From presidents to dignitaries, Sen. Patrick Leahy witnesses history and he also snaps it. He started taking pictures when was 4 years old.
"When you're born blind in one eye, photography is something you can do. You only need one eye. It's like target shooting," said Leahy, D-Vermont.
His love of photography has only grown.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Do you think you're a talented photographer?
Sen. Patrick Leahy: No, I'm just a photographer that has a great deal of fun.
From the Statehouse to the White House, the senator is almost always carrying his camera, capturing personal, close-up moments most professionals can't even get. Some of his favorites are gathered for "The Eye of Senator Leahy," an exhibit with an insider's perspective at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier. Each picture comes with a story.
Gina Bullard: Do you ever find yourself getting too wrapped up behind the camera?
Sen. Patrick Leahy: Um... I hate to admit this, but yes. I had a couple times snapping away and people say "when you're done..." and it's usually the president.
He not only gets front row access, he's often the only one in a room with a camera at all. He captured one series of photos during a heated health care debate.
"He needed 60 votes. He needed all of us to vote and Sen. Lieberman explained why he might not because he has a better idea. You can see how convinced President Obama looks. Yeah, right Joe, sure," Leahy said.
A political figure in the forefront who steps out of the spotlight to document history.
"The Eye of Senator Leahy" will be on display at the Vermont Supreme Court through Feb. 28.
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