During my time creating graphics for the show, one Republican presidential candidate has made my job particularly fun: Newton Leroy Gingrich. As you might recall, Lawrence did several brutal Rewrites about him.
The absurd news stories from his campaign provide us with opportunities to create equally absurd visualizations. There was the “Newt Blingrich” story of his massive Tiffany’s bills. And that time most of his campaign staff jumped ship after “Captain Newt” came back from a cruise in the Greek Islands.
Well, on my way to work today I bumped into Mr. Gingrich in Rockefeller Plaza. After creating so many pictures of him I was delighted to be in one with the legend himself. He waited patiently as his assistant figured out how to use my iPhone and he shook my hand each time she tried taking the picture.