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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Richard Nixon, Thirty-Seventh President
President Nixon gives a final wave from the steps of the presidential helicopter.,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1974
The day after his resignation, President Nixon makes his final exit from the White House. From the steps of the presidential helicopter, he gives one final wave to the crowd, which includes David and Julie Eisenhower and Vice President and Betty Ford.
video clip"Transitions of Power", David Hume Kennerly - transcript
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What do these photos tell you about both the outgoing and incoming presidents? How do the two pictures work together to capture this moment in American history? What is the photographer trying to achieve?
 
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An emotional President Nixon bids a final farewell to his White House staff.President Nixon gives a final wave from the steps of the presidential helicopter.Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Bush and Ford at the dedication of the Richard Nixon Library

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