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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Ronald Reagan, Fortieth President
President and Nancy Reagan at the Challenger memorial service,  Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1986
President and Nancy Reagan are surrounded by the families of the lost astronauts at the Challenger memorial service at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Did you know?
The explosion on liftoff of the space shuttle Challenger left the nation and the world shocked and dismayed. The flight, carried live on national television, claimed the lives of seven astronauts, including New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe. The disaster grounded the space shuttle fleet for three years while experts investigated its cause.
 
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CIA director George H.W. Bush and former California governor Ronald Reagan dine together before a debate.President Reagan watches the evening news with his wife, Nancy, and greets her with a kiss in Knoxville, Tennessee. Reagan strolls with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
President Reagan waves farewell after campaigning.Queen Elizabeth gets a hearty laugh from President Reagan.President Reagan in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea
First Lady Nancy Reagan waves to her husband, who appears on a large video screen.President Reagan makes a speech at a rally.President Reagan holds up a pair of cowboy boots while campaigning.
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary GorbachevThe Reagans give reassuring waves from Bethesda Naval Hospital.President Reagan waves to a crowd.
President and Nancy Reagan at the Challenger memorial servicePresident Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev leave their second summit meeting.Ronald Reagan looks back into the Oval Office one last time.

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