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Thank You Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House


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  • Directors: Rory Kennedy
  • Producers: Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus, Jack Youngelson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DTKO9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House profiles the iconic journalist, a legend in political reporting, who has covered the White House and every president since John F. Kennedy. In this 38-minute film, Thomas, still as sharp as ever, sits down for a one-on-one interview in which she reflects on her storied career, the distinct personalities and foibles of the presidents she has covered, as well as some of the scandals that have rocked the White House over the years. Supplemented by clips of Thomas in action, plus archival photos and footage, the film offers a rare glimpse of a veteran member of the White House Press Corps, who was one of only a handful of female correspondents when she began covering the presidency in the 1960s. Idolized by many and despised by some, Thomas is without a doubt a determined and steadfast journalist, who maintains the utmost respect for the office of the presidency, while knowing it is her job to ask the tough questions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. MacManus on January 19, 2009
Imagine sitting down for an afternoon of conversation with someone who has known nine sitting US presidents. Helen Thomas has had an extraordinary life and career as part of the White House Press Corps. She shares those memories in this film that often illustrates them with still photos or video. You will stay focused on every word and image. I admire Ms. Thomas for her candor and honesty and for sharing at last the personal opinions that she had to carefully withhold from her reporting over the years. Jimmy Carter was a
"very spiritual man". Gerald Ford was "nice, a very good person". LBJ lied and lost his credibility. And the extreme right wing harassed Clinton unfairly and continually way beyond what was needed, stealing time from the President that was needed to govern. George W. Bush is seen at a press conference, appearing to be in over his head and becomes petulant when Helen asks a hard question he is ill prepared to answer. Rory Kennedy does an excellent job of picking out many interesting episodes from Helen's life at the White House and weaves them in with visuals, quotes and opinions that will often open your eyes and give you a new perspective on who the President is and what he does. Very well done and worth your time.
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I saw this documentary yesterday on HBO. I have always noticed Helen in the press room of the White House and wondered "who is that lady". Who she is is an amazing journalist who cares nothing about making friends but cares A LOT about getting the truth from our leaders. This documentary was just great. As a journalism major, I have a lot of respect for Helen and what she does. It was definitely worth a watch...BUT $24.98?! I consider that very expensive for a 45 minute documentary. Also, the doc may have extras that I did not get to see since I watched it on HBO. Overall, a great doc by Rory Kennedy. I just wish it would've been longer. I mean, Helen has covered 10 presidents (including Obama), certainly there was more to tell us about her experiences.
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By LOUIS C. on September 9, 2014
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I SAW THIS DOCUMENTARY ON HBO - ENJOYED HELEN THOMAS - SHE WAS THE WHITE HOUSE PERSON FOR 6 PRESIDENTS - RORY KENNEDY IS A DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCER - I LOVE HER STYLE - ---------- RORY MADE A DOCUMENTARY FILM CALL "ETHEL" RORY IS THE LAST BORN OF ROBERT KENNEDY - SHE WAS BORN 5 MONTHS AFTER HER FATHER WAS ASSINATED -- RORY WANTED TO DO A FILM OBOUT HER MOM ETHEL - SHE INTERVIEWS HER MOM AND TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY - WELL EXECUTED - AMAZON HAS IT FOR SALE - LOUIS CARUSO
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By Becca on May 16, 2014
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Purchased this before Ms. Thomas' fall from grace. It's interesting and gives a great account of her time covering the presidents, which old footage to boot.
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By Michael Larthey on February 15, 2015
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Kennedy masterpiece
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