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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Richard Nixon, Thirty-Seventh President
President Nixon and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat,  Wally McNamee, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Wally McNamee, 1974
President Nixon and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat wave to eager onlookers during a train ride from Cairo to Alexandria. This would be Nixon's last official overseas trip because he resigned the office shortly after returning.
Did you know?
President Sadat was elected in 1970, during Nixon's first term in office. During a military review held on October 6, 1981, Sadat was assassinated by a dissident group of Muslim militants.
Read this photograph:
Describe what's going on in this photo. What do the gestures and facial expressions of the crowd indicate about their relationship to the people on the train? Describe Nixon's demeanor--does it seem surprising to you given the timing of the photograph?
 
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