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Thursday Photo Caption Contest—May 10

"The Reagans catch members of Congress BEFORE they put on their suits and makeup."

The clothes must make the man! Last week’s photo caption contest winner featured Spring Fashion Week and canvas jumpsuits; this week’s winner pokes gentle fun at what our congressmen might look like before they are suited up for work.

Duke Blackwood, the Director of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, took on his guest judging duties with a good humor that may make even the stoniest-faced terra-cotta warrior crack a smile.

Congratulations to Logan! Check your email for a code for a 15% discount in the National Archives eStore.

The original caption of the photo reads: “Photograph of the Reagans standing with the Terra Cotta figures in Xi’an, China” (April 29, 1984. ARC 198547). President Reagan’s 1984 trip to China marked only the second time a U.S. President visited since President Richard Nixon’s historic trip in 1972. Reagan met with Chinese President Li Xiannian in an attempt to resolve diplomatic differences between the U.S. and China. He also toured historical and cultural sites in Beijing with First Lady Nancy Reagan, including the Terra-cotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China. The terra-cotta soldiers were found in a massive burial site, intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife.

Our last photograph featured orderly soldiers below the ground, so this week we thought we’d take to the unpredictable skies. Put your wittiest captions in the comments below!

"Your caption here!"

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Comment from Nancy Narma
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This is not my idea of climbing the ladder of success!!

Comment from Don Shaffer
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

“Reach for your dreams, but don’t let go of the ladder”

Comment from ken wheeler
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

this is the last time i fly coach !

Comment from Laurie Stevens
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Comment from Paul Croteau
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

When you reach the end of your rope, just tie a knot and hang on!

Comment from LaVonne Hallberg
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

All tangled up with no where to go, but up.

Comment from Sharen Wixom
Time May 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Nuts, my wife is going to say, “I told you not to go up in that contraption.”

Comment from Dave Sabol
Time May 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

That’s the last time I let a valet park my balloon.

Comment from Tyler Arcaro
Time May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

The President waits for Air Force One to get out of the shop.

Comment from Lil
Time May 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Reminds me of the 2012 primaries…

Comment from Amy
Time May 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Bob was terribly attached to his job wrangling balloons and made a bid for freedom when he learned they would be deflated after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Comment from Robert Gander
Time May 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’ve got you under my thumb.

Comment from Ray
Time May 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

Quick, more rocks!

Comment from alisa
Time May 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

During the Depression, Jones finds himself tethered and tangled to the hand of God.

Comment from Mickey
Time May 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

Relationships are like blimps. There are strings attached no matter if you are getting into one or getting out of one.

Comment from Gary Lutz
Time May 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

“Darling! Wait! You forgot to pack your sandwich!”

Comment from Pam A.
Time May 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Contrary to popular belief, the first inspirational “Hang in There” poster did not feature a kitten hanging from a tree, but Marvin dangling from a balloon.