Helen Thomas featured on HBO special
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be featured in a documentary chronicling her storied career covering - some would say "battling" - nine U.S. Presidents from 1960 to present.
The documentary, entitled, "Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House," will debut Monday night at 9pm (Eastern Time).
Thomas, a fixture in American politics, is outspoken, blunt, demanding, forceful and unrelenting. Not only does she command respect by the highest powers in the US, her reputation is known worldwide.
Nothing speaks to her legend more than when USA Today founder Al Neuharth had an interview with Cuba's Fidel Castro. He asked the Cuban leader what the difference was between Cuba's democracy and the U.S.'s democracy.
Castro responded, "I don't have to answer questions from Helen Thomas."
HBO says the documentary, "...traces the reporter's journey from her modest beginnings as the daughter of illiterate immigrants to her status as fearless journalist who stands up to the most powerful men in the world."
However, some would argue that she treated some presidents better than others. When discussing her tradition of ending presidential press conference with the signature "Thank you, Mr. President," Thomas remembers:
"I could see President Kennedy was struggling. So, finally, I got up, and I said, 'Thank you, Mr. President.'...I got him off the hook."