George W. Bush photographer talks iconic moments of presidency

U.S. President George W. Bush speaks to Vice President Dick Cheney by phone aboard Air Force One September 11, 2001 after departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
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(CBS News) During the presidency of George W. Bush, one man -- Eric Draper -- followed him nearly everywhere.

As the president's chief photographer, Draper spent nearly every day of eight years behind his camera, capturing the life of the 43rd president of the United States.

Draper is now out with a new book, called "Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush." Recently, CBS News' Bill Plante spoke with Draper about his "job of a lifetime."

"It's a very unique position to be in, to watch one person for that long. The goal was not to, not just be a fly on the wall but be a piece of furniture in the room and everyone always expected me to be there," he said.

And Draper was always there -- in the Oval Office and on the road. He told CBS News he took nearly one million pictures during those eight years.

For a look at some of the iconic shots taken over those years -- and the stories behind them -- watch Bill Plante's full report in the video above.