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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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Gerald Ford, Thirty-Eighth President
President Ford falls leaving Air Force One., © Wally McNamee, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: Wally McNamee, 1975
President Ford slips and falls as he leaves Air Force One upon arrival in Vienna, Austria for a state visit. Despite record-high unemployment rates at home, Ford continued to travel abroad on diplomatic missions.
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Ford often found himself portrayed as clumsy and inept in the press. Saturday Night Live staged weekly skits of cast member Chevy Chase playing the president as a blundering, gawky leader who was not to be taken seriously. Despite this perception, Ford was very fit and athletic and was no stranger to public service, having served 24 years in Congress.
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House Minority Leader Ford enjoys a quiet moment in his office.President Ford and his wife, Betty with three of their four children:  Steve, Jack and Susan.President Ford in the Oval Office
French President Giscard d'Estang and President Ford at the White House.President Ford visits his wife at Bethesda Naval Hospital after her mastectomy.President Ford and a geisha play a traditional Japanese game.
President Ford meets with Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. President Ford during a swimPresident Ford meets with the National Security Council.
President Ford falls leaving Air Force One.President Ford contemplates his response during a debate with Jimmy Carter.President Ford dances with Queen Elizabeth.
Kansas Senator Bob Dole shares a laugh with President Ford.President Ford takes a spin in a convertible with John Wayne.President Ford concedes his defeat to former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter.

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