Turns out the guys at CNN are big hockey fans. Wolf Blitzer was at home on Sunday night watching the Washington Capitals playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning when he got a call from Sam Feist, CNN's political director and VP of Washington-based programming. It was just after 9:30 p.m, according to Feist.
"I called Wolf Blitzer," Feist told Adweek. "I said, 'Hi Wolf, where are you?' He said, 'I’m at home watching the hockey game, why?' I said, 'You need to get in now.' He said, 'Why?' I said, 'The President is going to speak. He’s going to speak for ten minutes. We don’t know the subject, but it’s got to be something big.'" Blitzer grabbed a coat and tie and was in twenty minutes later.
Meanwhile, CNN's John King and Ed Henry "were both at the hockey game, which is in downtown D.C., not far from the bureau," Feist said. "John King went to the Washington Bureau. Ed Henry went to the White House and had to borrow a jacket from someone."
Blitzer held the floor until 2 o'clock in the morning, when Washington handed coverage over to CNN International, but many stayed in the newsroom through the night and, according to Feist, are still there.
"It was a fascinating night," Feist said. "As someone who was here covering 9/11, it's kind of the natural–I wouldn't say conclusion–but it's the flip-side of 9/11 in many ways… 9/11 was a tragic day for America, and getting bin Laden was, at least for some people, closure."
Blitzer, King, and Henry can also take consolation in the fact that the Capitals lost.