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"Laughing With the Queen" Transcript
Diana Walker:

There's the picture of—a public picture of President Reagan laughing with Queen Elizabeth which—it's just—every time I look at it, it makes me laugh. And, she was saying something like she knew that—she knew that the Puritans had brought to the New World a lot of customs from her country, but since she'd been slogging around the rain in California (rain and rain and rain), she had no idea they'd also brought over the rotten weather. And I knew when the punch line was in that picture because I read her speech before we got there. They often give you—give the press the remarks that are going to be made at a dinner because the journalists are on deadline and have to get their stories into their papers the night before. So often they're—they get them before the event actually happens. And, I read her speech, and it was so obvious it was such a funny thing to say that I was ready. That's what part of being a photojournalist is—you have to be aware of what's going on.

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