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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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"Taking The Photo" Transcript
Dirck Halstead:

It's ironic to me that after covering presidents and wars and films that probably, in the short term at least, my legacy is going to be having taken the picture of Monica Lewinski hugging President Bill Clinton. The circumstances behind that photograph was that in the last days of the campaign in 1996, the President was making an appearance before what they called the Saxophone Club which were young democrats. And I--at the end of the speech he went down into the crowd to work the line. When that happens, and it happens every presidential event, the photographers who had been on the floor in front of the president are brought up on the stage that he's just left. And so our position then is on the stage, looking down on the president as he walks through the crowd. And I--somewhere in the process that night (pause)—something triggered something and I-- took a picture and didn't think anything more about it.

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