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"Traveling With The First Lady" Transcript
Diana Walker:

“I spent most of my time on the road with Mrs. Carter. We had a photographer at Time who—photographing the president, and that was Arthur Grace—and they would ask me to go on trips with Mrs. Carter. And in 1979, I think I traveled—I think I went to almost every state with her where there was a primary because she did all the traveling for the president because he was so taken up with the Iran Hostage situation that he never left the White House. So I took my first foreign trip for Time with Rosalind Carter. She went to Thailand to visit with the Cambodian refugees and it was a very exciting trip for me. But I—I had to learn a lot, and I did learn a lot traveling with her. It's very much the same as traveling with the President, but the entourage is much smaller and you have much—much better access to the principal. And so I did quite a few behind-the-scenes things with Mrs. Carter in that year or two when I covered her. And I thought she was very gutsy—she was very focused on being First Lady.”

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