There is more on the White House photos of the president's European trip. One well-placed source said that in addition to the photograph of Reagan at Bitburg, for a time there was still another "jumbo photograph" from that trip hanging in the West Wing. It was of the president and Nancy Reagan in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp museum looking at a display of the camp's victims. That photograph was taken down at the order of a White House staffer who argued "there shouldn't be any pictures of dead bodies in the West Wing." A White House press spokesman said "photos displayed in the West Wing are rotated frequently" . . .
The echoes of that European trip continue to resound. Former White House deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday for a talk with interviewer Barbara Walters. When she asked about his final project -- selecting the visit to the Bitburg cemetery where Nazi SS soldiers were buried -- and described it as "a mess in many respects," Deaver responded: "If all of you over the years have described me as the 'victor of visuals,' I'd have to take credit for Bitburg, too." He then added that "history will judge us as having done the right thing" by going to the cemetery.