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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 during a swim,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1975
Gerald Ford's presidential style emerges as he lets photographers get up close and personal during a swim. After Nixon's impeachment, Ford wanted to project the image of an open presidency to restore public confidence in government.
Did you know?
Woodrow Wilson was the first president to hold regular, formal press conferences. He understood how he could use the media to influence public opinion, and he believed that communication through the press was an important duty of democratic leaders.
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What's happening in this photo? What does this say about Ford's relationship with journalists? What can you learn about photojournalists from the picture?
See also:
White House Photographers Association
Click below to enlarge photographs:

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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