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"A Successful Turkey Hunt" Transcript
Wally McNamee:

This is—I don't know, I think this is fun. I used to be a turkey hunter. And I liken this picture to a successful turkey hunt. It was taken at the White House on Easter Monday in 1993. And I, you know, I think Clinton is a big old gobbler, and he's coming in from over here. And the rabbit is the hen who's over here, and I was up on about a two- or three-foot high rise there on the South Lawn, and I had a 500-milimeter lens. This is a full frame picture. And I could see this might happen, and they are converging. And if you hunt turkeys, you've got to be still, and you got to be patient, and you got to make sure everything's aimed in the right way. And sure enough, they came together. And you know, he got to that point, and there were those big ol' lovely rabbit ears coming out of his head. So, that's the kind of picture that I think all of us like to take, because it was unique. So that was fun, and there's no malice there. It was just kind of a fun picture of the President that rarely happens.

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

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