Lorie Cochran at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics receives any number of phone calls every day. Juggling duties for the department of politics and the administration of the NHIOP, Cochran occasionally receives phone calls that most of us wouldn't know how to respond to. One such situation: a call from the White House looking for students to assist in Vice President Biden's recent trip to New Hampshire.
Without pause, Cochran took down the request, alongside the note that CBS News is looking for Saint Anselm students to work with the network during the upcoming primary.
With typical Anselmian efficiency, emails were sent, buzz spread among students, and within moments, replies started bouncing back from Blackberry and iPhone-laden students looking to participate.
Three students, Theodore Groh, Kristin Zanotti and Marko Samardzic were presented with a truly unique opportunity: the chance to drive in the Vice President's motorcade. The students were asked to meet with White House staff on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. and then report on Thursday at 9 a.m. to spend the day driving the VP's staff around the state.
"Driving around NH in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade on Thursday! SO excited, love the opportunities Saint A's and the @nhiop provide!," Tweeted Zanotti.
A larger group of students were able to attend the Vice President's speech in Concord, and gained access to a press availability prior to Mr. Biden's arrival. The Saint Anselm students were front and center as Governor Lynch, Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Ovid Lamontagne, and former Governor Stephen Merrill all took time to speak with the students, and pose for photos.
Photo courtesy of Vallerie Stein '14