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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Jimmy Carter, Thirty-Ninth President
First Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Cambodian refugees.,  Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1979
First Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Cambodian refugees at the Sa Kaew camp in Thailand. Commenting about this photo in Diana Walker's book, Public & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency, Mrs. Carter said, "This was devastating to me. The refugees had just come in from Cambodia to the Thailand border. I picked up a baby and put it down on a blanket on the ground. They started crying and when I turned around the baby had died."
audio clip"Traveling With The First Lady", Diana Walker - transcript
Did you know?
The First Lady often acts as an ambassador on behalf of her husband and her country. This was especially true of Mrs. Carter, who made numerous national and international trips without the President as he stayed near Washington to deal with the Iranian hostage crisis. On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants took approximately 70 Americans captive after storming the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The hostages were held captive for 444 days and had a profound impact on the Carter presidency.
See also:
Carter Library information on Hostage Crises
PBS site on Iranian Hostage Crises
 
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The July 26, 1976 cover of Time magazine features presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.President-elect, Jimmy Carter visits the White House shortly before being inaugurated.President Carter works in his private office.
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance confers with President Carter.President Carter greets reporters at a press conference.President Carter and the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi wives, Rosalynn Carter and Farah Diba
Presidents Nixon and Carter exchange greetings.President Carter greets the crowd on Earth Day.President Carter places flowers on the grave of a soldier.
President Carter greets House Speaker Tip O'Neill.President Carter and Vice President Mondale listen to Elie Wiesel.President Carter witnesses the historic signing of a Middle East peace treaty.
President Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and their wives, Rosalynn and JehanFirst Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Cambodian refugees.President Carter flashes a smile while campaigning.

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