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Armour J. Blackburn Gallery Presents“The American President”
An Associated Press Presidential Photojournalism Exhibit

Photo by Byron Rollins/Associated Press
President Harry S. Truman shows well-wishers at Union Station a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which mistakenly declared “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN,” based on early returns. “That is one for the books!” he said

WASHINGTON (January 5, 2009) – Today, "The American President," a compelling new Associated Press photojournalism exhibit was unveiled in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Gallery, and will run through the presidential inauguration period until January 23, 2009.

The exhibit boasts more than 80 images captured by Associated Press photographers of former American presidents -- at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crisis and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage.

Following one of the most historic presidential elections, the display includes memorable shots from the AP Images photo library taken in this year’s run for the White House of Senators Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

The “American President” features Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs including, Paul Vathis' view of John F. Kennedy walking at Camp David with his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower; Ron Edmonds' sequence of photographs documenting the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan; and White House photographs taken by J. Scott Applewhite and others during Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment battle.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. unless an event is scheduled.

For further information on the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Gallery exhibit, please contact Roberta McLeod Reeves, Blackburn Center Director at 202-806-5689 or Please call the information desk at 202-806-5983 for assistance in the evenings and on weekends.

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