President Bush named Eric Draper of The Associated Press to be the next official White House photographer.
“I had a good relationship with his staff. I knew I had a chance,” Draper, 36, told the Albuquerque Tribune in a 17 Januray 2001 story. “But secondly, as a photographer and as a journalist, I feel it will be very rewarding to document something that is so historically important.”
Draper was named the AP’s West regional enterprise photographer in 1996.