Afterparty: Backstage after the 2012 election

On election day 2012 I was working as Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign photographer. I started the day in Delaware to photograph the VP voting and ended up back in Chicago to cover his and President Obama’s victory. After the speeches and the confetti drop we headed backstage, ostensively to attend a series of VIP receptions. However, for the traveling staff, who had been on the road non-stop for months, this was also a chance for us to celebrate with our bosses, two men we had spent years working for in order to achieve this moment.

A sign directs participants to the main stage. November 7, 1:24 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden embraces Deputy Chief of Staff Alan Hoffman. November 7, 1:12 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden talks with Campaign Manager Jim Messina. November 7, 1:19 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden jokes with Trip Director Sam Myers and other campaign and White House staff. November 7, 1:17 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden with Chief Speechwriter Dylan Loewe. November 7, 1:13 a.m.
Dr. Jill Biden, and Vice President Joe Biden, speak to supporters at a backstage reception. November 7, 1:32 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden signs an election night credential at a backstage reception. November 7, 1:33 a.m.
Dr. Jill Biden shakes hands backstage with supporters at a backstage reception. November 7, 1:48 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden jokes backstage after his and President Barack Obama’s re-election victory. To his left is son Beau Biden, who died of cancer in May of 2015. November 7, 2:25 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden hugs campaign staffer Paola Ramos. November 7, 2:30 a.m.
President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden on their way to a backstage reception. 2:00 a.m.
Secret Service agents watch as Vice President Joe Biden introduces President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a backstage reception. November 7, 2:03 a.m.
President Barack Obama talks with Operation Vote Deputy Director Michael Blake. November 7, 1:59 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden talks with staff backstage. November 7, 2:28 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden talks with staff backstage. November 7, 2:31 a.m.
President Barack Obama walks with White House Videographer Hope Hall. November 7, 2:01 a.m.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michell Obama along with staff depart McCormick Place. November 7, 2:33 a.m.
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