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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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President Gerald Ford after Sara Jane Moore fired a pistol at him,  Wally McNamee, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Wally McNamee, 1975
U.S, Secret Service agents prepare to grab President Gerald Ford on a San Francisco street after Sara Jane Moore fired a pistol at him on September 22. Earlier in the month, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to shoot President Ford in Sacramento, California.
audio clip"You Operate Instinctively", Wally McNamee - transcript
Did you know?
The Secret Service was originated in 1865 with a mission to suppress counterfeit currency. This mission soon expanded in 1867 to include investigating fraud against the government. Not until 1902 did the Secret Service assume full-time responsibility for the President's protection.
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