After the election of President Joe Biden, Michigan photographer Bill Weber had hoped to work with the incoming commander in chief and celebrate his inauguration.
But after months of being prevented from doing so, he’s back in Afghanistan.
Weber is back at the Afghan border and he says the experience was different from the time of his first visit, when he spent about five weeks with the commander in a helicopter.
“We were just hanging out and having fun,” he said.
“We were kind of at a little bit of a loss for words at first, because we didn’t know what to say.
We just wanted to make sure we were doing what we had to do.
We didn’t want to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth.”
On the day of Biden’s inauguration, Weber flew into Kabul from his home in the United States.
Webers family and friends arranged to meet Biden and his wife, Michelle, at a hotel in the capital.
He took them up on a private tour of Kabul’s Old City and showed them around.
He spent two days with the two women, a wedding photographer and two Afghan policemen.
Weber was also able to film Biden and Michelle’s first ceremony, where the couple wore black and white dresses, and took the oath of office together.
“I knew that was going to be a special moment,” Weber said.
“It was just a wonderful moment to see him and Michelle and I on the same stage.
And to see them holding hands was a special feeling.”‘
I wanted to help them’The first day in Kabul, Webers was told by the Afghan Interior Ministry to wear black, but he refused to do so.
He had to show his photo ID and tell the guards he was a photographer for a government agency.
“I had to explain to them that I had a photo ID that was not valid.
They said they would check my ID, but that’s it,” he recalled.
They came back and gave me a certificate that I was a security photographer. “
It was very frustrating, but they did their job.
They came back and gave me a certificate that I was a security photographer.
The ceremony was a success.”
Weber had no idea when he would be able to return to his homeland.
Webers wedding is scheduled to take place in Kabul on January 3. “
He says he felt “very relieved and relieved that I’m still here, because I wanted to be able do that again.
“Webers wedding is scheduled to take place in Kabul on January 3.
It will be the first time a photographer from Michigan has gone to Afghanistan.