washington Monument during the Juggalo March, on the National Mall, September 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, are protesting their identification as a gang by the FBI in a 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. (Al Drago/Getty Images) Bannon in the Shadows: Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, heads to the Oval Office after accompanying President Donald Trump to the Conservative Political Action Conference, at the White House, in Washington, Feb. 24, 2017. (Al Drago/The New York Times) Another Round: President Donald Trump is offered a toast at the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall on Inauguration day at the U.S. Capitol building on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington. From left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Abigail Perlman Blunt, first lady Melania Trump, President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence. (Al Drago/The New York Times)