The American President

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At war

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta at the White House in Washington, Nov. 16, 2010. Giunta rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan.

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Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant poses in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 1864. Grant led the Union Army to victory during the American Civil War, and accepted the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865. He was made full general in 1866, and served two terms as president from 1868 to 1877.

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From left, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin as they sit on the patio of Livadia Palace, Yalta, Crimea, Feb. 4, 1945.

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During the Vietnam War, a crowd of American soldiers swarms around President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 26, 1966, shortly after his arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in South Vietnam.

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President Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast, May 1, 2003. Bush’s statement and the banner were criticized as insurgent attacks — and allied casualties — increased in Iraq.

AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

President Richard Nixon meets the troops in Saigon on his first visit to South Vietnam, August 1969.

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President Woodrow Wilson delivers a declaration of war to the joint session of Congress, in Washington, April 2, 1917.

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President George H.W. Bush tosses presidential tie clips to U.S. Marines at a desert encampment in eastern Saudi Arabia, Nov. 23, 1990, during a Thanksgiving Day visit.

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President Abraham Lincoln, wearing top hat, is shown with Union Army Gen. George B. McClellan, facing Lincoln, and McClellan's staff at Antietam, Md., 1862, during the American Civil War.

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