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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Richard Nixon, Thirty-Seventh President
Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon gives his trademark salute,  Dirck Halstead, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Dirck Halstead, 1968
Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon gives his trademark salute at a California rally just before the election. President Johnson had shocked the nation by announcing that he wouldn't seek a second term, which set the stage for Nixon's political comeback.
Read this photograph:
Notice the audience's signs and facial expressions--what is their relationship to Nixon? What does Nixon's body language tell you about him at this point during the campaign?
 
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Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew wave to their supportersPresidential nominee Richard Nixon and Jackie GleasonRepublican presidential candidate Richard Nixon gives his trademark salute
President Nixon waves to an enthusiastic crowdNixon visits a memorial for East GermansPresident Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko
President Nixon delivers remarks at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Republican CenterPresident Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon and Henry Kissinger dine with Chinese Premier Zhou EnlaiPresident Nixon enjoys a light moment during the Watergate crisis
President Nixon speaks at a convention in Washington, D.C.President Nixon tickles the ivories at the dedication of the new Grand Ole Opry.President Nixon and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
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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