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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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George H.W. Bush, Forty-First President
President Bush and Polish President Lech Walesa,  Diana Walker, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Diana Walker, 1989
President Bush and Polish President Lech Walesa flash the peace sign to cheering crowds in Gdansk, Poland. Walker had missed this shot but, thanks to her positive working relationship with President Bush, she managed to convince him to turn around with Walesa for another shot, which eventually ran in Time magazine.
Did you know?
The Solidarity movement, headed by labor leader Lech Walesa, launched a process of democratic reform in Poland that played a large role in the eventual downfall of communist governments throughout Eastern Europe. President Bush visited Poland just a month after Solidarity's resounding defeat of communists in national elections.
See also:
East European Democracy Act of 1989
Click below to enlarge photographs:

Former Texas congressman and CIA director George H.W. Bush, accompanied by his son George W. Bush before announcing his candidacy in 1980Candidate Bush gives a speech.President-elect Bush's and his granddaughter, Ellie LeBlond.
First Lady Barbara Bush at an adult education center in LondonPresident Bush and Polish President Lech WalesaPresident Bush shows the pressures of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
President Bush visits Saudi Arabia.President Bush visits with American soldiers in Saudi Arabia.President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker
President Bush appears at a press conference.Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney reports to President Bush.President Bush examines hurricane damage in his home
President Bush on Air Force OnePresident Bush concedes the election to Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Presidents Bush, Ford, and Carter with First Ladies Johnson, Bush, Ford, and Carter at the Gerald Ford Library

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