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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 in the Oval Office,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1974
The Oval Office shelves are empty as President Ford slips into his own routine. When he assumed office in August of 1974, Ford assured the American people that "our long national nightmare is over," yet his unconditional pardon of Nixon raised a storm of criticism from many sides.
audio clip"New Person In Town", David Hume Kennerly - transcript
Did you know?
Gerald Ford is the only person who's succeeded to the presidency without having won a national election. He was a congressman when President Nixon appointed him to the vice presidency following Spiro Agnew's resignation. When Nixon resigned eight months later, the Twenty-Fifth Amendment directed that Ford become president.
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How does the Oval Office look different than what you'd expect in this photo? What does Ford's body position suggest about the new president?
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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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