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Associated Press Photo Exhibit Recounts History of American Presidents

UNION, NJ - With the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama as a backdrop, Kean University’s department of communication, in collaboration with Liberty Hall Museum, will open a new exhibit, The American President, featuring compelling news photos from the Associated Press. The exhibit will be on display in the Liberty Hall Carriage House from January 20 to February 20.

The more than 80 photos in the exhibit show American presidents at war and at ease, in victory and in defeat, confronting national crises and facing personal scandals, running for office and leading the country on the world stage. Amid the extraordinary voter interest in the 2008 race for the White House, the new exhibit helps illustrate how coverage by AP reporters and photographers has been the dominant source of presidential news across the U.S. and around the world.

"This election has changed the political landscape of the United States as our country faces many challenges both at home and abroad," said Dr. Christopher Lynch, chair of the department of communication. "It will be interesting to see how past presidents handled similar uncertainties."

The American President features a number of the AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning images, such as Paul Vathis’ view of John F. Kennedy conferring gravely with his predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, at Camp David after the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961; Ron Edmonds’ rapid sequence documenting the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, and White House photos taken by J. Scott Applewhite and others during Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment battle. The exhibit also includes pictures taken in this year’s run for the White House by Senators Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display during museum hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (908) 527-0400 or e-mail

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