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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Ronald Reagan, Fortieth President
Ronald Reagan looks back into the Oval Office one last time.,  Dirck Halstead, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Dirck Halstead, 1989
On the final morning of his presidency, Ronald Reagan looks back into the oval office one last time. Later, in their final moments as First Couple, Ronald and Nancy Reagan wait alone on the State Floor of the White House for the arrival of president-elect George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. Reagan served two full terms as president, which had not been accomplished since Eisenhower's administration.
audio clip"Persistence And Planning", Dirck Halstead - transcript
Did you know?
George Washington started out the presidency by serving two four-year terms, and no president sought more than two until Franklin Roosevelt--who was elected to a third term in 1940 and a fourth in 1944. The Twenty-Second Amendment was then ratified in 1951, limiting the time a president can be in office to two terms.
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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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