Just one senator voted against the Patriot Act, calling it a violation of civil liberties when it passed in the frightening, angry days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 14 years later, 77 senators voted to advance a bill ratcheting back its expansive scope.
There was the time he was caught lounging on his yacht amid a coup in Egypt. A snowboarding crash in Idaho before a pack of reporters. And, of course, the infamous 2004 windsurfing outing that became a devastating George W. Bush campaign ad.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.