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"Bush In the Desert" Transcript
Diana Walker:

This picture was taken when President Bush was about to move on Iraq, and he took a trip in Thanksgiving just prior to Desert Storm to visit the troops that were poised on the—in Saudi Arabia on the border with Iraq. And this was toward the end of the day. I didn't really feel I had an image that told the story of that day. It was—it was so desolate out there with the troops. It was so lonely and vast and tremendous. And suddenly the President, just as the light was going, just as the day was ending, the President began to throw tie clips and souvenirs to the troops. And I just knew if I held tight and my exposure was just right, I really had a picture. And it did win World Press that year. I was very happy to come home with the image.

(Audio excerpt from The Littlefield Society Symposium, March 28, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas)

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