Covering The President: Helen Thomas And The White House

June 7, 2010: White House reporter and Hearst columnist Helen Thomas retires after covering the White House since 1960. Thomas had been at the center of a media firestorm after saying that the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home. Poland. Germany. And America and everywhere else.” The 89-year old Thomas retired after 50 years in the White House, during which she covered ten Presidents.

Above, President Gerald Ford holds a press conference with Thomas and others on September 30, 1976. White House Chief of Staff Dick Cheney looks on from the left.

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August 23 1962: President John F. Kennedy addresses the AMVETS convention in New York City by telephone, from the Oval Office. Thomas, third from the right, is also present.

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August 4, 2006: President George W. Bush wishes Thomas a happy 86th birthday.

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August 4, 2009: President Obama brings Thomas cupcakes to celebrate her 89th birthday.

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August 4, 1995: President Bill Clinton helps Thomas celebrate her 75th birthday.


December 3, 2007: Caroline Kennedy with Thomas at the AARP The Magazine’s 2008 Inspire Awards held at the New York Public Library.


May 28, 2009: Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who played a reporter on TV, meets Thomas at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


November 12, 2008: White House Press Secretary Dana Perino welcomes Helen Thomas back to the White House after an illness.


July 11, 2007: Thomas takes her seat in the front row of the newly remodeled Brady Press Briefing Room.


October 25, 2006: Thomas waits for President George W. Bush to hold a news conference in the East Room of the White House.


November 12, 2008: Thomas asks a question at a press briefing.


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March 24, 2009: Thomas, prior to President Obama’s second primetime news conference.


February 9, 2009: Thomas asks Obama a question during his first press conference as President in the East Room of the White House.


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