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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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George W. and Laura Bush on election night 2000,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 2000
At the governor's mansion in Austin on election night, George W. and Laura Bush are glued to the TV and surrounded by supporters, including Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former President George H. W. Bush and Dick and Lynne Cheney. Due to highly-contested election results, it would be five weeks before Bush delivered his victory speech.
audio clip"Election Night 2000", David Hume Kennerly - transcript
Read this photograph:
List all the people you see in the photo. What does their body language say about what was happening at the moment the picture was taken? Given the way this election turned out, why is this photo important now?
 

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