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Helen Thomas: Grande Dame of the White House Press Corps
Posted By Patrick Kiger On July 20, 2013 @ 12:04 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Some journalists, as the saying goes, speak truth to power. Helen Thomas made power squirm.
White House correspondent Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92  in Washington, D.C., covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama over more than five decades. She was inquisitive – and an inquisitor. “I think that presidents deserve to be questioned, maybe irreverently, most of the time, [to] bring ‘em down a size,” she explained in an HBO documentary about her life. And that she did, with a startling ferocity and tenaciousness.
She once famously pinned down Ronald Reagan, who tried to avoid answering her question by pointing to his aides and saying, “They won’t let me.” Thomas’ reply: “But you’re the president.” She once confronted George W. Bush, demanding to know, “Why did you really want to go to war?” She wasn’t any easier  on Obama.
Thomas’ New York Times obituary  noted that “her blunt questions and sharp tone made her a familiar personality not only in the sometimes parochial universe inside the Beltway but also to nationwide television audiences.”
Here are 10 interesting facts about Thomas:
Photo: White House (Pete Souza)  via Wikipedia
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 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/800px-HelenThomasAndBarackObama2009.jpg
 died on July 20 at age 92: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/20/helen-thomas-dead_n_3628151.html
 wasn’t any easier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sepLekpdF3E
 New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/business/media/helen-thomas-who-broke-down-barriers-as-white-house-reporter-is-dead-at-92.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPLFPL9vn5w
 brought her cupcakes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlInhFCpyKA
 controversial comments about Israel: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060701493.html
 resurfaced: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58340.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=234iGMzcrlQ
 White House (Pete Souza): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HelenThomasAndBarackObama2009.jpg
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