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September 23, 2009

The National Archives Hosts DC Insider Helen Thomas

Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do

Washington, DC…On Friday, October 16, at 7 PM, the National Archives presents an evening with journalist Helen Thomas, who will discuss her new book Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located at Constitution and 7th Street, NW.

Helen Thomas has covered the administrations of nine presidents in a career spanning nearly sixty years. She is known for her famous press conference closing line: “Thank you, Mr. President.” In Listen Up, Mr. President, Helen trades deference for directness. Join Helen Thomas and coauthor Craig Crawford in an engaging look at what it takes to be a good President. A book signing will follow the program, and the book is available from the Archives Shop. Call (202) 357-5271.

Helen Thomas is the dean of the White House press corps. The recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees, she was honored in 1998 with the inaugural Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the White House Correspondents' Association. The author of Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President; Front Row at the White House; and Dateline: White House, she continues to write a syndicated column for Hearst.

Craig Crawford is a columnist for Congressional Quarterly's CQ Politics and his writing appears regularly in newspapers throughout the country. He is the former editor-in-chief of The Hotline and was previously a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. He is the author of Attack the Messenger and The Politics of Life. He lives in Washington, DC, and blogs daily at craigcrawford.com.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g. a sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. For more information on National Archives programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For more information, the press may contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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