The White House Travel Pool accompanied U.S. President Barack Obama on his historic eight-day trip to Africa stopping in the countries of Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Leaving Washington, D.C., on June, 26, 2013 and returning on July 2, the travel pool gets a behind the scenes and extremely close look at how the President operates during international travel. The travel pool consists of just 13 journalist; made up of four still photographers from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Reuters and the New York Times; One television news videographer, his soundman, and producer; three wire service journalists from the Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg, a radio news correspondent, and two pool reporters for newspapers and magazines. The real story for the travel pool lies in the waiting. Hours and hours go by as they wait outside bilateral meetings, within press conference sites, and in motorcades just to get the few minutes, and sometimes seconds, of face time with the president to cover the news. When the doors finally swing open, or the president walks into the room, the travel pool photographers and reporters have only moments to capture the scene and show the masses what the leader of the free world is accomplishing. The journalists that follow the president around the world have to constantly be ready to capture moments that will forever be recorded as history making it a sometimes-challenging undertaking. With many obstacles to over come, including transmitting the pictures to the world for them to see almost instantly, the white house travel pool has to be ever vigilant.