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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President
President Ford meets with the National Security Council., © David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1975
Under a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt, President Ford meets with the National Security Council to discuss the final withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. The U.S. withdrew completely on April 29, 1975, leaving Saigon to fall to the North Vietnamese. Ford later wrote, "That was probably the hardest day of my presidency…I look upon it as the sadness of a retreat that I'll never forget."
audio clip"No One Was Saying A Word", David Hume Kennerly - transcript
Read this photograph:
Identify the men around the table. How does their body language convey the tone of the moment? What is the significance of holding this particular meeting under a portrait of Teddy Roosevelt?
See also:
Vietnam War and U.S. Withdrawal
 
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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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