The Art of the Hallway Interview

“I have chased members of Congress down hallways in high heels, rain boots and, once, because a shoe fell off, sock-footed.”

WASHINGTON — One of my earliest memories of a journalist using a creative method to talk to a politician is fictional, yet resonant. In a 1991 episode of “Murphy Brown,” the lead character, craving a quote from President George H. W. Bush on the latest health care debacle, decides to catch up with him on his morning jog by furiously pedaling a 3-speed bike.After Secret Service agents return her to her office, Ms. Brown, played by Candice Bergen, replies to her bosses’ tongue-lashing by noting...