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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President
President Ford and a geisha play a traditional Japanese game.,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1974
It's time to pass the straw as President Ford and a geisha play a traditional Japanese game. Ford was in Japan on a state visit to discuss future U.S-Japanese relations with Prime Minister Tanaka.
Did you know?
"Geisha" means artist in Japanese, and a geisha's appearance, conversation and social skills are considered an art form in Japan. Though Western cultures frown upon the notion of an obedient, serving woman devoted to pleasing men, the centuries-old tradition is a revered institution in Japanese culture.
 
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House Minority Leader Ford enjoys a quiet moment in his office.President Ford and his wife, Betty with three of their four children:  Steve, Jack and Susan.President Ford in the Oval Office
French President Giscard d'Estang and President Ford at the White House.President Ford visits his wife at Bethesda Naval Hospital after her mastectomy.President Ford and a geisha play a traditional Japanese game.
President Ford meets with Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. President Ford during a swimPresident Ford meets with the National Security Council.
President Ford falls leaving Air Force One.President Ford contemplates his response during a debate with Jimmy Carter.President Ford dances with Queen Elizabeth.
Kansas Senator Bob Dole shares a laugh with President Ford.President Ford takes a spin in a convertible with John Wayne.President Ford concedes his defeat to former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter.

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