Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who famously closed out dozens of news conferences by saying, “Thank you Mr. President,” died Saturday at age 92.
Thomas was a White House correspondent for 49 years, first for United Press International, then for Hearst newspapers. In those five decades, Thomas, whose questions invariably got straight to the point, was the first woman to become president of the White House Correspondents Association and the first woman to join the Gridiron Club, later becoming its president.
Though her career ended in 2010 amid controversy regarding a statement she made about Israel—she said Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine,” though she later apologized—Thomas was an inspiration to many, particularly women, for whom she broke down career barriers, and not only in journalism.
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