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"Hear No Evil" Transcript
Diana Walker:

This is to show you that not everything is serious at the White House. This is one of those behind-the-scenes pictures that you could—you could never get this picture in an open photo op. It just would never happen. And I was on assignment photographing Secretary Albright just prior to her trip to Bosnia. And, the President and Mrs. Albright were in a holding room at the NATO conference. And I—in my book, I went back to talk to all the Presidents about these pictures and I said to President Clinton, "What—What was going on, I can't even, you know—What happened?" He said, "Well, we all were sitting next to each other and I looked at this line of us and I sort of said, "Gee, we look like those monkeys." And suddenly, you know, Cohen was doing "Hear no evil," I was doing "Speak no evil," and Madeline was doing "See no evil" and Sandy Berger at the National Security Advisors simply said, "Well, I guess that makes me just evil." So I took that picture, and you won't be surprised by the fact I said, "Well that's it. I can leave now."

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

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