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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:39 PM
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Kudos to Helen Thomas! AARP Inspire Award honoree
by The Termite
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/11/28/164121/07

Helen Thomas is one of this year's AARP Inspire Award honorees:

No one will ever accuse Helen Thomas of being intimidated by the power of the presidency. During 39 years covering the White House for United Press International (UPI), the iconic newswoman became a formidable figure in her front-row seat at White House news conferences, asking the first question and, with a nod from the man at the podium, ending with her signature "Thank you, Mr. President." Her polite tag line notwithstanding, Thomass questions were anything but genteel. Acerbic and oppositional, she grilled and sometimes angered nine presidentsasking Ronald Reagan why he had opposed every piece of civil rights legislation and delivering this challenge to George W. Bush on Iraq: "Why did you really want to go to war?" Says Thomas unapologetically: "I didnt go into this business to be loved or even popular. No man is above the law, not even the president."

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Today, at 87, she remains a stalwart defender of the First Amendment as a columnist for Hearst Newspapers. One of nine children of Lebanese immigrants, Thomas says her nosiness (and undoubtedly her nose for news) led to her first job, as a copygirl for the now-defunct Washington Daily News, where she was promoted to cub reporter. One of the first women in a then male-dominated profession, Thomas didnt just break news; she also broke countless gender barriers. And while she no longer has a front-row seat at formal White House press briefings, her presence is still felt in Washingtonand across the nation. Thank you, Madame Reporter.

Thank you, indeed.

Post your congratulations to Helen here.

Inspire Awards 2008 Honorees
January & February 2008
These ten go-getters are using their passion for action to make the world a better place

Helen Thomas
First Amendment Defender
http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/inspire_awards_2008_...
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:44 PM
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1. k&r with pride for Helen Thomas
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:17 PM
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2. Congrats to a great lady who is 20 years older than I am and makes
me feel 20 years older than her. She has a lot of energy and gets up to do that gawd awful job of going to the WH and sit through the spew. I would love to sit in a small group of great women like her and just "dish." God bless you Helen Thomas, you're a great inspiration..
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 12:40 AM
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3. K&R for Helen
Congrats, Ms Thomas.
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