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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1971, file photo first lady Pat Nixon motions to Helen Thomas, left, and Douglas B. Cornell to join her on a platform at a White House reception. Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who scooped so many, was herself scooped by the first lady who announced their engagement near the end of the impromptu reception. Thomas, who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoFile)
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1971, file photo first lady Pat Nixon motions to Helen Thomas, left, and Douglas B. Cornell to join her on a platform at a White House reception. Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who scooped so many, was herself scooped by the first lady who announced their engagement near the end of the impromptu reception. Thomas, who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this May 12, 1963, file photo, reporter Helen Thomas asks President John F. Kennedy for copies of his announcement pledging Federal power to preserve order and lives in Birmingham, Ala., during a news conference at the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoBill Allen, File)
FILE - In this May 12, 1963, file photo, reporter Helen Thomas asks President John F. Kennedy for copies of his announcement pledging Federal power to preserve order and lives in Birmingham, Ala., during a news conference at the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Bill Allen, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1971, file photo, President Richard Nixon laughs with UPI reporter Helen Thomas, left, and AP reporter Douglas Cornell during an impromptu reception in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoFile)
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1971, file photo, President Richard Nixon laughs with UPI reporter Helen Thomas, left, and AP reporter Douglas Cornell during an impromptu reception in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/File)
In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2009, President Barack Obama listens to a question by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, left, during his first news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday. (AP PhotoRon Edmonds)
In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2009, President Barack Obama listens to a question by veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, left, during his first news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. Thomas, who died at her apartment in Washington, had been ill for a long time, and in and out of the hospital before coming home Thursday. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1979, file photo, President Jimmy Carter and press secretary Jody Powell, right, talk with reporters Helen Thomas, center, and Sam Donaldson, left, while aboard Air Force One prior to landing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoCharles Tasnadi, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1979, file photo, President Jimmy Carter and press secretary Jody Powell, right, talk with reporters Helen Thomas, center, and Sam Donaldson, left, while aboard Air Force One prior to landing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)
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FILE - In this May 27, 2010, file photo veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas asks a question of President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents, often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP PhotoSusan Walsh, File)
FILE - In this May 27, 2010, file photo veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas asks a question of President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents, often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
FILE - In this April 13, 1981, file photo, President Ronald Reagan greets UPI reporter Helen Thomas, center, and AP reporter Jim Gerstenzang, right, before an interview in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoBarry Thumma, File)
FILE - In this April 13, 1981, file photo, President Ronald Reagan greets UPI reporter Helen Thomas, center, and AP reporter Jim Gerstenzang, right, before an interview in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 1989, file photo, President George H. Bush speaks with reporters, including Helen Thomas, right, in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoDoug Mills, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 1989, file photo, President George H. Bush speaks with reporters, including Helen Thomas, right, in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
FILE - In this Oct, 25, 2006 file photo, Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas arrives early and waits for a presidential event in the East Room of the White House. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP PhotoRon Edmonds, File)
FILE - In this Oct, 25, 2006 file photo, Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas arrives early and waits for a presidential event in the East Room of the White House. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents _ often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1995, file photo, President Clinton interviews UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas in the White House briefing room in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoGreg Gibson, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1995, file photo, President Clinton "interviews" UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas in the White House briefing room in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2006, file photo, President Bush, right, greets veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas during the final briefing in the press briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington before its renovation. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoCharles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2006, file photo, President Bush, right, greets veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas during the final briefing in the press briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington before its renovation. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009, file photo, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, left, celebrates her 89th birthday with President Barack Obama, celebrating his 48th birthday, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2009, file photo, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, left, celebrates her 89th birthday with President Barack Obama, celebrating his 48th birthday, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was 92. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2008 file photo veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas is helped to her front row seat in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, as she returns after a recent illness. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. She made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. Thomas used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP PhotoGerald Herbert)
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2008 file photo veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas is helped to her front row seat in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, as she returns after a recent illness. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. She made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. Thomas used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents _ often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
FILE - In this March 26, 2009, file photo veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas asks White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs a question during the White House daily briefing in Washington Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP PhotoCharles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2009, file photo veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas asks White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs a question during the White House daily briefing in Washington Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents _ often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In this July 11, 2007, file photo veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, center, from Hearst Newspapers, sits in her assigned center, front row seat before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. (AP PhotoPablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
FILE - In this July 11, 2007, file photo veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, center, from Hearst Newspapers, sits in her assigned center, front row seat before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2007, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas smiles as she leaves the White House after attending a briefing. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. A friend said Thomas died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday morning. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. She was persistent to the point of badgering one White House press secretary described her questioning as torture and he was one of her fans. (AP PhotoRon Edmonds)
In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2007, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas smiles as she leaves the White House after attending a briefing. Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, has died. She was 92. A friend said Thomas died at her apartment in Washington on Saturday morning. Thomas made her name as a bulldog for United Press International in the great wire-service rivalries of old. She used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents _ often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions. She was persistent to the point of badgering; one White House press secretary described her questioning as "torture" _ and he was one of her fans. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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