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  • State Dinner for Italian President Saragat
    Robert L. Knudsen
    staff
    State Visit
    State Floor
    State Dinner
    State Dining Room
    Residence staff
    Head of State
    centerpieces
    In this photograph, maitre d'hotel John W. Ficklin surprises President Giuseppe Saragat of Italy with a birthday cake during a State Dinner held in his honor on September 19, 1967. The State Dinner was hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson on the Italian president's 69th birthday. Prominently displayed on the table is a gilded bronze plateau purchased for the White House during the James Monroe administration. After the dinner in the State Dining Room, guests transitioned to the East Room where they enjoyed selections from the musical "Man of La Mancha" by Richard Kiley, who originated the role of Don Quixote in the Broadway production.
  • Santa Claus Greets Guests at Children's Christmas Party
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    State Floor
    Christmas
    Blue Room
    winter holidays
    parties
    In this photograph, taken by National Geographic photographer Joseph J. Scherschel on December 18, 1965, guests of a White House Christmas party attempt to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, framed in the door of the Blue Room. Luci Baines Johnson, youngest daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, hosted the party to brighten the holiday season for approximately 150 local children. The children gathered in the Blue Room to see the official White House Christmas Tree, which is traditionally placed at its center. In 1965, the tree was adorned with garlands made from nuts, popcorn, and cranberries, and 3000 ornaments including decorations made from gingerbread, straw stars, bunches of geraniums, and toy soldiers. During the party, the children also enjoyed sweet treats in the State Dining Room, watched a concert in the East Room by Estonian-Swedish pianist Käbi Larete, and were presented with toys including jack-in-the boxes and mechanical animals.
  • President Bush Addresses the Nation on September 11, 2001
    Paul Morse
    speeches
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    September 11
    counterterrorism
    This photograph, taken by Paul Morse, shows President George W. Bush delivering an address to the nation from the Oval Office following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Bush delivered the live televised address that evening. Contributors to the speech included President Bush; speechwriters John McConnell, David Frum, Matthew Scully, and Michael J. Gerson; national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and her deputy assistant Stephen J. Hadley; and members of the White House communications team. In his remarks, Bush mourned the loss of American citizens yet asserted the strength of the nation, promised retribution for the perpetrators of the attacks and their supporters, and offered words of prayer.
  • Moment of Silence for Victims of September 11th Terrorist Attacks
    David Bohrer
    staff
    commemorations
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    September 11
    In this photograph, taken by David Bohrer on September 18, 2001, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney join White House staff to observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The moment of silence ceremony has remained a tradition in the formal observation of September 11th at the White House. In 2002, President Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service.
  • Moment of Silence for Victims of September 11th Terrorist Attacks
    Paul Morse
    staff
    commemorations
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    south view
    September 11
    In this photograph, taken by Paul Morse on September 18, 2001, President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney join White House staff to observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The moment of silence ceremony has remained a tradition in the formal observation of September 11th at the White House. In 2002, President Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service.
  • President and Mrs. Bush Visit Site of September 11 Terrorist Attacks
    Kimberlee Hewitt
    memorials
    commemorations
    September 11
    New York City
    New York
    travel
    Presidential Visit
    In this photograph, taken by Kimberlee Hewitt on September 10, 2006, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Welch Bush participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the north reflecting pool at the former site of the World Trade Center in New York, New York. President and Mrs. Bush paid their respects at the site to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The National September 11 Memorial was later built on the site and dedicated on September 11, 2011. In May 2014, an adjacent museum was opened and dedicated by President Barack Obama.