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How Clinton and Bush Responded to the L.A. Riots--PICTURES

photo of Kenneth Chamberlain
April 27, 2012

On the 20-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, it's worth remembering in this election year that the unrest in 1992 occurred in the midst of a presidential race. George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection and, by the end of April, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was well on his way in becoming the Democratic nominee.

Below are photos from the riots, and of Bush and Clinton in the days and months after.

A Korean-American shopping mall burns at Third Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles on April 30, the second day of the riots.((AP Photo/Nick Ut))

Smoke covers Los Angeles on the second day as fires like this one near Vermont Street burn out of control.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

An unidentified protester voices his opposition to the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police officers on all charges but one on the first day of the riots, outside the main police headquarters in Los Angeles. The man's shirt reads "Gates Must Go," referring to then-L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates.(AP Photo/Chris Martinez)


A California Highway Patrol officer stands guard at Ninth Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles as smoke rises from a fire further down the street on the second day of unrest.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Looters go in and out of a swap meet in South Central Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 29, 1992.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

President George H.W. Bush, flanked by Dr. Dorothy Height, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Negro Women, John Jacob of the Urban League, and others met at the White House on May 1 to discuss the rioting in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)


Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic Leadership Council in New Orleans on May 2, the first Saturday after the riots. Clinton called the riots a warning to the nation that it must face its racial fears and get beyond them.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

On May 2, more than 25,000 Los Angeles residents marched through Koreatown calling for an end to violence.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Clinton gestures as he tells the press he learned a lot from a meeting with local ministers and politicians at the First A.M.E., Church in Los Angeles on May 3.(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)


Clinton is shown the damage in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles on May 4 by Los Angeles councilman Mike Wu.(AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Clinton chats with American Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Robert F. Erburu and his wife, Lois, at the ANPA general Luncheon at New York'­s Waldorf Astoria Hotel on May 5. In a speech later at the lunch, Clinton rejected the White House's attempt to blame the riots on failed social programs.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

President Bush talks with Derek Carr (in short-sleeve shirt), manager of the Boys grocery store in the Los Angeles Crenshaw Town Center, on May 7.(AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)


Bush addresses the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles on May 8. Bush toured the riot-torn area of the city before meeting with the youth group.(AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Bush works his way through a sea of California National Guardsmen in Los Angeles on May 8 before leaving the city for Washington.(AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Clinton addresses a crowd at a vocational training center in South Central Los Angeles on Sept. 16. Clinton said his election would result in the creation of millions of new jobs and help ease racial tensions in inner cities.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Donell Moore, 7, carries his three-year-old sister, Deshe, in front of a graffiti-sprayed wall of a burned-out drugstore in Los Angeles on May 3, 1992 as their family walked the streets of the riot-torn city. The children's father, Larry Moore, said the experience will not be forgotten by his kids and may even make them stronger.(AP Photo/Mark Elias)

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